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EqualLogic PS6000XVS iSCSI Storage Array

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The Dell™ EqualLogic™ PS6000XVS virtualized Internet SCSI (iSCSI) storage arrays are ideal for optimizing responsiveness of applications through intelligent data tiering within the array, across a low-latency solid-state drive (SSD) and a performance-sensitive 15,000 rpm serial attached SCSI (SAS) hard disk.

  • Optimize performance of tiered application workloads, such as virtual desktops or applications delivered as a service.
  • Deliver excellent user responsiveness for tiered workloads with the help of intelligent data placement across an SSD and a 15,000 rpm SAS hard disk.
  • Balance cost and performance with a combination of an SSD and 15,000 rpm SAS hard disk in a single array.

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EqualLogic PS6000XVS iSCSI SAN Array
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EqualLogic PS6000XVS iSCSI Storage Array

Dell EqualLogic PS6000XVS

The PS6000XVS reinforces the EqualLogic principles of intelligence, automation and scalable performance, with the addition of optimized data response for your applications through intelligent data tiering. Using a combination of low-latency SSD and performance-oriented SAS drives, the PS6000XVS automatically places data on the appropriate disk technology using historical I/O (input/output) and performance patterns and helps optimize data response for your applications, while maximizing efficiency. The ability to sense and intelligently respond to data requirements is a valuable feature for applications like virtual desktops. Virtual desktops can benefit from a low-latency SSD during desktop initialization (such as Bootstorm) and often require cost-effective, performance-oriented storage for user data files.
Dell EqualLogic PS6000 Series Arrays: Exceptional ease of use

Exceptional Ease of Use

The PS6000XVS is an intelligent storage array that provides rapid installation, simple management and seamless expansion. All PS Series storage arrays include storage area network (SAN) configuration features and capabilities that can:
  • Sense network topology
  • Automatically build RAID sets
  • Conduct system health checks to help ensure that all components are fully functional
Dell EqualLogic PS6000 Series Arrays: Modular design with enterprise reliability

Modular Design With Enterprise Reliability

EqualLogic PS Series arrays are based on a virtualized modular storage architecture that enables IT managers to purchase only the storage that is needed when it is needed — helping prevent both underutilization and overprovisioning. Using patented data movement technology, all PS Series arrays can work together to automatically manage data, load balance across system resources and expand to meet growing needs. The EqualLogic PS Series is designed to meet and exceed the rugged requirements of the data center. The PS6000XVS includes fault tolerance capabilities through fully redundant and hot-swappable components — dual controllers, standard dual-fan trays, dual power supplies and disk drives with hot spares. Self-tuning, write-back caches are battery-backed and mirrored across controllers for ultimate protection without compromising performance.
Dell EqualLogic PS6000 Series Arrays: Enterprise data services without additional costs

Feature-Rich Software Portfolio

The EqualLogic software portfolio is an essential component of the EqualLogic storage solution. This feature-rich software portfolio can help your organization establish reliable, high-performing interactions with your customers while protecting critical business data.

The EqualLogic all-inclusive software model gives you the functionality required for a complete SAN solution at one price, eliminating the need to manage software licenses or multiple support contracts. The full software portfolio, including EqualLogic Array Software, EqualLogic Host Software and EqualLogic SAN Headquarters, is included with the array purchase. Customers with a valid Dell ProSupport* agreement can download future software updates without paying additional license fees.

Dell EqualLogic PS6000 Series Arrays: Flexibility with low cost of ownership

Flexibility with Low Cost of Ownership

Dell EqualLogic PS Series arrays represent a breakthrough in storage economics, from purchase and setup to operation and upgrades. The PS Series scales on-demand and online, allowing storage growth without disrupting applications. As a result, EqualLogic arrays provide exceptional flexibility with a low total cost of ownership.

Whether consolidating a direct-attached storage (DAS) infrastructure, migrating data from an existing SAN, streamlining data protection processes or simply adding storage capacity, the Dell EqualLogic family of proven, high-performance, self-managing storage arrays is designed to meet the requirements of today’s critical data center environments.

Product Configurations

  • Storage Controllers
    Dual controllers with a total of 4GB2 battery-backed cache memory
    Battery-backed cache provides up to 72 hours of data protection

    Hard Disk Drives
    Eight (8) hot-pluggable Solid State Disk (SSD) drives and Eight (8) hot-pluggable SAS hard disk drives

    Drive Capacities
    Combines 100 GB SSD drives and 450 GB 15,000 RPM SAS drives

    System Capacities
    4.4 TB using eight (8) 100 GB SSD drives and eight (8) 450 GB SAS disk drives

Technical Highlights

  • Volumes
    Up to 1,024

    Snapshots

    512 per volume / up to 10,000 total

    Volume connections per PS series group

    Up to 1024 per pool / 4,096 per group

    Host Protocol

    Any standards compliant iSCSI initiator

    Operating Systems Supported

    Windows® 2000 Server
    Windows Server® 2003
    Windows Server® 2008, including Hyper-V™
    Microsoft® Windows Server® 2008 R2, including Hyper-V™
    VMware® ESX Server 3 / 3.5 / 4 / 4.1 / ESXi 3.5 / 4 / 4.1 
    Citrix® XenServer™
    Red Hat® Enterprise Linux®
    SUSE® Linux Enterprise
    Sun™ Solaris™
    IBM® AIX
    HP-UX®
    Mac OS® X
    Novell® Netware®

    RAID Support
    Accelerated, RAID 6

    GbE Network Interfaces

    Four (4) copper per controller

    TCP Network Support

    IPv4, IPv6 core support

    Expansion Option

    Can be combined with other EqualLogic PS Series arrays in the same SAN group online. Up to 16 total members per group

Reliability

  • Redundant, hot-swappable controllers; power supplies / cooling fans, and hot-swappable disks
    Individual disk drive slot power control

Enclosure Monitoring System

  • Automatic spare configuration and utilization
    SMART
    Automatic bad block replacement
    Auto-Stat Disk Monitoring System (ADMS) to monitor health of data on disk drives

Management

  • SAN Headquarters multi-group performance and event monitoring tool
    SNMP, telnet, SSH, HTTP, Web (SSL), host scripting
    Serial console
    Multi-administrator support
    Ability to configure a separate management network

Security

  • CHAP authentication
    Access control for iSCSI
    Access control for management interfaces including RADIUS support

Notification Methods

  • SNMP traps, e-mail, syslog

Power

  • AC voltage: 100-240 VAC ±10% single phase
    Frequency: 47-63 Hz
    Power factor: 0.98 (minimum)
    Power consumption: 300 VA, 350 PeakVA (operating maximum)
    Heat dissipation: 1,024 BTU per hour (maximum)
    Power supplies: Dual 440W DC

Chassis

  • Height: 13 cm / 5.12 in / 3 EIA units
    Width: 48.26 cm / 19.0 in / 1EC Rack Compliant
    Depth: 55.1 cm / 21.7 in
    Weight: 36 kg / 78.6 lb

Environmental Operating Conditions

  • Temperature range: 5 to 35 °C / 41 to 95 °F
    Storage temperature: -20 to 60 °C / -22 to 140°F
    Altitude: -70 to 3,048 m operational / -305 to 12,192 m non-operational
    Relative humidity: 20 to 80% non-condensing operational / 5 to 95% non-condensing non-operational
    Shock: 5 g 10 ms ½ sine operational / 30 g 10 ms ½ sine non-operational
    Vibration: Random .21 grms @ 5-500Hz operational / Random 1.04 grms 2-200Hz non-operational
    Acoustics: Sound Power Operating: < 5.8 db LpA @ 20°C
    Air Quality: Airborne contaminant level of G2 or lower as defined by ISA-S71.04-1985
Dell delivers comprehensive end-to-end solutions to help you store and manage your data so you can efficiently move the right data to the right place at the right time for the right cost. EqualLogic array software and host software are part of these solutions and are included with your EqualLogic array purchase — providing all the tools your organization needs for a complete storage area network (SAN) solution.

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EqualLogic Array Software

Each EqualLogic array ships with a powerful set of software features that help you manage, protect and optimize your data. The EqualLogic Group Manager helps streamline storage and data management across both PS Series SAN arrays and FS Series NAS appliances. EqualLogic PS Series Firmware is the foundation of the EqualLogic software family. Integrated across the entire family of EqualLogic PS arrays, the EqualLogic PS Series Firmware is a SAN operating system based on a unique peer storage architecture that:

 

 

  • Virtualizes SAN resources 
  • Enables peer scalability of up to 16 arrays 
  • Provides intelligent data management functionality 
  • Automatically adjusts system resources 
  • Optimizes performance 
  • Reduces manual intervention

Also included in the firmware is the EqualLogic Manual Transfer Utility that provides a non-network replication capability to minimize the time required to transfer large amounts of data between replication partners.

EqualLogic’s latest firmware (release 7.0) includes enhanced functions for PS Series arrays such as:

 

 

  • Robust and scalable Access Control Policies for simplified administration
  • Newly redesigned GUI with search functionality
  • RAID policy recommendations to help promote RAID best practices 
  • New technologies with backward compatibility including a 64-bit kernel firmware version for newer arrays and support for 4K sector volumes and 4K native sector (4Kn) drives

 

VMWare Host SoftwareEqualLogic Host Integration Tools

This family of host-based software provides tight integration between the EqualLogic array and the host. Dell provides host integration tools for Microsoft®, VMware® and Linux® environments, providing customers with the following benefits:

  • Comprehensive data protection and availability
  • Integrated storage management 
  • Reliable performance 
  • Streamlined array configuration

SAN HQEqualLogic SAN Headquarters

Dell EqualLogic SAN Headquarters (SAN HQ) is a centralized monitoring and reporting tool that gathers and provides in-depth information on performance, capacity and alerts across multiple groups of EqualLogic PS arrays, helping improve performance and effective allocation of group resources.

With Dell SupportAssist functionality, SAN HQ 3.0 can automatically create support cases based on system faults, and it allows you to view your open Dell Support cases for EqualLogic arrays monitored by SupportAssist.
Learn more about EqualLogic software

Find out how Dell EqualLogic software can help you design, manage and optimize your storage solution.


Support Services

Dell Services

Dell believes that a well planned and maintained storage infrastructure can support growing data requirements without the corresponding increase in cost and complexity. Intelligent data management allows organizations to optimize the value of their storage investment with a better use of resources. Dell Data Management Services can help customers design, implement, manage and maintain storage infrastructures that satisfy data availability, retention and recovery requirements.

Dell ProSupport*
— Fast, reliable support services designed to address the technology challenges you face today. This new support portfolio is focused on your needs, time demands and budgets.

Need professional support services that take care of both you and your employees’ IT needs 24x7? Choose Dell ProSupport.* Dell has been awarded the No.1 position, 30 of the last 38 quarters in the Corporate IT Service & Support Customer Satisfaction Study (2010).

Got an IT staff? Choose Dell ProSupport for IT and get tech-to-tech support, along with 24x7 access to Dell-certified technicians.

Dell ProSupport Service Model

Dell ProSupportDell ProSupport for IT
Designed for organizations with limited or no dedicated IT staff.

Includes:
  • 24x7 direct break-fix hardware and software support for your employees
  • Access to a certified technician
Designed to provide tech-to-tech support for IT professionals, database administrators and internal service desks or helpdesks.

Includes:
  • 24x7 Direct access to Dell Expert Centers
  • Escalation management through Dell’s Global Command Centers
  • Collaborative hardware and software support

Next, Dell ProSupport Options align to the way you use technology — rapidly responding to your needs, protecting your investment, your productivity and your sensitive data, and providing value-added proactive support services to reduce the risk and complexity of managing your infrastructure.

SPEED OF RESPONSEPROTECTIONPREMIUM PROACTIVE
Mission Critical — Perfect for server and storage environments where avoiding unplanned downtime and reducing recovery time through priority response are a must. The package includes priority same day 4-hour onsite service* or optional 2-hour response with 6-hour hardware repair,* Dell’s proven Critical Situation process and emergency dispatch. Data Management and Protection
  • Keep Your Hard Drive* helps you retain control of sensitive data
Enterprise-Wide Contract — Provides enhanced proactive capabilities through:
  • Designated service delivery manager
  • Performance benchmarking and custom reporting
  • Planning and assessments

IT Consulting

Data Management Consulting from Dell offers a comprehensive suite of assessment, design and implementation services to help customers get the most from their EqualLogic PS series product, covering data management, application performance, data protection and cost of ownership. Dell consultants can provide practical action-oriented plans, to deliver specific, predictable and measurable outcomes through high-impact, short duration projects.
  • Data Management and Technology Assessment: This is an engagement where the Dell consultant gathers and analyzes account, month-end performance, data collection to lay out the best future state consolidation scenarios including iSCSI storage area network (SAN) option. We develop a tailored business case estimating the cost savings gained from the various technology options (iSCSI or Fiber Channel) we recommend.
  • Dell/EMC SAN Solution Design (standard and custom): This is the provision of an iSCSI SAN solution design, incorporating array, SAN and integration of key applications. Options for remote/local data protection design to utilize snapshot and replication capabilities, as well as backup integration design are also available.
  • Data Migration: We facilitate a well-planned migration from an existing storage entity (DAS, SAN, NAS) to the newly implemented EqualLogic SAN. We use standard tools, established methodology and expert consultants to mitigate associated risk and minimize the downtime for applications.
  • EqualLogic Quick Start: A post implementation 2 days on-site assistance to guide customers with best practice recommendations and accelerate the adoption of the feature rich EqualLogic software (SAN HQ, ASM Microsoft® edition, ASM VMware edition) and get the most out of your investment into EqualLogic SAN without delays.
Customization and SetUp

Dell Server & Storage Deployment Services
Dell provides a comprehensive set of remote and on-site installation services for PowerEdge and PowerEdge SC servers, as well as PowerVault, Dell | EMC and Dell EqualLogic storage products to help reduce the time required to get your system up and running. These installation services help:
  • Speed up deployment
  • Supply necessary expertise for correct installation
  • Minimize disruptions to your business


Training

Comprehensive Training
Get the skills you need to keep pace in today’s competitive IT environment with comprehensive training courses. Dell offers a vast array of instructor-led classes and online training courses in a range of topics from server maintenance to in-depth technical overviews of specific systems.
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