Dell has used its annual Storage Forum in Orlando to debut a new storage architecture based around its Fluid Data Architecture and designed to simplify scaling while reducing costs.
The company announced the EqualLogic FS7500, a network attached storage unit designed to work in conjunction with Dell's existing EqualLogic range of SAN appliances.
The device supports CIFS and NFS, and is integrated with EqualLogic management tools and can handle raw file shares of up to 510TB.
Dell has also upgraded the EqualLogic software, adding iSCSI networking via Data Centre Bridging support and load balancing improvements. It has also been designed to integrate better with VMware vSphere 4.1.
The new systems are the first step in Dell's move to its Fluid Data Architecture system, and scalability will be key, delegates at the conference were told.
The FS7500 has been designed with this in mind, and Dell has several further products coming on-stream to provide complementary services.
Dell will begin selling Compellent storage systems later this year with 16Gbit/s Fibre Channel connectivity, and PowerVault MD3600f storage arrays with
eight similar 8Gbit/s ports.
"We continue to transform our storage business through acquisitions and developing our own intellectual property. Our Fluid Data Architecture helps customers lower the complexity and cost of managing data," said Darren Thomas, general manager of Dell Storage.
"Today's announcements demonstrate significant progress toward that strategy with products that demonstrate the power of integration and innovation across our portfolio of solutions."
The two companies have been going head-to-head in the storage arena and both sides look committed to competition.
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