Dell Storage Forum 2012

Storage Switzerland Interviews Customers and Dell Execs at the Event

*Scroll down to see all 12 interviews we did at the event*


Dell this week announced the EqualLogic Blade Array, a dual controller EqualLogic Array on a blade. Combined with Dell Blade Servers and Dell Force10 Networks. See the first video interview with Travis Vigil Director of Dell Storage for a deep dive discussion on the product.

What is Dell's converged strategy? Watch Storage Switzerland Video Interview to find out. Storage Switzerland is doing video interviews at Dell Storage Forum. Our first interview is with Praveen Asthana, Vice President of Dell's Enterprise Solutions and Strategy Group. We discuss Dell's converged strategy and what that means to Dell customers and prospects.

Since the acquisition of Compellent by Dell, Fluid Data has become the mantra for Dell Storage. In this interview with Brett Roscoe, General Manager PowerVault and Dell Data Protection Solutions, we discuss what Fluid Data means and why enterprises should be paying attention to Dell for enterprise storage solutions.

Next up for the Storage Switzerland crew was hitting the floor at the Dell Solutions Expo. The floor was full of Dell partner companies that help complete the solution for Dell Customers. We had a chance to talk to AppAssure and Brocade as well as get a hands on look at the new EqualLogic Blade Array.

In our second conversation with Dell's Brett Roscoe we talked about the new Dell Compellent FS8600 NAS which allows Compellent to offer a complete unified storage system. The FS8600 leverages Dell's ExaNet Technology which they now call their Fluid File System. This allows Dell to offer a massively scaleable NAS solution to its customers.

Our next round of video interviews at Dell Storage Forum was with Ted Hulsy, Vice President of Marketing at Cloud Service Provider eFolder. eFolder delivers a fully integrated Cloud Data Protection solution that resellers can leverage when solving their customer data protection problems. AppAssure 5.0, which we covered in our recent product spotlight, is an integral part of the eFolder solution.

Next up at Dell Storage Forum was Carter George, VP of Strategy for Dell Storage. In this interview we discuss the plan for Dell Storage and review their acquisition strategy. We also discuss Dell's Server Side SSD strategy and how they are going to enable that and what Carter believes is Dell's unique advantage as they enter that market.

Our next interview at Dell Storage Forum 2012 was with Bob Fine, Director at Product Marketing at Dell. We discussed the Dell Fluid File System that they acquired from their acquisition of ExaNet. The Fluid File System option for the Compellent product line allows it to provide a complete Unified File System.

At Dell Storage Forum 2012, Storage Switzerland sat down with Cliff Russell, CIO of HeiTech Services, a value added reseller focused on the Federal market. They provide services like business process management and data center management to their federal clients. Cliff is in charge of a large EqualLogic deployment that serviced both their internal needs as well as the needs of their federal clients.

Our next interview was with Tom Habing, Storage Administrator for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who has one of the largest digital curation libraries in the world. This library includes the digitization of thousands of documents and they may have only one chance to do this digitalization.

Our final interview at Dell Storage Forum 2012 was with Compellent customer Advantage Sales and Marketing. Over two years ago Tibor Pazera, Storage Administrator, faced a daunting challenge, his current storage system was not able to meet the performance demands of the organization. His environment was 60% virtualized at that time and also had a heavy load being placed on it by a large number of SQL databases.