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Dell beefs up its Equalogic PS4000 array

Sleek, sexy storage for SMBs
Wed Jun 17 2009, 21:27

DELL SAYS IT HAS released new offerings in its EqualLogic PS4000 storage array line aimed specifically at SMBs and remote offices, boasting "all inclusive" software packages filled with goodies like storage virtualization, thin provisioning, server virtualization integration and more.


The firm says it will add three new iSCSI SAN arrays to its lineup, the PS4000E, PS4000X, and PS4000XV, all of which apparently integrate with previous EqualLogic kit.


Dell is marketing the move to SMBs as "peer scaling", something the firm reckons will tempt cash strapped businesses buy the minimum capacity needed, luring them with promises of no large upfront costs and easy scale up capability. Dell says that as a firm's data requirements increase, punters can add a second PS4000 or a high-end PS6000 to meet the demands.

The computer maker is touting its PS4000E as a high capacity offering with "the lowest cost per gigabyte," whilst boasting the PS4000X counts 600GB and 450GB 10,000 RPM SAS disk drives and the PS4000XV gives high strong random IOPS performance.

On the software side of things, Dell says it will be throwing in some data protection with its Auto-Snapshot Manager/VMware Edition (ASM/VE) 2.0, Advanced Multi-Path I/O (MPIO) functionality in vSphere 4.0 and VMWare vStorage. µ



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