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Connexions4London Sees Cloud Service Gains with Milestone Dell Storage Array
It was a major milestone for both Connexions4London and Dell (News - Alert) late last week, as they landed the 100,000th Dell EqualLogic storage array. Better yet, it wasn't just the EqualLogic storage array that made a splash for both companies; it was also what was done with them.
The EqualLogic storage array has meant some big things for Connexions4London, allowing it to see fresh growth in its cloud service and colocation businesses. Since Connexions4London offers a wide variety of other services, including data backup and storage as well as IP transit, virtualization and disaster recovery services, being able to add a fuller roster of cloud services and colocation gave them the ability to present an even better value picture to clients. Connexions4London has been picking up EqualLogic arrays since January 2010, which provides an excellent picture of how valuable it is proving in action.
Better, the EqualLogic arrays have helped Connexions4London with its IP transit functions as well, giving rise to three levels of service from the firm: Tier 1 IP Transit, Multihomed IP Transit and Partial IP Transit, offering 40 different data centers. This keeps latency low while also keeping redundancy high, making quite sure the data is both protected and easily accessible. The transit is also burstable to the speed the lines will allow.
But while EqualLogic has meant good things for Connexions4London, it likewise has meant good things for Dell itself. With 100,000 such units in the field, Dell has achieved serious recognition as the leader in iSCSI-based storage for fully the last 18 quarters, or four and a half years. With more than 45,000 customers worldwide—up from its initial figures of 4,000—that's all the proof anyone could use that Dell is making serious inroads into the field.
Dell's investments in performance and scalability haven't just paid off for Connexions4London; the University of Connecticut School of Business uses Dell EqualLogic storage arrays coupled with Dell's PowerEdge blade servers to yield a VDI—Virtual Desktop Infrastructure—with Dell Virtual Lab. This particular combination of factors is expected to add up to savings of between 30 and 40 percent on desktop hardware, or around $318,000 in savings over a five year period.
There are plenty of other success stories around those businesses and organizations that are successfully using Dell EqualLogic—among other Dell equipment—to save money on their IT expenses. Tangible cost savings are a leading goal with many organizations, especially in a down economy where firms are facing declining or merely stagnant revenues. With income either leveling off or dropping, reducing expenses allows for the preservation of, or even growth of, profit.
Dell is fueling a lot of profit out in the field, and that's likely a good portion of why so many businesses and other firms are turning to Dell, and its EqualLogic storage array, to round out their hardware profiles.
Edited by Rachel Ramsey
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