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Further stepping into the compute market, Dell announced the PowerEdge VRTX shared infrastructure platform.
"The PowerEdge VRTX is a shared infrastructure platform offering extensive performance and capacity with office-level acoustics in a single, compact tower chassis. It is an ideal solution for small and midsize businesses as well as remote and branch offices of large enterprises. The simple, efficient and versatile platform can be rapidly deployed to consolidate and manage business applications in two or three virtualized servers with shared storage and integrated networking."
Is Dell making a move into the unknown? Lets take a look.
How does it work? I will give you a high level overview, and point you in the right direction for a deep drive. Think of it as a small scale, remote office blade center.
As you can see, this is a powerful product. I ask my self, is this the first step of many for Dell into a new Future? Will Dell tackle scale computing? We will have to wait to see. I for one, am looking forward to the next lineup of Dell PowerEdge server releases.
As promised, I wanted to share a deep drive post from Kevin Houston titled : A Detailed Look at Dell PowerEdge VRTX
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Below is the press release.
More to come on the below technology's.
Dell Storage Forum, BOSTON, June 12, 2012 – At Dell Storage Forum, Dell today announced new solutions that continue to advance its Fluid Data architecture to help customers efficiently manage their data and protect business information.
The new advancements include updates to the Dell Fluid File System for a common, enterprise-class distributed file system across the company’s three primary storage solution families, a new Compellent platform that dynamically unifies block and file data, a new version of its AppAssure backup and recovery software to address larger data sets, and a new entry-level Brocade 16GB Fibre Channel switch to support next-generation applications.
―The Dell Fluid Data architecture is designed to manage the growth of our customers’ data, so they can manage the growth of their business,‖ said Darren Thomas, vice president and general manager, Dell Storage. ―We are delivering a new customer experience across a tightly integrated set of products and solutions with shared capabilities across our portfolio – driving up optimization, driving out the cost of forced end of life, and driving forward the speed and flexibility required by IT.
Fluid File System Spans Compellent, EqualLogic and PowerVault
Following the introduction of the Dell Fluid File System in 2011, the company today unveiled the latest release of the Fluid File System with the new Dell Compellent FS8600 NAS.
The integration of the Dell Fluid File System within the Compellent architecture represents the final step in offering customers file capabilities across each of Dell’s primary storage platforms – Compellent, EqualLogic and PowerVault. This provides customers with a common, enterprise-class distributed file system featuring snapshots, replication and built-in data protection features, and the ability to manage file and block information on a single enterprise storage platform.
SAN and NAS Scale on a Single Compellent Platform
The next generation Compellent array, comprised of the SC8000 and FS8600, is designed to lower the total cost of ownership by managing a virtualized, scalable pool of disks to expand up and out across block and file data without forklift upgrades. The new array includes new 2U, 6GB SAS enclosures that provide 12 3.5‖ or 24 2.5‖ disk drives per enclosure.
The Dell Compellent SC8000 is based on the latest 64-bit Compellent Storage Center 6.0 operating system and 12 generations of Dell design experience for a resilient platform that scales to meet business and data growth.
As a single platform for both block and file data, the SC8000 helps eliminate the costs and complexity of supporting separate solutions. Additional savings may be achieved through SC8000 advancements that enable greater energy efficiency as well as the ability to operate at higher temperatures, supporting fresh air initiatives.
The SC8000 builds on the existing SC40 Compellent architecture that gives customers 99.999 percent availability(1) across 26 million hours of continuous operation. The new unified solution allows businesses to grow with a reliable storage environment that provides greater agility for customers to expand their business and existing storage environment simultaneously.
The Dell Compellent FS8600 delivers high-performance, scale-out file storage that integrates with Dell Compellent automated tiering to enable efficient SAN and NAS within a single solution. This helps provide high performance and a low total cost of ownership across a single, scalable platform. The new Compellent unified solution helps manage data growth and control costs by seamlessly scaling up to one petabyte of automated tiered storage capacity within a single namespace.
The FS8600 is available in two options that support 8GB Fibre Channel connections and a choice of 1GbE or 10GbE connectivity to the client network. The new Compellent solutions are protected by the award-winning Copilot support team, which maintains a more than 96 percent customer satisfaction rating.(2)
The FS7600 (1GbE) and FS7610 (10GbE) systems integrate with new or existing EqualLogic PS Series arrays to deliver scale-out unified storage for 1GbE and 10GbE environments. File and block storage, including new support for asynchronous replication, are managed through the EqualLogic Group Manager and can scale to 509TB within a single namespace.
Less than four months after its AppAssure acquisition, Dell today introduced AppAssure 5 to help customers continuously protect business information and move and recover data anywhere with high levels of scale, speed and efficiency.
New AppAssure capabilities include greater scalability and performance utilizing a newly architected object based data repository to back up and protect larger data sets as well as Big Data applications. The solution also utilizes built-in, block-level deduplication and compression across data sets to automatically reduce the storage capacity required for backups and decreases WAN bandwidth requirements for replication by only transmitting optimized data. Additional support for Linux and localized language support is expected later this year.
AppAssure goes beyond traditional backup solutions by leveraging snapshot and replication technologies that allow the software to enable incremental backups that provide efficient use of network and storage resources while providing quick recovery.
Unlike legacy backup products, AppAssure images the entire software stack, protecting the entire application—not just the files. Snapshots can be taken every five minutes and replicated to virtual, physical or cloud environments, enabling systems and data to potentially be brought back online in minutes in any location. If an application or server fails, the entire application can be started up on a standby environment or run real time during a data recovery scenario. AppAssure also automatically tests and verifies backup integrity daily to validate and ensure complete recoverability.
The Dell Compellent FS8600, EqualLogic FS7600 and FS7610, will be available in the second half of this year
The Dell Compellent SC8000 will be available worldwide this month.
AppAssure 5 is available in English language beginning today.
" source dell.
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Location:Summer St,Boston,United States
Monday, June 11, 2012
I have a attached the press release, along with a few photos. You'll see more to come as content comes out.
BOSTON, June 11, 2012 – At its second annual U.S. Dell Storage Forum customer and partner event, Dell today announced new solutions and services designed to help customers benefit from the further convergence of storage, servers, networking and IT management for improved data center simplicity and performance. These latest offerings advance the Dell Fluid Data architecture and support Dell’s approach to deliver customer-inspired, end-to-end solutions that simplify IT management and deliver efficient results.
According to analyst firm IDC, while virtualization has reduced data center costs by 25 percent, IT organizations still spend 80 percent of their annual budget on maintaining and managing existing systems and only 20 percent on value-added activities and initiatives.1 A converged infrastructure can provide a single, tightly integrated system that reduces the complexity of running IT systems and enables a shared service model of computing that maximizes hardware utilization, improves availability, contains management costs, and reduces time to deployment.
“Dell is redrawing the lines among servers, storage, networking and management to offer customers technology convergence that provides simplicity and improved performance while reducing the operational costs associated with running today’s data centers,” said Brad Anderson, president of Enterprise Solutions Group at Dell. “Our holistic approach helps customers cost-effectively manage the physical, virtual and cloud environments that deliver flexible IT services to support their business goals.”
New Dell EqualLogic Blade Arrays Enable Blade Data Center Convergence
The scalable and easy-to-manage Dell EqualLogic PS-M4110 Blade Arrays provide customers all of the functionality and enterprise-class features of traditional EqualLogic arrays inside a Dell PowerEdge M1000e blade chassis. The new blade arrays combine with Dell 11th or 12th generation PowerEdge blade servers and Dell Force10 or PowerConnect networking switches, enabling customers to run an entire data center within a single compact blade enclosure that helps streamline IT management and operations.
Dell’s first storage blade arrays, like all EqualLogic solutions, are highly virtualized, scale performance along with capacity, and provide automated load balancing to optimize performance and reduce costs associated with running storage systems. They are designed to support virtualized environments, data center infrastructure convergence, and the general storage needs of small and medium-sized deployments.
Multiple EqualLogic Blade Arrays can be configured in less than an hour with a fraction of the set-up time required by other available blade storage solutions. The new arrays also can provide nearly double the usable capacity - 96 percent more – than competitive arrays.2 In addition to leveraging the ease-of-use and all-inclusive software model native to EqualLogic, users can benefit from:
Four different EqualLogic PS-M4110 Blade Array configurations and the ability to store up to 14 terabytes of data per array, up to 28 terabytes per group inside a blade chassis, and up to 56 terabytes with two groups inside one blade chassis
Unique peer-scaling architecture that allows for simultaneous scalability of performance and capacity within and outside the blade chassis
The ability to scale outside the chassis to more than two petabytes of storage in a single group and provide approximately double the usable capacity of a competitive solution inside the chassis 2
EqualLogic set-up and deployment capabilities closely integrated with the blade chassis management console
Flexibility with blade arrays that fit into any slot within the blade chassis
Centralized monitoring and reporting tools that gather and provide in-depth information on performance, capacity and alerts across multiple groups of arrays, enabling improved performance and effective allocation of group resources
Advanced data protection, such as snapshots, clones and replicas, and advanced integration with Microsoft, VMware and Linux platforms wrapped into every solution
Support for multi-generational EqualLogic systems, allowing existing SAN arrays to receive continuous advancements and capabilities as storage and business requirements grow.
Combining the new EqualLogic blade arrays with the latest Dell PowerEdge 12th generation M420 blade servers and Dell Force10 MXL switches, Dell also announced the first pre-tested and certified Dell Converged Blade Data Center solution, a simplified and dense, end-to-end, 10GbE data center contained within a single Dell PowerEdge M1000e blade chassis.
With the convergence of Dell technologies, customers can support up to 48 percent more Microsoft SQL, Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft SharePoint users and up to 42 more users per watt of power compared to a competitive blade server and storage offering.3 Additionally, Dell’s converged solution is notably easier to deploy, with 55 percent fewer major configuration steps to set-up storage alone.2
With the new Dell Converged Blade Data Center solution, customers additionally can benefit from:
A compact, shared footprint that reduces the need for excessive licenses, space, cable configuration and power and cooling costs
Flexible Dell Force10 MXL networking switches, scalable for 1GbE, 10GbE or 40GbE using interchangeable FlexIO modules
The PowerEdge M420, the world’s only quarter height 2-socket blade server, offering extreme computational density, performance and efficiency
End-to-end 10GbE Data Center Bridging (DCB) that enables fabric convergence to help reduce costs as well as enhance quality of service through Ethernet
An integrated approach to infrastructure management that allows administrators to manage the underlying Dell server and storage hardware from their familiar VMware or Microsoft management consoles.
The new EqualLogic Blade Arrays and Dell Converged Blade Data Center solution are complemented by new releases of EqualLogic software that tightly integrate SANs with hosts and applications. With an all-inclusive software licensing model, EqualLogic storage systems include all supporting software applications and tools without additional licensing fees. New software releases include:
EqualLogic Array Software 6.0 - provides real-time data protection with synchronous replication, improved data security, and increased efficiency with snapshot borrowing, volume unmap, and volume undelete features
EqualLogic SAN Headquarters 2.5 - monitoring and analysis tool introduces the Dell Integrated Support feature for automatic diagnostic data collection and transmission to Dell for improved customer experience
EqualLogic Host Integration Tools for Microsoft 4.5 - offers enhanced reliability and availability for Microsoft SharePoint deployments with new Auto-Snapshot Manager for Microsoft SharePoint.
New Dell vStart 1000 for Dell Private Cloud Speeds Application and IT Service Delivery
As customers’ virtualization needs grow, a fully integrated system can simplify virtualization infrastructure. Dell vStart systems include the servers, storage, networking and management tools to help customers quickly create or enhance a virtualized IT environment. With Dell’s latest vStart 1000 for Dell Private Cloud, customers can focus on delivering IT services by taking advantage of Dell’s ability to rapidly provide a pre-integrated, virtualization and private cloud infrastructure while lowering risk from a tried, pre-tested and certified configuration.
The vStart 1000 for Dell Private Cloud includes the first Dell Compellent storage and Dell Force10 networking-based vStart solution, providing the latest example of Dell technology integration from recent acquisitions into its end-to-end solutions portfolio. The new vStart systems include Dell’s VIS Creator cloud automation software that improves IT responsiveness through highly personalized private, public and desktop cloud services by leveraging existing systems and processes. Dell vStart 1000 also is Microsoft Fast Track Private Cloud validated with Microsoft System Center 2012.
By leveraging the new PowerEdge M620, Dell Force10 networking and Compellent fibre channel storage, vStart 1000 provides a mission critical application and private cloud platform with incredible scalability, resiliency and performance." quote from dell
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Thursday, March 29, 2012
Pure Storage is all about giving you and your VMware Server or View environment SSD performance, at a reduced cost.
Check out the message about the Products they have at the Pure Storage Web Site.
Here are a few slides from the Deck they gave us.
Below I have included some pictures provided while at Pure Storage with Tech Field Day – Virtualization Field Day http://techfieldday.com/2012/vfd2
Here are some Video’s they provided.
Other Tech Field Day Blogger’s, Blog Posts.
Pure Storage – Pure Genius (Brandon Riley)
Pure Storage Tackles Storage Shenanigans (Chris Wahl)
Pure Storage’s Impact on VDI – Tech Field Day (Dwayne Lessner)
Tech Field Day Video on Pure Storage.
All content provided by Pure Storage, CC Pure Storage.
I hope you enjoyed this.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
We started off the afternoon at Dell, Talking about the Dell Acquisitions and Solutions, then diving into Scalable Storage Systems, and then Equallogic.
Below is my overview.
Some existing information on Dell Acquisitions.
More information on the Dell Equallogic San’s.
More information on the PS6010 and PS6510
Also make sure to check out Tech Field Day’s blog post.
Blog post link:
Until Next Time!