Sep 202013
 

Now that you’ve fixed your storage problem by buying that new EqualLogic iSCSI SAN, what about addressing shared access through standards protocols such as CIFS/SMB and NFS…? Unfortunately, your typical SAN – not even the mighty EqualLogic iSCSI SAN – will address such protocols directly. What to do…?

Customer demand has driven the answer: the EqualLogic FS7600 / FS7610 NAS appliance.

Instead of having to find or purchase a separate NAS to address their CIFS/SMB and NFS protocols and shared access, EqualLogic clients can now have a NAS solution that fully integrates into your current or future EqualLogic SAN. Please note: The Dell EqualLogic FS7600 / 7610 must be used in conjunction with an EqualLogic iSCSI SAN array…it cannot be used as a standalone NAS.

There are two (2) versions of the EqualLogic NAS: 1) the 1-Gigabit solution (FS7600), and 2) the 10GigE solution (FS7610). These NAS appliances are the second generation appliances, stemming from the EqualLogic FS7500 series.

Dell Storage’s website indicates that, “Deployment and management of the FS7600 Series is fully integrated into EqualLogic Group Manager, including administration, monitoring and maintenance operations. Group Manager automates the initial setup and configuration of your FS7600 system, simplifying the process of creating volumes and shares.

Key Benefits of the Dell EqualLogic FS7600 FS7610 NAS:

  • Unified IP storage solution (iSCSI, CIFS, NFS)
  • Single file share scalability up to the full capacity of the EqualLogic deployment, currently validated to 509TB
  • Asynchronous, file system-level, snapshot-based replication to peer FS7600 Series systems
  • User-restorable snapshots
  • NDMP Back-Up
  • Compatible with all EqualLogic arrays running a current firmware version
  • Integrated with Group Manager, easy-to-use EqualLogic management software, or use the Command Line Interface (CLI)
  • Inclusive software delivery model
  • Single namespace with load balanced IO
  • Mirrored, battery-backed write cache
  • RAID 5, 6, 10, 50C”

As with all EqualLogic devices, EqualLogic pricing is available for both the EqualLogic FS7600 as well as the EqualLogic FS7610.

Sep 132013
 

As I mentioned in my previous EqualLogic blog(s), EqualLogic pricing has gone down over the years, allowing clients to take advantage of some great cost-per-TB solutions. But many clients have admitted that even with some very aggressive price drops, the low price still might not be enough to secure a much-needed EqualLogic SAN.

Dell’s recent product announcements (such as the Dell Enterprise Forum US) have recently revealed some very insightful and much anticipated news about solutions and financing that many clients have been waiting for for a long time. The focus of this particular blog posting will focus on the specials and incentives around the financing aspect of Dell solutions, particularly around the EqualLogic iSCSI SAN.

Through Dell Financial Services (DFS), Dell has announced two (2) leasing options: 1) 0% EqualLogic Lease Offer and 2) Power Up Lease Offer.

0% EqualLogic Lease Offer
Let’s take, for example, you decided to finance $25,000 worth of EqualLogic hardware, software (ProSupport), and installation for a 36-month Finance Lease (Ownership). Because of the 0% EqualLogic Lease option, you would see:

  • Average Monthly Payment: $694
  • Sum of Payments: $25,000
  • Impact to Annual Budget: $8,328
  • Opportunity Cost: $1,173 (what you might save on interest assuming a 3% over 36 months)

Power Up Lease Offer
Now, it gets even better…what if you wanted to take the same $25,000 EqualLogic amount and opt for a 36-month Fair Market Value Lease (Rotation). Let’s take a look at the breakdown here:

  • Average Monthly Payment: $663
  • Sum of Payments: $23,861
  • Impact to Annual Budget: $7,956
  • Opportunity Cost: $2,312 (what you might save on interest assuming a 3% over 36 months)

So, compare the above two options to a straight Net 30 Terms purchase via purchase order. Your initial cash outlay is $25,000…your sum of payments is $25,000, and your impact to your annual budget is $25,000. And did I mention the business tax advantages of leasing…? Well, talk to your accountant about that…we’re just here to share our Dell EqualLogic findings and EqualLogic pricing with you…

Mar 062013
 

Have you ever wished you could just borrow some equipment for a short-term project? Maybe you’re migrating to a new platform and just need some breathing room while you make the move.

Here are several situations where renting, not buying, may make sense:

Data Center Migration – Rentals keep a data center operational during a move with critical ‘swing’ equipment for your migration.

Software Testing, Proof-of-Concept, or Virtualization Planning – Rentals enable a full load test of new hardware or software, matching production environment.

Facing Peak Capacity Issues or Planning a Short-Term Project – Renting is a cost-effective option for seasonal or short-term business needs.

Creating a Disaster Recovery or Business Continuity Plan – In the event of a disaster or unplanned outage, rentals can keep your business running.

Managing Infrastructure During an Asset Acquisition Freeze – Renting is typically an expense on the balance sheet – not a capital outlay. As a result, it might be an easier case to make to your CFO.

There are many sources for refurbished gear; from ebay to the top disposition handling companies. For corporate projects, I would steer clear of “self-service” goods via ebay, etc. Contact 4Storage for options on acquiring industrial strength gear at self-service prices.

Here are a couple of 3-month EqualLogic rental examples:

Model Per Month (Estimated)
S6510E – 48TB $4,875/month
PS6010XV – 9.6TB $3,900/month
PS6510E – 96TB $7,020/month



Keep in mind that inventory is in constant flux so contact us early to get in the queue. We’ll put you on our “watch list” for the gear you need.

 Posted by at 11:22 am
May 172012
 

(Author’s Note: This is a bit off-topic for this blog but we thought since it came directly from Michael Dell’s tweet stream we should repost it here. For more information on this program, email Tony G.)

– Promotional offer enables customers to manage their budget with fixed monthly payments and a zero-percent $1 buyout lease on all EqualLogic storage equipment
– The promotion is the first zero-percent financing offer available to Dell channel partners

Dell Financial Services (DFS) is offering zero percent financing on Dell’s award winning EqualLogic storage systems for growing businesses feeling the pressure of data growth. With the offer, small and medium businesses have access direct from Dell and through trusted partners to highly virtualized storage technology that scales with their business, enabling them to manage and store critical data as they grow.

The Zero-Percent EqualLogic promotion helps small and medium businesses manage their growing data storage needs while preserving their capital for sales, marketing and R&D. Dell EqualLogic arrays, regardless of generation, work together to automatically manage data, load balance across all resources and scale as business demands change. A recent analysis by analyst firm Enterprise Strategy Group found Dell EqualLogic systems have the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO).Today’s offer includes a zero percent $1 buyout lease on a 36-month term on all EqualLogic storage equipment. Dell Financial Services helps customers manage their budget with fixed monthly payments.

“The number of devices, data movement and usage makes storage a crucial component of accommodating business growth. However, access to capital remains an obstacle for many small and medium businesses looking to scale their IT infrastructures, “said Erik Reichman, vice president and general manager, Dell Financial Services for Small and Medium Business. “With Dell Financial Services, we eliminate a key barrier for customers who can now move forward on long delayed purchases.”

Dell Financial Services understands customers’ technology needs. DFS delivers customized payment solutions to better manage cash flow. In addition, DFS financing experts are seamlessly integrated into Dell’s sales process making financing Dell technology a hassle-free experience.

“Finding capital-efficient technical solutions that speed time to market while providing scale and leverage is the holy grail for entrepreneurs,” said Lauren Flanagan, Executive Chairman, Current Motor. “Thanks to Dell Financial Services we can use our capital for sales, marketing and R&D. We can grow faster this way.”

Zero Percent Promotional Financing from Dell Financial Services a Dell Channel First

The Zero-Percent EqualLogic promotion is the first zero-percent offer for the Dell partner channel, making it easier for Dell small and medium business channel partners who are storage certified to help their customers acquire business-critical storage. Dell is committed to being a long-term partner for the channel community and is using this offering to set the standard for integration of Dell Financial Services with the PartnerDirect community.

“Dell’s storage solutions, based on the Fluid Data Architecture, enable the right data to be available at the right time for efficient and rapid access and analysis,” said Brian Garrett, vice president, ESG Labs. “This offer makes it easier for small and medium businesses to address not only the technology pain point, but also the business pain point of cash flow. Dell is also recognizing how important channel partners are to their SMB customers by making this offer available through them.”

“The Zero-Percent Dell Financial Services EqualLogic offering is a sign of our commitment to making it easy for our partners to work with Dell, enabling them to help growing businesses store their data while providing a flexible way to manage their budget with fixed monthly payments,” added Greg Davis, vice president and general manager Dell Global Commercial Channel.

Pricing and Availability

The Zero-Percent EqualLogic offering is a 36-month zero percent $1 Buyout lease on all EqualLogic storage components[ii] with no minimum purchase amounts necessary and runs through August 3, 2012. The $1 buyout lease gives customers a predictable budget with fixed payments through the end-of-lease term and equipment ownership. In addition, equipment may qualify for a standard depreciation schedule (tax treatment).

For more information, email Tony G.

 Posted by at 8:19 am