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New Product Parade at Dell Storage Forum

Using its Dell Storage Forum as a backdrop, Dell took the wraps off AppAssure 5 and other new products for its Dell Fluid Data architecture, including an enterprise class distributed file system, a Compellent platform designed to dynamically unify block and file data, the second generation of EqualLogic and PowerVault NAS solutions, and a Dell Brocade 16GB Fibre Channel switch.

Dell is offering AppAssure 5 less than four months after buying AppAssure, and the word is out that Dell is pouring resources into this backup product, which helps customers continuously protect business information, and move and recover data anywhere with high levels of scale, speed and efficiency.

According to Dell, "New AppAssure capabilities include greater scalability and performance utilizing a newly architected, object-based data repository to back up and protect larger data sets as well as Big Data applications. The solution also utilizes built-in, block-level deduplication and compression across data sets to automatically reduce the storage capacity required for backups and decreases WAN bandwidth requirements for replication by only transmitting optimized data. Additional support for Linux and localized language support is expected later this year."

The latest release of the Dell Fluid File System with the new Dell Compellent FS8600 NAS represents the final step in offering customers file capabilities across each of Dell's primary storage platforms -- Compellent, EqualLogic and PowerVault.

The next generation Compellent array, comprised of the SC 8000 and FS 8600 is designed to reduce the total cost of ownership by managing a virtualized, scalable pool of disks to expand up and out across block and file data without forklift upgrades.

The second generation of EqualLogic and PowerVault NAS solutions featuring Dell's Fluid File System include the EqualLogic FS7600 and FS7610 and the PowerVault NX3600 and NX 3610.

The Brocade 16GB Fibre Channel Switch is an entry level product which complements the mid-range Brocade 6510 and 8510 SAN backbone. According to Dell, "Certified for Dell Compellent arrays, the series helps simplify scale-out network design to reduce network complexity, management and costs, while helping maximize overall port density and space utilization through massive consolidation of legacy SANs."

Posted by Bruce Hoard on 06/13/2012 at 12:48 PM


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