Dell has launched a raft of technology updates for the data centre, including an update to its EqualLogic storage solutions as well as higher-speed wireless and simplified campus networking switches.
Dell's releases, which come ahead of its annual Dell World conference in Austin, Texas, include an update to its EqualLogic storage array line-up. This includes the PS6210 storage arrays, which Dell said will allow it to deliver flash storage at the price of hard disk solutions, for those customers seeking both faster performance and higher cost efficiency for their virtual environments.
"The new suite of Dell Networking campus solutions enables customers to rapidly deploy and scale campus networks, and maximise efficiency with visibility into the network environment from a single console," the firm explained. "The networking solutions also secure the devices and information at the network edge, leverage existing investments, and can reduce capital expenses by more than 50 percent."
The EqualLogic PS6210 Series arrays arrive in six models, including all-flash, hybrid and all-hard disk drive options. According to Dell, each offers an increased throughput of up to three times higher performance and four times the memory of prior generations, with a faster, more powerful storage controller.
"New flash-enabled arrays can support 2.4 times the virtual desktops and double the OLTP [online transaction processing] database workload performance, with half the latency of prior-generation arrays," Dell claimed. "The scale-out architecture enables organisations to minimise I/O bottlenecks and address growing workloads with flash-enabled SANs [storage area networks] that can achieve more than 1.2 million IOPS [input/output operations per second] with less than two millisecond latency."
The new software running on these arrays is the EqualLogic Array Software 7.0, which includes a simplified user interface for faster virtualisation. This is achieved by streamlining ongoing administration with new policy-based access controls, Dell said. It is also backwards compatible, so the 64bit software version for new arrays works seamlessly with a 32bit version for older arrays, making the update easy to adopt.
Dell also announced SAN Headquarters 3.0, the firm's SAN-monitoring software, which provides in-depth reporting and analysis as well as an upgrade in performance and event monitoring across multiple EqualLogic groups.
As part of its EqualLogic release, Dell also unveiled systems management capabilities for OpenManage, including auto-configuration of servers, which are infrastructure aware to further simplify IT management tasks, deliver better workload and server performance, and to provide additional time and cost-savings to customers.
In terms of networking solutions Dell also unveiled the W-Series and N-Series networking switches. The W-Series Gigabit Wireless Access Points deliver data rates of up to 1.3Gbps for end-to-end wireless infrastructure solutions, Dell said, adding that they use the 802.11ac standard.
"Dell W-AP224/225 are the first purpose-built 802.11ac enterprise access points shipping in the market, allowing customers today to deploy the highest performing Gigabit wireless access points available, up to three-times faster than 802.11n access points," the firm claimed.
The N-Series is a family of energy-efficient, cost-effective one Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and 10GbE switches designed for modernising and scaling campus network infrastructures. The switches also offer the latest open-standard protocols and include technology to interface with Cisco protocols, Dell said.
The EqualLogic PS6210 Series and supporting software are available worldwide this month. The Dell OpenManage enhancements will be available worldwide later in December. The networking W-Series is available worldwide now, while the N-Series is expected in early 2014.
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