Dell Moves Fluid Data Architecture Forward with Latest Advances in Storage Efficiency, Performance and Protection

  Dell Moves Fluid Data Architecture Forward with Latest Advances in Storage
  Efficiency, Performance and Protection

  *New Dell Compellent Storage Center 6.3 can increase performance up to 100
    percent over previous versions when running enterprise workloads^1 and can
    double bandwidth as the first storage array featuring end-to-end 16Gb
    Fibre Channel from server to switch to storage
  *New Dell PowerVault MD3 array software offers enhanced data protection,
    capacity utilization, and virtualization capabilities in an affordable,
    high performance solution
  *Dell data protection portfolio bolstered by new solutions, including the
    Dell PowerVault DL4000, providing feature-rich AppAssure software
    optimized in a 1U backup appliance

Dell Storage Forum Paris 2012

Business Wire

PARIS -- November 15, 2012

At its second EMEA Dell Storage Forum customer and partner event, Dell today
unveiled a series of end-to-end storage portfolio updates designed to advance
the Fluid Data architecture and to help customers further optimize data at
every point in its lifecycle.

“The nature of IT and what a data center should do for an organization is
changing rapidly as customers face multiple and often competing models of how
technology is delivered — from client to cloud to converged,” said Darren
Thomas, vice president and general manager, Dell Storage. “Dell is best
positioned with an end-to-end storage architecture that can optimize data at
every point in its lifecycle through intelligence and automation. Dell’s Fluid
Data Architecture enables new capabilities that power the data center, so
customers can drive real business results.”

New Dell Compellent and PowerVault MD3 Software Increases Performance and

Dell Compellent Storage Center 6.3 array software unveiled today offers
enhanced scalability and performance for Dell Compellent arrays. Compellent
SC8000 controllers with Storage Center 6.3 software can increase performance
up to 100 percent over previous versions when running enterprise workloads.^1
Additionally, with this release, Dell is the first storage provider to
announce end-to-end 16Gb Fibre Channel capability — from server to switch to
storage — doubling bandwidth and speeding access to business critical
applications and data.

Designed for medium to large enterprises and cloud computing, Dell Compellent
arrays offer best in class automated tiering, advanced data protection and
superior ease of use. These features combine with a highly scalable, modular
design that enables users to update storage software at no additional cost and
easily expand without requiring a “rip and replace” of their existing
infrastructure. According to a new IDC White Paper, commissioned by Dell,
Compellent installations had almost twice as long a productive life span than
non-Dell storage solutions with organizations replacing Compellent every 6.9
years compared to 3.5 years for their other storage environments.^2

Additional enterprise enhancements from Storage Center 6.3 announced today

  *Synchronous replication enhancements that can improve resiliency for data
    recovery and provide multi-site replication flexibility designed to reduce
    recovery time and recovery point objectives;
  *Expanded Microsoft integration with new Windows Server 2012 support;
  *Enhanced security and reduced administration time with Active Directory
    and LDAP support that automates and integrates Compellent storage with a
    corporate directory to enable a single authentication and authorization
    process for granting access;
  *Improved federal government security by supporting USGv6/IPv6 requirements
    for a wide range of available IP addresses; and,
  *The ability to intelligently alert and recommend placement of volumes
    across multiple arrays based on proactive performance and capacity

New Dell PowerVault MD3 software enhancements offer enhanced data protection,
performance, capacity and virtualization capabilities while designed to
maintain up to 99.999 percent availability for these affordable, high
performance arrays.

Data protection enhancements include dynamic disk pools that simplify disk
management and improve rebuild performance by distributing data across all
drives, decreasing significant recovery time of drive failures. In addition to
current Fibre Channel replication capabilities, new IP-based remote
asynchronous replication protects against site failures, improves application
speeds, and increases distance support.

New PowerVault MD3 software application integration and efficiency
capabilities include VMware vStorage APIs for Array Integration (VAAI)
support, which allows customers to offload certain storage related tasks from
the server to PowerVault arrays. New thin provisioning capabilities enable
arrays to automatically allocate storage as needed for simplified and
cost-effective expansion of capacity.

Dell Boosts Data Protection Portfolio to Simplify Data Backup and Recovery

Dell’s growing data protection portfolio enables customers of all sizes to
attain unmatched data and application protection and recovery capability times
for virtual, physical and cloud environments. Dell provides complete backup,
replication and recovery solutions designed to maximize data efficiency,
improve IT agility and help ensure business resiliency. Additions to the Dell
data protection portfolio include:

  *Dell PowerVault DL4000 — Optimized for small to medium enterprises and
    remote offices, the first backup appliance based on Dell AppAssure
    software provides a fast and complete backup and disaster recovery
    solution for business-critical applications and data with seamless
    integration of software and system management. With 5.5 terabytes of
    internal storage capacity, this 1U turnkey appliance offers established
    snapshot, replication, de-duplication and compression software for
    efficient use of backup capacity. Users can benefit from hosting two
    virtual standby machines that protect critical applications for up to two
    servers, offering quick disaster recovery.
  *Quest NetVault Backup 9.0 — New Quest data protection software integrates
    with NetVault Extended Architecture (NetVault XA), featuring a new
    graphical user interface and a set of shared services to unite multiple
    Quest data protection technologies for simpler management. The software
    enables mid- to large-sized organizations to simplify data protection
    while protecting critical applications in physical and virtual
    heterogeneous environments. NetVault’s cross-platform capabilities are
    expanded to Windows Server 2012 and Novell Open Enterprise Server 11,
    while Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V and VMware vSphere^® enhancements offer
    improved functionality, performance and scalability. The addition of
    native replication to the NetVault SmartDisk deduplication solution helps
    streamline offsite data storage and disaster recovery.
  *Dell PowerVault DL2300 — New enterprise-class data protection appliance
    combines Dell PowerEdge 12th generation servers with CommVault Simpana 9
    modern data protection software to offer large enterprises with data
    backup, recovery, replication, archiving and de-duplication for both
    physical and virtual servers in one easy-to-set-up, pre-tested solution.
    The new appliance incorporates latest generation processor and memory
    capabilities to optimize de-duplication database configurations for higher
    backup performance. Users can save administrative time with built-in,
    policy-based automation for managing backup and archiving.

Additional Quotes:

“Dell Compellent storage plays a critical role in our IT infrastructure, and
we continue to look forward to new enhancements and features that help us meet
enterprise level storage demands,” said Dan Marbes, Lead Systems Engineer,
Associated Bank. “The opportunity to gain up to two times the performance when
running our applications means faster access to important information when our
users need it. We are also eagerly anticipating the integration of Active
Directory authentication to more efficiently manage access to these

“We've relied on AppAssure for recovery and peace of mind for years on a
variety of storage platforms,” said Michael Rapp, information security
officer, Center for Information Technology in Education, College of Education,
University of Houston. “Dell’s integration of this data protection software
into a purpose-built platform could make it even easier for customers to
deploy an AppAssure-optimized solution with a minimal amount of set up and
configuration work.”


  *Dell Compellent Storage Center 6.3 has planned availability for beta in
    early 2013 and general availability in Q2 2013.
  *Dell PowerVault MD3 software enhancements and Dell PowerVault DL2300 are
    now available.
  *Dell Quest NetVault Backup 9.0 has planned availability in December 2012.
  *Dell PowerVault DL4000 has planned availability in Q1 2013.

Additional Information:

  *Dell Storage Forum Online Press Kit holds solution details, images, videos
    and more.
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^1Source: Dell testing performed on dual SC8000 controllers running OLTP
workloads using IOmeter with a 100% random 70/30 read/write mix and 4K sector
transfer sizes. Testing using pre-release Storage Center code version 6.3.1
versus 6.1.2 code.

^2Source: “The Business Value of Dell EqualLogic and Compellent Primary
Storage Solutions,” an October 2012 IDC white paper commissioned by Dell.


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