That’s right, you read that right! Dell EqualLogic is working to maintain its #1 position as the leading iSCSI SAN provider in the industry with its new hybrid-flash iSCSI SAN solutions. And you can bet that more of these flash-based and hybrid-flash solutions will be on the way soon. In the meantime, let’s take a look at two (2) new hybrid-flash arrays by Dell EqualLogic.
When the EqualLogic PS6500 series of arrays first broke into the iSCSI SAN scene (with its codename “Sumo”), it immediately gained credibility with its drive densities. Each of the PS6500 arrays carries 48 drives, and the PS6500ES is no different…a snapshot will reveal:
- Raw capacity: 84.4TBs
- Dual 1GbE controllers with a total of 4 GB battery-backed memory per array
- Seven (7) 400 GB SSDs + Forty-one (41) 2 TB NL-SAS
- RAID Support: RAID 6 Accelerated
- Can be combined with other EqualLogic PS Series arrays in the same SAN group, online; up to 16 total members per group (do the math on that one!!!)
Combine this bad boy with the recently-announced FluidFS v3 of the EqualLogic FS7600, and now you have compression and deduplication! EqualLogic pricing will reveal a very competitively priced EqualLogic FS6500ES that will allow it to go head-to-head against any so-called hybrid-flash solution out there on the market.
This array is essentially the same as the PS6500ES…except for the fact that it is 10GigE instead of 1GigE. Plus, this array has two (2) 10GigE ports per controller. Other than this, all of the drive amounts, sizes, and features are the same. And once again, EqualLogic pricing will reveal this to be a very competitively priced 10GigE iSCSI SAN for a hybrid-flash array.