According to Dell, the solution addresses three sets of customer challenges. It enables proactive capacity planning and management, to drive better storage increased application performance, it ensures consistent backups of the entire SharePoint infrastructure, and it provides flexible and scalable data governance through automated archiving.
Finally, Dell announced improved interoperability with Dell Force10 and Dell PowerConnect Ethernet solutions and Brocade 16Gb Fibre Channel switches. Dell explained that, by combining Dell's Fluid Data architecture with Brocade's 16Gb Fibre Channel infrastructure, Dell Compellent customers can create more flexible, reliable SAN environments to support applications in virtualised, and cloud-optimised environments.
"Dell is one of the unique companies to offer an end-to-end data centre solution that can help customers transform IT from a rigid cost centre to a flexible productivity centre," said Scott Winslow, CEO of Winslow Technology Group, a Dell Premier PartnerDirect channel partner. "These new Dell storage solutions offer an open, flexible platform that provides customers with a foundation for painless future growth and complements Dell's expanding server, networking and software portfolio."
While customers seem to like Dell's Fluid Data solution, a report from Forrester Research in November 2011 said that companies may want to skip using a tiered storage architecture and move directly to an all-solid-state-drive (SSD) architecture. The analyst said that deduplication can reduce capacity requirements, making flash a cost-effective and better-performing alternative.
Although Dell Compellent's Fluid Data storage offering and EMC's Fully Automated Storage Tiering software offer automated tiering, retrofitting existing systems that weren't designed for sub-volume data movement "is a significant challenge," Forrester said.
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