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Bronze Award:

Dell EqualLogic PS6010XVS

Dell EqualLogic was a silver award winner last year with the PS6000 Series, and made it back onto the winners' list this year with an upgrade to that iSCSI SAN array family.

The Dell EqualLogic PS6010XVS allows users to mix different drive types, including 100 GB solid-state drives (SSDs) with 15,000 rpm SAS drives, in the same enclosure. Each array holds 16 drives. EqualLogic's latest firmware also enables automatic data placement on SSD and hard disks according to access patterns. It senses and responds to data requirements for applications that benefit from low latency and require performance-oriented storage, such as initiation for a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI).

"Finally, someone is innovating how the performance of SSD is coupled with the economics of disk storage without requiring additional shelves, software or entirely standalone systems," one judge said.

Pricing for the PS6010XVS starts at $55,000, and includes all EqualLogic software features. The array won high grades from our judges for ease of use and value.

"Great automated tiering and very good performance," another judge said.

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