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Dell Bulks Up its SMB Storage Portfolio with its Densest Storage Array, Zero-Percent Leasing and Updated Backup and Recovery Appliance

Paired with zero-percent fair market value (FMV) financing from Dell Financial Services (DFS) the new PowerVault MD3 provides small- and medium-sized organizations with easy access to flexible enterprise solutions for all stages of growth. Additionally, Dell added new features to the DR4000 disk-based backup and recovery appliance designed to include tighter integration with Symantec OST (OpenStorage) and to support the ability to replicate from multiple appliances to one.

The MD3 dense arrays are ideal for entry-level, medium-sized, or enterprise organizations that seek high-performance computing from a small form factor to save space, power and administrative costs. As a 12U configuration, with one MD3 dense array combined with two MD3 dense expansion enclosures, the storage solution can scale up to 180 hard drives, store up to 540 terabytes of data, and supports Fibre Channel, SAS and iSCSI protocols.

The new MD3 dense arrays include Dynamic Disk Pools (DDP) that help maintain affordable, high-bandwidth computing by recovering failed drives faster than traditional RAID environments. DDP when combined with the high performance tiering on Dell’s MD3 dense storage array can deliver continuous data protection with improved productivity and lower total cost of ownership.

"Dell continues to invest in its SMB and mid-market storage solutions to help customers looking for the right balance of performance and value,” said Brett Roscoe, general manager, Dell Data Management Solutions. “The dense array design of the new MD3 combined with enhanced software capabilities across our MD and DR products provide the power to do more with a growing set of features and capabilities that provide new levels of efficiency and performance."

The MD3 dense array meets a range of needs from customers setting up their first storage installations to those preparing for the dramatic growth of Big Data. Application management spans from general purpose computing to high-bandwidth, high-performance computing environments.

The MD3 dense array is available globally this month with the same software, firmware and management features as the PowerVault MD3 series, offering customers the same benefits of the PowerVault MD platform but in a smaller design. As a truly modular platform, customers can non-disruptively grow storage with their business and quickly respond to changing conditions with a flexible infrastructure designed to support high-performance computing applications.

Dell PowerVault Zero-Percent Leasing The zero-percent FMV lease offer helps small to medium-sized organizations manage their expanding data storage needs while preserving their valuable capital for more tactical day-to-day business needs. The special 36-month FMV lease is available to qualified customers who lease $5,000 or more on combined enterprise solutions that include PowerVault storage, PowerEdge servers and PowerConnect switches.*

“To keep up with larger competitors, small and medium-sized organizations need flexible systems equipped to address changing market dynamics and the demands they put on IT,” said Antonio Julio, executive director, Commercial Enterprise Solutions, Dell. “From financing to storage, Dell equips our customers with the flexible and agile solutions they need to drive innovation on a much larger scale.”

DR4000 Backup and Recovery Updates Dell is announcing new updates to the DR4000, an advanced disk-based backup and recovery solution that features innovative deduplication and compression capabilities from Dell’s Ocarina Networks acquisition. Since it was first announced in January at Dell Storage Forum London, the DR4000 has been popular with SMB customers who want to augment or replace traditional backup and recovery environments with disk- based solutions for their speed, access and reliability.

The updated DR4000 supports the ability to replicate from multiple appliances to one, enabling customers with remote offices or locations to replicate to a centralized location.

New updates to the DR4000 also include support for Symantec OST (OpenStorage), an API that enables third-party intelligent storage devices to tightly integrate with Symantec backup software applications. When a DR4000 is used with OST, the backup application becomes aware of the properties and capabilities of the appliance, and can better control back up images. The DR4000 with DR Rapid Data Access can significantly increase performance and can now backup up to 4 terabytes of data per hour when using Symantec OST.** The new DR4000 features are available this month globally.

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