According to a new commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting, on behalf of Dell, the vast majority of IT organisations are seeking easier-to-use storage solutions to free-up staff members' time to work on strategic projects. The survey of 839 IT leaders and storage administrators, across the U.S. and Europe, shows that storing and managing data today is viewed as complex, and there is high demand for solutions that are simpler to manage and use more automation. Key survey findings show that approximately:
Additionally, an estimated 95 percent of IT leaders and storage administrators see value in buying storage from the same vendor as they buy server, networking, system management or IT services. Forty-two percent say they buy multiple IT components from the same vendor fairly exclusively or whenever possible, citing ease of integration, technology synergies between products, and ease of purchase as their top reasons for these decisions.
The scalable and easy-to-manage Dell EqualLogic PS-M4110 Blade Arrays provide customers all of the functionality and enterprise-class features of traditional EqualLogic arrays inside a Dell PowerEdge M1000e blade chassis. The blade arrays combine with Dell 11th or 12th generation Dell PowerEdge blade servers and Dell Force10 or PowerConnect networking, enabling customers to run an entire data center within a single, compact blade enclosure that can help streamline IT management and operations.
Dell's first storage blade arrays, like all EqualLogic solutions, are developed for highly virtualized environments with "ease of use" and advanced automation as core design principles. The blade arrays' Fluid Data architecture and peer-scaling allow for simultaneous scalability of performance and capacity within and outside the blade chassis for non-disruptive growth. The arrays can scale outside the blade chassis to more than two petabytes of storage in a single group, and provide nearly double the usable capacity - up to 96 percent more - than competitive arrays inside the chassis.
EqualLogic set-up and deployment capabilities are closely integrated with the blade chassis management console, enabling multiple EqualLogic Blade Arrays to be configured in less than 20 minutes - a fraction of the set-up time required by other available blade storage solutions. Additional features that can ease deployment and management include:
The combination of Dell storage, server and networking technologies in a blade chassis provides customers a compact, shared footprint that can reduce the need for excessive licenses, space, cable configuration and power and cooling costs as well as an integrated approach to infrastructure management.
With this Dell convergence, customers can 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. Additionally, Dell's converged solution is notably easier to deploy, with up to 55 percent fewer major configuration steps, to set-up storage alone.
The new EqualLogic Blade Arrays are complemented by EqualLogic software that tightly integrates SANs with hosts and applications. With an all-inclusive software licensing model, EqualLogic storage systems include all supporting software applications and tools without additional fees.
"These research findings are in lock step with what our customers have been telling us and are a fundamental reason why Dell is focused on delivering all of the benefits of enterprise class storage without users needing a doctorate degree in storage to master our solutions", stated Darren Thomas, vice president and general manager, Dell Storage. "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."
"The most appealing aspect of the Dell EqualLogic Blade Array is its simplicity. It's easy to deploy and scale", stated Emilio Garcia, network co-ordinator, Pearland ISD near Houston, Texas. "With only two network managers supporting 23 campuses, this simplicity is critical to providing our students and staff a seamless IT experience. What more could you ask for?"
"The Dell EqualLogic Blade Array worked great from start to finish", stated Mike Quirin, IT manager for Ansaldo STS. "The system was quite easy to set up. Even if the system came without any instructions, I'd be able to get it up and running on my own. That's how truly simple and intuitive it is."