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SAN Upgrades And Tilting Dogs

A new year brings a new SAN in our lab.
As long-time readers know, it was a sad day in the virt lab when our EqualLogic 3800 went back to the mothership.

We have good news for the new year. Roman Kichorowsky, EqualLogic's director of PR, was able to allocate a top of the line, brand-shiny-new PS3900XV to the IWeek/NWC testing lab for long-term loan and ongoing eval. Roman has earned a spot on my holiday card list for next season. One of these days I'm going to make it up to Nashua and pay these folks a visit.

I'm curious to see how Dell promotes the EqualLogic product line in addition to solutions and expertise from U.K.-based Network Storage Co. It looks as though Dell will end up with aggressively priced offerings for a wide range of customer needs. Think anyone at EMC is getting nervous?

We were very pleased with the configuration/setup and performance of our old loaner array and can't wait to roll up our sleeves and begin integrating the 3900 into our shop.

Aside from the obvious that it's nice to have a fast, snazzy iSCSI SAN again, there are a wealth of new features I'm looking to test, including a "Smart Copy" and restore capability for SQL, with future functionality covering Exchange, Oracle, etc., as this year plays out.

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