Dell is also introducing SAN Headquarters, a software package for managing multiple SANs in an enterprise with up to 10 petabytes of capacity. SAN Headquarters combines monitoring and alerting in one module, providing performance history and identifying bottlenecks. It works with all EqualLogic hardware platforms.
All the products and features will be available within a week except for the Hyper-V support, which is in beta testing now and should be available in about a month, Dell said.
The most remarkable thing Dell has done is to deliver far more in every area without raising prices, said Enterprise Strategy Group analyst Steve Duplessie.
"Dell has built a fairly substantial company based on driving outrageous efficiencies and almost daily riding down the economic commodity cost curves," Duplessie said. That's good for storage customers even if they don't buy Dell gear, he added. "Any volume producer ... forces the economics to work for everybody."
One area where the company will make an impact is in SSDs, which Dell is rolling out ahead of the pack, Duplessie said. As the price difference shrinks between SSDs and spinning drives, IT departments will start to put all the data they regularly use on the new media and remove the delays caused by hard drives starting up and spinning, he said.
"SSDs in storage, a year from now, are going to change the fundamental economic and performance paradigm of storage in general," Duplessie said.
Meanwhile, Dell is not as exposed as HP and IBM to competition from Cisco, because it doesn't yet play in the core of many big datacenters, he said. "The Fortune 500 is going to look very closely at Cisco, but that's not really where Dell's bread and butter is," Duplessie said.