You’re probably already familiar with Compellent’s modular architecture so I won’t bore you with pieces and parts of hardware. Suffice it to say you can build limitless Compellent configurations, but we’ve bundled a few basic ones here combining the SC040 controllers, disk enclosures and disk options. What’s key is the introduction of a super fast SAS back plane at the core of Storage Center 5.4.

Here’s The Storage Center 5.4 Highlights:

  • 6 Gb SAS drives provide twice the performance and use nearly half the power of 3 Gb SAS drives
  • 2.5″ SAS drives are two-thirds smaller than 3.5″ drives, resulting in a significant performance boost with a smaller footprint
  • 6 Gb SAS enclosures provide 24 bays to accommodate twice the number of spindles in the same amount of rackspace
  • Series 40 controller features more memory, six PCI-e slots and a battery-less cache, and provides 25% higher I/O performance
  • 10 Gb iSCSI and FCoE I/O cards and HBAs provide the latest industry-standard interconnect performance
  • Live Volume acts as a storage hypervisor, actively mapping one storage volume to two Dell Compellent arrays at the same time

I’d be curious to hear from Legacy customers that are running the new gear in parallel, or, if you’ve replaced older gear, how was the transition?

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