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.

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.