Sep 052012

A number of new developments from the EqualLogic team were announced at Dell Storage Forum Boston. In addition to the EqualLogic PS-M4110 Blade Array, a number of software updates were announced, including:

EqualLogic Array Software v6.0
SAN Headquarters 2.5
Host Integration Tools for Microsoft 4.5

These updates are available on the EqualLogic Support website at no cost for customers with a valid support contract.

EqualLogic Array Software v6.0

EqualLogic™ Array Software can bring users advanced SAN functionality that automatically virtualizes and optimizes storage resources. Release 6.0 offers features you have come to know and rely on, along with:

Real-time data protection with synchronous replication
Increased efficiency with snapshot borrowing, volume unmapping (also known as re-thinning), and volume undelete
Improved data security, incorporating full-encrypting SED drives and IPSEC

And as always, Array Software 6.0 will run on your legacy EqualLogic systems that are under agreement valid support contract, allowing you to bring these advanced enterprise-class SAN features into your existing environment without additional licensing costs. EqualLogic is multi-generational, so as storage and business requirements grow, your existing SAN resources receive continuous advancements and capabilities.

SAN Headquarters 2.5

SAN Headquarters is a full-featured monitoring and analysis tool for EqualLogic storage arrays that enables you to analyze and optimize storage performance and resource allocation. With SAN Headquarters 2.5, available Fall 2012, there will be support for the new EqualLogic Array Software 6.0 features and automatic diagnostic data collection and transmission to Dell Support—designed to expedite resolution of issues and to lay the groundwork for Dell Integrated Support.

Host Integration Tools for Microsoft 4.5
EqualLogic Host Integration Tools are designed to simplify management and operation of the EqualLogic SAN through tight integration with Microsoft, VMware and Linux operating platforms and applications.
Host integration tools for Microsoft tightly integrate EqualLogic arrays with your Microsoft operating system and applications to enable consistent data protection, optimized performance, and streamlined management and operation.

Available this fall, HIT/Microsoft 4.5 will include:

Auto-Snapshot Manager/Microsoft Edition (ASM/ME) for Microsoft SharePoint Server (MOSS)
Single Sign-on for PowerShell
Support for Microsoft platforms and applications, including SQL Server 2012
Support for EqualLogic Array Software v6.0 features including: Volume Unmapping, Volume Undelete, and Snapshot Borrowing

For more information on Host Integration Tools, SAN Headquarters, and EqualLogic Array Software, visit

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