2704, 2014

EqualLogic 7.0.4 firmware released with bugfix for Heartbleed.

By |April 27th, 2014|EqualLogic, Storage|0 Comments

From EQL product guys:

The EqualLogic array firmware version 7.0.4 is now posted to the EqualLogic Support site. This release contains the fix for the OpenSSL vulnerability, also known as the Heartbleed bug. This bug affected OpenSSL versions 1.0.1 (including 1.0.1f) and 1.0.2-beta1 releases.

The OpenSSL vulnerability, “Heartbleed” only affects customers who are running the EqualLogic array 7.x.x firmware series. Customers who are at an older Firmware series like 6.x.x or 5.x.x are not affected and no action is required.


For more info on Heartbleed check out http://dennistt.net/2014/04/13/heartbleed/

2402, 2014

Dell Enterprise Forum – Seminar Series is travelling around Australia.

By |February 24th, 2014|DEF, EqualLogic, Storage|0 Comments

The Australian Dell Enterprise Forum (DEF) last year was a fantastic day down in Melbourne. Heaps of good sessions, lots of customers and maybe one or two chilled beverages. The only downside is that because it was down south a lot of customers in the other states and capital cities couldn’t attend.

Update: The Brisbane sessions have been moved to April 10th.

Good news everybody … Dell is running half day DEF sessions around the country and New Zealand over the new three weeks. You can sing up using the this link.


Thursday 10th April (8.00am – 1.00pm) Pullman King George Square


Tuesday 11th March (8.00am – 1.00pm) Intercontinental Hotel


Thursday 20th March (8.00am – 1.00pm) Auckland Pullman

Storage and Server Masterclass

You might have noticed that the DEF Seminar Series only runs for half a day until lunch. After lunch at each location we will be hosting both EqualLogic and Server masterclasses for anyone who is interested. The EqualLogic class is different this time as it will be covering whats new with the lastest PS6210 hardware and SAN HQ v3 monitoring and management.

Register here


Tuesday 4th March Venue: Pullman King George Square. 1:00pm – 4:30pm


Tuesday 11th March Venue: InterContinental. 1:00pm – 4:30pm


Tuesday 18th March Venue: Crown Promenade. 1:00pm – 4:30pm


Thursday 20th March Venue: Pullman. 1:00pm – 4:30pm

I’ll be at the Brisbane one so hope to see you there.


307, 2013

EqualLogic Software Versions July 2013

By |July 3rd, 2013|EqualLogic, FluidFS, Storage|2 Comments

Alvin Kho is one of the Dell Enterprise Technologists based in Asia. He maintains a fantastic internal document on all things EqualLogic and  has graciously let me use some of his content on my blog – so many  thanks to Alvin.

There are two sections, all the latest software releases and then a plethora of technical documents and whitepapers to warm you up during the cool winter nights. I’ll try and post new content whenever he does an update .. try.

EQL Software Family and Versioning

This is the main reason I wanted to put this up on the web. A single place to see all the latest recommended versions for EqualLogic software. One of the cool things about EQL is that once you buy it, everything is licensed so you get access to all the software and new features as they are released.

This is a wide table and it breaks the formatting of my site but it’s worth it.

EQL Software Category Latest Version Release Date Comment
Firmware 4.3.x Generation 4.3.8 17-Jan-11  
5.0.x Generation 5.0.8 14-Sep-11 New GUI starting from 5.x. Support VMware VAAI
5.1.x Generation 5.1.2 21-Oct-11 New 3TB drive, Auto-tiering, DCB, FS7500, AD integration features started in this version
5.2.x Generation 5.2.8 17-Jun-13 new 10GbE controller (PS6110 & PS4110 series) support with bug fixes
6.x Generation 6.0.5 17-Jun-13 Added sync replication support plus other features (e.g. UNMAP, snapshot borrowing, etc.)
Language Pack for Group Manager 6.x Generation 6.0 or above 17-Oct-12 EQL Group Manager GUI multiple languages support – including French, German, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese and Spanish
HIT For Microsoft 2.x 2.2.1 Jun-07 Still can support Windows 2000 server
3.x 3.5.1 Jan-11 This is the version added PowerShell support (not for support W2K server)
– if support SQL Server 2000 edition is necessary, using HIT/ME version 3.1.2
4.x 4.5.0 18-Dec-12 Support Windows Server 2012, Windows 8, SharePoint and new features in EQL fw 6
– if support for Exchange 2003, SQL 2005 is necessary, using HIT/ME version 4.0

– not support for Windows Server 2003
HIT For VMware 2.x (ASM/VE) 2.0.5 May-10 Support EQL firmware v3.2 or higher
(Both VMware ESX 3.5 and 4.x are supported by this release)
3.x 3.1.2 28-Jun-12 Support vSphere 4.1 and 5.0 – provide vCenter plug-in appliance support
(not backward compatible to ESX 3.5 and 4.0)
– support EQL firmware 6.0
Virtual Storage Manager for VMware 3.x v3.5.2 2-Apr-13 Support EQL firmware v5.0.2 or higher
VMware vCenter Server™ 5.0, 5.1
VMware ESX™ Server 4.1, 5.0, 5.1
VMware View™ 4.5, 4.6, 5.0
MEM for VMware 1.1.x 1.1.2 3-Dec-12 Design to work with vSphere 4.1, 5.0 and 5.1. Request EQL firmware 5.2 or higher.
SRM for VMware
1.x 1.0.6 16-Jun-12 Support EQL firmware v5.0.2 or higher
Support VMware SRM V4.1.1 and higher (V4.x only)
2.x 2.2.0 11-Sep-12 Support EQL firmware v5.0.2 or higher
Support VMware SRM v5.0 & 5.1
(not backward compatible with previous version of SRM)
HIT for Linux 1.x 1.2.0 1-Nov-12 Support EQL firmware v5.0 or higher (support EQL firmware v6 new features)
(32/64-bit versions of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)/CentOS: 5.7, 5.8, 6.2, 6.3, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 11 SP1 and SP2)
Note: when running with RedHat 5.5, there is no "Least Queue Depth" Algorithm
SAN HeadQuarters (SAN-HQ) 2.x 2.6 14-May-13 Support EQL firmware v5.0 or higher (support Win8/2012 with RAID reliability score)
NOTE: The SupportAssist feature is compatible with firmware v5.0.8 or later.
Manual Transfer Utility (MTU) 1.x 1.2.3 2-Aug-12 Support EQL firmware v5.1.x to v6.0.x
SCOM MP For EqualLogic 5.x 5.0 (A00) 20-May-13 Support up to EQL firmware 6.x and new EQL hardware
Support for Microsoft System Center 2012 SP1 Operations Manager and System Center 2012 Operations Manager
Node Side v2.0.7170
(FluidFS v2)
7-Jul-13 Supported Platform – FS7500, FS7600, FS7610
– Before upgrade to new FS Series Firmware version, must first upgrade EQL array(s) to Firmware version 6.0.x or above
EQL Side 6.0.5 10-Apr-13 EQL firmware minimal support level is 5.1.x for FS7500
For FS76x0, minimal support version is 6.0.1 or above


HIT/Microsoft v4.5 does include an SMP Provider for Microsoft Window Server 2012.  However, usage/integration with SCVMM2012 requires two things:

  1. SCVMM2012 SP1 / UR1
  2. HIT/Microsoft v4.6 (which is not GA released yet but soooooon)

Out of everything there, I can’t emphasise enough to upgrade to the latest SAN HQ software. New functionality allows SAN HQ to upload logs directly to support on your behalf. It’s a very welcome feature for sure, actually It’s all very fabulous.

Useful EqualLogic Technical Materials and Whitepapers

Another great list thanks to Alvin, I am merely the cut and paste maestro presenting and prostrating before you. Actually, I thought about formatting and making it more web friendly but I am getting told off because I don’t have the sausages on the BBQ yet so this will have to do.

Document Name URL
Dell EqualLogic Configuration Guide http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/storage/w/wiki/2639.equallogic-configuration-guide.aspx
Dell EqualLogic Compatibility Matrix http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/storage/w/wiki/2661.equallogic-compatibility-matrix.aspx
EQL RAID Best Practices http://en.community.dell.com/dell-groups/dtcmedia/m/mediagallery/19861480/download.aspx
EQL Best Practice Networking Guidelines http://www.equallogic.com/resourcecenter/assetview.aspx?id=5229 
Rapid EqualLogic Configuration Portal http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/storage/w/wiki/3615.rapid-equallogic-configuration-portal-by-sis.aspx
Switch Configuration Guides http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/storage/w/wiki/4250.switch-configuration-guides-by-sis.aspx
Master pointer to all SiS whitepapers http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/storage/w/wiki/2632.storage-infrastructure-and-solutions-team-publications.aspx
EqualLogic Technical Contents http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/storage/w/wiki/2660.equallogic-technical-content.aspx
Optimizing your EQL SAN for High Availability http://en.community.dell.com/dell-groups/dtcmedia/m/mediagallery/20371245/download.aspx
EqualLogic PS Series Architecture: Load Balancers http://en.community.dell.com/dell-groups/dtcmedia/m/mediagallery/19949521/download.aspx
DC Power Supply Module Installation and Maintenance Supplement https://eqlsupport.dell.com/support/download_file.aspx?id=2026&langtype=1033
EqualLogic Hybrid Array Load Balancer http://en.community.dell.com/dell-groups/dtcmedia/m/mediagallery/20349614/download.aspx
EqualLogic & M1000e Best Practices (1GbE) http://en.community.dell.com/dell-groups/dtcmedia/m/mediagallery/20156422/download.aspx
EqualLogic & M1000e Best Practices (10GbE) http://en.community.dell.com/dell-groups/dtcmedia/m/mediagallery/20198539/download.aspx
EqualLogic & M1000e Best Practices (Force10 switch) http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/storage/w/wiki/4451.poweredge-m1000e-blade-and-equallogic-ps-series-san-design-best-practices-using-force10-switches-by-sis.aspx
EqualLogic PS-M4110 Blade array http://en.community.dell.com/dell-groups/dtcmedia/m/mediagallery/20196885/download.aspx
EqualLogic Auto-Replication http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/storage/w/wiki/2641.aspx
EqualLogic Snapshots and Clones Best Practices http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/storage/w/wiki/3619.equallogic-snapshots-and-clones-best-practices-and-sizing-guidelines-by-sis.aspx
EqualLogic Template Volumes and Thin Clones http://en.community.dell.com/dell-groups/dtcmedia/m/mediagallery/19861241/download.aspx
EqualLogic iSCSI Connection Characterization http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/storage/w/wiki/3481.equallogic-iscsi-volume-connection-count-maximum-characterization-by-sis.aspx
Self Encrypted Drive Management http://en.community.dell.com/dell-groups/dtcmedia/m/mediagallery/20382259/download.aspx
Mixed Speed with EQL (PowerConnect 6248/8024F) http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/storage/w/wiki/2640.aspx
Mixed Speed with EQL (PowerConnect 8100 Series) http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/storage/w/wiki/4419.mixed-speed-devices-within-a-10-gb-equallogic-san-using-pc-8100-series-switches-by-sis.aspx
Mixed Speed with EQL (Force10 S4820T) http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/extras/m/white_papers/20384458/download.aspx
FS Series Appliances FluidFS NAS Support Matrix https://eqlsupport.dell.com/support/download_file.aspx?id=2080&langtype=1033
FS76x0 Best Practices with EQL http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/storage/w/wiki/4452.integrating-the-dell-equallogic-fs7600-and-fs7610-into-an-existing-san-by-sis.aspx
NDMP Backup on FluidFS using CommVault Simpana  http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/storage/w/wiki/4392.ndmp-backup-on-dell-equallogic-fs-series-nas-using-commvault-simpana-by-sis.aspx
Applications Topics and URL
SQL Server 2012 Best Practices and Sizing Guidelines for Transaction Processing Applications with Microsoft SQL 2012 using EqualLogic PS Series Storage
SQL Server 2012 OLTP I/O Profile Study with Microsoft SQL 2012 using EqualLogic PS Series Storage
SQL Server 2008 Protecting Microsoft SQL Server databases with EqualLogic Synchronous Replication
SQL Server 2008 Enhancing SQL Server Protection using EqualLogic Smart Copy Snapshots
SQL Server 2008 Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Backup and Restore using Dell EqualLogoic
SQL Server 2008 Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Backup and Restore using Dell EqualLogoic and PowerVault DL2200 with CommVault Simpana
SQL Server 2008 Automatic data tiering benefits for OLTP databases with EqualLogic hybrid arrays
SQL Server 2008 SQL Server Database Protection Using Auto-Snapshot Manager / Microsoft Edition: Advanced Operations
SQL Server 2008 DSS (OLAP) Deploying MS SQL Server 2008 DSS on 10GbE EqualLogic Storage
Exchange Server 2010 Deploying Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 with Dell EqualLogic PS Series Arrays
Exchange Server 2010 Microsoft Exchange 2010 on a Hyper-V Virtual Infrastructure Supported by Dell EqualLogic SANs
Exchange Server 2010 Exchange 2010 Data Protection with EqualLogic Auto-Snapshot Manager / Microsoft Edition v4.5
Exchange Server 2010 Sizing MS Exchange 2010 on EqualLogic PS4100-6100 Arrays with VMware vSphere 5
Exchange Server 2010 Supplemental Implementation Guide (MS Exchange 2010 on VMware vSphere)
Exchange Server 2010 Enhancing Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Data Protection and Availability using EqualLogic Snapshots
SharePoint 2007/2010 SharePoint Data Protection with Auto-Snapshot Manager / Microsoft Edition v4.5
SharePoint 2010 Reference Architecture for a Virtualized SharePoint 2010 Document Management Solution
Oracle 11g R2 Performance Baseline for Deploying Oracle 11g Release 2 Based Decision Support Systems using Dell EqualLogic PS6110XV Arrays
Oracle 11g R2 Sizing and Best Practices for Deploying Oracle 11g Release 2 Based Decision Support Systems with Dell EqualLogic 10GbE iSCSI SAN
Oracle 11g Best Practices for Oracle 11g Backup and Recovery using Oracle RMAN and EqualLogic Snapshots
Oracle DSS (OLAP) Deploying Oracle Decision Support Systems with EqualLogic 10GbE iSCSI SAN
Operating Systems URL
Deploying Windows 2008 with EQL http://en.community.dell.com/dell-groups/dtcmedia/m/mediagallery/19861462/download.aspx
Windows 2012 & Hyper-V  http://en.community.dell.com/dell-groups/dtcmedia/m/mediagallery/20255176/download.aspx
Deploying Hyper-V with EQL http://en.community.dell.com/dell-groups/dtcmedia/m/mediagallery/19861461/download.aspx
Hyper-V Protection using Auto-Snapshot Manager/ME http://en.community.dell.com/dell-groups/dtcmedia/m/mediagallery/19861460/download.aspx
Boot from SAN for Windows Server 2008 R2 http://en.community.dell.com/dell-groups/dtcmedia/m/mediagallery/20310666/download.aspx
MPIO with Windows Server 2008 http://en.community.dell.com/dell-groups/dtcmedia/m/mediagallery/19861471/download.aspx
ESXi 4.1  http://en.community.dell.com/dell-groups/dtcmedia/m/mediagallery/20094618/download.aspx
ESXi 5.1  http://en.community.dell.com/dell-groups/dtcmedia/m/mediagallery/20094619/download.aspx
Boot from SAN for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.2 http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/storage/w/wiki/4279.dell-equallogic-red-hat-enterprise-linux-6-2-boot-from-san-by-sis.aspx
Linux (using HIT for Linux) http://en.community.dell.com/dell-groups/dtcmedia/m/mediagallery/19861419/download.aspx
SuSE Linux http://en.community.dell.com/dell-groups/dtcmedia/m/mediagallery/19949527.aspx
Linux (Red Hat, CentOS, SuSE Linux) http://en.community.dell.com/dell-groups/dtcmedia/m/mediagallery/19861422/download.aspx

There you go. Not a bad list. Just as a reminder, this list is accurate as of July 2013 – if you are reading this in the future there is probably a more recent doc, and I’m probably older. As always, make sure you check out the sites below as they are the best places to go for Dell Storage.

If you think this is valuable leave a small note in the comments and  we’ll try and do a Compellent version as well.

Cheers Daniel

306, 2013

Australian EqualLogic Masterclass 2013

By |June 3rd, 2013|EqualLogic, Storage|0 Comments

Dell is hosting another round of free EqualLogic training for customers and whoever is interested. The sessions last year went really well.

The day is split up into 3 sections for different skill levels. The core technology session is mainly about what is iSCSI, how it works, what is peer scaling … that sort of stuff. If you already know all that stuff then you can just come for the features sessions.

They are being held all over Australia. Below are the initial dates but if the sessions fill up there could be a second session.

I’ll be at the Brisbane session with a working demo of our new DR4100 backup to disk appliances so you can see it in all its deduping glory.

Click here to register for the sessions


09:00am – 09:30am: Registrations and Light breakfast
09:30am – 11:00am: 101 – Core Technology
11:15am – 12:45pm: 201 – Advanced Features
12:45pm – 01:30pm: Light lunch served
01:30pm – 03:00pm: 301 – Advanced Features II

Dates and Locations

Canberra – Wednesday 29 May – Hyatt Hotel. 120 Commonwealth Ave  Yarralumla ACT 2600
Perth – Tuesday 4 June – The Duxton Hotel. 1 St Georges Terrace  Perth WA 6000
Adelaide – Thursday 6 June – Sebel Playford Hotel. 120 North Terrace  Adelaide SA 5000
Melbourne – Wednesday 19 June – Intercontinental Hotel. 495 Collins St  Melbourne VIC 3000
Auckland – Tuesday 25 June – Stamford Plaza Hotel. 22-26 Albert St  Auckland, 1010
Brisbane – Wednesday 10 July – Stamford Plaza Hotel. Edward Street  Brisbane QLD 4000
Sydney – Tuesday 16 July – Dell Solutions Centre. 14 Aquatic Drive, Frenchs Forest NSW 2086

Session Descriptions

EqualLogic MasterClass 101: Core Technology  (9:30am to 11:00am)

This is an entry-level storage course designed for users relatively new to the Dell EqualLogic series of arrays. You will learn what hardware and software features are available with the PS Series Storage Array. In this session we will cover:

  • EqualLogic page-based architecture
  • EqualLogic load-balancing & host MPIO
  • Discuss manual tiering techniques
  • Automatic tiering with firmware 5.1
  • Group Manager snapshots
  • Auto-replication.

EqualLogic MasterClass 201: Advanced Features (11:15am to 12:45pm)

The EqualLogic MasterClass 201 course builds upon our 101 Core technology course and provides the opportunity for students to explore further the advanced features and software included in PS Series Storage Array, namely replication and SAN Headquarters Monitoring Tool. By understanding and utilising these advanced features you will be able to maximise your use of the storage array to fulfill business requirements today and well into the future. 
In this session we will cover:

  • Disaster Recovery using replication
  • Auto-replication
  • Auto Snapshot Manager (Microsoft ed)
  • Auto Snapshot Manager (VMware ed)
  • Off-host backup techniques with EqualLogic
  • Visibility to your EqualLogic Storage by leveraging SAN HQ monitoring

EqualLogic MasterClass 301: Advanced Features II (1:30pm to 3:00pm)

Dell EqualLogic SAN Headquarters (SAN HQ) gives you the power to do more by providing in-depth reporting and analysis tools. With the information you get from SAN HQ, you can better customise, protect, and optimise your storage.
In this session we will cover:

  • Introduction of Storage Blade – networking considerations/DCB
  • Synchronous Replication Implementation
  • Live Demonstration of replication
  • Aysnc Failover/Failback
  • SyncRep Failover/Switch
  • NEW Virtual Storage Manager 3.5
  • Monitor EqualLogic with SAN HQ

Dell EqualLogic MasterClass proudly sponsored by


811, 2012

EqualLogic MasterClass 2012

By |November 8th, 2012|Education, EqualLogic|0 Comments

imageOn the back of the DSF sessions we are holding technical EqualLogic Masterclasses(es) around the country and soon in NZ too. They will be technical learning sessions with very little marketing fluff and there will be an introduction session and two deep dive advanced sessions. A lot of it will involve demos and examples of actual scenarios you might encounter day to day.

Who should attend?

  • If you currently manage an EQL environment and you want some free training and to find out what’s new and exciting.
  • Existing customers that weren’t able to attend Dell Storage Forum.
  • If you don’t know much about peer scaling storage arrays this is a good opportunity to grill the Dell storage experts and also talk to existing customers about their experiences.
  • Anyone who live in Brisbane and wants to meet me Smile

How to Register

Click here to register to attend.


It will be the same agenda for each state. You don’t have to attend all sessions but why wouldn’t you, its free training and there is food, how can you say no. For the Sydney sessions

09:00am – 09:30am Registrations & breakfast  
09:30am – 11:00am 101 – Core Technology Entry-level storage course designed for users relatively new to the Dell EqualLogic series of arrays. Includes EQL architecture overview, load-balancing & host MPIO, Tiering, snapshots & Auto-replication.
11:15am – 12:45pm

201 – Advanced Features

Builds upon the 101 course and includes Auto-replication, Auto Snapshot Manager, off-host backup techniques, SAN HQ monitoring

12:45pm – 01:30pm Buffet lunch  
01:30pm – 03:00pm 301 – Advanced Features II

Covers EqualLogic SAN Headquarters reporting & analysis, Storage Blade, networking considerations/DCB, Synchronous Replication, Asynch Failover/Failback, NEW Virtual Storage Manager 3.5

Dates and Locations

Note there are two sessions in Sydney in Frenchs Forrest so you get to see our shiny sparkling Solutions Centre which is an awesome setup.

Brisbane Tuesday 20 November Sofitel Brisbane Central. 249 Turbot St, Brisbane, QLD, 4000
Melbourne Thursday 22 November Grand Hyatt Melbourne. 123 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000
Sydney Tuesday 27 November Dell Solutions Centre. Level 1, 14 Aquatic Drive, Frenchs Forest
Sydney Wednesday 28 November Dell Solutions Centre. Level 1, 14 Aquatic Drive, Frenchs Forest
Perth Thursday 29 November Hyatt Regency Perth. 99 Adelaide Terrace, Perth, WA, 6000
Adelaide Tuesday 4 December Intercontinental Hotel. North Terrace, Adelaide, SA, 5000

I will be assisting with the Brisbane sessions so make sure you come and say hi.

If you end up attending I would love to hear your feedback, good or bad, so just add it to the comments of this post.

511, 2012

Dell Storage Forum Sydney a massive success

By |November 5th, 2012|AppAssure, Compellent, DSF, EqualLogic|0 Comments

Those following me on twitter would have been sick to death of hearing me talk about it but the Aussie Dell Storage Forum (DSF) has come and gone and it was a bloody good day .. very long, but good. It was the best opportunity we have had to showcase Dell’s growing storage solutions and portfolio in Australia and the feedback so far has been very positive :).

Imma let me keep this post short, but @PenguinPunk has one of the best event overviews of all time (cause it saves me lots of time)

The keynote was the same style as the Boston DSF with the whiteboard and talking about where Fluid Data is heading, especially around Fluid Cache and AppAssure. It was a bit different to Carter George’s slow and steady wins the race style Brett Roscoe lead it well and was really funny. The room was so packed that I heard there were 50 – 80 people outside the room watching on the big screen.

There there were four main session tracks, Compellent, EqualLogic, Powervault and “everything else” :). I was in the everything else stream presenting the first two AppAssure sessions with Andrew Diamond. I was handling the live demo .. yes .. live demo, danger, and it was running on the worlds largest laptop – a  Precision M6700 – it had more guts than my R710 PowerEdge server but after lugging it around for two days I am now an inch and a half shorter (In height, mind out of gutter please). It all went well and no one asked me to repeat myself because of mumbling so I consider that a win!

For those who don’t know Andrew, I am like the Robin to his Batman for Dell Storage in Queensland and NT … because being from QLD, we love hanging out in our undies (thanks Dave). Not a whole lot that boy doesn’t know. I help him out with things like cranking up the the twitter machine and which meme is appropriate where :)

On the floor was where most of the action was with two racks full of kit and a bunch of the storage specialists answering questions and doing live demos. It had a bunch of new kit including:

  • The new EQL M4110 blade
  • SC8000 Compellent array
  • FS8600 Compellent FluidFS NAS box
  • The 60 drive “RoadKing” PowerVault MD3 array

Lunch for the masses apparently was good, I got to have fancy lunch with all the media dudes because I am a “blogger”. I think I’m going to rock up to other tech or fashion shows and say “I’m a blogger, food please”. One feedback I had about the public lunch was that the salmon was the driest they had ever eaten. I just assumed there was a salmon walking around cracking jokes like:

What are the two sexiest animals in the barn yard? “Brown chicken brown cow”.

So some stats if you care:

  • 411 customers, 4 were mine :)
  • 31 breakout sessions, 23 hours of content and 19 speakers and 1 sub woofa mate

We topped it off with a few tasty beverages at the end of the day including these blue Fluid Cocktails – they had some kick – and Prinnie from the Voice singing some tunes, the girl can sing.

It doesn’t just stop there, here is a list of all the sessions that were run during the day. If there is something that interests you and you want to find out more about it, contact your Dell sales team and we’ll help you out. If you’re not currently a customer all good, either contact me through the blog or on twitter and we can go from there. Don’t forget to ask about DPACK assessment as well.

One of the highlights of the day is that this tweet made it on the big board :)


Finally, here are a few photos from the day on Facebook.

The day was a great success and was exceptionally run, I can’t wait for next year, it will be huge.

511, 2012

Some good EqualLogic reference documents

By |November 5th, 2012|EqualLogic|0 Comments

Some of the EqualLogic technical documents have been updated on Dell TechCenter. The Snapshots and Clones one is a really handy doc. Enjoy.



Published /


Reference Architecture for a Virtualized SharePoint 2010 Document Management Solution

This white paper describes the results of performance tests for a virtualized sharepoint 2010 document management solution on an EqualLogic PS6100E storage array. The primary audience for this paper is IT managers and technical decision makers interested in sizing and performance results for a cost effective SharePoint 2010 document management storage solution.


Solution Best Practice

Silver Peak WAN Optimization and Dell EqualLogic PS Series

This technical report details the benefits that Silver Peak’s WAN optimization appliances provide for Dell EqualLogic Auto-Replication deployments. This report includes performance results from the EqualLogic test lab


Tech Report

Performance Baseline for Deploying Oracle 11g Release 2 Based Decision Support Systems using Dell EqualLogic PS6110XV Arrays

This paper describes sizing and best practices for deploying Decision Support Systems (DSS) based on Oracle® 11g Release 2 database using Dell™ EqualLogic™ storage


Best Practice Addendum

Sizing MS Exchange 2010 on EqualLogic PS4100-6100 Arrays with VMware vSphere 5

This white paper presents the results of a study centered on the characterization of I/O patterns of Microsoft Exchange Server when deployed on a storage subsystem based on EqualLogic SAN and in a dense server environment built on Dell PowerEdge blade servers. It will guide Exchange and SAN administrators to understand their messaging workload, and predict their SAN size requirements. The scope of this paper is a virtual infrastructure built on VMware vSphere connecting to the SAN directly from the virtual machines and storage sizing, leaving aside server sizing activity.


Solution Best Practices

EqualLogic Snapshots and Clones: Best Practices and Sizing Guidelines

This white paper is intended for storage administrators who are involved in the planning, implementation, configuration, and administration of EqualLogic iSCSI storage area networks and the use of snapshots and clones for the purpose of data recovery and availability


Solution Best Practices

Scaling and Best Practices for Virtual Workload Environments with the FS7500

This paper provides best practices and performance optimization recommendations for the Dell EqualLogic FS7500 Unified NAS storage solution in virtualized environments based on VMware vSphere. It also shows how EqualLogic FS7500 scales with the addition of storage resources for a specific virtual workload use-case scenario


Solution Best Practices

Dell EqualLogic Virtual Desktop Deployment Utility – Sizing and Best Practices

The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate how the Virtual Desktop Deployment Utility leverages the Thin Clone feature introduced in the EqualLogic PS Series Firmware version 5.0 to efficiently provision and deploy virtual desktops in a VMware View Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) environment.


Solution Best Practices

2210, 2012

New Dell Storage products just released in time for DSF Sydney

By |October 22nd, 2012|AppAssure, Compellent, DSF, EqualLogic|0 Comments

The good thing about trade shows is new stuff, and DSF Sydney is no exception. Actually there are a few so I will keep this to the point.

  • Hybrid EqualLogic storage array – SSD and NLSAS in the same shelf.
  • Compellent FS8600 – Unified NAS for Compellent
  • AppAssure 5.3 with Linux support
  • FluidFS support for Quest SharePoint Maximizer
  • Dell Active Infrastructure

Hybrid EqualLogic storage array

EqualLogic PS6510 iSCSI ArrayThe PS65x0ES is a pretty nifty box. It is based on the 48 drive sumo form factor but with 7 SSD drives and 41 NLSAS drives. The array acts as one pool of storage and tiers data automatically, giving you the SSD punch with the NLSAS fat capacity. It would suit apps like VDI, some databases and high bandwidth media.

  • PS6500ES is the 1Gbit version
  • PS6510ES is the 10Gbit version

Another bonus is that the new VMware HIT kit will be released. The HIT kit version is 3.5 and supports ESX 5.1 now and the new EqualLogic v6 firmware. I wrote it like that because a lot of the marketing material says HIT/VMware 3.5 which confuses everyone cause this think it’s for VMware version 3.5.


Compellent FS8600

Being a NAS guy at heart, I was personally very happy to see the FS8600 get released. It’s high performance, scale-out NAS for Compellent. The FS8600 runs the same FluidFS system that the NX3600 and FS7600 uses but it is fully integrated in the Compellent management systems.

It tweaked to maximise the thin-all-day-everyday-ness of Compellent as well as taking full advantage of the automatic tiering benefits that made Compellent famous in the first place.

It’s a 2U box that contains two clustered controllers, so they are active-active with mirrored write cache. We can get up to 4 x FS8600’s to act as a single namespace serving out a single share up to 1PB in size. That’s the figures but no one I know needs a filesystem that big at the moment, at least not in Australia. On the sister FS7500/FS7600 systems I am more commonly seeing shares about the 50 – 100TB mark.

It supports replication, AV, quotas etc, but I think it’s main advantage is that because it front ends Compellent, Compellent will auto tier your NAS data, so the new and hot data is on tier 1, and the old stuff no one is using gets moved to cheap tier 3 disk.

I intend on doing a more in depth techo post in the next couple of weeks.


AppAssure 5.3 with Linux support

AppAssure is another product I have been meaning to write about but time and sleep have gotten in the way. It’s a next gen backup system that Dell bought a few months ago. It uses snapshots and deltas to trickle feed backups over the course of the day, forever incremental style. Instead of the nightly big bang backups that smash the system, it’s spread over the course of the day and sent to a centralised core system to minimise impact to prod systems. It’s a great way of looking at backups and I have been treating it like my little baby since it came out. It doesn’t fit everywhere but for a lot of customers I meet it’s a great fit, and quite affordable too.

Again, I intend on adding much more content about AppAssure ..  promise. In the mean time, its free for a 14 day trial and takes about 30 mins to setup … pieceofpissmate

The big addition is Linux support but the bulk deploy features will save a lot of admins a fair chunk of time. Here are the main updates in AppAssure Software (V5.3.1)

  • Capability to protect Linux servers

      Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.3 (32 and 64 bit)
      CentOS 6.3 (32 and 64 bit)
      Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (32 and 64 bit)
      SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP2 (32 and 64 bit)

  • Bulk Deploy and Bulk Protect using Active Directory or vCenter
  • Command Line and GUI Usability Enhancements
  • Updated Reporting and Embedded Help


    FluidFS support for Quest SharePoint Maximizer

    sharepointmaximizerIf you didn’t know, Dell acquired Quest Software last month which added about 42000* new products to the Dell Software offerings (*slight exaggeration).

    One of those products is the Quest Storage Maximizer for SharePoint which now supports Dell’s FluidFS platform.

    “Quest Storage Maximizer (SMAX) is the most efficient and lightest weight external storage solution for SharePoint on the market. Files that are typically housed within SQL can be externalized and stored on a Fluid File System (Fluid FS) thus reducing the burden on SQL and increasing SharePoint performance.”

    What that is saying is that  using the Quest tool, we can use FluidFS as the storage for all your SharePoint data, instead of messy blobs inside a SQL database. Not only does SharePoint go quicker, but it can scale a hell of a lot easier.


    Dell Active Infrastructure

    This one I’m still catching up with. Dell vStart all in one solutions have been around for a while, this now adds converged infrastructure directly in the blade chassis with a new IO Aggregator and unified management across the system. Dell is also offering these systems will pre-integrated, optimised software and solutions like SharePoint out of the box which will be fantastic. I am picturing a situation where a customer tells me they are looking at implementing SharePoint 2013 and will need to buy some more storage and compute as we as come services to set it all up. Instead I give them one product number and the new system arrives in a few weeks, already racked, already cabled with SharePoint installed and running and ready for production. Tres sexy.

    It’s only just been announced so not a lot of in-depth info yet, lets hope what I am thinking is right! Smile And I also hope you can customise those stickers on the rack, like this.

    That’s it

    DSF is going to be a great day, it’s not too late to register and come along and remember, use the #DellSFau tag and if you are leaving your computer don’t forget to http://thebest404pageever.com/swf/lockthetaskbah.swf

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