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Dell Power Solutions



Dell Power Solutions is your one-stop shop in today's complex IT environment. It offers a forum to help you discover solutions that work, learn best practices from peers, review customer success stories, and examine real-life deployments in the emerging a



Published: Tue,22 August 2006 17:00:00 CST

Last Build Date: Tue,22 August 2006 17:00:00 CST

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Extending Benefits of Virtual Remote Desktops Using VMware and Dell EqualLogic SANs

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 05:00:00 CST

Virtualization can offer increased scalability, reliability, and availability while helping simplify management and reduce operating costs. Now, Virtual Remote Desktop solutions based on VMware® Virtual Desktop Infrastructure and virtualized Dell™ EqualLogic™ Internet SCSI (iSCSI) storage area networks (SANs) can offer similar benefits for the desktop environment—helping reduce the traditional cost and complexity of managing physical laptops, desktops, and workstations.



How Dell EqualLogic Auto-Snapshot Manager/VMware Edition Helps Protect Virtual Environments

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 05:00:00 CST

Protecting and restoring virtual machines (VMs) can be slow and inefficient, and can take precious server resources away from critical applications. Dell™ EqualLogic™ Auto-Snapshot Manager/VMware Edition enables administrators to quickly and easily create hypervisor-aware snapshots of VMs—helping simplify data management, enhance scalability of data protection and recovery, and increase application performance.



Best Practices for Protecting VMware Infrastructure 3 with Symantec Backup Exec

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 05:00:00 CST

Effectively protecting virtualized environments using traditional backup tools can be both difficult and time-consuming. Symantec® Backup Exec™ 12.5 software, part of the new Dell™ PowerVault™ DL2000 – Powered by Symantec Backup Exec, is designed to provide powerful, simplified backup and recovery for VMware® virtualized environments.



The Business of Success

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 05:00:00 CST

Dell™ PowerEdge™ blade servers and Dell EqualLogic™ Internet SCSI (iSCSI) storage area network arrays help the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania quintuple computing power while simplifying management and reducing costs.



Mortgage Lenders' Moment of Truth

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 05:00:00 CST

A high-performance, energy-efficient solution based on Dell™ PowerEdge™ blade servers and a Dell EqualLogic™ PS Series Internet SCSI (iSCSI) storage area network array provides Optimal Blue with an anticipated 50 percent improvement in application response time.



High-Density, Highly Scalable Storage: Dell EqualLogic PS5500E iSCSI SANs

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 05:00:00 CST

The Dell™ EqualLogic™ PS5500E Internet SCSI (iSCSI) storage area network (SAN) array allows organizations to simply and cost-effectively deploy high-density, highly scalable, and consolidated SANs for tiered storage, primary and secondary applications, and disaster recovery operations.



Seagate SAS Drives Provide Optimized Near-Line Storage for Dell Systems

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 05:00:00 CST

New Seagate® Barracuda® ES.2 Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) hard drives, available in Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers and Dell PowerVault™ storage, are designed to provide the exceptional performance, efficient operation, robust data integrity, and seamless integration required by near-line ecosystems in enterprise data centers.



Fast, Reliable Data Protection from Dell and CommVault

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 05:00:00 CST

Dell and CommVault have teamed up to create a next-generation disk-based backup system that combines leading-edge Dell™ hardware with innovative CommVault® data protection software. The new state-of-the-art Dell PowerVault™ DL2000 – Powered by CommVault integrates disk-based backup and recovery with de-duplication technology to help deliver fast, reliable data protection.



Streamlining Data Management with CommVault Simpana and Dell EqualLogic PS5500E iSCSI SANs

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 05:00:00 CST

Ongoing data growth can present major challenges for IT organizations. The combination of CommVault® Simpana® backup-to-disk software and Dell™ EqualLogic™ PS5500E Internet SCSI (iSCSI) storage area network (SAN) arrays can provide a simplified, scalable, cost-effective way to gain control over enterprise data and create a platform to support future growth.



Simplified Data Protection with Disk-Based Backup from Dell and Symantec

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 05:00:00 CST

Combining high-performance Dell™ hardware with market-leading Symantec® Backup Exec™ software, the new Dell PowerVault™ DL2000 – Powered by Symantec can help organizations of all sizes deploy simplified, cost-effective data protection—helping accelerate backup and recovery, enhance media reliability, reduce total cost of ownership, and minimize the need for IT staff intervention and management.



Rethinking the Dell PERC 6 RAID Controller

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 05:00:00 CST

The Dell™ PowerEdge™ Expandable RAID Controller (PERC) 6.1 firmware release introduces multiple features designed to enhance reliability, performance, and ease of use to help organizations meet the challenges of ongoing data growth.



Fast, Reliable Data Protection from Dell and CommVault

Fri, 24 October 2008 05:00:00 CST

Dell and CommVault have teamed up to create a next-generation disk-based backup system that combines leading-edge Dell



Simplified Data Protection with Disk-Based Backup from Dell and Symantec

Fri, 24 October 2008 05:00:00 CST

Combining high-performance Dell



High-Performance Supply Chain

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 05:00:00 CST

Dell™ PowerEdge™ M1000e modular blade enclosures connected to a Dell/EMC CX3-20 storage area network helped supply chain provider YCH Group reduce data center floor space by 70 percent and power consumption by up to 45 percent compared with the previous solution.



Application-Aware Data Protection with Dell EqualLogic Auto-Snapshot Manager

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 05:00:00 CST

Creating application-consistent point-in-time data snapshots at the storage area network level can work well in traditional environments, but can also be a complex, manual process. Dell EqualLogic™ Auto-Snapshot Manager allows IT administrators to quickly and easily create and restore snapshots, clones, and replicas at the application level—helping simplify data management, reduce business disruption, and improve data integrity.



Automated Disaster Recovery with VMware SRM and Dell EqualLogic iSCSI SANs

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 05:00:00 CST

Virtualized IT infrastructures can simplify management and facilitate business continuity while helping minimize power consumption and procurement costs. Virtualization also helps organizations automate disaster recovery plans. Dell EqualLogic™ PS Series arrays and VMware® Site Recovery Manager (SRM) software provide integrated, cost-effective, automated site recovery and testing for enterprise data centers.



The Dell AX4-5: Cost-Effective, Simplified Storage for SMBs

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 05:00:00 CST

Small and medium businesses (SMBs) often contend with the same storage growth challenges as large enterprises, but with limited IT staff and resources. The Dell™ AX4-5 storage array is designed to help SMBs consolidate their data to a streamlined, scalable, high-performance storage environment in a cost-effective, easy-to-manage way.



The Dell PowerVault MD1120: High-Performance Direct Attach Storage

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 05:00:00 CST

The new Dell™ PowerVault™ MD1120 storage enclosure is designed to provide high-performance direct attach storage for ninth-generation and later Dell PowerEdge™ servers. Taking advantage of energy-efficient, rack-dense 2.5-inch Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) drive technology, this enclosure is well suited for applications requiring high I/O or throughput rates.



Using Double-Take Software to Migrate, Consolidate, and Protect Heterogeneous Storage

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 05:00:00 CST

In heterogeneous storage environments, a lack of interoperability can be a critical barrier to effective data management. Double-Take® software helps overcome this challenge by providing a cost-effective, simplified way to migrate, consolidate, and protect data in these environments, including those using multiple types of Dell™ servers and storage.



How ArchiveIQ Data De-duplication Simplifies BURA

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 05:00:00 CST

By helping eliminate redundant backup data, de-duplication provides a key way to streamline backup, recovery, and archiving (BURA) for organizations of all sizes. Combining Data Storage Group ArchiveIQ™ software with Dell EqualLogic™ PS Series storage arrays can help overcome common BURA challenges and enable cost-effective, scalable, and simplified disk-based data protection.



How Diskeeper 2008 Defragments Transparently and Automatically

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 05:00:00 CST

Defragmentation software has long been a standard tool for enterprise servers. Now, an increasingly mobile workforce is demanding top performance and reliability from systems on the go. Diskeeper® 2008 software provides transparent, automatic disk defragmentation designed to boost productivity across the entire system spectrum, from the smallest laptop to the largest server.



Deploying Flexible Brocade 5000 and 4900 SAN Switches

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 05:00:00 CST

Brocade® storage area network (SAN) switches are designed to meet the needs of rapidly growing enterprise IT environments. As the first Brocade switch to support both the Brocade Fabric OS® and McDATA Enterprise OS platforms, the Brocade 5000 offers flexible interoperability in a scalable, high-performance switch, while the port-dense Brocade 4900 facilitates cost-effective consolidation.



Maintaining Dell Platforms with Dell Technical Updates

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 05:00:00 CST

Dell periodically releases updates for its servers, storage, and other enterprise platforms. These updates are classified as urgent, recommended, or optional depending on the enhancements they provide. Dell recommends customers keep their system firmware and software up-to-date to take advantage of these enhancements, which are designed to improve system functionality and minimize potential problems. The following tables summarize recent firmware updates for Dell™ PowerEdge™ components and Dell PowerVault™ storage. To sign up for Dell Technical Updates, visit support.dell.com/support/notifications/technicalupdates.aspx.






Inside the EqualLogic PS Series iSCSI Storage Arrays

Tues, 5 Feb 2008 05:00:00 CST

Built on a patented peer storage architecture, the EqualLogic® PS Series of Internet SCSI (iSCSI) storage arrays offers high performance, reliability, intelligent automation, and seamless virtualization of a single pool of storage to enable simplified enterprise storage deployment, ease of management, and comprehensive data protection.



Flexible Virtualization with EqualLogic PS Series iSCSI Storage Arrays

Tues, 5 Feb 2008 05:00:00 CST

The advent of Internet SCSI (iSCSI) technology, combined with the latest in server virtualization software, can offer enhanced capabilities and benefits to enterprises of all sizes. This article provides guidance on building a virtualized infrastructure with EqualLogic® PS Series iSCSI storage arrays and VMware® virtualization software.



Business Continuity for SMBs with EqualLogic PS Series iSCSI Storage Arrays

Tues, 5 Feb 2008 05:00:00 CST

Robust business continuity has historically been out of reach for small and medium businesses (SMBs) because it was often too costly and overly complicated. EqualLogic® PS Series Internet SCSI (iSCSI) storage arrays enable organizations of all sizes to deploy an enterprise-level storage infrastructure offering comprehensive data and application protection.



Extending the Advantages of Data Center Consolidation with De-duplication Technology

Tues, 5 Feb 2008 05:00:00 CST

Hardware consolidation has become a key way for enterprises to increase efficiency and reduce ongoing data center costs. By combining this approach with de-duplication technologies such as those in CommVault® Simpana™ 7.0 software, which are designed to remove unnecessary copies of data, they can reclaim storage space and extend consolidation down to the data itself.



Safeguarding Data with Dell PowerVault Data Protection Solutions

Tues, 5 Feb 2008 05:00:00 CST

Dell and Microsoft have worked together to create unified disk-to-disk-to-tape systems—Dell™ PowerVault™ Data Protection Solutions—that help avoid the drawbacks of traditional tape- and disk-based data protection. Optimized for Microsoft® software–based workloads, these systems can provide versatile, comprehensive protection for environments built with Dell PowerVault servers and Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2007.



A Look Inside Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2007

Tues, 5 Feb 2008 05:00:00 CST

Microsoft® System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2007 is designed to combine the advantages of traditional tape backup and disk-based continuous data protection processes in a unified platform. This article delves into the key functionality of DPM 2007 and how it can help streamline and enhance data protection processes.



Cost-Effective Archiving with the Dell PowerVault RD1000

Tues, 5 Feb 2008 05:00:00 CST

The Dell™ PowerVault™ RD1000 removable disk drive provides a flexible, cost-effective way for small and medium businesses to meet data growth and long-term archiving requirements—designed to provide both higher performance and simpler management than traditional tape media while being more portable and durable than traditional external hard drives.



Excellent Online Service 24/7

Tues, 5 Feb 2008 05:00:00 CST

Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers, Dell/EMC storage, and Dell OptiPlex™ desktops help online retailer Tesco.com support a 30 percent annual customer expansion rate.



A Look Inside Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2007

Thu, 20 Dec 2007 05:00:00 CST

Microsoft® System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2007 is designed to combine the advantages of traditional tape backup and disk-based continuous data protection processes in a unified platform. This article delves into the key functionality of DPM 2007 and how it can help streamline and enhance data protection processes.



Safeguarding Data with Dell PowerVault Data Protection Solutions

Thu, 20 Dec 2007 05:00:00 CST

Dell and Microsoft have worked together to create unified disk-to-disk-to-tape systems—Dell™ PowerVault™ Data Protection Solutions—that help avoid the drawbacks of traditional tape- and disk-based data protection. Optimized for Microsoft® software–based workloads, these systems can provide versatile, comprehensive protection for environments built with Dell PowerVault servers and Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2007.



Building Highly Available HPC Clusters with IBRIX Fusion and the Dell PowerVault MD3000

Thu, 20 Dec 2007 05:00:00 CST

Qualified high-performance computing (HPC) cluster configurations based on the IBRIX Fusion file system and Dell™ PowerVault™ MD3000 storage can provide a robust, cost-effective, high-performance architecture for parallel application deployments.



The Advantages of IP-Based Networked Storage for Midsize Businesses

Tue, 13 Nov 2007 05:00:00 CST

Midsize businesses face the daunting challenge of managing rapid data growth with constrained budgets and limited staff. Advances in IP-based networked storage technology such as network attached storage and Internet SCSI (iSCSI) can help organizations of all sizes take advantage of existing resources to easily and cost-effectively build, maintain, and manage sophisticated storage networks.



Storage Consolidation with the Dell PowerVault MD3000i iSCSI Array

Tue, 13 Nov 2007 05:00:00 CST

The Dell™ PowerVault™ MD3000i Internet SCSI (iSCSI) array enables enterprises to easily consolidate storage for multiple servers. To illustrate its performance in a consolidated environment, Dell engineers performed tests demonstrating that the PowerVault MD3000i provides sufficient throughput to handle five server workloads as well as two incremental backups over an eight-hour period.



iSCSI: Changing the Economics of Storage; Part 3—Using iSCSI in Small and Medium Businesses

Tue, 13 Nov 2007 05:00:00 CST

Small and medium businesses, remote offices, and departments and workgroups must cope with the same IT pressures as large enterprises, but with smaller budgets and fewer dedicated staff members. Internet SCSI (iSCSI)–based storage arrays such as the Dell™ PowerVault™ MD3000i offer a cost-effective way for these organizations to consolidate storage while providing powerful, easy-to-use management tools.



Reducing Storage Complexity

Tue, 13 Nov 2007 05:00:00 CST

Digital data is outstripping storage capacity and complex systems are failing to adapt under the strain as storage demands grow faster than IT budgets. The good news is that easy-to-use IP-based networked storage with built-in data protection and management capabilities promises to bridge the budget gap—and effectively complement traditional Fibre Channel–based storage area networks.



A Look Inside Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2007

Tue, 13 Nov 2007 05:00:00 CST

Microsoft® System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2007 is designed to combine the advantages of traditional tape backup and disk-based continuous data protection processes in a unified platform. This article delves into the key functionality of DPM 2007 and how it can help streamline and enhance data protection processes.



Safeguarding Data with Dell PowerVault Data Protection Solutions

Tue, 13 Nov 2007 05:00:00 CST

Dell and Microsoft have worked together to create unified disk-to-disk-to-tape systems—Dell™ PowerVault™ Data Protection Solutions—that help avoid the drawbacks of traditional tape- and disk-based data protection. Optimized for Microsoft® software–based workloads, these systems can provide versatile, comprehensive protection for environments built with Dell PowerVault servers and Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2007.



Building Highly Available HPC Clusters with IBRIX Fusion and the Dell PowerVault MD3000

Tue, 13 Nov 2007 05:00:00 CST

Qualified high-performance computing (HPC) cluster configurations based on the IBRIX Fusion file system and Dell™ PowerVault™ MD3000 storage can provide a robust, cost-effective, high-performance architecture for parallel application deployments.



Protecting Vital Business Interests with a Simplified Storage Solution

Thu, 01 Nov 2007 05:00:00 CST

A flood tide of digital data and increasingly complex regulatory requirements have made data backup, recovery, and archiving critical aspects of enterprise operations. Dell Services experts can assess how effectively an information infrastructure is getting the job done and deploy integrated, best-of-breed storage solutions to help ensure the safety and recoverability of critical data.



Enterprise-Class SAN Solutions for Small and Medium Businesses

Thu, 01 Nov 2007 05:00:00 CST

Storage area networks (SANs) have traditionally been reserved for large enterprises with the budgets and IT staff resources to handle them. Now, Dell and Cisco have collaborated to create SAN solutions designed specifically for small and medium businesses, allowing them to deploy high-performance, enterprise-class storage in a cost-effective, easy-to-manage way.



Optimized Dell PowerVault Storage for Microsoft Exchange Server 2007

Thu, 01 Nov 2007 05:00:00 CST

Dell-recommended solutions for Microsoft® Exchange environments can help simplify the design and deployment of messaging infrastructures using industry-standard components. This article describes two optimized solutions using Serial Attached SCSI (SAS)–based Dell™ PowerVault™ MD1000 and PowerVault MD3000 storage.



Exploring iSCSI and iSCSI Boot for SAN Implementations

Thu, 01 Nov 2007 05:00:00 CST

The ability to boot server operating systems over an Internet SCSI (iSCSI)–based storage area network can offer multiple advantages, including increased system reliability, simplified management, and accelerated restore processes. To help enterprises utilize this functionality, Broadcom and Dell have teamed up to offer enhanced iSCSI boot on Broadcom® Ethernet controllers in Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers.



Configuring Microsoft SQL Server 2005 on Dell Servers and Storage

Thu, 01 Nov 2007 05:00:00 CST

Following best practices from Dell and Microsoft can help enterprises design a high-performance Microsoft® SQL Server™ 2005 database on Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers and Dell PowerVault™ storage. This article provides specific guidance and best-practice recommendations in the areas of storage, OS, and database configuration.



Enterprise Workloads for Small and Medium Businesses on the Dell PowerVault NX1950

Thu, 01 Nov 2007 05:00:00 CST

The Dell™ PowerVault™ NX1950 integrated network attached storage system offers cost-effective, versatile storage for small and medium businesses and remote offices. To demonstrate its performance in a high-availability configuration, Dell engineers simulated a mixed environment running key Microsoft® Exchange and SQL Server™ workloads alongside Microsoft Windows® and Linux® file shares.



Intelligent E-mail Archiving: Classification, Filtering, Retention, and Discovery

Thu, 01 Nov 2007 05:00:00 CST

Implementing an e-mail archiving system can bring multiple challenges, including choosing which messages to archive, how long to retain them, and how to find specific messages after they have been archived. The Symantec® intelligent archiving approach enables organizations to efficiently classify, filter, retain, and search for e-mail messages while helping simplify management and control resource costs.



The Advantages of IP-Based Networked Storage for Midsize Businesses

Thu, 01 Nov 2007 05:00:00 CST

Midsize businesses face the daunting challenge of managing rapid data growth with constrained budgets and limited staff. Advances in IP-based networked storage technology such as network attached storage and Internet SCSI (iSCSI) can help organizations of all sizes take advantage of existing resources to easily and cost-effectively build, maintain, and manage sophisticated storage networks.



Optimizing RAID Storage Performance with the SAS-based Dell PERC 5

Wed, 08 Aug 2007 05:00:00 CST

The Serial Attached SCSI (SAS)–based Dell™ PowerEdge™ Expandable RAID Controller 5 (PERC 5) can significantly increase performance over previous-generation SCSI-based PERCs. This article outlines the storage system architecture of the PERC 5 and discusses how administrators can optimize RAID storage performance for different types of workloads.



Fast, Flexible, and Secure: LTO Ultrium 4 Tape Technology Clinches Dell PowerVault Lineup

Wed, 08 Aug 2007 05:00:00 CST

Featuring a scalable industry-standard format, Dell™ PowerVault™ Linear Tape-Open Ultrium 4 (LTO-4) tape drives and libraries offer lots of room to grow, with outstanding data transfer rates, double-density native storage capacity, and enhanced data encryption capabilities.



Protecting Data Archives with Drive-Level Encryption in the Dell PowerVault LTO-4 Tape Family

Wed, 08 Aug 2007 05:00:00 CST

Dell™ PowerVault™ Linear Tape-Open Ultrium 4 (LTO-4) tape drives and libraries afford exceptional storage security and performance to accelerate regulatory compliance and business continuance as well as routine data center backups. Features include native physical capacity of up to 800 GB, native data transfer rates of up to 120 MB/sec, and drive-level encryption.



Advanced System Protection with Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery 7.0

Wed, 08 Aug 2007 05:00:00 CST

Symantec® Backup Exec™ System Recovery is designed to provide advanced protection for systems running Microsoft® Windows® operating systems, enabling flexible recovery to dissimilar hardware platforms, virtual environments, and unattended remote locations. This article outlines the key features and enhancements of Backup Exec System Recovery 7.0.



iSCSI: Changing the Economics of Storage; Part 2—Deploying iSCSI in Virtualized Data Centers

Wed, 08 Aug 2007 05:00:00 CST

Integrating virtualized servers with shared storage is necessary for flexible virtual machine (VM) mobility, but can be more complicated than many enterprises expect. The second article in this ongoing series details the advantages Internet SCSI (iSCSI) offers in virtualized environments, including simplified deployment, comprehensive storage management and data protection functionality, and seamless VM mobility.



Enhancing Resiliency of VMware Virtual Infrastructures with EMC Layered Applications

Wed, 08 Aug 2007 05:00:00 CST

Combining VMware® Infrastructure 3 and EMC® layered applications provides powerful high-availability, business continuity, and disaster recovery capabilities that can help organizations create highly resilient IT infrastructures and meet stringent service-level agreements, recovery point objectives, and recovery time objectives for critical systems.



Deploying Dell iSCSI Storage with VMware Infrastructure 3

Wed, 08 Aug 2007 05:00:00 CST

Dell™ Internet SCSI (iSCSI) storage arrays are designed to provide cost-effective, easy-to-deploy shared storage for software like the VMware® Infrastructure 3 server virtualization suite. This article discusses the key features of these arrays, outlines how administrators can configure them for use with VMware software, and provides test results comparing their performance in a virtualized environment.



Discovering Dell/EMC Storage Devices with Dell OpenManage IT Assistant 8.0

Fri, 04 May 2007 05:00:00 CST

Dell OpenManage™ IT Assistant 8.0 helps administrators discover, inventory, monitor, and manage Dell/EMC storage devices. This article provides a brief overview of device discovery prerequisites, procedures, and troubleshooting.



Exploring the Dell PowerVault MD3000 Storage System

Fri, 04 May 2007 05:00:00 CST

The Dell™ PowerVault™ MD3000 external RAID enclosure allows multiple servers to access a shared pool of expandable storage, helping enterprises avoid the costs and complexities of Fibre Channel or Ethernet storage infrastructures. This article outlines the hardware, configuration, and management features of this storage system.



Benchmarking SAP Customer Relationship Management Software on Dell PowerEdge Servers

Fri, 04 May 2007 05:00:00 CST

Implementing appropriate hardware and software configurations is key to optimizing performance in complex data centers. This article describes results from the two-tier SAP® Interaction Center Benchmark for the mySAP™ Customer Relationship Management 2005 application on Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers.



Presenting Dell Digital Cinema: Coming Soon to a Theater Near You

Fri, 04 May 2007 05:00:00 CST

Movie theaters worldwide are rapidly switching from film-based movie projection to digital playback technology. To help theaters manage this transition, the Dell OEM Industry Solutions Group has developed a cost-effective, high-performance digital cinema solution that is designed to be reliable and easy to support.



Deploying Dell PowerVault MD3000 Storage in Oracle Database 10g Cluster Environments

Fri, 04 May 2007 05:00:00 CST

The Dell™ PowerVault™ MD3000 storage array offers cost-effective enterprise storage that can scale to help meet future storage and application server requirements. This article discusses the benefits possible when deploying the PowerVault MD3000 along with Oracle® Database 10g with Oracle Real Application Clusters and Dell PowerEdge™ servers.



Building Highly Available Systems: The Dell PowerEdge Cluster SE600W and PowerVault MD3000

Fri, 04 May 2007 05:00:00 CST

The Dell™ PowerEdge™ Cluster SE600W is a high-availability cluster solution based on Dell PowerEdge servers, Microsoft® Windows® operating systems, and the Dell PowerVault™ MD3000 storage system. Deploying this solution enables enterprises to achieve highly available service levels in a cost-effective way.



iSCSI: Changing the Economics of Storage; Part 1—Understanding iSCSI in Enterprise Environments

Fri, 04 May 2007 05:00:00 CST

Internet SCSI (iSCSI) technology is changing the face of networked storage, providing a cost-effective and easy-to-manage alternative to Fibre Channel networks. The first article in this ongoing series explores the basics of iSCSI architecture; clarifies several common misperceptions about its performance, manageability, and security; and discusses how enterprises can implement iSCSI using Dell™ PowerVault™ and Dell/EMC storage.



Protecting Critical Enterprise Applications with Symantec Backup Exec 11d

Fri, 04 May 2007 05:00:00 CST

Symantec® Backup Exec™ 11d for Windows Servers introduces significant backup and recovery capabilities for Microsoft® Exchange environments, including Granular Recovery Technology and Continuous Protection Server, as well as robust capabilities for systems running Microsoft SQL Server™, Microsoft Office SharePoint® Portal Server, and Oracle® software.



A Blueprint for Implementing Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Storage Infrastructures

Fri, 04 May 2007 05:00:00 CST

Designing a consolidated storage infrastructure is the first step toward successfully implementing Microsoft® Exchange Server 2007 to help manage ever-increasing e-mail growth. EMC has created an integrated, cost-effective storage infrastructure blueprint for Exchange Server 2007 deployments using Dell/EMC CX3 UltraScale™ series storage arrays and EMC® software that can deliver high availability and performance while scaling effectively for future growth.



Access Everywhere. Business Anywhere. How Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Makes It Happen

Fri, 04 May 2007 05:00:00 CST

With intellectual capital flowing through messaging systems and an increasingly mobile workforce, enterprises face significant challenges surrounding data access, operational efficiency, security, and data protection. Microsoft® Exchange Server 2007 addresses these concerns by providing a comprehensive, integrated, end-to-end messaging solution designed to reduce costs and complexity, enhance performance, and simplify compliance.



Dell PowerEdge High-Availability Clusters

Fri, 04 May 2007 05:00:00 CST

In this special poster insert, see how Dell cluster solutions are designed to protect access to business-critical applications and eliminate single points of failure in a wide array of environments. Integrating Dell PowerEdge servers, Dell PowerVault and Dell/EMC storage, and other key components, Dell high-availability cluster configurations can scale flexibly and cost-effectively to meet the management and performance needs of any size enterprise.



Introducing Dell SAS RAID Storage Manager for Dell PowerEdge SC Servers and Dell Precision Workstations

Thu, 01 February 2007 05:00:00 CST

Dell OpenManage™ IT Assistant 8.0 enables administrators to configure launch points for management applications and tools for discovered networked devices, such as servers, switches, and printers. This article discusses how administrators can set up, customize, and use this feature in their environment.



Introducing the Dell PowerVault RD1000: A Portable Disk-based Replacement for Traditional Low-End Tape Backup

Thu, 01 February 2007 05:00:00 CST

Dell™ Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) RAID Storage Manager is a stand-alone storage management application that enables administrators to configure, monitor, and manage storage configurations on SAS controllers, physical drives, and virtual disks. This article discusses the application’s key features for Dell PowerEdge™ SC servers and Dell Precision™ workstations.



Enabling Real-Time Protection for Microsoft Exchange with Symantec Backup Exec 11d and Continuous Protection Server

Thu, 01 February 2007 05:00:00 CST

Symantec® Backup Exec™ 11d for Windows Servers software, along with the Continuous Protection Server feature and Backup Exec Agent for Microsoft Exchange Server, can provide fast, flexible technology to help protect vital enterprise messaging data in Microsoft® Exchange environments. This article examines how this software can protect Exchange data on Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers with Dell PowerVault™ storage.



Tiered Storage Consolidation Using Dell/EMC CX3 UltraScale Series Arrays and EMC Software

Thu, 01 February 2007 05:00:00 CST

Tiered storage consolidation can provide an efficient, cost-effective way to manage growing data volumes while helping simplify data management, increase storage utilization and availability, and enhance backup, recovery, and archiving processes. This article discusses implementing tiered consolidation using Dell/EMC CX3 UltraScale™ series storage arrays and EMC® Navisphere® Quality of Service Manager software.



Introducing the McDATA 4416 Fibre Channel Switch Module for Dell PowerEdge 1855 and PowerEdge 1955 Servers

Wed, 01 Nov 2006 05:00:00 CST

The McDATA 4416 Fibre Channel switch module, when integrated into the Dell™ Modular Server Enclosure, can support a storage area network for a Dell PowerEdge™ 1855 or PowerEdge 1955 blade server system. This switch module builds on the functionality of the previous-generation McDATA Fibre Channel switch module and introduces several features to enhance management of demanding storage infrastructures.



Integrating EMC MirrorView with VMware ESX Server for Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

Wed, 01 Nov 2006 05:00:00 CST

Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers running VMware® ESX Server virtualization software provide multiple host-level data protection features. However, none of these features can prevent catastrophic site-level failure resulting from serious accidents or natural disasters. Dell engineers integrated ESX Server with EMC® MirrorView™ software in a Dell/EMC storage area network to demonstrate site-level disaster recovery.



Implementing Cost-Effective Data Protection with Dell/EMC CX3 Series Storage

Wed, 01 Nov 2006 05:00:00 CST

Implementing a business continuity solution to help protect and ensure the availability of critical data has become increasingly important for many enterprises. This article discusses how enterprises can evaluate their business continuity requirements and how Dell/EMC CX3 series storage arrays and EMC® software can help meet these requirements cost-effectively.



Reshaping Data Protection with Recovery Management

Wed, 01 Nov 2006 05:00:00 CST

Recovery management goes beyond the backup-and-restore paradigm to offer an efficient way to protect data and help ensure its continual availability. Using replication and snapshot technology to create a recovery tier within the storage environment, a recovery management implementation can provide enterprise IT organizations with uninterrupted access to data.



Serial Attached SCSI Storage for High-Performance Computing

Wed, 01 Nov 2006 05:00:00 CST

Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) is the successor of SCSI technology, and is designed to meet the performance requirements of new-generation servers by taking advantage of serial connection to help improve performance and scaling. This article discusses deployment of SAS storage in high-performance computing clusters.



Scaling Direct Attach Storage with the Dell PowerVault MD1000 Storage Expansion Enclosure

Tue, 1 Aug 2006 05:00:00 CST

Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) introduces new levels of performance and scalability for direct attach storage. To take advantage of industry-standard SAS technology, Dell offers the Dell™ PowerVault™ MD1000 storage ex-pansion enclosure. When combined with the Dell PowerEdge™ RAID Controller 5/Extended and the Dell OpenManage™ Server Administrator application, the PowerVault MD1000 can provide a comprehensive SAS storage system.



Configuring Linux to Enable Multipath I/O

Tue, 1 Aug 2006 05:00:00 CST

Storage is an essential data center component, and storage area networks can provide an excellent way to help ensure high availability and load balancing over multiple redundant data paths. To take advantage of these benefits in Linux® OS environments, enterprise IT organizations can use applications to set up multipath I/O configurations.



Accelerating Dell PowerEdge Server Migration with Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery

Tue, 1 Aug 2006 05:00:00 CST

This article discusses some of the ways system administrators can use Symantec® Backup Exec™ System Recovery soft-ware for migration and deployment of new hardware into IT environments with previous-generation system architectures.






Array-based Data Protection: Making Data Recovery Fast, Easy, and Cost-Effective

Tue, 1 Aug 2006 05:00:00 CST

Disk-based data protection is increasingly essential as a supplement to tape-based protection to meet rapid recovery re-quirements for business-critical enterprise applications. Among the various disk-based solutions, array-based data pro-tection offers distinct benefits that take advantage of the latest technologies to provide fast, affordable recovery for any size organization.



Scaling Business Applications with New Servers and Storage

Tue, 1 Aug 2006 05:00:00 CST

Today’s IT organizations face unprecedented challenges brought on by globalization, rapid expansion, limited resources, and increasing prominence of core enterprise applications. Ninth-generation Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers and Dell/EMC CX3 UltraScale™ series storage arrays offer a world of choices through open management, interoperability, and virtual-ization. By embracing standards to help simplify operations, increase resource utilization, and scale out cost-effectively, these high-performance platforms grow scalable enterprise applications responsively and manage change flexibly.



Architecting a Blueprint for Disaster Recovery

Thu, 1 Feb 2006 05:00:00 CST

Effective risk assessment and business continuity provisions enable organizations to minimize downtime and recover crucial applications quickly when disaster strikes. By analyzing business processes and functions and defining the impact of system downtime in financial terms, enterprises can effectively prioritize the enterprise-wide recovery process to help reduce business consequences. Based on internally honed best practices, Dell’s top 10 rules for disaster planning can help enterprises align recovery efforts with overall business objectives.



Using Oracle Recovery Manager and Dell/EMC Storage

Thu, 1 Feb 2006 05:00:00 CST

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Architectural Implementation of a Boot-from-SAN Manager

Thu, 1 Feb 2006 05:00:00 CST

This article describes an architectural approach to booting servers from storage area networks (SANs) that employs an out-of-band boot-from-SAN manager. This approach incorporates both present and future industry standards.



Background Patrol Read for Dell PowerEdge RAID Controllers

Thu, 1 Feb 2006 05:00:00 CST

Background Patrol Read, a new feature in Dell



Product Showcase: Dell PowerVault ML6000 Tape Library Raises Storage IQ

Thu, 1 Feb 2006 05:00:00 CST

Intelligent management and Ultrium 3 Linear Tape-Open (LTO-3) technology are built into the first truly modular tape library from Dell for intelligent backup and affordable scalability.



Configuring a Highly Available Linux Cluster for SAP Services

Thu, 1 Feb 2006 05:00:00 CST

Clusters of Dell



Cascading the Avocent Digital Access KVM Switch to a KVM Infrastructure

Tue, 1 May 2006 05:00:00 CST

As a component within the Dell Modular Server Enclosure, the Avocent Digital Access KVM (keyboard, video, mouse) switch provides remote access capabilities to Dell



Using Yosemite Backup Virtual Tape Libraries to Accelerate Backup and Restore Operations

Tue, 1 May 2006 05:00:00 CST

Virtual tape libraries combine the best of both worlds, using disk as the primary backup medium and tape for long-term archiving. Using backup software from Yosemite Technologies, IT organizations can combine the strengths of Dell






Dell/EMC AX150 and AX150i Networked Storage Systems: Consolidation Without Complexity

Tue, 1 May 2006 05:00:00 CST

Increased drive capacity, expanded host connectivity, and improved system availability mark the second generation of the world’s easiest SAN storage array.



Using VMware ESX Server Virtual CPU Shares in a Microsoft Outlook Web Access Environment

Tue, 1 May 2006 05:00:00 CST

Dell engineers explored virtual CPU resource-management options and the benefits of using a dynamic resource-allocation mechanism to help meet quality of service requirements for various Internet mail protocol scenarios. In this study, the test team ran the Microsoft



Using Dell OpenManage for Easy Integration and Management of SAS and SATA Storage Hardware

Tue, 1 May 2006 05:00:00 CST

Leveraging advances in Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) technology, Dell



Dell PowerVault MD1120: High-Performance Direct Attach Storage

Mon, 16 June 2008 05:00:00 CST

The new Dell



Dell Storage and CommVault Simpana Ease Adoption of Microsoft Windows Server 2008

Thu, 8 May 2008 05:00:00 CST

Migrating data associated with Microsoft® operating systems, applications, and other software can be a challenge administrators overlook when planning system upgrades. Dell™ PowerVault™ and Dell EqualLogic™ storage and CommVault® Simpana® data management software enable flexible data migration and transparent, release-specific data object recovery and backup to help simplify upgrades in enterprise environments.