Compellent Ships Preconfigured, Virtualized Storage Bundles for SMBs

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-10-02 Print this article Print

QuickStart SE bundles consist of storage software and hardware in starter configurations. They include a number of high-end storage features previously unavailable for smaller deployments, such as automated CDP, thin provisioning, continuous snapshots and storage resource monitoring, according to Compellent.

Compellent on Sept. 30 launched a series of Fibre Channel storage packages in preset configurations for small and midsize size businesses that have little or no IT staff.

The QuickStart SE bundles consist of storage software and hardware in starter configurations. They include a number of high-end storage features previously unavailable for smaller deployments, according to Compellent, such as automated CDP (continuous data protection), thin provisioning, continuous snapshots and storage resource monitoring.

"We're not introducing anything new-we're finding a more convenient way to package our products," Compellent Senior Product Marketing Manager Bob Fine told eWEEK. "It only takes a few minutes or so to get these up and running.

"We have a seen a lot of preconfigured storage products coming into the market lately, but what sets these apart is that we don't base ours on low-end or midrange-type products that won't scale as well in terms of capacity, interfaces or performance. We base them on our top-tier enterprise products."

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Compellent's QuickStart SE is aimed at SMBs that want to upgrade from direct-attached storage to shared storage, in order to support a transition to a fully virtualized data center, Fine said.

QuickStart SE allows companies to later expand their storage solution by adding optional software, such as automated tiered storage or remote replication, and emerging hardware standards like SSD without having to rip and replace existing storage investments, Fine said.

Compellent is offering QuickStart SE through the company's growing international network of channel partners in more than 30 countries, Fine said.

Compellent QuickStart SE bundles start at $25,500, which includes 4.8TB of Fibre Channel storage with Dynamic Capacity thin provisioning, Data Instant Replay snapshots and Enterprise Manager storage resource management applications, Fine said. All pricing excludes maintenance plans and professional services, he said.

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Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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