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EqualLogic Expands PS Series Line of High-Performance iSCSI Storage Arrays

  • 05 December, 2007 16:17

<p>PS3700X Balances the Need for Capacity and High Performance for Priority Database, Email and Server Virtualisation Workloads with Higher Density SAS Drives</p>
<p>Sydney, Australia -- December 5, 2007— EqualLogic®, the leading provider of iSCSI storage area network (SAN) solutions that simplify storage for IT, today announced the highest density product in its high-performance line of Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) storage arrays. The EqualLogic PS3700X provides an option for IT organisations to balance capacity and performance requirements for priority workloads such as Microsoft Exchange Server, SQL Server, Oracle databases and server virtualisation projects.</p>
<p>With 6.4 terabytes of raw storage, the PS3700X provides 33 percent more capacity than its predecessor, the PS3600X. The new offering brings the cost per gigabyte below $12 while delivering performance based on EqualLogic’s virtualised and load-balanced architecture and Seagate’s new 10,000 rpm 400 gigabyte Cheetah NS disk drives.</p>
<p>“We looked at EqualLogic after running an iSCSI SAN from a larger vendor who was unable to resolve a critical hardware issue in a timely manner,” said Paul Inboriboon, director of tech. infrastructure at the Alzheimer’s Association. “We tested the new EqualLogic SAS array and kicked the tyres for performance and management. Our interaction with their support was great. EqualLogic’s SAN is so much easier to use than our previous storage, which still shows the inherent complexities of its core Fibre Channel design. The PS3700X provides a solid platform for our nearly 1 TB file server cluster, and we plan to move our roughly 2,500 Microsoft Exchange mailboxes over to it in the next month or two.”</p>
<p>The PS3700X seamlessly and automatically integrates with all other EqualLogic PS Series storage arrays, so an EqualLogic SAN can be scaled for performance and capacity through a single, simplified point of management. EqualLogic’s unique storage virtualisation and load balancing automatically optimise performance and capacity across multiple storage arrays.</p>
<p>Similar to all of EqualLogic’s SAS-based products, the PS3700X has a 16-drive chassis with fully redundant, hot-swappable enterprise hardware modules and embedded software functionality such as automatic load balancing, thin provisioning, application-aware snapshots, replication for disaster recovery, self-managing multi-path I/O software and consistency sets. The ease of deployment, self-management, automation and embedded enterprise features of the PS Series reduce the time and money businesses spend managing storage.</p>
<p>A single EqualLogic SAN can be segmented by performance level into multiple tiers, so an individual storage pool can be dedicated to serving the most demanding applications. Additionally, EqualLogic’s peer storage architecture with online data movement and thin provisioning lets managers adjust their storage implementation without disruption whenever needs dictate.</p>
<p>“EqualLogic remains committed to delivering the latest and most cost-effective drive technologies to our customers in highly reliable storage systems that include a comprehensive management software package at no extra cost,” said Kevin Wittmer, director of product marketing at EqualLogic. “Addressing the market trend towards ‘greener’ data centres, the PS3700X improves the terabyte-per-kilowatt ratio for a more economical power profile, while delivering self-optimised performance.”</p>
<p>Pricing and Availability</p>
<p>The PS3700X is currently shipping and available for purchase through EqualLogic resellers. Australian list price is $84,100 including GST.
About EqualLogic
EqualLogic® makes data storage systems that simplify the way enterprises of all sizes store and protect information. EqualLogic’s award-winning PS Series storage area network (SAN) solutions provide sophisticated management capabilities that reduce the time and money IT staff spend on data storage. Since shipping its first product in June 2003, EqualLogic has added more than 3,200 customers in 30 countries. Based in Nashua, N.H., EqualLogic has sales offices throughout North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific. For more information, please visit www.equallogic.com.</p>
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<p>Media Contacts:</p>
<p>Rob Stirling
Markom Pty Ltd
+61 2 9977 8922
rob_stirling@markom.com.au</p>
<p>Christopher Casey
EqualLogic, Inc.
+61 2 9231 8621
chris.casey@equallogic.com</p>

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