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November 16, 2012

Dell expands storage portfolio

New Compellent Storage Center 6.3 features 16Gb Fibre Channel from server to switch to storage

By CBR Staff Writer

Dell has expanded its storage portfolio with enhanced fficiency, performance and protection which claimed to help customers further optimise data at every point in its lifecycle.

The company has introduced two new applications, including Compellent and PowerVault MD3 software, which are designed to increases performance and automation.

New Compellent Storage Center 6.3 array software is claimed to offer enhanced scalability and performance for Dell Compellent arrays.

Compellent SC8000 controllers with Storage Center 6.3 software can increase performance up to 100 % over previous versions when running enterprise workloads and can double bandwidth featuring 16Gb Fibre Channel from server to switch to storage.

The Compellent arrays are designed for medium to large enterprises and cloud computing, and also offers enhanced in class automated tiering, advanced data protection.

Storage Center 6.3 includes synchronous replication enhancements that improve resiliency for data recovery and provide multi-site replication flexibility designed to reduce recovery time and recovery point objectives.

It also includes expanded Microsoft integration with new Windows Server 2012 support, enhanced security and reduced administration time with Active Directory and LDAP support and offers improved federal government security by supporting USGv6/IPv6 requirements for a wide range of available IP addresses.

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Dell PowerVault MD3 software enhancements are calimed to offer enhanced data protection, performance, capacity and virtualisation capabilities.

The data protection enhancements include dynamic disk pools that simplify disk management and improve rebuild performance by distributing data across all drives, decreasing significant recovery time of drive failures.

New PowerVault MD3 software application integration and efficiency capabilities include VMware vStorage APIs for Array Integration (VAAI) support, while the new thin provisioning capabilities enable arrays to automatically allocate storage needed for simplified and cost-effective expansion of capacity.

Dell has introduced new applications to its data protection portfolio, which include PowerVault DL4000, Quest NetVault Backup 9.0 and PowerVault DL2300.

PowerVault DL4000 is a backup appliance based on Dell AppAssure software that provides backup and disaster recovery solution for business-critical applications and data with enhanced integration of software and system management.

Quest NetVault Backup 9.0, the Quest data protection software integrates with NetVault Extended Architecture (NetVault XA), features a new graphical user interface and a set of shared services to unite multiple Quest data protection technologies for simpler management.

The software enables mid- to large-sized organisations to simplify data protection while protecting critical applications in physical and virtual heterogeneous environments.

NetVault’s cross-platform capabilities are expanded to Windows Server 2012 and Novell Open Enterprise Server 11.

Dell PowerVault DL2300 is a data protection appliance that combines Dell PowerEdge 12th generation servers with CommVault Simpana 9 modern data protection software to offer large enterprises with data backup, recovery, replication, archiving and de-duplication for both physical and virtual servers in one easy-to-set-up, pre-tested application.

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