Dell unveils server storage solutions
EMC and Dell offer new networking solutions for blade servers and CX4 Storage Arrays, but no services in Middle East
Data centres can now be more easily virtualised and consolidated due to new storage and networking options announced by hardware vendor Dell.
The new and upgraded offerings from Dell and business alliance partner EMC include the CX4 Storage Arrays with 10-Gigabit Ethernet and networking solutions for blade servers - Dell's High Port Count Gigabit Ethernet Solution which features PowerConnect M6348 48-port Gigabit Ethernet Blade Switch.
Both EMC and Dell have announced a series of complementary services including SAN solution design services and back-up integration design but these are currently not available in the Middle East region.
"Ethernet is increasingly being chosen as the networking technology for storage as customers look to consolidate and virtualise their data centres. With a 10 gigabit option and its inherent advantages in virtualised environments, Ethernet's case gets even stronger as the most simple and capable networking fabric," explained Mohamed Halawa, enterprise marketing manager at Dell Middle East.
Among the new features that have been added to the CX4 Arrays are 10Gb iSCSI, complying to the new iSCSI protocol, and extending performance beyond the 1Gb connectivity that is available today. Dell says that adding 10Gb iSCSI enables customers to affordably consolidate stranded servers onto an existing SAN, support more virtual servers and aggregate multiple 1Gb iSCSI connections to fewer 10Gb ones.
In addition to that, end-users in this field are able to make the most of virtualisation management software Navisphere, which Dell claims simplifies storage in virtual environments with automation which has the potential to drastically reduce reporting time.
On the server blade-side, as part of the new networking solutions announced, Dell claims its High Port Count Gigabit Ethernet Solution is the highest port count single switch I/O module on the market compared to other top-tier x86 server vendors.