FRANKFURT: Dell has officially unveiled its Fluid Cache for SAN (storage area network) tool, touting its ability to handle large workloads and boost efficiency as firms store and access ever-growing data sets.
The firm touted the product at its Dell Enterprise Forum (DEF) event in Germany, having provided a preview of the tool at Dell World last year. Dell said the Fluid Cache for SAN tool can handle five million random input/output operations per second (IOPS), which it claims is the highest in the industry.
Dell also said that in tests within its own labs it had achieved a 99 percent improvement on application response times using the Fluid Cache technology on the same hardware, while it can also handle a six-fold increase in users, rising from 2,200 to 14,000.
Forrest Norrod, vice president for Dell's Server Solutions division, said the tool was a true converged solution as it brought together Dell's expertise in the server, storage and networking markets.
"It provides extremely high performance, availability and data protection at all times," he added.
Fluid Cache for SAN will arrive first for Linux and VMware environments with support for other operating systems then following, with "all major operating systems" set to be supported, Norrod added.
Norrod said the technology can be managed through a single system in order to reduce the complexity to IT teams. "If you’re going to have a converged solution you want one pane of glass to manage the data, regardless of where it is in the system," he said.
As part of the release the firm has also updated its Compellent Storage Centre 6.5 array software, enabling users to store more data on fewer disk drives by offering improved compression tools.
The update also supports self-encrypting drives – both hard disks and solid-state disks – to help organisations such as governments and healthcare providers store data within the service and access it while adhering to security needs.
Both Fluid Cache for SAN and the Compellent Storage Centre 6.5 array software upgrade will be available by the end of June.
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