Dell (NASDAQ:DELL) has introduced its new entry-level storage area network (SAN) solution specifically designed to meet the growing storage needs of small and midsize businesses. The AX4-5 can scale to up to 60 drives and will support up to 60 terabytes of data once the new 1-terabyte drives are launched later this quarter.

The AX4-5 can be configured for Fibre Channel or iSCSI networks and supports mixed drive configurations to suit specific needs: SAS drives for high performance and SATA drives for more capacity. Additional features include controllers that provide end-to-end data integrity through continuous background disk consistency checking, and an EMC Navisphere Express user interface to simplify installation and operation.

"This is the latest step in the strong partnership between Dell and EMC," Darren Thomas, vice president and general manager at Dell storage, said in a statement. "We've worked closely with EMC to define, design and deliver this system tailored to SMBs. Together we are delivering capabilities not previously seen in entry-level SANs."

Published on: Jan 11, 2008