Dell offer buy out for Compellent

Posted on December 20th, 2010 in Industry News, Storage | No Comments »

Who is Compellent? May not be famous in our country, but it been 1 of the best SAN solution out there is Others region. They had also participate in the latest VMware vforum 2010 event through the local distributor this year in Kuala Lumpur. Since dell lost the bid to HP for taking over 3PAR Storage solution, many of us had predicted the next move DELL could target would be Compellent. Not a bad choice I will say as DELL do need visionary technology team who can drive the enterprise storage business for them in the long run.

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Dell TechCenter VMware Technical Wiki Page

Posted on July 20th, 2010 in Industry News | No Comments »

The Dell TechCenter VMware Technical Wiki Page just went live recently. This wiki page is intended to provide technical content around Dell solutions stacks utilizing VMware products. It will be monitored and updated regularly by VMware architects.

I do not see much information so far and If you are interested to be part of the contributor, click “Apply to be a Writer” on top of the page.
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Performance tuning on Virtual Infrastructure with MD3000i

Posted on May 25th, 2009 in Server, Storage, Tips, Virtualization, vSphere | 10 Comments »

With the recent experience I had on the deployment with vSphere 4 and PowerVault MD3000i, I found there are plenty of room you may able to further fine tune to improve the performance of the storage and virtual infrastructure. Before this, the initial deployment was done by default configuration without any fine tune yet, and I found that the storage performance looks  little bit slow. Therefore, I had decided to further research and fine tune everything we had to improve the performance.

Equipment List

  1. 2 x R710 with Intel 5530
  2. 2 x PowerConnect 5424
  3. MD3000i with 15 SATA Disks
  4. Software ISCSI initiator from vSphere 4

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DELL Equallogic VS Fiber Channel SAN

Posted on November 14th, 2008 in Hardware, Industry News, Virtualization | 3 Comments »

Economy Crisis this year has encouraged users to consider the ISCSI SAN Vs FC SAN today. Data Storage growth will never stop unless the business is stop. In order to keep the environment growth, the IT architect will have to provide a cost effective solution in the finance critical timing like now.

Performance wise, we may know that the Equallogic ISCSI might not beat the huge SAN box which easily cost you double as your TCO on ISCSI. I would like to share my finding relevant on the features it bundle with Dell Equallogic. In FC SAN, we are able to achieve performance and functionality, which require always additional license cost and expensive infrastructure to support it. Today, ISCSI provide more flexibility in term of FC due to the common understanding we all have on the IP technology which we deal with it everyday.

In Equallogic ISCSI, you will entitle every features which bundle together with the storages you purchase.

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DELL Equallogic PS5500E Auto Snapshot Manager

Posted on November 13th, 2008 in Hardware, Industry News, Virtualization | 2 Comments »

The latest version of ISCSI SAN Equallogic PS 5500E which launched recently had provide better capacity, performance, extra functionalities and more spindles in arrays. It could be support both 500GB and 1TB SATA II spindles up to 48 drives in a single array of 4U. A very impress usable storage space in single array which up to 48TB in raw. If we compare to the capacity, it is hardly found that a single array would provide a huge capacity at 48TB in Raw today. In additional to that, DELL had provide all the necessary features as for storage management as free which integrated as part of the storage purchase for Dell Equallogic ISCSI SAN. The latest features is regarding the Snapshot Manager for VMware. Previous version is only supported on Microsoft environment, but now, it had also supported on VMWare environment.

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