Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Dell Delivers New Data Center Products, Including 10GbE

Dell introduced new data center management, storage and networking solutions , including solutions that use 10GbE as the underlying fabric.

Dell estimates that customers who adopt an end-to-end 10GbE architecture can decrease networking acquisition costs by approximately 50 percent and cut up to 76 percent of their network costs by using a unified fabric that brings together storage, networking, software and management tools.

Some of the new infrastructure management solutions include:

  • Advanced Infrastructure Manager -- enables customers to dynamically allocate workloads in minutes by altering server, networking and storage devices without the need to re-cable, reconfigure or reload software. This allows IT administrators to deploy physical server images as quickly as they deploy virtual servers, to reduce the number of failover servers, and to respond to application demands by shifting work to new systems as needed.

  • Dell Business Ready Configurations -- the first such pre-packaged solution includes two PowerEdge M610 blade servers running the Infrastructure Manager, an EqualLogic PS6000 iSCSI storage area network (SAN) solution, two PowerConnect 6220M blade switches and a 24-port Brocade Foundry 424 or Dell PowerConnect 6224 networking switch. The Business Ready Configurations come in both a standard edition and a redundant edition.

  • Dell EqualLogic Arrays with 10GbE, Dell EqualLogic PS6500X and Storage Consulting Services

  • Dell PowerConnect 8024F Networking Switches -- the company's first 1U 10 GbE switch. It features 24 ports with SFP+ and four combo 10GBase-T ports with full wire speed 10Gb capabilities across all ports. Designed for data center aggregation and network consolidation, the switches are ready for converged Ethernet environments and support dense virtualization deployments, iSCSI storage, such as the Dell EqualLogic family of products, and 10Gb traffic aggregation.

  • Qlogic Converged Network Adaptor (CNA) and Mezzanine Card for Dell PowerEdge Servers and Blade Servers -- the dual port CNA allows users to connect their servers to Fibre Channel SANs through a 10 Gb Enhanced Ethernet fabric because of the FCoE functionality.

  • Dell PowerConnect B-Series Switches -- through its recently expanded relationship with Brocade, Dell will be delivering its first FCoE switch, security, iSCSI and Converged Enhanced DCB Ethernet.