The software also has a new feature called Volume Undelete, which is a capacity reclamation feature; whenever a thinly provisioned volume decreases in size, the capacity that is unused is reclaimed so it can be used in a storage pool by other applications. And it introduces automatic diagnostic data collection, which automatically sends data back to Dell Support.
"If a customer calls in for support, we have that historical diagnostic data, which helps us speed time to resolution," Vigil said.
Dell also announced it will be moving away from using third-party hardware from Xyratex and will be using only Compellent storage with Dell servers from now on.
Dell acquired Compellent about 18 months ago.
"Six months ago, we released StorageCenter version 6, which was the transition to a 64-bit operation system. Now we're moving off third-party hardware that was part of the Compellent architecture and we're now onto Dell-based [server] hardware," said Bob Fine, director of marketing for Dell Compellent.
Fine said moving to Dell hardware will upgrade systems to a Intel Sandy Bridge processor, which offers a six-core architecture. The new hardware will also offer five times greater memory than previously offered with Xyratech. Memory can now scale from 32GB to 128GB.
Additionally, Dell announced its vStart 1000, a pre-configured and tested private cloud infrastructure using Compellent storage arrays blade servers and switches.
Previously, Dell's vStart pre-tested infrastructures used PowerEdge servers, Dell PowerConnect switches and EqualLogic storage arrays. Those configurations included the vStart 50, 100, and 200, which represented the number of virtual machines the infrastructure could support.
The vStart 1000 now uses Compellent storage arrays, and as the name indicates, supports up to 1,000 virtual machines. "So for the first time we're using Compellent storage in our vStart program," Vigil said.
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