Infotech Lead America: Dell has started shipping its converged storage blade arrays that consolidate data centers by combining with Dell blade servers and networking switches inside a single blade chassis.
The introduction of converged solution is in line with Dell’s vision to offer end-to-end solutions to support customers seeking data centers that are easy to set-up, manage and scale as needed.
The combination of Dell storage, server and networking technologies in a blade chassis provides customers a compact, shared footprint.
Enterprise customers will benefit as the solutions can reduce the need for excessive licenses, space, cable configuration and power and cooling costs as well as an integrated approach to infrastructure management.
The Dell convergent solution enables customers to support up to 48 percent more Microsoft SQL, Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft SharePoint users and up to 42 more users per watt of power compared to a competitive blade server and storage offering.
Moreover, Dell’s converged solution is easier to deploy, with up to 55 percent fewer major configuration steps, to set-up storage alone.
“Dell leads the industry in embedding automation and ‘ease of use’ into our portfolio to improve storage simplicity and efficiency. Combine this focus with Dell’s development of broader, end-to-end data center solutions, and we’re in a unique position to help customers become more efficient, agile and responsive to the organizations they support,” said Darren Thomas, vice president and general manager, Dell Storage.
“The most appealing aspect of the Dell EqualLogic Blade Array is its simplicity. It’s easy to deploy and scale. With only two network managers supporting 23 campuses, this simplicity is critical to providing our students and staff a seamless IT experience,” said Emilio Garcia, network coordinator, Pearland ISD near Houston, Texas.