Dell on Tuesday enhanced its Dell EqualLogic storage family with a new model that can be ordered as an all-flash or a hybrid flash and hard drive array, along with the line's first 64-bit operating system and improved unified SAN and NAS capabilities.
The six models in the new Dell EqualLogic PS6210 array family, along with the other enhancements, come after similar updates in October to the Dell Compellent FS8600.
Those enhancements, introduced on opening day of the Dell World conference in Austin, Texas, are aimed at helping customers adopt the latest technologies such as flash storage while keeping costs under control, said Bob Fine, director of product management for Dell storage.
"From an EqualLogic standpoint, we've addressed both [performance and cost] in a significant way with all-flash storage solutions priced at a lower cost than disk storage, and by adding management tools to make administration easier and let customers manage a much bigger solution with equal or less management time," Fine said.
In the process, Dell has made it easier for solution providers to take on the EqualLogic storage line, said Patrick Mulvee, partner at Sidepath, an Irvine, Calif.-based solution provider and long-time partner with Dell's Compellent line.
Sidepath came to Dell when Dell in 2011 acquired Compellent, and is has since adopted the Dell PowerVault storage line as well but has done little EqualLogic storage, Mulvee said.
"Lots of startups are knocking on the doors of our customers to talk about flash storage," he said. "The additions to the EqualLogic line give customers a chance to work with a company like Dell, which they know is not going away. And it's definitely a chance for us to do more with EqualLogic."
The new Dell EqualLogic PS6210 family of storage arrays features a newly designed controller and a 24-drive-per-enclosure architecture, Fine said.
Compared to Dell's previous EqualLogic arrays, it has double the cache and four times the memory, and it now features DDR-3 memory vs. the older DDR-2 technology.
More importantly, Fine said, The Dell EqualLogic PS6210 was designed to take advantage of flash memory. In an all-flash configuration, he said, eight nodes with 24 SSDs each, all clustered together into a single peer group, can offer over 1 million IOPS of performance. Customers can also configure how much flash and disk storage they have based on their applications, he said.
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