Dell Ships New EqualLogic Storage Arrays

By Stuart J. Johnston

Dell announced Monday it is shipping two new EqualLogic NAS storage solutions -- the PS4100 Series and PS6100 Series -- that support up to 36 TB and 72 TB disk capacities in a single drive array respectively.

Dell's (NASDAQ: DELL) EqualLogic PS6100 Series, which is designed for mid-sized businesses, can scale up to 1.2 petabytes (PB) per group, meeting the storage requirements of highly virtualized datacenter environments where seamless movement and protection of virtual machines, applications and data is crucial, according to Dell statements.

Meanwhile, the PS4100 Series is designed for small to mid-sized businesses and remote offices.

Additionally, besides 3.5-inch drives, both series support 2.5-inch drives, giving users as much as a 60 percent performance improvement on similar workloads when compared to previous generation EqualLogic arrays, Dell claims.

The PS4100 Series is available in a 2U rack mount that can hold 24 2.5-inch drives for a total of 21.6 TB or 12 3.5-inch drives for a total of 36 TB, while the PS6100 Series comes as a 2U model that can hold 24 2.5-inch drives for a total of 21.6 TB or a 4U design that can hold 24 3.5-inch drives for a total of 72 TB.

Company officials also said they are now shipping the EqualLogic FS7500 storage array, which comes with the Dell Scalable File System and provides enhanced capabilities, including cache monitoring, load balancing and multi-threading for fast I/O processing.

Further, the latest EqualLogic firmware in both series -- version 5.1 -- provides thin provisioning for VMware's vSphere to enable users to save valuable recovery time and mitigate the risk of data loss.

Dell also said it will ship in the next two quarters new VMware-specific enhancements for Dell EqualLogic, Dell Compellent and Dell PowerVault storage customers.

Those will include EqualLogic Host Integration Tools for VMware 3.1, Compellent Storage Replication Adapter for VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5, and PowerVault Integration with VMware vSphere.

Dell's EqualLogic PS4100 and PS6100 series storage arrays start at $9,499 and $30,699, respectively, while Dell's EqualLogic FS7500 starts at $32,700.

Stuart J. Johnston is a contributing editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals. Follow him on Twitter @stuartj1000.

This article was originally published on August 23, 2011