This week in Orlando, Florida, Dell hosted our Storage Forum for customers and channel partners.  As Dell continues to grow its Enterprise Solutions and Services, Dell Storage provides the foundation for today’s virtualized environments and the Storage Forum showcased the entire Dell Storage portfolio—Dell EqualLogic, Dell Compellent, Dell PowerVault and Dell DX

Michael Dell highlighted the latest storage and IT trends and discussed how our industry is transforming the way we help customers manage, serve and store data.  He noted that Dell’s fluid data solutions enable customers to “use” the data to make the right decisions for their company and not worry about where it is stored or how it is managed.  Dell has acquired EqualLogic, Exanet, Ocarina and Compellent in the last 3 years and has moved from a storage reseller to an IP leader.  Our block and file storage offerings now span every layer from low- to mid-range offerings for SMBs and Public institutions to higher-end enterprise ready offerings for large corporations and organizations. 

During the forum, Dell announced new Storage Solutions for the Virtual Era.  The launch of Dell EqualLogic FS7500 brings the first scale-out NAS and unified storage capabilities to the Dell EqualLogic platform.  The FS7500 uses the Dell Scalable File System (which integrates Exanet file system technology) and provides up to 10 times more file share scalability than legacy unified storage offerings.  It is designed to help organizations store and manage large and increasing volumes of unstructured data.  The industry’s only scale-out solution optimized for mid-sized and smaller deployments, it is compatible with all existing EqualLogic iSCSI arrays.  Also announced was the next generation of EqualLogic firmware – Dell EqualLogic software version 5.1, which includes enhanced, automated load balancing.  Finally, Dell this week announced an addition to the PowerVault  portfolio with a fibre channel version of the MD PowerVault series – PowerVault MD3600f and MD3620f.  The new PowerVault offering provides 8Gb Fibre Channel and is designed for customers that require high availability and performance without sacrificing ease of use.

Darren Thomas spoke on fluid data which is data that is agile, resilient and efficient from server to storage to cloud.  Fluid data is dynamic, efficient, self protecting, application integrated, doesn’t require forklift upgrades, and has a consistent ownership experience.  He provided a look into Dell's history in the storage business and how the recent acquisitions have transformed Dell into a storage leader. 

Also at the forum Phil Soran highlighted Dell Compellent’s strengths including efficiency, manageability, scalability, fluid protection and its award winning support offering, CoPilot.  Storage magazine ranked Copilot as the best support in the industry and end users gave Copilot the highest marks in InfoPro’s independent survey.  Phil hinted that CoPilot could be available in the near future for Dell products like Dell EqualLogic.  Stay tuned as Dell continues to expand its award-winning, enterprise storage portfolio.

Dell has committed to a growth strategy based on delivering efficient and flexible IT solutions for the Virtual Era.  We’re pleased with the progress we’re making in advancing our strategy and the Dell Storage Forum showcased our growth in storage through both organic and inorganic investments.  As we transition to more Dell-owned IP, we're selling higher value and more differentiated products, and we're having in depth conversations with our customers about their technology challenges and opportunities.  As a result, we're capturing a growing share in the faster growing segments of the IT profit pool. 

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