Dell today announced a new Dell EqualLogic storage solution and supporting software, to help customers address the data management requirements of increasingly dynamic and virtualised data centers. The company also released details of new integration across its storage portfolio with the forthcoming VMware vSphere 5 virtualisation and cloud infrastructure platform.
Today’s announcements represent another milestone in the continued evolution of Dell Fluid Data solutions, designed to help customers more effectively manage valuable business information in virtualised data centers.
“Organisations of all sizes continue to place a priority on boosting IT asset efficiency while improving IT responsiveness to business pressures. Ever greater exploitation of virtualisation is a key element in these efforts, and the deployment of flexible and intelligent storage systems is frequently the key to successful efforts,” said Richard Villars, IDC VP for storage and IT strategies.
“Dell’s continued investment in advanced yet cost effective storage solutions along with a continued expansion of its enterprise service and solutions organisation, puts the company in a strong position to help IT organisations get the most from their data centers, today, and in the future,” said Villars.
“The new EqualLogic capabilities mark a significant next step in the evolution of the Dell Fluid Data architecture and extend Dell’s leadership in virtualised IP-based storage solutions that are easy to manage,” said Kobus de Beer, Dell South Africa, enterprise brand manager.
“The new storage arrays and virtualisation tools can help our customers run highly optimised and efficient data centers by automating configuration and improving performance without forcing forklift upgrades, said de Beer.
“VMware and Dell have proven time and time again that the integration of storage infrastructures and virtual environments can have a dramatic impact on a customer’s ability to increase flexibility while streamlining IT management,” said Narayan Venkat, VMware VP for product management and storage.
“Our joint engineering efforts to integrate Dell storage solutions with the VMware platform continue to help customers grow their environments, meet business needs, and more efficiently manage business requirements without adding complexity or cost,” said Venkat.
“Any small or medium-sized company can do big things with the right technology,” said Jonathan Franconi, Guard Insurance Group network administrator and technology coordinator.
“We’ve virtualised about 113 apps, which represents 95 percent of our infrastructure, with Dell and VMware technology. Our business operations depend on the reliability of our IT network, and with a virtual infrastructure we can better protect our data and keep it highly available with Dell EqualLogic storage and Dell PowerEdge servers,” said Franconi.
“With the latest release of the Dell EqualLogic PS Series platform, Dell is expanding on the mid-market storage standard it has set in terms of ease of use, reliability and performance,” said Steve Bishop, Chief Technology Officer, Atlanta-based VeriStor Systems, a Dell PartnerDirect reseller.
“This new series of storage arrays continues to integrate seamlessly with VMware and builds on the innovative Dell EqualLogic platform we trust for our mid-market virtual infrastructure implementations as well as our growing cloud-based disaster recovery services,” said Bishop.