Compellent, VMware Team for Automated Cloud System Disaster Recovery

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-11-30 Print this article Print

The new package automates the process of moving, protecting and recovering data involved in virtually any type of disaster, Compellent Vice President Bruce Kornfeld said.

Automated storage provider Compellent Technologies and virtualization kingpin VMware on Nov. 30 announced an extension of their partnership that creates a new disaster recovery option for cloud systems using Compellent's storage capabilities with vCenter Site Recovery Manager.

The new package automates the process of moving, protecting and recovering data involved in virtually any type of disaster, Compellent Vice President Bruce Kornfeld said.

Conventional disaster recovery software allows companies to protect their critical data, but this often can be difficult to achieve due to manual processes and complexity. Testing these systems is also a tedious and time-consuming task.

Using the combination of Compellent's Fluid Data storage with VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager, enterprises and service providers can centrally manage, update, change and test their recovery plans whenever needed from a single interface-even during normal operating hours, Kornfeld said.

In the new package, Compellent provides a preloaded VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager together with Compellent remote replication, automated tiered storage and thin provisioning in a single, scalable platform.

As for installation and deployment, Kornfeld said the accompanying management software to configure and start up replication services can be up and running in only a few mouse clicks in drop-down menus.

All the automation is handled through advance configurations. The single-pane-of-glass controls provided in the virtualization layer enable enterprises and service providers to increase hardware efficiency and automate data movement, Kornfeld said.

The new package, as described by Compellent, includes:

  • Clustered Series 40 controllers
  • Fluid Data software licenses, including Enterprise Manager multisite management software, Data Progression automated tiering, Data Capacity thin provisioning, Data Instant Replay snapshots and Remote Instant Replay replication 
  • VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 25 VM pack
  • Approximately 6TB of tiered 2.5-inch 6G-bps SAS storage.
The package is available now through Compellent's global network of resellers. Pricing for a typical Storage Center 5.4 configuration with VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager starts at about $83,000, excluding maintenance and support.

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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