Dell is expanding its storage solution offerings using its Fluid Data Architecture for growing businesses looking for flexible methods of managing data.
The idea behind Fluid Data Architecture is to offer another way to help companies manage data easier while lowering the cost of doing so at the same time. Thus, here are Dell's new options for IT departments when it comes to using virtual data centers:
- EqualLogic FS7500: A scalable NAS system designed to support load balancing and multi-threading for fast I/O processing. Able to handle up to 510TB in a single share, this option also comes with scale-out CIFS and NFS support as well as N-way scalability with automated failover.
- PowerVault MD3600f and 3620f storage arrays: These arrays offer up to eight 8GB Fibre Channel ports and up to 96 additional hard drives with the possibility to mix and match SSD, SAS, near-line SAS, and self-encrypting drives. Dell has also implemented some disaster recovery options, including virtual disk copying and snapshots along with remote replication.
Dell is also prepping an upgrade for its EqualLogic software. Version 5.1 will arrive with enhancements for VMware environments, support for iSCSI networking via Data Center Bridging, and the ability to balance storage traffic amongst EqualLogic arrays automatically.
The Dell PowerVault MD3600f and MD3620f arrays will be available first starting next week on June 14. The EqualLogic FS7500 and the EqualLogic firmware release 5.1 will follow during the third quarter, the latter of which will be included in the final price of the arrays without any additional upgrade fees.
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