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Vol. 8 Num. 1 March 2009

Quality Awards IV: Dell plus EqualLogic -- A winning combination

Dell's midrange arrays soar from last to first in our user service and reliability survey Rich Castagna If the people at Dell Inc. are reflecting with more than a little satisfaction on their decision to acquire EqualLogic Inc., it's certainly understandable based on the most recent results from the Storage magazine Quality Awards (see "About the survey"). Until it acquired EqualLogic, Dell had relied mainly on its OEM versions of EMC Corp. Clariion arrays for its midrange storage line, and it didn't fare well in any of our previous surveys, ranking ninth out of nine in 2008. But adding EqualLogic to its roster of storage systems appears to have had a dramatic impact. In the 2009 edition of the Quality Awards for midrange arrays, Dell has fashioned a dramatic reversal and leaped to the top of the field based on user surveys that for the first time combined Dell's and EqualLogic's products. About the survey The Storage magazine Quality Awards are designed to identify and recognize products that have proven their quality and ...

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