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Overview:

The Dell Compellent™ Storage Center SAN is an all-in-one storage array that allows organizations to actively manage data at a highly granular level using built-in intelligence and automation. With its Fluid Data architecture, Storage Center always puts data in the right place at the right time for the right cost. This ultra-efficient, easy-to-manage storage solution optimizes drive utilization, dynamically moves data between storage tiers and RAID levels, continuously protects data against downtime and disaster, scales on demand, and quickly adapts to ever-changing business needs. Storage Center enables organizations to cut the time, cost and risk of managing enterprise storage—today and in the future.

Empowered by real-time system information about each block of data, Storage Center optimizes data placement management and protection throughout its lifecycle. Storage is provisioned without wasting capacity. Data is moved where and when it’s needed based on actual use and performance needs. And data is continuously protected using pointer-based snapshots. This level of awareness also enables Storage Center to virtualize the storage infrastructure by creating a pool of high-performance storage shared by all servers and applications.

Dell Compellent™ Storage Center with Fluid Data technology delivers an all-in-one storage array that always puts data in the right place at the right time for the right cost — and dynamically adapts to meet changing business needs.

  • Automate and manage your entire infrastructure.
  • Protect your data against downtime and disaster.
  • Experience best-in-class enterprise support with immediate response.
  • Dynamically scales to meet business requirements. Start with any size Storage Center array and expand over time—from 2TB to nearly 2PB, without downtime or disruption
  • Supports an intermix of SSD, FC, SAS and SATA drive technologies as well as iSCSI, FCoE, and FC front-end interconnects—all in the same system at the same time
  • Supports a unified storage solution for both structured and unstructured data
  • Provides Thin Provisioning and Automated Tiered Storage to deliver optimum disk utilization and intelligent data movement
  • Delivers Space-Efficient Snapshots and Thin Replication for continuous data protection without wasted capacity
  • Provides built-in automation and unified storage management to streamline storage provisioning, management, migration, monitoring and reporting

Manage and virtualize your data efficiently

Dell Compellent Storage Center delivers optimized efficiency, agility and resiliency to scale on a single platform and secure data against downtime and disaster with the multi-protocol Dell Compellent Storage Center featuring Fluid Data technology.

Efficiency

Efficiency

Dell Compellent Storage Center is an enterprise data storage array that delivers high performance with fewer drives, power and space. In fact, with Fluid Data storage, your cost per gigabyte can actually decrease as you grow.

  • Storage virtualization — storage is virtualized at the drive level, creating an ultra-efficient, high-performance pool of storage shared by all servers and applications.
  • Thin provisioning — virtual volumes of any size are provisioned upfront, yet physical capacity is only consumed on write.
  • Automated tiered storage — using granular real-time intelligence, snapshots and inactive data automatically move to lower-cost drives, while new writes and active data remain on high-performance drives.
Agility

Agility

Dell Compellent Storage Center forms a solid foundation for flexible grid storage, allowing you to scale up and out with dynamic business continuity. What’s more, you can do it all without downtime or disruption.

  • Technology independence — mix and match the latest drive and interconnect technologies, and easily add new technologies as they become available.
  • Non-disruptive architecture — add capacity, dynamically change system configuration and initiate new functionality online without disrupting operations or suspending data access.
  • Unified storage management — easily manage your entire storage infrastructure and save time and effort through built-in automation.
  • Dynamic business continuity — non-disruptively migrate volumes between storage arrays and data centers, creating an on-demand cloud infrastructure.
Resiliency

Resiliency

The Dell Compellent Storage Center enables you to continuously protect data against downtime and disaster—without the need for full-volume clones, capacity pre-allocation or high-speed data links. Fully redundant hardware and advanced failover features help to ensure high availability.

  • Space-efficient snapshots — once an initial snapshot is taken, only incremental changes in data need to be captured, allowing you to take continuous snapshots for near-instant recovery to any point in time.
  • Thin replication — cost-effectively replicate data synchronously or asynchronously over Fibre Channel or IP connections. Only subsequent changes are replicated following initial site synchronization.
  • Highly-available architecture — deliver uninterrupted data access with clustered controllers, automated failover, dual paths from servers to drives, virtualized ports, and fully redundant power supplies and fans.

Key Benefits:

Manage data differently with a Fluid Data architecture

Storage Center leverages a patented Fluid Data architecture that changes the way organizations manage data. Empowered by real-time system information about each block of data, Storage Center optimizes data placement, management and protection throughout its lifecycle. Storage is provisioned without wasting capacity. Data is moved where it's needed, when it's needed, based on actual use and performance needs. And data is continuously protected using pointer-based snapshots. This level of data awareness also enables Storage Center to virtualize the storage infrastructure, bringing new efficiency, agility and resiliency to enterprise storage by creating a pool of high-performance storage shared by all servers and applications.

Scale on a persistent, open, agile platform

Storage Center is built on a flexible, persistent hardware platform that dynamically scales to meet business requirements. Unlike systems that require you to rip and replace technology as your business needs change, Storage Center supports the continual adoption of new technologies as you grow. You can easily mix and match drive technologies and build a unified storage solution without ever worrying about a forklift upgrade.

Organizations can start with any size Storage Center array and expand over time, only having to replace components if upgrading to new technologies. You can intermix SSD, FC and SAS drive technologies, as well as iSCSI, FCoE and FC front-end interconnects—all in the same system at the same time. This allows you to use any combination of industry-standard technology at any time, and you can add capacity or make configuration changes without downtime or disruption. Incorporating the latest data center technologies is as simple as plugging in new components on the fly. Storage Center adjusts automatically, restriping data across all drives and updating the in-flight use characteristics.

Increase storage efficiency with intelligent, automated software

Dell Compellent Fluid Data technology empowers organizations to move beyond simply storing data to actively managing data. Built-in intelligence and automation optimize the storage environment, and every enterprise feature is fully integrated for optimum efficiency, flexibility and performance.

Storage Center leverages a comprehensive software suite with advanced functionality. At the core of the solution is true storage virtualization, which pools all resources across the array for maximum efficiency and performance. Thin provisioning software, called Dynamic Capacity™, ensures capacity is only utilized on write. Data Progression™, automated tiered storage software, dynamically moves data to the optimum tier and RAID level. Space-efficient snapshot technology, called Data Instant Replay™, ensures near-instant recovery to any point in time. Remote Instant Replay™ provides thin replication to provide a cost-effective yet highly robust disaster recovery solution. And dynamic business continuity software, called Live Volume™, allows for the online movement of volumes between arrays without disruption. Plus, you can manage your entire storage infrastructure using advanced automation and a single pane of glass.

Product Views:

GalleryFeatures
Gallery Features
Front View 16 x 3.5" Drives FC Enclosure Front View
12 x 3.5" Drives SAS Enclosure Front View
24 x 2.5" Drives SAS Enclosure Front View
Network Attached Storage Front View
Storage Controllers Front View
Rear View 16 x 3.5" Drives FC Enclosure Rear View
12 x 3.5" Drives SAS Enclosure Rear View
24 x 2.5" Drives SAS Enclosure Rear View
Network Attached Storage Rear View
Storage Controllers Rear View
Storage Controllers Network Attached Storage
Storage Controllers
Allows organizations to select single- or dual-controller configurations with a combination of industry-standard front- and back-end interconnects to meet cost, performance and availability requirements.

Network Attached Storage
Enable you to consolidate file- and block-based data onto a single unified platform designed for efficiency and scalability.
Disk Enclosures Drives
Disk Enclosures
Feature the latest industry-standard technology, including 6Gb SAS interconnects, so organizations can scale up and out with ease.
Drives
Organizations can combine SSD, Fibre Channel, SAS and NLSAS drives in the same system.

Technical Specifications:

The Dell Compellent Storage Center SAN is built on a flexible, persistent platform that supports the continual adoption of new technologies as you grow. You can easily intermix drive technologies and build a unified storage solution without worrying about a forklift upgrade. Integrated software applications allow you to move beyond simply storing data to actively, intelligently managing data to cut the time, cost and risk of enterprise storage.

Interface Hardware
InterfaceManagement interface
Centralized interface streamlines administration and speeds common storage management tasks.
HardwareHost connectivity
  • FC
  • iSCSI
  • FCoE

Drive & enclosure connectivity

  • FC
  • SAS

NAS

  • Dell NX3000 for Dell Compellent
  • Dell Compellent zNAS

Controllers

  • Clustered controllers provide automatic failover
  • Seamlessly connects to any open-systems server without the need for server agents
  • Mix and match Fibre Channel, FCoE and iSCSI server connectivity
Software
SoftwareApplications
A powerful suite of enterprise capabilities to manage your data.
  • Automated tiered storage
  • Thin provisioning
  • Storage virtualization
  • Continuous snapshots
  • Remote replication
  • Reporting and alerts (APP)
Storage Center Hardware
Controller Series 40
Number of controllers 1 or 2
PCI expansion slots PCI - E = 6
Expansion slot adapters FC, iSCSI, SAS, FCoE
Maximum number of ports 24
RAID level support RAID 0, 5, 6 and 10
Modular architecture Yes
Processor speed 2.53GHz quad-core
Active/active cluster Yes
Power supplies redundant and hot-swappable Yes
Cooling fans redundant and hot-swappable Yes
Controller(s) redundant and hot-swappable Yes, with clustered controllers
Controller cluster distance 300 meters
Cache Series 40
Maximum cache size per system 12GB*
Multi-threaded read ahead, mirrored write cache Yes
Cache back-up battery N/A (no battery)
Front-end (host) interface Series 40
Host interface support FC (4Gb, 8Gb)
iSCSI (1Gb, 10Gb)
FCoE (10Gb)
Simultaneous host interface support Yes, FC, iSCSI and/or FCoE
Maximum host ports 22
Fabric switch support Yes
Host operating system support** Microsoft Windows, Sun Solaris, HP-UX, Linux, IBM AIX, Novell NetWare, Apple, Tru64, VMware ESX
Server agent required No
Microsoft cluster server support Yes
Microsoft multipath input/output (MPIO) support Yes
File-level support Yes, Storage Center with NAS and zNAS
*Requires Storage Center 6.0 and optional memory upgrade **See Dell Compellent Compatibility Matrix for latest supported Operating Systems.
Network attached storage Dell NX3000 for Dell Compellent Dell Compellent zNAS
Hardware
Form factor 2U rack mount 1U rack mount
Clustering Yes, up to 4 nodes Yes, up to 2 nodes
CPU 2 quad-core Intel Xeon X5650 (2.66 GHz), 64-bit 2 quad-core Intel Xeon E5540 (2.53 GHz), 64-bit
Memory capacity 24GB ECC DDR3 DIMM RAM 24GB or 48GB ECC DDR3 DIMM RAM
Expansion slots 4 PCI-E 2 PCI-E
Connectivity On-board: 4 1GbE ports LAN: 1 quad-port 1GbE NIC or 1 dual-port 10GbE NIC
SAN: 1 dual-port 8Gb Fibre Channel HBA, 1 quad-port 1GbE NIC for 1Gb iSCSI, or 1 dual-port 10GbE NIC for 10Gb iSCSI
On-board: 2 1GbE ports LAN: 1 quad-port 1GbE NIC or 1 dual-port 10GbE NIC SAN: 1 dual-port 8Gb Fibre Channel HBA
Remote management IPMI card Embedded IPMI card
Hard disk Yes, 2 internal 15K SAS drives No, boot from SAN (diskless)
Peripheral devices CD/DVD-ROM CD/DVD-ROM
High availability Redundant power supplies, clustered heads (up to 4) with active/active failover Redundant power supplies, clustered heads (up to 2) with active/active failover
Hardware
Platform Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition OpenSolaris ZFS
Environment Ideal for pure CIFS Ideal for pure NFS or mixed CIFS/NFS
Administration Active Directory LDAP or mixed
Volume management Windows and Storage Center integrated volume creation Integrated volume creation
Enclosures FC 3.5" SAS 3.5" SAS 2.5"
Hardware
Interfaces 4Gb 6Gb 6Gb
Max number of back-end ports 22 20 20
Rack space 3U 2U 2U
Number of bays 16 12 24
Max number of back-end loops/chains 11 10 10
Enclosures per loop/chain 7 8 4
Drive support FC (3.5") SAS (3.5") SAS (2.5")
SSD
Intermixed drive capacities Yes Yes Yes
Max number of drives per system† 1,232 960 960
Drive capacities 15,000 RPM: 300GB, 450GB, 600GB
10,000 RPM: 450GB
15,000 RPM: 450GB, 600GB
7,200 RPM: 1TB, 2TB, 3TB
SSD: 200GB
15,000 RPM: 146GB
10,000 RPM: 450GB, 600GB, 900GB
7,200 RPM: 1TB
Power supplies redundant and hot-swappable Yes Yes Yes
Drives redundant and hot-swappable Yes Yes Yes
Automatic drive failover Yes Yes Yes
Automatic drive rebuild Yes Yes Yes
Maximum number of hot spares Configurable Configurable Configurable
Operating Environment Series 40 Controller FC Enclosure
(3.5" disks)
SAS Enclosure
(3.5" disks)
SAS Enclosure
(2.5" disks)
Physical configuration Rack Rack Rack Rack
Height 5.2" (132 mm),
3 EIA Units
5.12" (130 mm),
3 EIA Units
3.46" (87.9 mm),
2 EIA Units
3.46" (87.9 mm),
2 EIA Units
Width 17.2" (437 mm) 19.0" (482.6 mm) 19.0" (482.6 mm) 19.0" (482.6 mm)
Depth 25.5" (648 mm) 19.7" (500 mm) 24.8" (630 mm) 24.8" (630 mm)
Weight 75 lbs. (34.1 kg) 78 lbs. (35 kg) 57 lbs. (25.8 kg) 53 lbs. (24 kg)
Power consumption 400 watts 450 watts 410 watts 425 watts
Power supplies Dual (redundant) Dual (redundant) Dual (redundant) Dual (redundant)
Heat dissipation (BTU/hr) 1,365 1,540 1,725 1,785
Temperature 50ºF – 95ºF
(10ºC – 35ºC)
41°F – 104°F
(5°C – 40°C)
41°F – 104°F
(5°C – 40°C)
41°F – 104°F
(5°C – 40°C)
Humidity (non-condensing) 8% – 90% 20% – 80% 8% – 80% 8% – 80%
Inlet type NEMA
5-15/CS22.2, no42
NEMA
5-15/CS22.2, no42
NEMA
5-15/CS22.2, no42
NEMA
5-15/CS22.2, no42
Emissions/Safety
Controller Series 40 FCC Class A; EN55022 Class A; EN 61000-3-2/-3-3; CISPR 22 Class A; EN55024/CISPR 24; (EN 61000-4-2, EN 61000-4-3, EN 61000-4-4, EN 61000-4-5, EN 61000-4-6, EN 61000-4-8, EN 61000-4-11); EN60950/IEC 60950 Compliant
UL Listed (USA), CUL Listed (Canada), TUV Certified (Germany), CE Marking (Europe)
FC and SAS Enclosure UL and cUL listed. Tested to UL/IEC/EN 60950. Certified Body Certificate and Report to IEC60950. CE marked to the requirements of the Low Voltage Directive 73/23/EEC and the Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive 89/336/EEC.
FCC Class A.
EMC: EN55022/EN61000-3-2, EN61000-3-3
EMC FCC pt15B Class A, EN55022 Class A, CISPR 22 Class A, EN 55024, CISPR24, aEN61000-3-2/3, CNS13438 Safety EN/IEC/UL 60950-1, CNS14336 CB report: CE, UL, cUL, FCC, BSMI
Storage Center Software
Storage Center Core
Disk Virtualization Manage disks as a single pool and present disk resources to any server
Port Virtualization Increase port capacity, disk bandwidth and I/O connectivity while enhancing failover
Server Mapping Rapidly map hundreds of virtual servers simultaneously
Disk Optimizer Intelligently restripe data as disks are added to optimize performance
Thin Import Convert data from legacy systems into thin provisioned volumes on a Dell Compellent SAN
Application Optimizer Set the size of data transfers within the SAN to match I/O performance for different applications
Copy-Mirror-Migrate Make copies or mirrors and migrate volumes without impacting users
Boot from SAN Allow diskless servers to share storage resources and boot from the SAN
Heterogeneous OS Support any number of simultaneous operating systems
LUN Masking Hide unassigned LUN/ID numbers for secure storage domains
Performance Monitoring Real-time reports to identify and optimize performance and utilization
Unified User Interface Enterprise-level functionality through a common intuitive user interface
System Administration Operate from any standard browser and create unique user profiles with administrator configured privileges
Remote Monitoring/PhoneHome Remotely report status and automatically trigger service responses
Storage Center Applications
Data Instant Replay Create space-efficient Replays (snapshots) that restore data instantaneously while ensuring the integrity of enterprise application data spanning multiple volumes (Consistency Groups)
Remote Instant Replay Create space-efficient Replays (snapshots) of data at multiple locations and expedite initial synchronization (Portable Volume)
Dynamic Capacity Allocate space based on actual data written (Thin Provisioning)
Data Progression Automate tiered storage between storage classes based on user-defined rules
Fast Track Place active data on the outer tracks of a disk
Dynamic Controllers Cluster storage controllers to increase system availability and performance
Enterprise Manager Comprehensive monitoring, reporting and remote replication management
Multipath Manager for Microsoft Servers Failover and load balancing for Microsoft Servers (MPIO)
Replay Manager for Microsoft Servers Non-disruptive Replays for Microsoft Servers (VSS)
Live Volume Online migration of volumes between storage systems

Hardware:

Storage controllers

Storage controllers

The Dell Compellent Fluid Data architecture allows organizations to select single- or dual-controller configurations with a combination of industry-standard front- and back-end interconnects to meet cost, performance and availability requirements. The Storage Center SAN supports 4/8Gb Fibre Channel, 1/10Gb iSCSI and 10Gb Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) front-end connectivity as well as 4Gb Fibre Channel and 3/6Gb SAS for back-end connectivity.

Dell Compellent storage controllers connect to open-system servers without server-side agents, and automatically fail over to another controller when clustered. Redundant, hot-swappable power supplies and cooling fans help to ensure non-stop operation and high availability. Virtual ports increase port capacity, disk bandwidth, I/O connectivity and port failover.

  • Persistent hardware architecture for no forklift upgrades
  • Upgrade and add technology over time on same platform
  • Standards-based hardware helps to avoid technology lock-in
  • Connect servers and disks with ease via PCI cards
  • Controller clustering for high availability
  • Shared-nothing approach for no single point of failure
  • High-speed mirrored, write-back cache to prevent data loss

Network Attached StorageNetwork Attached Storage

Beyond the multi-protocol SAN capabilities of Storage Center, Dell Compellent also extends the benefits of Fluid Data into network attached storage. Dell Compellent NAS solutions enable you to consolidate file- and block-based data onto a single unified platform designed for efficiency and scalability.

Dell Compellent’s NAS portfolio allows you to select the best architecture for your IT environment. The Dell Compellent zNAS is ideal for midsize and large organizations with pure NFS or mixed CIFS/NFS environments, while the NX3000 for Compellent is optimal in pure CIFS environments. 

With Dell Compellent NAS solutions, file serving operations remain separate from application operations to avoid bottlenecks from CPU-intensive processes. Clustered configurations, hardware redundancy, and the ability to add storage capacity on the fly further enhance availability, with active/ active failover and advanced multipathing (MPxIO) helping to ensure that there is no single point of failure.

Disk enclosuresDisk enclosures

Dell Compellent disk enclosures feature the latest industry-standard technology, including 6Gb SAS interconnects, so organizations can scale up and out with ease. Administrators can mix SSD, Fibre Channel, SAS and NLSAS drives in the same system as well as different speeds and capacities in the same enclosure.

Any combination of enclosures can be housed in an array to balance cost and performance. Users can change configuration on demand—adding, replacing or updating enclosures—as new technologies emerge and business needs change. Migrating data to new enclosures can be performed without disruption.

DrivesDrives

Dell Compellent drives feature the latest industry-standard innovations. Organizations can combine SSD, Fibre Channel, SAS and NLSAS drives in the same system. Administrators simply choose the drive types, capacities, form factors, transfer rates and rotational speeds that make sense for their business and application needs. Dell Compellent Data Progression software automates the movement of data among drive types in the storage pool—between tiers and RAID levels, including RAID levels within the same tier.

Dell Compellent 3.5" disk drives support 4Gb Fibre Channel and 3/6Gb SAS back-end connectivity. Also available are 2.5" 6Gb SAS drives, which deliver twice the performance, yet consume much less power than conventional 3Gb SAS drives.

With Dell Compellent Fluid Data storage, you can add disk capacity on the fly as business needs change. Also, migrating data to new drives can be performed without disruption.

  • Scale from 2TB to nearly 2 PB on a single system
  • Expand or migrate storage online without disruption

Software:

Intelligent, automated software

Fluid Data technology empowers organizations to move beyond simply storing data to actively managing data. Built-in intelligence and automation optimize the storage environment, and every advanced enterprise feature is fully integrated for optimum efficiency, flexibility and performance.

Dell Compellent Fluid Data technology virtualizes storage at the disk level, accelerating data access by spreading read/write operations across drives so multiple requests are processed in parallel. You can create high-performance, ultraefficient virtual volumes in seconds without allocating drives to specific servers, complicated capacity planning or manual performance tuning. Remove the limitations of physical drives and dynamically change and scale your virtualized pool without disruption or downtime.

Software Map

Dynamic Capacity: thin provisioningDynamic Capacity: thin provisioning

Built into every Dell Compellent Storage Center system, thin provisioning delivers efficient storage utilization. Our advanced thin provisioning, called Dynamic Capacity, completely separates storage allocation from utilization, enabling users to allocate any size volume upfront yet only consume physical capacity on write. You can even reclaim capacity that is no longer in use by applications, automatically reduce the space needed for virtual OS volumes and convert traditional volumes on existing storage to thin-provisioned capacity.




Data Progression: Automated tiered storageData Progression: Automated tiered storage

Based on actual use and performance requirements, Dell Compellent Data Progression automatically classifies and migrates data to the optimum tier an d RAID level. All new data is written to Tier 1, RAID 10, for the highest write performance, yet snapshots automatically move to the lowest tier and most cost-effective RAID level within 24 hours. The most active blocks of data remain on high-performance SSD, Fibre Channel or SAS drives, while inactive blocks dynamically migrate to lower-cost, high-capacity NL-SAS drives. With Data Progression, organizations can dramatically reduce ongoing costs of storage.




Data Instant Replay: Space-efficient snapshotsData Instant Replay: Space-efficient snapshots

Dell Compellent Data Instant Replay enables organizations to take thousands of continuous snapshots to speed recovery to any point in time. Fluid Data technology doesn’t require full-volume clones — not even to provide a base snapshot. Instead, after first write an initial snapshot is taken of that write data only. Subsequently, only incremental changes in data are captured and the system uses real-time intelligence to create virtual pointers between all associated blocks. Stored on lower-cost drives to free up Tier 1 capacity, in most cases these readable/writable snapshots can be used to recover any size volume to any server in less than 10 seconds.

Remote Instant Replay: Thin replicationRemote Instant Replay: Thin replication

Dell Compellent thin replication technology, called Remote Instant Replay, leverages space-efficient snapshots between local and remote sites to deliver a cost-effective disaster recovery solution. After initial site synchronization, only incremental changes in data need to be replicated regularly, cutting hardware, bandwidth and administration costs. You can choose between replicating data over Fibre Channel or native IP connections, depending on your unique business requirements.





Live Volume: Dynamic business continuityLive Volume: Dynamic business continuity

Dell Compellent Live Volume enables organizations to move volumes on demand between Storage Center arrays within a local storage grid. All migration occurs transparently while applications remain online. And the functionality is fully integrated into the virtualized storage platform, eliminating the need for additional hardware or server-side agents. Live Volume supports any virtualized server environment. In fact, migrated volumes automatically map to associated hosts regardless of physical location to Dell complement leading virtual machine movement engines.

Storage Center GUI: Intuitive management

Dell Compellent Storage Center features a unified, point-and-click interface that cuts administration time and eliminates the need for specialized skills. The intuitive interface automates repetitive, time-consuming tasks so data center staff can focus on other important projects. Complex allocation, configuration and administration functions are easily accomplished with wizards to guide the process. And comprehensive PhoneHome capabilities deliver remote, diagnostic and monitoring tools coupled with automated alert and notification services.

Enterprise Manager: Enterprise storage managementEnterprise Manager: Enterprise storage management

Enterprise Manager simplifies storage resource management by providing comprehensive monitoring and management of all local and remote Dell Compellent Storage Center systems. You can gain instant visibility and control of a multi-terabyte, multilocation environment, streamlining administration and reducing operating costs. Configure and verify remote replication processes, monitor storage capacity and disk utilization in real time, and generate comprehensive storage usage and performance reports — all from a single pane of glass.

Data Center Automation: Technology partner integration

With aggressive platform integration, ongoing interoperability testing and collaborative design efforts, Dell Compellent delivers best-of-breed data center automation for industry-leading applications. Dell Compellent has a vast array of integration points with VMware to manage storage and virtual machines together including a vSphere plug-in, a vCenter SRM adapter and VAAI plug-in support.The Storage Center Command Set for Windows® PowerShell streamlines system management with an intuitive scripting interface. Replay Manager provides consistent, automated backup and restore for Microsoft® Exchange, SQL Server and Hyper-V data. These certified and validated platforms ensure seamless interoperability and support.

Fluid Data ArchitectureFluid Data Architecture:

A Dell Fluid Data architecture enables Dell Compellent network storage to manage enterprise data at a more granular level. Details about each block of data are captured in action, providing real-time system intelligence. A powerful data management and movement engine uses this information to actively store, migrate and protect data efficiently and cost-effectively.

With a Dell Fluid Data architecture, Dell Compellent breaks through the boundaries of traditional data storage systems to deliver solutions with the future built in. Business applications are implemented faster, information to make decisions is available when it's needed, new technologies are readily adopted and deployed, and data is protected against downtime and disaster.

Dell Fluid Data Architecture Delivers

  • Breakthrough efficiency—buy fewer drives and use more Tier 3 storage, saving on power and space
  • Intelligent storage automation—simplify your IT infrastructure with zero-touch management
  • Single platform scalability—scale on demand with a persistent, technology-independent platform
  • Continuous data protection—protect data with space-efficient snapshots and multi-site replication
  • Best-in-class comprehensive enterprise support—like having a Dell Compellent expert on staff

Services:

Dell Compellent Copilot Support

Dell Compellent Copilot Support delivers proactive, comprehensive 24x7 technical support that covers the entire storage infrastructure. Operating out of a state-of-the-art U.S. call center, Dell Compellent Copilot engineers continuously monitor system performance and alert customers of potential issues. Dell Compellent Copilot Support provides:

  • 24x7 access to highly trained Dell Compellent Copilot Support engineers.
  • Priority or next business day on-site* response by Dell Compellent-certified technicians.
  • Priority, next business day or UPS ground delivery of replacement parts.
  • Real-time storage system monitoring via integrated PhoneHome technology.

Dell Compellent Copilot Support enables you to choose the right level of phone support, on-site support and parts delivery for your unique business needs. Every call is answered by a highly trained Copilot engineer, who takes ownership of the entire storage infrastructure, including third-party technology partner products.

Speed of Response Protection Premium Proactive
Call Center: Immediate — Perfect for enterprise storage environments where immediate phone assistance by a highly trained support engineer is a must to speed issue resolution and avoid unplanned downtime.

On-Site: Priority or Next Business Day — Choose from Priority (4/8/24-hour, depending on location) or next business day on-site response by a Dell Compellent-certified technician.

Parts Delivery: Priority or Next Business Day
 — Choose from Priority (4/8/24-hour, depending on location) or next business day parts delivery. UPS ground shipping also available.
Data Management and Protection
  • Warranty protection of hardware components.
  • Software Subscription includes perpetual software licensing for patches, updates and releases; only incur additional fees when adding new functionality or more capacity.
  • Live Volume Data Migration provides online migration of data to new disk drives and/or enclosures without downtime or disruption.
PhoneHome — Provides enhanced proactive support capabilities through:
  • Real-time remote monitoring of system capacity and performance.
  • Automatic capacity threshold alerts.
  • Proactive calls from Copilot engineer to notify customer of possible issues.
Dell Compellent Copilot Optimize — Through the personal assistance of a Dedicated Support Expert, we help you improve system utilization and performance with proactive reviews, health checks and evaluations, as well as advanced configuration and software support.
Feature Dell Compellent Copilot Support
Support Options 24x7 Support,
Priority Response
24x7 Support,
Next Business Day Response
24x7 Support,
Call Center Only
Call Center Support 24x7 Support Center 24x7 Support Center 24x7 Support Center
On-Site Response Priority (4-, 8- or 24-hour) Next Business Day
Parts Delivery Priority (4-, 8- or 24-hour) Next Business Day UPS Ground
Software Releases Perpetual Software Licensing Perpetual Software Licensing Perpetual Software Licensing
PhoneHome Technology 24x7 Monitoring & Response 24x7 Monitoring & Response 24x7 Monitoring & Response

Dell Compellent Services

Dell Services storage experts go beyond everyday administration to help you improve the performance and utilization of your Compellent Storage Center system. The Dell Compellent Services portfolio provides system installation and implementation, as well as training. From disaster recovery planning to physical relocation, the Dell Services team is available to provide professional assistance when you need it.

  • Dell Compellent Deployment. Implement fast. Implement correctly. Implement once. No need for your IT staff to spend time researching correct processes and advanced configuration task sequences, or purchasing the correct tools. We can reduce costs and relieve your IT department of the time consuming implementation tasks that otherwise divert valuable IT resources from business critical activities. 

    We bring two unmatched values to every implementation: deep knowledge of our products and broad experience deploying them. We do 1000’s of deployments every year across the globe, in just about every type of customer environment. From this vast experience we have acquired best practices that are integrated into our processes. As a result we are very well aware of what undocumented activity must occur to avoid mistakes. In addition to doing it right the first time, we rarely encounter situations or issues for which we are not prepared. So, you can be confident your new Dell Compellent storage system is installed properly, configured per the design specifications and that your data is migrated safely from your legacy storage system without disrupting operations or end-users.
  • Dell Compellent Training. Our Administration and Management and Advanced Instructor-led courses are designed to help you understand how to manage and maintain your Storage Center on an ongoing basis to ensure efficient utilization and continuous availability. These courses are led by our knowledgeable storage experts who will guide you through hands-on exercises to ensure you gain the necessary skills to maximize your Storage Center performance.

    Dell Education Services trains over 10,000 individuals a year for companies and organizations just like yours. We are committed to offering essential courses and programs with options to fit your unique needs. We create a wide array of training plans that work for you ranging from convenient online self-paced training, to Live Distance Learning which allows you to virtually be in the classroom with a live instructor while sitting in front of your own computer, to hands-on instructor-led classroom training offered at various sites or at the convenience of your location.

Dell Storage Consulting Services

Storage Consulting from Dell helps customers develop transformational strategies to meet their complex Data Management business needs. By engaging Dell, customers can optimize the way that data is stored, protected and managed, allowing customers to free up valuable resources, budget, and time. Here are just some of the areas with which we can assist you:

  • The consolidation of storage infrastructure within one/multiple data centers
  • The optimization of storage infrastructure for virtual environments
  • The development and adoption of data protection processes or improvement of backup operational processes
  • The classification and categorization of data for storage tiering
  • The planning, design and implementation of an IT Disaster Recovery plan or simply Data Disaster Recovery

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