During last week (13 – 16 November 2012), Dell hosted their second European Dell Storage Forum , in Paris and some exciting products have been announced.
The common message send during the even is Dell’s vision of Fluid Data , where the goal is make systems to work better better by leveraging the knowledge within the different Dell’s departments/divisions.
Darren Thomas VP and GM for Dell Storage presented on talking about Dell’s journey, key business values, goals and new product announcements.
For the Dell Compellent product range the Storage Center 6.3 was announced (planned availability for beta in early 2013 and general availability in Q2 2013) . This new release promises a 100% performance boost !! ( Dell testing performed on dual SC8000 controllers running OLTP workloads using IOmeter with a 100% random 70/30 read/write mix and 4K sector transfer sizes. Testing using pre-release Storage Center code version 220.127.116.11 versus 6.1.2 code) , by having just a software update !! How cool , is to be able to download a piece of software and have such massive performance upgrade !? Also notorious is the fact that the Compellent would be the first array with 16Gb FC end to end support.
Bob Fine (Compellent´s Director) said during the press and bloggers session that the updates would be available for free to customers with existing support, without any need for downtime or rip and replace. This is a very exciting news for all Compellent’s customers out there!
No doubts that the the upgrade to a 64bit version of the Storage Center done earlier this year during the Storage Forum in London, was the first step to enable such software improvements as we are knowing now.
Dell MD series & Data Protection
Dell’s MD series has now the version 3 of the firmware , and this version introduces iSCSI based async replication, thin provisioning, VMware VAAI support and SSD based caching. From a service continuity perspective data protection enhancements include dynamic disk pools that simplify disk management and improve rebuild performance by distributing data across all drives, decreasing significant recovery time of drive failures.
Having in mind that the MD series products are designed to maintain up to 99.999 percent availability, good pricing model, good perfomance and a very good set of features, this type of product starts to be very attractive to be deployed as a first SAN solution for many customers out there.
The Equallogic line didn’t had any announcement, however for those who have been paying attention some interesting information has been released. The overall direction is to abstract the software that composes the Equallogic OS from it’s hardware, and this opens the way for running Equallogic as a virtual storage appliance . By doing this , one can only imagine a future where we could leverage the same tools and architecture to run the “typical” Equallogic hardware array at the HQ and have a server with local disks attached running Equallogic as a VSA on a branch office. This is purely my take based on the information mentioned during the event, so please don’t take for granted this possible scenarios.
Dell Backup products
Within the data protection layer , Dell added new products for their portfolio including an AppAssure based appliance (Dell PowerVault DL4000), a Quest based solution (Quest NetVault Backup 9.0) and a CommVault based solution (Dell Powervault DL2300).
I must confess that at this moment it’s somehow unclear to me what’s the strategy of Dell on the backup area due to the fact that they have too many products. I look forward for the coming months to see how products will evolve and perhaps be consolidated .
There’s no doubt that the concepts of Fluid Data and Working Better Together are working out and have a tremendous potential to go much beyond the current reach , however the challenge will be how to combine the power of all the acquisitions done so far, in a timely way and keeping the dedicated balance of time to market vs product quality .
Dell has indeed an extensive set of IP within the organization and this allows Dell to be in a very interesting position within the market to become a true leader in the area.
It’s definitely a very interesting time to be involved within the IT Storage Industry , and I’m truly excited to see what the future holds in terms of strategy execution of Dell.
If you haven’t been present on a Dell Storage Forum I highly recommend you to do so, since you can have access to a wide range of hands-on-labs , as well as the possibility to brainstorm with several Dell exec’s and IT professionals.
The next Dell Storage Forum will be :
- Dell Storage Forum 2013 US – June 4-6 San Jose, California
- Dell Storage Forum 2014 EMEA – January 14-16, Frankfurt, Germany
As such, see you soon or wir sehen uns bald !
For more information about the Dell Storage Forum 2012 Paris please check the official website .
Only few days for the start of second EMEA Dell Storage Forum 2012, in Paris. I’m sure that this will be a very interesting event with several opportunities to attend to hands-on sessions, panel discussions, brainstorm sessions , etc..
One of the best parts of this type of event is the fact that Dell takes it quite seriously , yet quite informal, way since top executives , engineers are available to discuss ideas one on one . Nothing beats a vendor that actually listens first to the customer and moves into to the sales pitch after…
The second best part of this gathering is the outstanding amount of social media / networking / place your favorite expression here , events.
Here’s a glimpse into the planned events :
- November 14th , Wednesday, Fluid Forward Think Tank. Simon Robinson, Research Vice President of 451 Research will be moderating this forum . As usual this is way to discuss the trends , challenges, real-life expericences related to storage . If you can’t be in Paris, this event will have a live-streaming! . Twitter stream available with #FluidForward
- November 14th , Wednesday night ,#StorageBeers! Starting at 9:00pm, right after the Welcome Celebration, at Havane Café. Feel free to drop by to get in touch with some old friends and take the opportunity to make new ones !
- During the event head down to the Fluid Lounge. Get some extra energy for your smartphone/tablet/laptop/ yourself !, and get in touch with some real nice folks like Barry Coombs, Fabio Rapposelli, Andrew Mauro, Didier Van Hoye , Rasmus Haslund , Charles Gillanders, Andreas Erson , Tom Heskestad and sure… myself as well – Bruno Sousa.
Dell Storage Forum 2012 Paris is right around the corner and with that an opportunity for #storagebeers came along.
The purpose of this gathering is to get in touch with fine folks and ladies , and start , to discuss IT Storage related issues. As the time goes and people get more acquainted with each other the number of subjects discussed are mind blowing.
Feel free to drop by and you will find a friendly , informal and , quite, informative event.
And without further chit·chat make sure you book your agenda for November, 14th 21H Havane Café ,Boulevard Auguste Blanqui, 75013 Paris.
The year of 2012 starts in high gear mode, and iam truly very pleased to announce that i have been invited to attend the Dell Storage Forum in London between January 9-12 .
I have been monitoring very closely the path of Dell of moving from an IT hardware manufacturer into a company that provides IT services , and given the progress made in the enterprise storage, this event will allow me to learn even more about Dell’s products and strategy .
As usual Dell has this event very well covered within the Social Media , and for that i give my hat to Gina Minks and Alison Krause. To get all the information related to this event from a social media point of view check out this great blog post by Gina, and follow the hashtag #DellSF12 .
The event will be packed of leading IT folks , like :
- Gina Minks – gminks.edublogs.org
- Jason Boche – boche.net
- Lance Boley – iscsiking.info
- Will Urban
- Liem Nguyen – compellent.com/blog
- Alison Krause
- Fabio Rapposelli – juku.it
- Hans Deleenheer – hansdeleenheer.blogspot.com
- Greg Knieriemen – NekkidTech.com
- Ed Saipetch – breathingdata.com
- Martin MacLeod – bladewatch.com
- Chris Evans – thestoragearchitect.com
- Chris Mellor – theregister.com
- Nigel Poulton – nigelpoulton.com
- Barry Coombs – virtualisedreality.com
- Martin Glassborow – storagebod.com
I will provide more information during/after the event, so feel free to re-visit this blog any time soon 🙂
This is an event sponsored by Dell ,and therefore all my travel and living expenses to attend the Storage Forum are covered by Dell. However, my independency as an IT profissional/blogger is guaranteed. I will attend the Storage Forum due to the fact that within my professional area Dell plays a vital role and knowledge is power!