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TechTarget: Randy Kerns quoted on Dell EqualLogic

Thursday, May 7th 2015

“New Dell storage array, software-defined options added” by Carol Sliwa, TechTarget

Dell claims the new dual-controller PS6610 Series, which is due in the third quarter and is based on the company’s EqualLogic technology, offers 3.5 times more capacity, scaling out to 504 TB with the PS6610E model, and up to seven times greater performance than prior-generation EqualLogic PS6510 arrays.

The starting list price for the PS6610 is $68,000 with 42 near-line SAS drives of 2 TB each, all software and three years of Dell support, according to a Dell spokesman.

The PS6610 Series will ship with new Dell EqualLogic PS Series Array Software 8.0, which includes compression of snapshots and replicas and support for VMware’s vSphere Virtual Volumes to allow array management on a virtual machine basis rather than per volume or LUN. The PS Series software is a free upgrade for existing customers, according to Dell.

Randy Kerns, a senior strategist at Evaluator Group, said the PS6610 will move the PS family higher in the midrange market with strong features and ease of use, but the array’s iSCSI-only connectivity differs from most systems moving upmarket that support both Fibre Channel and iSCSI.

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