Consolidation

Server Storage and Consolidation

Make storage provisioning and management simple and effective

The growth of company files, e-mail, databases, and application data drives a constant need for more storage. But with storage directly attached to servers, growth means burdensome storage management and decreased asset utilisation. Storage resources remain trapped behind individual servers, impeding data availability. By consolidating your storage resources onto an EqualLogic PS Series SAN you can:

  • Centralise storage and reduce administrative overhead
  • Simplify IT operations and reduce total IT expenditures
  • Expand storage capacity, performance, and network bandwidth online without downtime
  • Increase availability and protect critical data sets
  • Consolidate storage assets across multiple OS environments

Key Benefits

  • Centralise storage and reduce administrative overhead
    The Dell EqualLogic iSCSI SAN’s unique peer storage architecture consolidates all storage resources into an easy-to-manage tiered pool of storage, securely accessed by servers across a standard Ethernet network. The PS Group Manager provides a single, intuitive administrative interface, accessible from anywhere on the network.
  • Simplify IT operations and reduce total IT expenditures
    The all-inclusive feature set makes advanced virtualisation and data protection features available to enterprises of all sizes, without breaking the bank. Automatic system expansion, data protection, and tiering functions minimise administrative tasks even as storage needs grow over time.
  • Expand storage capacity, performance, and network bandwidth without downtime
    Bringing additional storage online is truly seamless; additional disk and controller resources are automatically brought online without disrupting applications accessing the storage pool. Performance scales linearly as workloads are automatically load balanced, spreading data across all active disks, arrays, and interface ports. In addition, built-in thin-provisioning functionality improves flexibility and scalability, reducing administrative costs and making the “pay-as-you-grow” strategy seamless for applications.
  • Increase availability and protect critical data sets
    Dell EqualLogic PS Series arrays are built for enterprise deployments, providing 99.999% availability through a fully-redundant, hot-pluggable system architecture that minimises administrative tasks even as storage needs grow over time. Volumes are RAID-protected, and through advanced system and disk monitoring, faults can be quickly recognised and addressed without downtime. Low overhead snapshots and remote replication enable you to simply create a virtually unlimited number of space-efficient point-in-time copies at primary and remote sites for quick recovery from disk or backup to tape.
  • Consolidate storage assets across multiple OS environments
    Dell’s EqualLogic PS Series supports initiators across all major operating systems. Gigabit Ethernet NICs and HBAs provide high performance, multi-path access to centralised storage assets. Boot-from-SAN and virtualised desktop capabilities allow system disks to be totally removed from distributed server and desktop assets.

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