Jul 172013
 

Frankly, it doesn’t make sense. EqualLogic has been shipping product for almost ten (10) years now and is the undisputed leader in pure iSCSI SAN solutions in the entire industry. But if you’ve been an EqualLogic SAN client for a number of years now, you want to ask yourself a few questions before you even consider looking beyond an EqualLogic SAN:

  • Have I kept my ProSupport agreements current, renewed, and up-to-date?
  • Have I brought my EqualLogic arrays up to the current code?
  • Have I updated my EqualLogic arrays with any and all appropriate security patches?
  • Have I reached out to my local EqualLogic rep or spoken with my EqualLogic reseller in the past six (6) months for the purpose of getting a technology refresh on EqualLogic?
  • Have I reached out to my noted team above for a Dell EqualLogic roadmap presentation for new products and / or features that will enhance my business environment?

Let’s face it, we’re all busy…and you’re right, that’s no excuse for not hearing from your Dell EqualLogic team. However, you bought your EqualLogic SAN for a reason…perhaps multiple reasons. One of the hot topics nowadays is the issue of integrated backups into your SAN, so before going down that road here are some questions to ask in regard to this (taken from Dell’s own product positioning team):

  • Do you want to risk losing your backups if the primary storage has a bug or there’s a human error?
  • If your backup and recovery solution is poor, how will you easily find a particular file to recover and restore it?
  • What kind of data is taking up the most space?

Thinking about expanding your EqualLogic SAN…? Updated EqualLogic pricing is available and now easier to configure than ever before.

Jul 092013
 

Okay, so you’re an SMB (Small to Mid-Sized Business) with a pretty good idea of how much capacity you need, and you’ve also determined that you’re going to go 10GigE for your storage and computer network.

So, of course you’ve done some research and found that Dell offers the perfect solution in their EqualLogic PS4110 series…great! Now the hard part: Deciding which one to buy. Well, here’s a basic breakdown for you to help you decide:

Model Value Proposition Differentiation
PS4110E Low entry price point

Lowest $/TB in the PS4110 line

Highest capacity arrays in the PS4110 line

Capacity-oriented NL-SAS

12, 24, 36 TB (12 HDD)

7,200 RPM NL-SAS 3.5”

PS4110XV 3.5” Balance of cost, performance and capacity for enterprise data centers High-performance and Capacity SAS

7.2TB (12 HDD)

15K RPM SAS, 3.5”

Remember, you can only have two (2) PS4110 in a single group or logical SAN. This means that you can even have a PS4110E-36TB array in the same group as a PS4110XV-7.2TB where you dedicate your lower-end traffic to the PS4110E and your higher-end (database) traffic to your PS4110XV.

EqualLogic pricing for these units prices these very aggressively, even without any discounts…and with ProSupport plans spanning three, four, or even five years long, these 10GigE iSCSI SAN units can go a long way in providing the SMB with capacity and feature-rich SAN functionality for years.

Jan 182013
 

Wish you could have the best of both worlds sometimes? Most do. Dell EqualLogic recognizes the fact that some organizations just might have “those kinds of networks” that contain both low-end data (e.g. file data) but also some high-end applications and databases that must never go down as they push the highest thresholds of IO data known to man. For these types of networks where one would need multi-tiering in a single array, Dell EqualLogic has answered with the PS6500ES and the PS6510ES.

In both 1 Gigabit (PS6500ES) and 10GigE (PS6510ES) flavors, these iSCSI SAN units will contain seven (7) 400GB SSD drives and forty-one (41) 2TB NL-SAS drives, issuing close to 85TBs worth of raw capacity. Dell EqualLogic says, “…these hybrid arrays bring you auto-tiering that keeps your hot data readily accessible on low-latency SSD drives and your colder data on high-capacity, near-line SAS drives (NL-SAS), all within one array. For tiered workloads, the PS6510ES can process up to 360% more IOPS with 75% reduced IO average latency when compared to PS6510-X.”

EqualLogic pricing for these units will be available later today for these units, and each must come with a 3-, 4-, or 5-year ProSupport (Next Business Day, Non-Critical 4-Hour, or Mission Critical) package. So whether you have some very high transactional databases or demanding media applications, data warehousing needs, or even a large virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), the Dell EqualLogic PS6500ES and / or PS6510ES arrays can consolidate those multi-tier workloads into one single iSCSI storage array. And as with any other EqualLogic arrays, these units come standard with all of the advanced software and storage features from the start.

Nov 022012
 

A few weeks ago, Dell EqualLogic released its new EqualLogic pricing sheets. Here’s a quick summary of the major changes and what to now expect for EqualLogic pricing:

Pre-Sales ProSupport
With every EqualLogic SAN, a ProSupport package must be purchased…this much we know. Previous to the recent changes, it was common to have 1, 3, 4, and 5-year ProSupport options at your EqualLogic pricing disposal for all three ProSupport packages (Mission Critical, Non-Critical with Same Day Response, and Non-Critical with Next Business Day Response).

The 1-Year option has been eliminated, so the minimum term can be three (3) years of ProSupport. All ProSupport options have stayed the same, but when getting EqualLogic pricing be sure to ask Dell or your Dell reseller to break out the ProSupport pricing so you know exactly how much you’re paying for that ProSupport option.

PS4100 and PS4110 Reductions
For both the PS4100 series (Gigabit) and the PS4110 series (10GigE), many of the SAS units have been removed from the current price list and are now considered End of Sale. Examples of such units that were removed from the EqualLogic pricing lists include many of the units that were perceived as overlap to the EqualLogic PS6100 and PS 6110 series of arrays, particularly in the SAS side.

The only SAS model that is now available for the PS4100 series is the PS4100XV-7.2TB array (with 3.5” drive size), and the same capacity size also applies to the 10GigE series with the PS4110XV-7.2TB (with 3.5” drive size) being the sole survivor. There still might be inventory for some of these recently End of Sale’d units, but only inquire on these units if you have the ability to procure these units immediately as inventory on these is running out fast.