|[April 15, 2014]
New Dell Enterprise Solutions Drive Applications and Workload Performance to New Heights
FRANKFURT, Germany --(Business Wire)--
Dell today announced it is enabling customers to redraw the boundaries
of IT with new enterprise solutions designed to dramatically speed
application response times, strengthen the ties among data center
technologies and simplify IT operations.
CIOs are being tasked to enable their businesses to move faster without
infrastructure downtime. This includes accelerating application
performance and response times and providing high availability to the
business - all while often being budget constrained. The new and
enhanced Dell solutions help customers make the most of their IT
investments by cutting through the silos to improve application
performance and make it easier to manage data center operations.
"IT leaders are facing the challenge of balancing costs with the need to
provide bleeding-edge IT services to ensure businesses do not risk
losing customers, revenue or productivity. The fact of the matter is
handling an increased traffic of any kind puts strain on a data center -
and many solutions currently in the market only address parts of the
problem," said Marius Haas, chief commercial officer and president,
Enterprise Solutions, Dell. "By leveraging organic and inorganic
intellectual property, Dell is accelerating the delivery of its
enterprise vision and providing businesses with a unique workload
acceleration solution that helps increase agility and be more responsive
to their customers."
Dell Accelerates Application Performance by Speeding Most Frequently
Dell Fluid Cache for SAN
brings data closer to the server while improving application performance
and reducing response times. Helping address performance issues that
customers face with applications requiring fast access to data, such as
online transaction processing (OLTP), data warehousing, virtual desktop
infrastructure (VDI) and cloud, this technology helps organizations
speed up access to data by pooling and utilizing Dell PCI (News - Alert) Express Flash
drives for low-latency data caching inside traditional servers.
Dell Fluid Cache for SAN has achieved 5 million random read input/output
per second (IOPS)(1) and can reduce cost per user by up to 71
percent(2). Dell lab tests also revealed improved database
average response times capable of 99 percent(3) while
allowing a more than six-fold increase in the number of concurrent users
- increasing from just 2,200 to 14,000 users.
By providing a single infrastructure for data at both high and low ends
of the performance spectrum, Dell Fluid Cache for SAN eliminates the
tradeoffs between server performance and full-featured SAN benefits such
as reliability, manageability and data protection. Intelligent data
placement from the server to SAN can enable customers to significantly
improve performance while reducing solution costs by enabling the right
data to reside at the right place at the right time. A single management
interface and fully integrated SAN capabilities, including automated
tiering, cache-aware snapshots, replication and compression, also helps
customers save time and resources with the advantages of excellent
application performance and Dell's advanced storage economics.
Bringing the most frequently accessed data closer to compute resources
minimizes data travel from storage to the server and enables
Improve performance: Deliver critical
results faster, boost transactional performance and reduce response
times by leveraging the end-to-end capabilities of Dell PowerEdge
servers with Dell Express Flash PCIe SSDs, Dell Networking 10/40GbE
switches and Dell Compellent Data Progression intelligent tiering
Ensure data integrity: Maintain
confidence that the cache pool data is highly available and
safeguarded by write-back caching technology, with no single point of
failure from server to SAN.
Enhance flexibility: Enable database and
virtualization performance scalability on demand with a SAN-based
solution that allows for the addition of drives and nodes to be added
to an active cache pool as needed, allowing business to grow as demand
Maximize storage investment: Extend the
power of Dell intelligent data placement from the SAN to the server,
allowing data to be managed holistically and reside on optimal drive
types based on actual performance needs to lower overall total storage
New Dell Compellent Storage Center Software Release Offers Enhanced
Performance, Security and Management
In addition to enabling Flash optimization and the intelligent placement
of data between the onboard server cache and traditional storage arrays, new
Dell Compellent Storage Center 6.5 array software extends the
performance and tiering advancements of previous Storage Center releases
while offering new enterprise features for customers.
The Dell Compellent Flash-optimized Solution with Storage Center
continues to be the first
storage solution in its class with intelligent data placement across
multiple types of flash technologies or in combination with traditional
disk drives. As Dell continues to redefine the economics of enterprise
storage, this helps customers optimize performance across various drive
types for a lower total storage environment cost. With Dell's Data
Progression technology, customers also can achieve all flash
performance for the price of 15K drive technology while reducing their
Relieving customers from the historical tradeoff between low cost
capacity and high performance, Storage Center 6.5 supports the ability
to achieve, in one SAN, both impressive flash performance and super
dense, low cost capacity storage that is enhanced with new block level
compression. Additional new Storage Center 6.5 benefits and enterprise
Increased efficiency - with the
introduction of block level compression technology for allowing SAN
customers to store more data with fewer disk drives with a compression
ratio of up to 77 percent(5).
Enhanced security - with the introduction
of self-encrypting drives (SEDs), which offer a highly secure solution
for organizations pursuing data privacy or maintaining regulatory
compliance requirements, such as those in finance, legal and
Enhanced business continuity - with new
synchronous Live Volume capability, customers can restore data
non-disruptively, keeping applications running during unplanned
outages without the need to remap server configurations.
Improved cloud environment support - with
multi-VLAN tagging support that lets service providers offer multiple
service levels to customers on different secure virtual domains on the
same Storage Center.
Systems Management (News - Alert) Becomes Simpler
Dell has enhanced its systems management portfolio with new features
that automate IT operations and improve efficiency, availability and
reliability. The latest release of the Dell
OpenManage portfolio includes:
Dell OpenManage Essentials 1.3:
Designed for monitoring enterprise-class hardware, this systems
management console now adds data center protection through integration
with Dell AppAssure for scheduled system backups of server data,
operating systems, applications, files and databases, as well as
discovery and monitoring of Dell SonicWALL (News - Alert) security appliances.
OpenManage Mobile: Integrated with OpenManage
Essentials 1.3, and available to customers as a free software
download, this is the industry's first mobile handheld solution to
provide IT administrators one-to-many access to anywhere, anytime data
center monitoring of servers, storage, networking and firewall systems.
iDRAC with Lifecycle Controller:
With new automatic deployment and configuration functionality,
administrators can reduce the number of steps required to deploy
hardware configurations by up to 97 percent, as compared to capturing
and deploying the configurations manually(5).
Dell also has enhanced its full suite of Dell
EqualLogic Host Integration Tools software that enables efficient
data protection and simplifies management of Dell EqualLogic storage
arrays through tight integration with VMware, Microsoft (News - Alert) and Linux server
virtualization platforms and applications. The new generation of
EqualLogic software, available for the new EqualLogic
PS6210 Series and other PS Series arrays, offers improved and
simplified SAN performance, streamlined management, and improved
administrator efficiency to provide customers with a storage environment
finely tuned for virtual computing environments.
Making the Network Connection: Advancing Data Center Fabrics and
Control for SDN, NFV and Cloud Solutions
Dell also showcased new networking solutions to help customers deliver
faster results, maximize efficiency and modernize and transform
operations in scale-out and cloud-based environments. New products
Networking Z9500 Ethernet fabric switch - the densest, highest
performing fixed-form factor switch for scale-out data center and
cloud workload designs.
Active Fabric Controller - purpose-built software for
zero-touch provisioning and orchestration of virtualized networking
functions and services.
NFV efforts - takes leadership role in industry consortium and
joins with industry partners to accelerate NFV adoption.
"Dell Fluid Cache for SAN is an ideal solution for customers that have
high IOPS and high performance needs," said Peter Lonis, solution
consultant, LeaseWeb. "The time needed for tasks like running database
queries and deploying virtual machines is dramatically lower in this
environment, which would allow our customers to work faster and grow
their infrastructures more quickly."
"Our team's model is that of a service provider. Our primary goal is to
offer the best level of service possible to all our customers across the
various University of North Texas System campuses and organizations -
and the Dell Fluid Cache for SAN is another tool in our toolbox that
helps us do that," said Monty Slayton, IT manager, University of North
Texas System. "To be able to offer this level of performance at such a
reasonable cost is a huge advantage for us. Any organization or
institution that has transactional types of data can benefit from the
Dell Fluid Cache for SAN solution."
"Because of our Dell OpenManage solution, we can complete tasks from
wherever we happen to be working," said Olivier Payet, network and
systems manager, Saint Jean Industries. "It saves us time and has
increased our productivity by around 50 percent."
"We recently consolidated our server infrastructure and moved to a new
backup and recovery strategy built on Dell PowerEdge servers and
EqualLogic storage, allowing our customers to receive uninterrupted
service and our internal team to deliver new services in hours rather
than weeks," said Brian Collins, IT Manager, H+H UK. "With help from
Dell partner Upgrade Options, we found that Dell EqualLogic storage was
the best option for our virtualized environment, offering rapid
deployment, solid performance, and tight integration with VMware
environments for simplified management without any additional costs
since all EqualLogic software is included with the initial purchase
Availability and Additional Information:
Dell Fluid Cache for SAN and Dell Compellent Storage Center 6.5 will
be available worldwide in second quarter of 2014.
Dell's enhanced OpenManage portfolio is available worldwide now.
Dell EqualLogic Host Integration Tools (HIT)/VMware 4.0 and HIT/Linux
1.3 are available worldwide now. HIT/Microsoft 4.7 will be available
later this month.
Dell Networking Z9500 Fabric Switch is available in North America in
April and worldwide in June; Dell Active Fabric Controller is
available worldwide in the second quarter of 2014; the co-engineered
Dell-Red Hat OpenStack-based NFV and SDN solutions are expected to be
available in 2014.
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(1) A 2013 Dell lab test of Dell Fluid Cache for
SAN achieved over 5 Million IOPS using a random read workload with a 4
KB sized block with a hardware stack consisting of: eight Dell PowerEdge
R720 servers each containing two Dell Express Flash 350 GB PCIe SSDs,
one Mellanox (News - Alert) ConnectX-3 40GE RoCE card, and Fluid Cache software; all
connected to Dell Networking and Dell Compellent Storage solutions.
Actual performance will vary based on configuration, usage and
(2) Based on Dell Lab testing of a 3 node OLTP
cluster on an Oracle® database with Dell Fluid Cache for SAN vs. the
same configuration without Dell Fluid Cache for SAN, where the
configuration with Dell Fluid Cache for SAN resulted in 1900 concurrent
users at one second and costs $360,191 USD, or $189.57 USD per user, at
the one second measurement, and the configuration without Dell Fluid
Cache for SAN resulted in 500 concurrent users at one second and costs
$331,696 USD, or $663.39 USD per user, at the one second measurement.
List prices dated March 2014.
(3) On a Dell Lab test configuration using an 8
node cluster of OLTP running on an Oracle database workload simulation,
the Average Response Time (ART) was reduced 99% compared to the same
Dell hardware stack without Dell Fluid Cache for SAN.
(4) Based on internal Dell analysis in July 2013
based on Dell Compellent flash-optimized and spinning disk Dell US list
(5) Based on March 2014 Dell Internal testing
at Dell Labs.
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