Oct 142014
 
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Dell Compellent Pricing
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 October 14, 2014  Compellent, Dell
Jun 032015
 

EqualLogic launched its first all-SSD-capable model in 2009. But the December PS6210S release takes advantage of controller and firmware technology redesigned specifically with flash in mind. The end result is a performance claim by Dell of 1.2 million IOPS in a configuration with a virtual pool of eight all-flash arrays.

The PS6210S all-flash EqualLogic array supports only the high-performance but more expensive SLC flash, as the industry increasingly moves to cheaper MLC technology. Dell started with a price of $8 per GB for the PS6210S, based on a configuration with two dozen 800-GB SSDs, placing it roughly in the middle of the pack of the lines of all-flash arrays.

The most aggressive all-flash array vendors claim their prices are less than $5 per GB, but those products often use data reduction methods to hit those low numbers. Neither the all-flash EqualLogic arrays nor Compellent arrays support inline de-duplication and compression, two of the most important storage-saving features. They support only post-process de-dupe for file data within a unified storage system via the Dell Fluid File System, and Compellent recently added support for post-process compression, according to a Dell spokesperson.

Dell’s EqualLogic division has credited the PS6210S array’s redesigned controller and software for allowing it to stake a claim of flash performance at the price of disk. The company declined to supply an estimated price per IOPS.

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Jun 032015
 

Dell Compellent is targeted to medium-sized to large organizations, while Dell’s line of iSCSI-only EqualLogic arrays typically targets small- to medium-sized businesses.

Compellent’s list price is $130,000 with six SLC SSDs and six MLC SSDs, and Dell claims the Compellent all-flash arrays are priced from $5 per gigabyte to $10 per GB with 48 SLC SSDs and 240 MLC SSDs.

Like Compellent, EqualLogic launched its first all-SSD-capable model in 2009. But the December PS6210S release takes advantage of controller and firmware technology redesigned specifically with flash in mind. The end result is a performance claim by Dell of 1.2 million IOPS in a configuration with a virtual pool of eight all-flash arrays.

The PS6210S all-flash EqualLogic array supports only the high-performance but more expensive SLC flash, as the industry increasingly moves to cheaper MLC technology. Dell supplied a starting price of $8 per GB for the PS6210S, based on a configuration with two dozen 800-GB SSDs, placing it roughly in the middle of the pack of the lines of all-flash arrays.

The most aggressive all-flash array vendors claim their prices are less than $5 per GB, but those products often employ data reduction technology to hit those numbers. Neither the all-flash EqualLogic arrays nor Compellent arrays support inline deduplication and compression, two of the most important storage-saving features. They support only post-process deduplication for file data within a unified storage system via the Dell Fluid File System, and Compellent this month added support for post-process compression, according to a Dell spokesperson.

Dell’s EqualLogic division has credited the PS6210S array’s redesigned controller and software for allowing it to stake a claim of flash performance at the price of disk. The company declined to supply an estimated price per IOPS.

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Mar 262015
 

Dell SC4020 Pricing

To compete with big business, you need efficient, real-time data access to quickly turn customer interactions into transactions and information into insights. The Dell Storage SC4020 puts the high IOPs and low latency your applications demand within reach.

A six drive configuration lists for around $25,000. SC4020 configuration is unique for a few reasons, primarily though it’s the lowest-priced all flash configuration from a top-tier enterprise storage vendor. Granted, it’s not a high-capacity offering, though out of the gate it only uses six of the available 24 bays. The goal in this case is simple. Besides playing well in ROBO with existing Compellent storage at the enterprise, this SC4020 has the promise of offering some of the highest performance per dollar, which is an increasingly valuable metric. For those with low capacity needs, this configuration works well to satisfy latency-sensitive applications with a mature stack and robust support infrastructure. Of course the SC4020 can scale to higher capacity demands too, giving this $25k configuration plenty of headroom as requirements scale

Product Configurations

Internal Storage
24 x 2.5” drive bays

Supported expansion enclosures
Dell SC200: 12 x 3.5” drive bays
Dell SC220: 24 x 2.5” drive bays

Maximum drive count
120 (24 internal, plus 96 external)

Total storage capacity
408TB based on maximum number of drives (120) and current largest capacity supported drives

Supported drive types
HDD: 15K, 10K, 7.2K RPM; SDD: write-intensive SLC, read-intensive MLC (different drive types, transfer rates and rotational speeds can be mixed in the same system

Controllers
2 controllers per SC4020 array

Processor
Intel® Xeon® Processor E3-1265L v2, 2.50GHz, 4 cores

Memory
32GB per SC4020 array (16GB per controller)

Network/server connectivity (front-end)
8 x 8Gb FC ports per SC4020 array (4 per controller)

Internal drive connectivity (back-end)
4 x 6Gb SAS ports per SC4020 array (2 per controller)

NAS deployment connectivity (optional)
Supports file-based storage via FS8600 NAS appliance

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May 152014
 

Compellent features multi-protocol support, resiliency against downtime and disaster and the ability to reduce storage costs. Dell Compellent Storage Center 5.4 offers Dell Fluid Data storage management capabilities including: automated tiered storage, thin provisioning, thin replication, space-efficient snapshots, boot from SAN, storage virtualization and multi-site storage resource management with automated storage utilization reporting.

It comes with 6 GB SAS drives that provide twice the performance yet use nearly half the power of 3 GB SAS drives. Further, the 2.5″ SAS drives used to offer a smaller footprint. That means 6 Gb SAS enclosures provide 24 bays to accommodate twice the number of spindles in the same amount of rackspace. 10 Gb iSCSI and FCoE I/O cards and HBAs provide good interconnect performance. Live Volume acts as a storage hypervisor, mapping one storage volume to two Dell Compellent arrays at the same time. A new Series 40 controller boosts performance by 25 percent for demanding applications. Dell is targeting this product at midsize to large enterprises. The starting price is $48,000 excluding maintenance and services.

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Oct 082013
 

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…The new tiered flash technology, first unveiled in June at the Dell Enterprise Forum, combines high-speed SLC flash memory with slower but cheaper MLC flash memory, said Bob Fine, director of product marketing for Dell storage.

Dell then applies its Data Progression auto-tiering software to automatically tier data between the SLC and MLC flash memory and to hard drives, Fine said.

“When data comes at it, it is steered to SLC for the best performance in writes,” he said. “The data is then moved to MLC flash, as the read performance of MLC is on par with SLC. It’s unique. No one else has it.”

He gave the example of an all-flash Compellent array with six SLC SSDs and six MLC SSDs providing 12-TB capacity at a cost of about $180,000. To get 12 TB of high-performance disk storage, a company would have to purchase 82 146-GB 15,000-rpm hard drives for a total cost of $229,000.

Original article at CRN

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 October 8, 2013   Articles With Pricing, Compellent
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. There are options like Avnet Remarketing Solutions (ask for AJ Harradine) that provide industrial strength gear at self-service prices.

I asked AJ to give me some 3-month EqualLogic rental examples and here’s what he came up with.

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 AJ and get in the queue quickly. He’ll put you on their “watch list” for the gear you need.

Thanks for the info AJ!

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Feb 192013
 

Original article at Slashdot

Dell claims that any customers for its Compellent storage arrays will see a roughly 100 percent performance increase with the introduction of Compellent Storage Center 6.3, plus end-to-end 16-Gbit Fibre Channel technology.

In addition to Storage Center 6.3, the company has released new PowerVault MD3 array software with enhanced data protection, capacity utilization, and virtualization improvements. And on top of that, it issued new PowerVault appliances that integrate with AppAssure, NetVault and CommVault Simpana data protection software.

Bob Fine, a director and product director of Dell’s Compellent business, said that the company has previously taken incremental approaches to the platform’s code base, adding 64-bit OS support in January and transitioning off of EMC hardware and onto Dell’s own hardware in June. “In both of these cases, the primary aspect of these releases was stability,” he said.

With the new release of Storage Center, Dell has also moved to 16-gigabit Fibre Channel from end-to-end, from server to switch to storage, doubling the available bandwidth in addition to the performance improvements. Specifically, Fine said the Compellent architecture had undergone incremental improvements, in particular to the I/O stack and how Dell virtualized the storage.

“Here’s a very easy way to do twice as much,” Fine said. “You don’t have to have an outage, or replace an existing platform; from a cost standpoint this software is a no-charge firmware upgrade as long as you have a support contract in place. And that’s a pretty rare statement to make these days, to get customers that much more in terms of their productivity at this price point.”

Dell Compellent Storage Center 6.3 will enter beta in early 2013 and move to general availability in the second quarter, Dell said.

The new MD3 software release, available now, brings a virtualization layer and chunking architecture to the MD3 line, providing improved data protection and increased efficiency. This release also adds dynamic disk pooling—a self-healing, rebalancing technology for when a drive fails—plus iSCSI asynchronous replication, a first-ever feature within the MD3 line. The new software also doubles the snapshots from 256 to 512.

Additional enterprise enhancements to the MD3 software include Windows Server 2012 support, Active Directory, and LDAP support for automating and integrating Compellent storage with a corporate directory, and synchronous replication enhancements. New thin provisioning and VMware VAAI support are standard along with the arrays, a Dell spokesman said.

Dell also announced the Dell PowerVault DL4000, the first backup appliance based on Dell AppAssure software, which contains 5.5 TB of storage; its scheduled availability is the first quarter of 2013; Quest NetVault Backup 9.0, which combines Quest data protection with NetVault Extended Architecture and will ship in December; and Dell’s Dell PowerVault DL2300, which includes CommVault Simpana 9 for data backup, recovery, replication, archiving and de-duplication. The DL2300 is available now. The new DR4000 is a virtual tape (VTL) cost effective unit.

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 February 19, 2013  Compellent, Dell, Design Considerations