Attending Dell Storage Forum in Boston was a great opportunity to see Dell’s Storage solutions. Dell hosts this event in order to get its channel partners and storage customers an extensive learning experience and to showcase its current and new Storage offerings. Below are some of the highlights to this event.
- Instructor led training for all channel partners.
- The ability to get direct access to Dell’s technical experts and technical sessions as well as Dell’s hands-on labs where you can test drive most of its storage solutions.
At this year’s event, Dell revealed their new EqualLogic Blade Array PS-M4110. This is Dell’s first Blade Array which claims to be easier to configure and denser than its competitors. Dell is focusing on virtualized environments, data center infrastructures, and small to midsize business storage needs. Dell now can deliver an enterprise class fully redundant blade array that integrates storage, servers and networking into one blade chassis. Dell will offer multiple models of this new Blade array with different drive types and capacities. These new storage arrays are designed to store up to 14 TB of data per array, up to 28 TB per group and up to 56 TB with two groups inside one blade chassis.
Also revealed was EqualLogic’s new 6.0 firmware features that support synchronous replication, snapshot borrowing that allows older snapshots to be kept longer and volume un-map that allows systems to reclaim space on thin-provisioned volumes. This firmware will be available for all of its storage arrays in the next few months.
Dell Storage Forum was a great event packed with resources. Attending the forum was an excellent opportunity to strengthen my knowledge.