Feb 242011

Huh…? What’s multi-tiering…? Well, you may have heard about auto-tiering or automatic tiering or sub-volume tiering…thing like that. Same family…they practically do the same thing, so we’ll lump them all into the category of multi-tiering for now. Yeah, you can argue with me later about the details and differences, but for now…listen up.

I’m no techie, but I’m smart enough to know that some of you out there have some pretty big honkin’ applications and files out there. Whether it’s large image files, document imaging, clustering, whatever…you just want to wrap yourself up in that big Dell EqualLogic SAN fleece blanket and not have to wake up at 2:37am each night – drenched in a cold sweat – and worry about having to make it to the office so darn early to make sure those heavy files will get pushed through.


The EqualLogic PS6000XVS and PS6010XVS iSCSI SAN arrays. You know that SAS normally does the trick, but you just need a bit more juice…but your boss can’t just justify spending money on a pure SSD-drive EqualLogic iSCSI SAN unit either, so you what do you do…? Of course…you go to our Self-Service EqualLogic Pricing page and get a quote on a hybrid – either the PS6000XVS (this one’s for GigE networks) or the PS6010XVS (this one’s for 10GigE). You’d want to use one of these arrays for:

  • You run a strong variety of mixed applications in your network while each has its own heavy and demanding requirements
  • Use with highly dynamic (“hot”) data-intensive applications
  • Virtual desktop data / Virtual desktop implementations (VDI)
  • Applications that have sporadic read / writes

The question is: What are your IOPS running and / or peaking at…? The EqualLogic XVS units you’ll find on our EqualLogic Pricing page will give you a strong blend of SSD and SAS drives, but let’s make sure you need the speed and performance before driving off with one, all right…? Give us a shout…we can help.

 Posted by at 12:01 pm
Feb 182011

The cat is out of the bag! The dates for the next big EqualLogic Conference have been announced this evening via an email to previous attendees and others. I highly recommend that everyone marks their calendars and makes room in their budgets to attend this awesome and highly educational event. The conference will be held in Orlando, Florida at the Hilton Disney World resort and conference center on June 5th – 10th, 2011. I am very excited about about both the venue choice and the time frame chosen for the event. It will definitely be a great time of the year to visit Florida, especially for those of us who have had to suffer through a rough winter!

The last conference, which was held in San Diego, CA, was an excellent and highly educational event which included:

* A special presentation from Michael Dell
* An awesome exhibitor floor featuring Juniper, Veeam, Dell Servers, Kace, and others
* Hands on training classes with EqualLogic hardware
* Great presentations from some very intelligent EQL Engineers including: Will Urban, David Glynn, Said A Syed, Laz Vekiarides, Jerry Daugherty, Tony Ansley to name a few.
* Excellent Networking Environment amongst EQL customers
* Great food!!

If all of that isn’t enough to keep us happy, I have “heard” there will be a few new additions to this conference. I can’t mention any specifics, just keep an eye out for more information coming soon!

I hope everyone is able to attend the conference this time around, but if you cannot make it I look forward to providing great coverage from the event to showcase the great experience that Dell/EqualLogic presents. There will also be excellent coverage provided from the Dell TechCenter (@iSCSIKing @SanPenguin ,etc) and of course tons of coverage on Twitter under the #EQLConf hash tag. Also, I look forward to meeting many of my blog readers at the conference, I know many of you were unable to attend the previous conference due to budgets and time constraints, so now is the time to get your travel requests approved!

 Posted by at 5:44 pm