Dell Targets EMC Isilon With Higher Performance, Scalability NAS

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Dell's FluidFS v3 also for the first time includes deduplication and compression technology from Dell's 2010 acquisition of Ocarina Networks, Davis said.

"This is the first primary storage product from Dell with the Ocarina technology," he said. "It uses post-process deduplication technology, which allows customers to set policies such as automatically apply compression to files which are over 30 days old."

Dell also is adding new data protection capabilities in FluidFS v3 via new interfaces such as Network File System v4, which increases data security, and Server Message Block 2.1, which prioritizes data traffic.

Also new is more aggressive thin provisioning capabilities, as well as volume cloning, which allows a data set to be cloned for such purposes as test and development or to create thousands of look-alike virtual machines, he said.

It's nice to see Dell's acquisitions, including Ocarina and Exanet, come to fruition in the Dell Compellent FS8600, Winslow said.

"Being able to scale to a 2-Petabyte name space is important," he said. "One Petabyte is not enough for some of our customers. Some will be excited about this. Here in Boston, we're in the belly of the bioscience and life sciences research markets."

Dell has done an amazing job with FluidFS v3, Tanenhaus said.

"The new features have been needed," he said. "Dell has executed on this very well. Considering how stable the beta version has been, this is an awesome launch."

FluidFS v3, including the dedupe and compression functions, will be available free with all new Dell Compellent FS8600 controllers and for updates to existing controllers, Davis said.

"We're continuing the all-inclusive licensing model that Compellent has used for years," he said. "This lets customers try the features without the hassles of getting a license."


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