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Items Tagged: EqualLogic

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ISCSI Storage: Breaking Through the Barriers - Technology Brief

IP networks running the iSCSI protocol to connect servers with storage arrays present a compelling value proposition to enterprise technical architects. Consolidating competing network infrastructures into one and using a common skill set to manage both internal Ethernet and storage networks give enterprises motivation to continue to monitor the progress of iSCSI.

 

Publish date: 04/01/05
Profiles/Reports

ISCSI Storage: Breaking Through the Barriers - Technology Brief

IP networks running the iSCSI protocol to connect servers with storage arrays present a compelling value proposition to enterprise technical architects. Consolidating competing network infrastructures into one and using a common skill set to manage both internal Ethernet and storage networks give enterprises motivation to continue to monitor the progress of iSCSI.

 

Publish date: 07/01/05
Profiles/Reports

Intransa Opens its Platform - Product Profile

The battle for the SAN is on. FC SANs made serious inroads into the datacenter over the past five years but failed to gain much traction in the SMB space, primarily due to cost and management issues. Over the past two years, iSCSI, which was presented to the market as the simple and cost effective alternative to FC SAN, has been making accelerating headway into SMBs for applications below the mission critical tier.

 

Publish date: 11/01/05
news / Blog

Dell’s New Hybrid Arrays in Action, on a Cruise Ship near You

Carnival was in need of storage that could not only handle today’s demands, but could scale quickly…and inexpensively.

  • Premiered: 11/09/10
  • Author: Taneja Group
Topic(s): Dell EqualLogic Hybrid Array SSD Storage Tiering
Profiles/Reports

Pivot 3

The value and benefits of IP SANs are clear and unchallenged. IP SANs leverage already ubiquitous Ethernet technology as the transport for delivering storage networking to a wider class of companies and applications than previously economically possible. As a result, companies without dedicated storage administrators or expensive Fibre Channel infrastructure have a viable alternative to direct attached storage.

Publish date: 09/21/06
Profiles/Reports

LeftHand Networks

The Small Medium Enterprise (SME) market is on the cusp of a significant storage infrastructure upgrade cycle. The current local and direct attach disk paradigm cannot persist indefinitely. Many of these SME firms are grappling with the same infrastructure challenges, such as data protection, disaster recovery planning, regulatory compliance, and consolidation that have buffeted the Global 2000 enterprises over the past five years. Yet, they are finding that the solutions used by those enterprises are too complex and costly for them to deploy.

Publish date: 10/01/06
Profiles/Reports

Five Criteria for Video Surveillance Storage - Solution Profile

In this solution profile, we first review how digital video is driving the need for more capable storage, the different types of storage architectures available today, and the five key requirements to consider when evaluating a storage solution for video storage. Lastly, we spotlight Pivot3 as a vendor focused on delivering a high performance, cost-effective, easy-to-use storage system for the demands of digital video and how their solution compares with the core video storage requirements that we set forth.

Publish date: 06/01/07
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Turbo-Charging VDI: Dell’s EqualLogic Hybrid SSD/SAS Arrays Deliver the Density

Storage is at the heart of the VDI ROI equation. Testing showed that the Dell PS6000XVS, for a typical set of linked-clone non-persistent VDI task workers, easily achieved a density of 680 virtual desktops (85 10GB disk/1GB memory VMs per ESX server, generating 2-5 IOPS each)…with headroom.

  • Premiered: 12/15/10
  • Author: Taneja Group
Topic(s): Dell EqualLogic VDI Desktop Virtualization Storage SSD SAS
Profiles/Reports

Breaking Down the Barriers to VDI with Dell EqualLogic iSCSI SAN Arrays

While Taneja Group has been cautious to date on the pace of desktop virtualization adoption, recent hypervisor and storage technology innovations strongly suggest that in 2011 and 2012 we will see a rapid acceleration. Key to this momentum has been increased interest in one type of desktop virtualization, namely server-hosted virtual desktops (often called “virtual desktop infrastructure,” or VDI). VDI has often promised more than it delivered, however, due to complexity, performance and cost challenges. Chief among these challenges has been the high up-front capital costs and subsequent inefficiencies of the storage platforms deployed to support VDI. Dell aims to turn this around, however, with several recent additions and enhancements to its popular EqualLogic PS Series iSCSI array family. In this first section of a three-part in-depth report, we first review the current barriers to wider adoption of VDI, focusing on key storage challenges, and look at how the new Dell PS Series XVS hybrid SAS/SSD arrays deliver the density required to overcome these barriers. 

Publish date: 12/15/10
news / Blog

Storing the virtual infrastructure - Block or File?

Are you deciding the fate of your virtual infrastructure, by way of whether it is destined to be built on top of block or NFS? We recommend you take a long term look at aligning your storage features with your management strategy.

  • Premiered: 01/06/11
  • Author: Jeff Boles
Topic(s): 3PAR EqualLogic Block iSCSI NFS NAS scale-out Array Virtualization VMWare VAAI Server Virtualization
Profiles/Reports

Maximizing Desktop Virtualization Success with VDI-optimized Dell EqualLogic Hybrid Arrays

VDI has often promised more than it delivered, due to stubborn complexity, performance and cost challenges. Chief among these challenges has been the high up-front capital costs and subsequent inefficiencies of the storage platforms deployed to support it. Building on deep integration with VMware’s vSphere 4.1 platform via the vStorage APIs, Dell has set its sights squarely on VDI and aims to break down both the cost of acquisition and TCO (CapEx and OpEx) barriers that have plagued VDI ROI in the past. Dell has added intelligent workload tiering and new hybrid SSD/SAS arrays to its Equal-Logic PS Series family and we analyze a recent performance benchmark to evaluate in detail how Dell’s innovations reduce complexity, improve performance and lower the cost of VDI.

Publish date: 03/25/11
news / Blog

Integrated Management for Intelligent Storage: Dell’s VMware Host Integrations

A couple of weeks ago I got a chance to see the latest Dell Host Integration Toolkit / VMware Edition (HIT/VE) in action. This trio of storage administrative tools is a terrific example of the kind of deep integration into the virtual environment needed as customers of all sizes virtualize more top tier business applications, virtualize them faster, and virtualize at ever-increasing densities.

  • Premiered: 03/28/11
  • Author: Taneja Group
Topic(s): Dell EqualLogic VMWare Host Integration Intelligent Storage
Profiles/Reports

Maximizing Database Performance With Dell Equallogic Hybrid Arrays

Today’s combination of rapidly-accelerating demand for data and rapidly-consolidating datacenter infrastructure makes choosing the right storage for each of your business applications more important—and more difficult—than ever. In our view, it’s time more of this burden is taken on by the SAN itself. In other words, it’s time for more SAN intelligence. The intelligent SAN should optimize all available storage resources—automatically. In this profile explore how dynamic, multi-tiered OLTP workloads test the limits of traditional manual storage tiering strategies, and further strengthen the case for automated tiering on the SAN itself. Then we review Dell’s internal benchmark test results and speak to Carnival Cruise Lines, an EqualLogic customer, in order to evaluate how Dell’s hybrid SSD/SAS arrays are delivering higher performance and lower overhead both in the lab and in the field.

Publish date: 05/23/11
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Dell turns EqualLogic into multiprotocol storage with clustered NAS

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Dell Inc. today launched an appliance that brings clustered NAS capabilities to its EqualLogic iSCSI SAN, turning it into multiprotocol storage. The EqualLogic FS7500 uses technology that Dell acquired from Exanet in early 2010 to support file and block storage in its midrange storage platform.

  • Premiered: 06/07/11
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: SearchStorage.com
Topic(s): TBA Dell TBA EqualLogic TBA NAS
Profiles/Reports

The case for Intelligent Storage (Dell)

In the past decade, a volatile business climate and a dynamic technology landscape have combined to raise the pressures on the enterprise datacenter, and especially on the storage infrastructure that underlies it. The need to adapt to such constantly-shifting demands and technology developments has sorely tested the limits of existing networked storage solutions. The virtualization mega-trend has dramatically changed the way information is sized, controlled, and protected. But traditional networked storage solutions are too often rigid, complex, and inefficient. Taneja Group has identified a way forward. We have collected the essential elements of the storage solutions needed for today’s new IT realities under the term “intelligent storage.” In this profile, we define what we mean by storage intelligence, whether that storage is file or block, and whether its architecture is SAN, NAS, or unified. We then examine how Dell is delivering this intelligence with its EqualLogic storage line. Wherever you are in your datacenter evolution, we think it’s time to examine whether your storage has the intelligence to carry you to your end goals.

Publish date: 10/04/11
news / Blog

Searching for Intelligent Storage for Virtual Workloads

Server virtualization has made some promises that traditional SAN, NAS and unified solutions haven't been able to keep. It has promised that we can have it both ways: consolidation and simplicity, flexibility plus efficiency, mobility without downtime. There's a lot of intelligence in your hypervisor to deliver these benefits. But how intelligent is your storage?

  • Premiered: 10/06/11
  • Author: Taneja Group
Topic(s): Intelligent Storage scale-out Server Virtualization Virtualization Dell EqualLogic NAS SAN
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Storage Interface Throw-Down

I frankly think the current generation of IT buyers will determine the success of IT products based on user experience and well built interfaces more than ever before.

  • Premiered: 05/03/12
  • Author: Jeff Boles
Topic(s): Dell StorSimple IBM EqualLogic Storage HP interface
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Much Sizzle At EMC WORLD 2012

I spent three days at EMC World, the longest time I have ever spent on a one-vendor show. It was exhausting. And thrilling. I know most bloggers will write about the 42 products EMC announced with fanfare at the show. As will several of my team members. And that is all good. But I was more interested in where EMC is at, relative to the market and where is it heading. NetApp recently announced good numbers for the quarter but a lower forecast for the next quarter. HP announced significant layoffs, even if it is not clear how big the impact was on the storage side (we suspect little since storage is a lonely bright spot for HP). Dell's storage numbers are down quarter over quarter. Yet EMC is showing bullish numbers all around. Why is this? What magic does EMC possess that others don't? Here is the way I see it.

  • Premiered: 06/04/12
  • Author: Arun Taneja
  • Published: Taneja Blog
Topic(s): EMC NetApp HP Dell NAS Avamar Data Domain WysDM Kashya Greenplum EqualLogic 3PAR
Profiles/Reports

Dell EqualLogic FS7500 - Unifying the storage infrastructure with integrated file storage

The mantra for many storage vendors over the past few years has consisted of “doing more with less” and optimizing the total cost of storage inside the data center walls. While the market at large has shifted their focus to this topic more recently, this has been a key Dell EqualLogic differentiator since the first day they released scale-out iSCSI SAN. EqualLogic has long come packaged with the ease of use, sophisticated features, and comprehensive management tools that other vendors have been much later to roll out. Moreover, EqualLogic has often led the field in fluid adaptability – what Dell now calls their Fluid Data Architecture – that allows customers to easily and non-disruptively add more storage performance and capacity at any time, and then automatically load balance storage demands across all resources.

More recently, Dell has strategically broadened EqualLogic iSCSI SAN portfolio by integrating an enterprise-class Network-attached Storage (NAS) appliance into the EqualLogic architecture to enable scale-out unified SAN solution. Dell has labeled the first generation of this NAS appliance as EqualLogic FS7500.

Download this technology validation report free from Dell: http://dell.to/NoFizY


 

Publish date: 06/29/12
Profiles/Reports

Better Together: Optimizing VMware vSphere Deployments with Dell's EqualLogic Integration Tools

In our view, VMware-based virtual server environments and the storage platforms that support them have evolved from the rapid growth phase of the last decade into a critical optimization phase. The drive so far had been cost containment. But now vSphere platform and the surrounding ecosystem have matured to the point where virtualization actually improves resiliency and agility. Therefore the organizations are starting to virtualize critical applications, desktops and even build flexible cloud environments.

This translates to an increasing demand for virtual server and storage solutions that are more tightly integrated with one another, deliver higher performance with greater resiliency, and are easier to provision, optimize, and protect. Storage today must compliment virtualization—not complicate it. VMware customers should take advantage of this transition phase to take stock of their virtualized assets—both server and storage—and identify any storage-related performance issues, single points of failure, and redundant tools and processes. With this knowledge in hand, we recommend investigating VMware’s latest platform release, vSphere 5.0, and the storage and data protection features that have been added or enhanced.

In this Brief, we call out some storage-related highlights of vSphere 5.0, and then take a close look at how they have been enhanced and packaged by Dell into the EqualLogic PS Series storage solution. We’ll show how Dell and VMware have combined forces to deliver an enterprise-class virtual server and storage environment that is highly optimized and directly addresses the performance, availabil-ity, data protection and complexity challenges common in today’s business-critical virtualized data centers.

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Dell has made this paper available for free download: http://dell.to/QxughV

Publish date: 09/26/12