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Drive Innovation in Your Enterprise While Reducing the Cost and Complexity of Your Storage Infrastructure

Enterprise data volumes continue to grow exponentially while IT budgets are shrinking. Dell helps customer tackle these challenges by standardizing IT infrastructures, simplifying operations and automating processes. Efficiencies gained through virtualization, automation and consolidation will help your business prepare for future growth while saving time and resources.

Dell Compellent™, Dell EqualLogic™ and Dell PowerVault™ storage solutions — as well as other Dell storage tools and utilities — can help organizations of any size derive the full value of their IT investments while protecting vital enterprise data, ensuring high business continuity, and maintaining high flexibility and scalability.

Get the Basics of Enterprise-Level Storage

In its simplest terms, storage refers to a device that houses data. There are many different ways to categorize a storage device.

By Storage Architecture

  • Direct attach storage (DAS) refers to a storage system directly attached to a server, without a storage network in between.
  • Network attached storage (NAS) is a specialized storage server with its own IP address that is made available to multiple clients and servers on a local area network (LAN) or wide area network (WAN).
  • A storage area network (SAN) is a network of shared storage devices, such as disk storage arrays and tape systems. The architecture of a SAN is such that storage resources are made available to multiple servers on a local or wide area network.

By Network Protocol

  • Internet Protocol Suite (TCP/IP) is the set of communications protocols used for the Internet and other similar networks. TCP/IP over Ethernet is the medium traditionally used for NAS.
  • Fibre Channel Protocol (FCP) transports SCSI commands over Fibre Channel networks.
  • Internet SCSI (iSCSI) protocol enables servers to send SCSI commands to SCSI storage devices. Unlike Fibre Channel, which requires special-purpose cabling, iSCSI only requires standard Ethernet to traverse LAN and WAN infrastructures. It is a SAN protocol that businesses of all sizes are adopting at a high rate.

By Storage File System

  • File-level storage refers to data organized in a file system. To the client, the data would be represented as individual files, such as a Microsoft Word document. NAS platforms, such as the Dell PowerVault™ NX family, use file-level storage.
  • Block-level storage converts data into a sequence of fixed-length bytes or bits (that is, a block), leaving to attached systems the task of managing the raw data. SANs, such as the EqualLogic™ PS Series, use block-level storage.
  • Object-based storage organizes data into flexible-sized data containers called objects. Each object has both data (an uninterpreted sequence of bytes) and metadata (an extensible set of attributes describing the object). The Dell DX Object Storage Platform uses object-based storage.

Give your Business the Competitive Advantage

At a time when competitors increasingly rely upon proprietary extensions to lock in their customer bases, Dell open standards-based solutions let customers of all sizes integrate new technologies without sacrificing performance or their existing IT investments. Dell solutions and flexible services enable you to capitalize on virtualization and realize new levels of efficiency. Our goal is to reduce data management costs by up to 50 percent and make room in budgets for the strategic investments they need to make now.

Dell storage technologies can help you:

EqualLogicEqualLogic iSCSI SAN Storage:

Flexible, scalable and affordable virtualized storage for file- and block-level data

Simplify and consolidate your data with Dell EqualLogic™ virtualized storage. Its seamlessly scalable architecture and intelligent array software natively integrates with your Tier-1 application and virtual environments to help you efficiently manage data without adding complexity. Independent industry analysts confirm that EqualLogic's intelligent storage management can save an estimated 45 days per year in manpower and management as compared to storage systems using other popular protocols.

Plus, iSCSI networking with EqualLogic is renowned for its simple integration and interoperability. This simplicity yields important benefits: success and satisfaction for our users, which is supported by the fact that 97% of our customers would recommend the EqualLogic PS Series.

EqualLogic PS Series iSCSI storage arrays: Dell Fluid Data solutions designed to meet your needs

Next-generation GbE iSCSI SAN for Remote Offices and Small Medium Businesses

EqualLogic PS4100E

EqualLogic PS4100E

High-capacity array for efficiency and cost-effectiveness

EqualLogic PS4100X

EqualLogic PS4100X

Balance of cost, performance and capacity for remote office/branch office data centers

EqualLogic PS4100XV

EqualLogic PS4100XV

Exceptional IOPS performance for remote office consolidation

EqualLogic PS4100XV 3.5"

EqualLogic PS4100XV 3.5"

Cost-effective performance and capacity for your enterprise data center

   
Next-generation 10GbE iSCSI SAN for Remote Offices and Small Medium Businesses

EqualLogic PS4110E

EqualLogic PS4110E

High-capacity array for efficiency and cost-effectiveness

EqualLogic PS4110X

EqualLogic PS4110X

Balance of cost, performance and capacity for remote office/branch office data centers

EqualLogic PS4110XV

EqualLogic PS4110XV

Exceptional IOPS performance for remote office consolidation

EqualLogic PS4110XV 3.5"

EqualLogic PS4110XV 3.5"

Cost-effective performance and capacity for your enterprise data center

 

 
Versatile GbE iSCSI SAN for Enterprise Environments

EqualLogic PS6100S

EqualLogic PS6100S

High-performance and low latency for the most demanding enterprise applications

EqualLogic PS6100X

EqualLogic PS6100X

Balance of cost, performance and capacity for enterprise data centers

EqualLogic PS6100XS

EqualLogic PS6100XS

Speed and automated data tiering for the most demanding enterprise applications

EqualLogic PS6100XV

EqualLogic PS6100XV

Highest performance HDD system in the PS6100 Series for critical applications

EqualLogic PS6100E

EqualLogic PS6100E

High-capacity configuration for data-intensive applications, in highly consolidated environments

EqualLogic PS6100XV 3.5"

EqualLogic PS6100XV 3.5"

High-performance storage optimized for the most critical applications

Versatile 10GbE iSCSI SAN  for Enterprise Environments

EqualLogic PS6110S

EqualLogic PS6110S

High performance and low latency for the most demanding enterprise applications

EqualLogic PS6110X

EqualLogic PS6110X

Balance of cost, performance and capacity for enterprise data centers in a 10GbE array

EqualLogic PS6110XS

EqualLogic PS6110XS

Speed and automated data tiering for the most demanding enterprise applications

EqualLogic PS6110XV

EqualLogic PS6110XV

Highest performance HDD system in the PS6110 Series for critical applications

EqualLogic PS6110E

EqualLogic PS6110E

High-capacity configuration for data-intensive applications in highly consolidated environments

EqualLogic PS6110XV 3.5"

EqualLogic PS6110XV 3.5"

High-performance storage optimized for the most critical applications

Highest-Performing Bandwidth in EqualLogic with 10GbE

EqualLogic PS6010E

EqualLogic PS6010E

Strong random IOPS performance for tiered storage applications

EqualLogic PS6010X

EqualLogic PS6010X

Performance and capacity for bandwidth hungry applications such as video streaming

EqualLogic PS6010XV

EqualLogic PS6010XV

Organizations seeking premium 15K SAS performance for high-I/O, large-scale applications.

EqualLogic PS6010XVS

EqualLogic PS6010XVS

Organizations needing exceptional random IOPs performance with very low latency for intense database and other demanding enterprise applications while also having the benefit of 15k disk for large scale applications.

EqualLogic PS6510E

EqualLogic PS6510E

Organizations seeking great IOPs performance and bandwidth with excellent cost per gigabyte.

EqualLogic PS6510X

EqualLogic PS6510X

Organizations seeking an excellent balance of cost-effective 10GbE performance and large capacity.

Enterprise-Class Virtualized Scale-Out SAN

EqualLogic PS6500E

EqualLogic PS6500E

High-density system for huge capacity and scalability at best cost-per-Gigabyte in the PS Series

EqualLogic PS6500X

EqualLogic PS6500X

High-density, high-performance for capacity-intensive, primary applications

 
Versatile 10GbE iSCSI lt for enterprise environments

EqualLogic PS6210E

EqualLogic PS6500 Series

New-generation EqualLogic arrays that streamline storage management and improve and simplify performance for lasting value

EqualLogic PS6210X

EqualLogic PS6500 Series

New-generation EqualLogic arrays that streamline storage management and improve and simplify performance for lasting value

EqualLogic PS6210XV

EqualLogic PS6500 Series

New-generation EqualLogic arrays that streamline storage management and improve and simplify performance for lasting value

EqualLogic PS6210S

EqualLogic PS6500 Series

New-generation EqualLogic arrays that streamline storage management and improve and simplify performance for lasting value

EqualLogic PS6210XS

EqualLogic PS6500 Series

New-generation EqualLogic arrays that streamline storage management and improve and simplify performance for lasting value

 

Consolidate storage, blade servers and networking into a scalable, virtualized data center

EqualLogic PS-M4110E

EqualLogic PS6500 Series

Designed for ease of management, energy efficiency and high availability to help you avoid complexity and build a converged infrastructure that will scale as you grow.

EqualLogic PS-M4110X

EqualLogic PS6500 Series

Designed for ease of management, energy efficiency and high availability to help you avoid complexity and build a converged infrastructure that will scale as you grow.

EqualLogic PS-M4110XV

EqualLogic PS6500 Series

Designed for ease of management, energy efficiency and high availability to help you avoid complexity and build a converged infrastructure that will scale as you grow.

EqualLogic PS-M4110XS

EqualLogic PS6500 Series

Designed for ease of management, energy efficiency and high availability to help you avoid complexity and build a converged infrastructure that will scale as you grow.

 

 

Other EqualLogic Storage Solutions

EqualLogic FS7500

EqualLogic FS7500

Organizations with midsize and smaller deployments seeking a scale-out unified storage system with high-performance multiprotocol (iSCSI, CIFS and NFS) access to block and file data.

Data Management Software

Data Management Software

An advanced SAN monitoring tool with no additional software licensing fees

 

CompellentCompellent Network Storage:

Enterprise Storage with the Future Built In

The Dell Compellent Storage Center SAN combines a powerful data movement engine, intelligent software and a modular hardware platform to redefine efficiency, productivity and protection in enterprise storage. With Fluid Data network storage products, organizations can cut cost, time and risk while rapidly responding to change.

Why Storage Center Manages Data More Effectively

  • A Fluid Data architecture provides block-level intelligence for active data management and protection
  • A persistent hardware platform doesn't require new models for upgrades or updates
  • An intuitive interface simplifies network storage management with a single pane of glass
  • An open, technology-agnostic design integrates seamlessly with applications and infrastructure
  • A virtualized storage pool makes all system resources continuously available to all physical and virtual servers
  • Intelligent software automatically optimizes utilization, migrates data, and protects against downtime and disaster
Compellent Fluid Data Storage and Hardware

Compellent Storage Center

Compellent Storage Center

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.

Storage Controller

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.

Storage Enclosures

Storage Enclosures

Feature the latest industry-standard technology, including 6Gb SAS interconnects, so organizations can scale up and out with ease.

Network Attached Storage

Network Attached Storage

Enable you to consolidate file- and block-based data onto a single unified platform designed for efficiency and scalability.

NX3000 for Compellent

PowerVault NX3000

Customers with data growth needing high-performance file sharing with flexibility to handle block data.

Disk Drives

Disk Drives

Organizations can combine SSD, Fibre Channel, SAS and NLSAS drives in the same system.

Compellent Storage Software

Compellent Software Suite

Compellent Software Suite

Enables enterprises of all sizes to move beyond simply storing data to actively, intelligently managing data. Powerful storage software with built-in automation optimizes the provisioning, placement and protection of data throughout its lifecycle.

Compellent Management Suite

Compellent Management Suite

Managing complex storage tasks like replication and capacity planning for multi-terabyte SANs at multiple locations with more than one interface can be challenging.

Compellent Software & Features

Enterprise Manager

Compellent's sophisticated network storage software actively, intelligently manages enterprise data with thin provisioning, automated tiered storage, continuous snapshots, remote replication and more.

Networked Storage Components:

Build a Custom-Fit Storage Solution

Dell offers a comprehensive line of innovative and affordable storage solutions for every aspect of your business, whether you are a start-up, a Fortune 500 company or an enterprise organization with multiple data centers or locations.

Our portfolio includes award-winning Fibre Channel (FC) and Internet SCSI (iSCSI) storage area network (SAN) solutions for storage virtualization and consolidation needs and network attached storage (NAS) for file-based systems; direct attached storage (DAS) to expand your server capacity object-based storage to handle the rapid growth of unstructured data. Dell also provides the services to consult, manage and support those infrastructures from the beginning to end.

Network-Attached Storage

Share file-based data storage over your network to heterogeneous network clients.

Network-Attached Storage Models

PowerVault NX200

PowerVault NX200

Features four hot-swappable SATA hard drives with up to 8TB of total NAS capacity, an Intel CPU and 2GB memory for sustained high performance with low power consumption.

PowerVault NX300

PowerVault NX300

Smaller businesses or remote offices that want dedicated file sharing, consolidation and collaboration across a network.

PowerVault NX3000

PowerVault NX3000

Customers with data growth needing high-performance file sharing with flexibility to handle block data.

PowerVault NX3100

PowerVault NX3100

2U Rack-mount chassis, 36TB internal maximum capacity, SIS, FSRM, FCI, DFS and DFS-R data protection features

PowerVault NX3500

PowerVault NX3500

Bring unified storage to PowerVault iSCSI deployments. The NX3500 uses Dell Fluid File System and the MD back end to store block and file data, enabling a single file share to scale up to the limit of the MD deployment, currently 389TB of usable capacity.

EqualLogic FS7500

EqualLogic FS7500

Organizations with midsize and smaller deployments seeking a scale-out unified storage system with high-performance multiprotocol (iSCSI, CIFS and NFS) access to block and file data.

Direct-Attached Storage

Extend the storage capacity of a single server, server cluster or the PowerVault MD Series arrays.

Network Attached Storage Models

PowerVault MD1200

PowerVault MD1200

Customers seeking versatility and high-capacity storage for mainstream applications, with optimal performance in sequential (streaming) applications.

PowerVault MD1220

PowerVault MD1220

Customers seeking a direct-attached, energy-efficient storage array that provides the performance to satisfy demanding applications.

PowerVault MD3200

PowerVault MD3200

A dedicated, high-availability shared-storage array designed to offer superior performance and capacity. MD3200 arrays hold up to twelve 3.5" drives.

PowerVault MD3220

PowerVault MD3220

A dedicated, high-availability shared-storage array designed to offer superior performance and capacity. MD3220 arrays hold up to twenty-four 2.5" drives.

   

Internet SCSI (iSCSI) SAN Storage

One or more disk storage arrays connected via 1/10Gb Ethernet switches to servers using the TCP/IP-based iSCSI standard protocol.

iSCSI SAN Storage Models

PowerVault MD3200i

PowerVault MD3200i

Entry-level storage consolidation for high-availability virtualized environments that need higher capacity solutions. MD3200i arrays hold up to twelve 3.5" drives.

PowerVault MD3220i

PowerVault MD3220i

Entry-level storage consolidation in high-availability virtualized environments with increased density and higher performance requirements. MD3220i arrays hold up to twenty-four 2.5" drives.

PowerVault MD3600i

PowerVault MD3600i

Meet escalating performance demands for consolidation and server virtualization and support up to twelve 3.5" drives (SAS, near-line SAS and SSDs).

PowerVault MD3620i

PowerVault MD3620i

Offer exceptional performance, flexibility and scalability and support up to twenty-four 2.5" drives (SAS, near-line SAS and SSDs).

   

Fibre Channel SAN Storage

One or more disk storage arrays connected via Fibre Channel switches to servers using the Fibre Channel protocol.

Fibre Channel SAN Storage Models

PowerVault MD3600f

PowerVault MD3600f

Deliver highly scalable 8Gb/s throughput for fast, efficient Fibre Channel storage consolidation and server virtualization.

PowerVault MD3620f

PowerVault MD3620f

Hold up to twenty four 2.5" drives so you can effectively consolidate storage to support the value of your Fibre Channel environment.

SC4020 All-In-One Array

SC4020 All-In-One Array

Provide all-flash or hybrid storage at an exceptional value, and support up to 10,000 MS-Exchange mailboxes in just 2U of rack space.

Backup and Archive:

Reliable backup solution for large amounts of data and long-term archiving

The growth of data, particularly unstructured content, can increase your backup costs. Many organizations save all data without identifying its value; this method often results in an explosion of aging, duplicate data; expanding backup windows; and inflexible access policies. Understanding when to backup and how to archive information is key for intelligent data management.

Backup and archiving serve different purposes. The goal of backup is reliable recovery, while the goal of archiving is data preservation. Backup solutions protect data by making a copy of the most recent volume and any incremental changes on secondary storage; this copy can later be recovered in the event of a planned or unplanned outage. Archiving helps reduce the backup burden by moving aged or infrequently accessed data from primary storage media to less expensive storage media, thus removing it from the backup stream.

Dell offers archive solutions tailored your different data types and applications, making it easier to access information repositories for business continuity and e-discovery requirements.

Disk Backup

Backing up to disk drives offers shorter backup windows and quicker restores. With the cost of disk drives dropping, many enterprises apply disk backup as a higher-performance complement to tape.

Disk-To-Disk Backup

PowerVault DL2200 Powered by CommVault

PowerVault DL2200 Powered by CommVault

Factory-installed with Simpana software and designed with a unique wizard-driven setup and management utility.

PowerVault DL2200 Powered by Symantec

PowerVault DL2200 Powered by Symantec

This integrated backup to disk appliance with target and source based deduplication is a cost-effective way to reduce total cost of ownership.

DR4000 Advanced Disk Backup & Disaster Recovery Solution

DR4000 Advanced Disk Backup & Disaster Recovery Solution

Optimize your data management while reducing reliance on tape backups with the Dell DR4000 disk-based data protection and recovery solution.

Removable Disk Storage

PowerVault 114T/114X Tape Rack Enclosure

PowerVault 114T/114X Tape Rack Enclosure

Customers needing to perform weekly backups of one or two servers with less than 1.0TB. (Internal option.)

PowerVault RD1000 Removable Disk Storage

PowerVault RD1000 Removable Disk Storage

Customers seeking a rugged, removable disk backup for servers or desktops with a simple USB port connection.

 

Tape Backup

Considered the first and last line of defense against data loss, tape drives are appropriate for long-term data backup and archiving.

Tape Automation

PowerVault 124T Tape Autoloader

PowerVault 124T Tape Autoloader

Consolidating multiple or remote application server backup into a rack-optimized 2U form factor.

PowerVault TL2000 Tape Library

PowerVault TL2000 Tape Library

Ideal for small- and medium-sized businesses that require affordable, easy-to-use, automated tape backup and archiving.

PowerVault TL4000 Tape Library

PowerVault TL4000 Tape Library

Offers expandable and affordable tape automation for organizations whose data-protection needs have outgrown autoloader technology or capacity.

PowerVault ML6010 Tape Library

PowerVault ML6010 Tape Library

Customers who require proactive monitoring to reduce overall management time. Part of Dell's PowerVault ML6000 Modular Tape Library system, the ML6010 is a 5U control module with a 61.5TB maximum library capacity.

PowerVault ML6020 Tape Library

PowerVault ML6020 Tape Library

Customers who require proactive monitoring to reduce overall management time. Part of Dell's PowerVault ML6000 Modular Tape Library system, the ML6020 is a 14U control module with a 199.5TB maximum library capacity.

PowerVault ML6030 Tape Library

PowerVault ML6030 Tape Library

Customers who require proactive monitoring to reduce overall management time. Part of Dell's PowerVault ML6000 Modular Tape Library system, the ML6030 is a 23U control module with a 337.5TB maximum library capacity.

Removable Disk Storage Models

PowerVault LTO-3-080 Tape Drive

PowerVault LTO-3-080 Tape Drive

Provides robust performance and capacity for applications like digital video, archiving, data mining and supplychain management.

PowerVault LTO-5-140 Tape Drive

PowerVault LTO-5-140 Tape Drive

Customers looking to store and protect their data efficiently without the added cost and expense of software-based encryption.

 

Object-Based Storage Device:

Optimize Management of Unstructured Information

As your data volumes continue to grow, efficiently finding, classifying and sorting your information becomes more costly. Object storage helps you overcome this challenge by combining file data with metadata to preserve both content and context. The addition of metadata — such as subject, account number, date, or other business relevant terms — helps optimize search, routing, retention and deletion tasks as well as making it easier to group objects together for e-Discovery and business intelligence purposes.

With object storage, even the limitations of basic file storage metadata and the constraints of file hierarchies and placement limitations can be overcome. With object storage, each content object is assigned a unique ID from a 128-bit random number generator, making it possible to scale the platform to hold billions of unique IDs and objects in one vast, flat address space.

Like URLs on the Internet, unique IDs allow easy retrieval and migration of an object without having to specify the storage location. Object storage also generates a hash signature for each piece of content based on data contained in the object. These hash signatures enable verification of authenticity and other tasks such as removing duplicate objects.

Object Storage Platforms

DX6000 Cluster Services Node

DX6000 Cluster Services Node

Service node for all DX Object Storage Platform configurations.

DX6000G Cluster Services Node

DX6000G Cluster Services Node

Optional CIFS/NFS gateway to the DX Object Storage Platform. Deployed with DX6000 Cluster Services Node and DX6004s or DX6012s storage nodes.

DX6004S Storage Node

DX6004S Storage Node

Low capacity entry point into the DX solution. Deployed with the DX6000 and optional DX6000G Cluster File Server.

DX6012S Storage Node

DX6012S Storage Node

Medium to large DX solution deployments. Deployed with the DX6000 and optional DX6000G Cluster File Server.