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Dell's Compellent beats Isilon with 85 per cent fewer nodes

Dell has beaten a 56-node Isilon system's file-serving benchmark performance with just eight nodes - and flash file access punch. The benchmark is the SPECsfs2008 NFS file-serving one and Dell's Compellent system achieved 494,000 IOPS with 8 nodes, each having 12 fast SLC flash drives and 120 slower MLC flash drives; an all- …
Chris Mellor, 04 Jun 2013

Dell's new Compellent will make you break down in tiers... of flash

Dell thinks its Compellent arrays will be more compelling with automated tiering extended to different types of flash, policy-driven deduplication and namespace expansion added to the filesystem, and more drives in a smaller space. The storage boxes' new Storage Center 6.4 software can handle flash tiering and distinguish …
Chris Mellor, 05 Jun 2013

Dell: New storage dish? Nah - we'll just mash up EqualLogic and Compellent

Steady adaptation, no new products and no super-niche specialisation please: these were the three takeaways El Reg storage desk retrieved from a briefing with Alan Atkinson, vice president and general manager at Dell Storage. The impression we gained was that Dell is set on expanding its mainstream enterprise storage offering's …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jul 2013

Ex X-IO exec Alan Atkinson takes reins at Dell's Compellent

X-IO's chairman and ex-CEO Alan Atkinson has joined Dell to run its Compellent operation. There has been no announcement by Dell , or X-IO, but Atkinson's LinkedIn entry shows the move has been made. When Dell bought Compellent its co-founder and CEO Phil Soran stayed on and ran Compellent as a Dell business until he left in …
Chris Mellor, 25 Sep 2012
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Compellent swoops in, saves Dell storage

Dell's fiscal 2012 second quarter storage revenues, shrunk by lost EMC business, would have shown no growth or even a loss but for booming Compellent sales. Overall storage revenues dropped 20 per cent year-on-year to $502m. The company's numbers indicate that Dell's sales of EMC-sourced storage dropped 61.6 per cent compared to …
Chris Mellor, 18 Aug 2011
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Hybrid flash mutant Tegile: ARRAY with Dell, we say... 100 times

Hybrid flash-disk array tin-meister Tegile claims its hardware has replaced more than a 100 Dell Compellent arrays at customer sites. The Zebi array, given analyst firm DCIG’s top “Best in Class” accolade in its 2013 Hybrid Storage Array Buyer’s Guide, uses flash for performance data and disk for less performance sensitive data …
Chris Mellor, 05 Dec 2013
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Compellent straps on chastity belt for Dell

Compellent and Dell have cooked up a poison pill shareholder rights deal to discourage any other bidders from coming forward and paying more than Dell. Dell really does not want to get burned again after the 3PAR bid battle it lost to HP. This is how the poison will take effect: All Compellent stockholders of record as of 27 …
Chris Mellor, 17 Dec 2010
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The deal is done: Dell is buying Compellent

The deal is on: Compellent has agreed to be bought by Dell for $27.75/share. That makes a total equity value of approximately $960m, or about $820m, net of Compellent’s cash. The transaction is subject to approval by Compellent’s shareholders and is expected to close in early 2011. The price is $0.25 higher than the price …
Chris Mellor, 13 Dec 2010
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Compellent has a rethink over deduplication

Prior to its acquisition by Dell in February, Compellent was developing its own deduplication technology and had two NAS heads, providing file access to its arrays. Now that it's in the Dell sphere, both areas face change. Conversations with a source "familiar with the situation" indicate that Dell's own technologies could take …
Chris Mellor, 08 Apr 2011
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Compellent bolts on first VMWare SRM disaster parachute

Compellent is bundling VMware's Site Recovery Manager with its arrays to provide better disaster recovery in virtualised server shops. It will be the first VMware partner to do so. VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager, to give it its full name, uses SAN-based replication to move virtual machines (VMs) and their datasets between …
Chris Mellor, 01 Dec 2010
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Dell and Compellent are exclusive

Dell and Compellent are talking about a possible business combination. The two companies have issued a statement saying that they are engaged in advanced discussions. Dell would acquire all Compellent's outstanding common stock at $27.50/share, meaning about $876m – which will disappoint all the bid-hungry investors gamblers who …
Chris Mellor, 09 Dec 2010
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Compellent co-founder dismounts disk biz

Compellent co-founder and CEO Phil Soran has announced he is retiring on 1 March, the integration of Compellent into Dell having been more or less completed. The announcement was made at Dell's Storage Forum in London today. Soran stayed on for a year after the acquisition by Dell to bed the acquisition down, and he feels things …
Chris Mellor, 12 Jan 2012
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Fine print: Dell bod tells us the details of Fluid Cache for SAN

Fluid Cache for SAN is Dell’s technology to integrate server PCIe flash cards and networked SAN storage. We talked to Bob Fine, director of product marketing at Compellent to find out more about how it works. El Reg: Is Compellent's Storage Center (Data Progression functionality) loading data into the connected server's PCIe …
Chris Mellor, 16 Apr 2014
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Compellent micro-manages data to gain efficiency

By micro-managing data with its coming 64-bit software, Compellent is aiming to increase its automatic data placement tiering granularity sixteenfold and greatly increase SSD use efficiency. Currently its Storage Centre O/S is 32-bit software and it automatically moves 512KB pages of data between faster and slower tiers of …
Chris Mellor, 02 Mar 2011
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Who could buy Compellent?

Who is likely to buy Compellent? There has been twittering about Cisco, on the basis that Cisco doesn't get enough out of VCE, its partnership with VMware and EMC, and needs to do something more. My off-the-cuff reaction here is, sure, Cisco could buy Compellent, if it really, really wanted to blow its EMC relationship to …
Chris Mellor, 19 Nov 2010
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Compellent plans 900GB 2.5-inch disk drives

Compellent's hardware road map shows larger capacity and faster 2.5-inch drives coming. The C-Drive conference was told that 900GB 2.5-inch drives spinning at 10,000rpm lay in the relatively near future. A 15K rpm 2.5-inch drive with 300GB capacity is coming too. This would be the fastest small form factor disk drive available. …
Chris Mellor, 06 May 2010
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Compellent driven into datacentre by Dell

Compellent is now formally part of Dell and it is going to develop its technology so it can go deeper into the datacentre. Dell's Darren Thomas, its VP and general manager of storage, blogs: "Our storage vision has always been to make data management easier and more affordable ... The acquisition of Exanet technology provided a …
Chris Mellor, 23 Feb 2011
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Compellent basks in Wall Street's love

Shunned by Wall Street since making less profit than the street gods had been led to believe it would, Compellent roared back into favour yesterday after announcing it had made a boatload of money in its latest quarter. Compellent makes Storage Center disk and solid state drive arrays for small and medium enterprises. The arrays …
Chris Mellor, 28 Oct 2010
The new Dell SC4020 array

Dell pivots to Asia with frugal flasher

Dell has revealed a new array – the SC4020 – and an aggressive plan to go after pure-play flash array vendors with a promise it will sell for under $US100,000. The SC4020 is, according to Dell storage supremo Alan Atkinson, a shrunken Compellent array. That's shrunken in a good way: everything Compellent arrays and Dell's Fluid …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Mar 2014
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Dell tanks up with hot Fluid Cache, drives databases twice as fast

Dell has extended its Compellent array's automated data tiering to place hot data in connected server's PCIe flash caches, nearly doubling database access speed, increasing user counts 6 X and lowering per user costs by 70 per cent. The news of the Fluid Cache for SAN product came at Dell's Enterprise Forum in Frankfurt. Marius …
Chris Mellor, 15 Apr 2014
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Compellent declares beginning of an era and offers dedupe

Compellent is to offer dynamic block deduplication, a move it puts down to the end of the manufacturing age and the dawn of the Facebook era. CEO Phil Soran outlined the company's plans to channel partners at the C-Drive event in Minneapolis on Monday. The pitch is that the world has transitioned from a manufacturing-focused to …
Chris Mellor, 04 May 2010
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Legal vultures swoop on Compellent

Compellent is being investigated by a law firm about potentially false and misleading statements that violated US federal securities laws. Compellent announced record third quarter 2009 results on October 28, 2009, sending its shares from nearly $18 per share to over $24 in January 2010. But on February 11 2010 it announced its …
Chris Mellor, 14 Apr 2010
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Where is Compellent's technology going?

Compellent's latest controllers are over-powered for their work and form the basis for a series of developments to help it to scale out its storage more and improve its efficiency. That's the scenario painted by people telling us they are familiar with the themes of Compellent's roadmap. Currently a Storage Centre tops out at …
Chris Mellor, 24 Nov 2010

Dell staffers head for exit armed with redundo cheques

The first wave of Dell folk to volunteer to leap from the privately owned biz with a redundancy parachute, swept over parts of the organisation last week – and by all accounts the numbers exceeded management targets. Or so say our sources close to the company, some of whom are now former Dell people that were only too happy to …
Paul Kunert, 12 Feb 2014
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Has Compellent caught a cold?

Compellent is ending seventeen quarters of revenue growth with an expected $4.3m to $4.8m sequential revenue decrease for its first 2010 quarter. CEO Phil Soran has issued reduced guidance for the quarter, saying revenues are expected to be between $31.5m and $32m, significantly lower than the forecast $35m to $37m. Last …
Chris Mellor, 09 Apr 2010
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More vultures attack Compellent

Two more legal firms have joined in the hunt to extract cash from Compellent and deliver it to aggrieved investors with a modest emolument going to the lawyers for their expenses. Robins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP is looking for aggrieved investors to join in its class action and alleges: ...throughout the Class Period, …
Chris Mellor, 15 Apr 2010

Dell spits up storage revenues after gobbling promising upstarts

Dell's storage revenues are continuing to decline as the company fails to reap the benefits of its acquisitions. EqualLogic and Compellent were great startups but the stellar growth of those two units has not translated into stellar growth for Dell's storage revenues. In its latest quarter, which finished at the end of June, the …
Chris Mellor, 21 Aug 2013
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Compellent adds file-level access to SAN

Compellent is adding integrated file-level access to its SAN product, and using Sun's open source ZFS to do so. The zNAS product is a 1U enclosure running the file access software on diskless, dual quad-core Nehalem hardware, which can be clustered in two nodes for high availability. It has 1Gbit Ethernet client access, with …
Chris Mellor, 27 Apr 2010
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Compellent pulls off a strong quarter

Compellent has shown steady growth again, recording $32.2m revenues in its third 2009 period in a 31 per cent rise on the previous quarter. The result was a 12 per cent increase on 2008's third quarter. Net income was $2.3m, up from the year-ago period's $0.46m. The company gained 136 new customers in the quarter taking its …
Chris Mellor, 29 Oct 2009
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Compellent moves to 6Gbit/s SAS interfaces

Compellent is going to give its storage array controllers more power, update its software and move to faster SAS drives. The company has been giving partners a glimpse of its roadmap at the annual C-Drive event in Minneapolis. The main events include a move to 6Gbit/s SAS interfaces and a controller hardware and software …
Chris Mellor, 05 May 2010
IMFT 25nm Flash die

Eat our dust, spinning rust: In 5 years, it'll be all flash all the time

El Reg’s futorologists have looked into the data centre storage area and foresee the banishment of disk drive spindles starting within five years. Put bluntly, disks suck. They are slow, they fail, they suck up electricity and floorspace. CIOs of companies with performance-focussed data centres don’t want disks. They look at all …
Chris Mellor, 15 Nov 2013
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Compellent extends tiering to SAS

Compellent is adding SAS disk tiers to its SAN and protecting against double drive failures with RAID 6. Storage Center 5.0 is a major evolutionary release of Compellent's array software. It adds facilities to work better with virtual servers, short-cut the initiation of a replicated disaster recovery site, simplify data …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jan 2010
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Compellent promises fast hot data and cooler temps

SAN drive array supplier Compellent is going to offer solid state drive storage (SSD) in its arrays with active and inactive data being transferred to and from the SSDs automatically. Compellent's SAN software tracks block usage and moves data blocks from slower to faster tiers of storage and back again automatically. Up until …
Chris Mellor, 23 Mar 2009

Analyse this: Gartner eyes up EVERYONE'S mid-range arrays

Gartner has rated mid-range arrays in a report - Critical Capabilities for General-Purpose, Midrange Storage Arrays - which includes the expected mainstream vendors as well as three startups. This marks the first time a reputable independent analyst agency has compared and contrasted mainstream vendor, niche supplier and startup …
Chris Mellor, 25 Mar 2014
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Compellent plans to invest its way out of tailspin

Previously impressive Compellent unveiled its results for the first quarter with lower sequential revenues and a loss. The firm intends to grow its way out of trouble with a better-managed sales process and new technology. Earlier this month Compellent surprisingly warned of lower revenues this quarter. In the last quarter of …
Chris Mellor, 30 Apr 2010
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Compellent sparkling less brightly

SAN vendor Compellent recorded its 15th consecutive quarter of growth, but only just, with revenues up 2.3 per cent sequentially for its second 2009 quarter. The figure of $28.7m was up 37 per cent on the same quarter a year ago, but only marginally increased from 2009's first quarter revenues of $28.1m, showing that the …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jul 2009
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Sweet little lies: Rumours from the flash world reach El Reg's scribe

Rumours was a great Fleetwood Mac album to listen to. Now hear this: El Reg's Storage Rumour Control has three good ones (rumours, not Fleetwood Mac albums – sadly) for your delight. The first is that IBM is developing a full DS-class flash array using FlashSystem (acquired TMS RamSan) technology. The flash modules would be …
Chris Mellor, 22 Nov 2013
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Compellent storage grid is on its way

Compellent is taking its arrays into grid-based storage for cloud computing. Its fourth generation storage controller and Live Volume "storage hypervisor" deliver the foundation for grid storage arrays deployed within and between data centres for cloud-based computing storage access. Storage Center 5.4 aggressively increases …
Chris Mellor, 22 Nov 2010
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EMC braces self for November's flashy XTremIO launchgasm

EMC is winding itself up to launch its XtremIO flash array on 14 November. This is an all-flash array, gained in EMC's XtremIO acquisition, and it will, of course, be a faster, more power-efficient and cost-efficient array than those of all the competition, with better management software, array backend and server front-end …
Chris Mellor, 30 Oct 2013
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Compellent fattens up for investors

Compellent's one-trick storage pony is getting company in the next year that will scale up, scale out, dedupe replay blocks, add support for metro-clustering, and introduce a backup/archival storage product. The company's current Storage Centre platform is an X86 controller, the SC030, running block-access Storage Centre 5.2 …
Chris Mellor, 06 May 2010
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Gartner networked storage suppliers: Behold the Reg spaghetti-graphic

Gartner’s worldwide external controller-based disk storage numbers have come in - and we’ve graphed them for all the quarters since the start of 2011. Some caveats: These are disk storage numbers; no solid state storage is included, We calculated percentage shares and any errors are ours, Hitachi/HDS revenue excludes OEM …
Chris Mellor, 20 Mar 2014
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Savvis picks Compellent for public cloud service

Savvis has picked Compellent to be its cloud storage supplier in the Spirit project to develop a virtual private data centre public cloud service. Compellent beat other vendors because its automated data movement made its storage more cost-effective and cheaper to manage. Savvis, an $850m a year revenue managed services supplier …
Chris Mellor, 13 Oct 2009
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Dell's having a fiddle with Violin Memory - but will it flash the cash?

Last week was all about the flash - with Plextor, Violin Memory, EMC, Samsung and Seagate all involved in the action. But what do you think about Dell making its dalliance with Violin Memory into something a little more permanent? Cello Bow Let's construct a staircase and see where it takes us. Step 1: In November 2012, Dell' …
Chris Mellor, 11 Mar 2013
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Compellent delivers storming quarter

SAN storage supplier Compellent has announced a storming quarter, with revenues up 84 per cent. It's also made its first profit, and is seeing continued but slowing growth. Compellent revenues for the third quarter were $24.6m, compared to Q3 2007's $13.4m. Net income was $464,000 or $0.1 per share with the same period in 2007 …
Chris Mellor, 23 Oct 2008
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Pure Storage CEO goes BALD after losing bet on firm's results

Pure Storage CEO has made good on his bet and shaved his head in response to Pure Storage’s results. The all-flash array startup boss said he’d shave his head if Pure’s sales, sales order management and shipping folks managed to double the firm’s business in the fourth quarter. They did and so Scott Dietzen’s cranial follicles …
Chris Mellor, 11 Mar 2014
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Compellent could rise into Gartner's leader box

We got hold of a Gartner magic quadrant diagram for mid-range storage arrays from late last year, showing Compellent poised to cross over into the leader's box and HP not very far inside it. Could the unthinkable happen and Compellent and HP change places? Gartner's MQ is the most famous, or notorious depending upon your point …
Chris Mellor, 17 Feb 2010
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Benchmark bods reckon NetApp storage has the edge over Isilon

Analyst outfit DCIG rates NetApp over Isilon for private cloud storage. Which comes as a bit of a surprise to The Register's storage desk. DCIG produces buyers' guides and then sells the rights to distribute these guides to vendors. This raises a suspicion that top-ranked vendors have somehow influenced their position in the …
Chris Mellor, 01 Aug 2013
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Compellent adopts solid state

At SNW in Dallas Compellent has become the first storage array vendor to follow EMC's lead and add solid state storage (SSD) to its product line. It has also added automatic cut-over to a remote site following server failover. Compellent's storage area network (SAN) arrays sell to mid-range enterprises. Its controlling software …
Chris Mellor, 13 Oct 2008

Dell greases Euro storage partners' palms with $10m

Dell is putting $10m discount dollars on the table for Western Europe channel partners who close enterprise business by the end of the year. Partners will get their cash via an additional discount of 5% on all "qualifying" orders between now and New Year’s Eve. The enterprise orders that count are Dell PowerEdge, Compellent, …
Chris Mellor, 14 Nov 2012
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The only thing holding Dell back is ... er, Mickey D himself

Uncertainty abounds at Dell's Texas HQ as Michael Dell struggles to take the company private. Sources keep whispering that there's a "plan" in the offing – but what is that plan? My personal prediction – reading the tea leaves at the bottom of the Dell teacup – is that the deeply fractured organisation wants to dance with the …
Chris Mellor, 04 Sep 2013