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Compellent and Virtual Iron Target Mid-Market with Easy-to-Use
Compellent (www.compellent.com) and Virtual Iron Software (www.virtualiron.com) today announced they are teaming to deliver enterprise-class server and storage virtualization capabilities to the mainstream market and enable more users to take advantage of the significant benefits of virtual infrastructure management. The companies will collaborate on joint marketing, sales and product development aimed at small and medium-sized organizations, such as the Office of the Attorney General of South Carolina and PGA TOUR Superstores, looking to reduce the cost and complexity of their IT infrastructure.

By deploying Compellent virtualized storage with Virtual Iron server virtualization technology, users gain a simple, flexible and cost-effective virtualized infrastructure that easily adapts to changing business requirements. The combined capabilities help organizations easily apply virtualization for improvements in resource utilization, simplified patch management and back-up, and more cost-effective disaster recovery and capacity management.

The South Carolina Office of the Attorney General recently implemented Virtual Iron Infrastructure and Compellents SAN for data consolidation and recovery. The ease of use of the solution is allowing the IT department to focus resources on an electronic document archive system that will house relevant legal opinions dating to 1856--without adding a single staff member.

Since we maintain vast amounts of digitized briefs, correspondence, evidence, and other case documents, we needed fast access and quick data recovery to effectively prosecute crime at all judicial levels in South Carolina, said Sandee Sprang, director of information technology of the Office of the Attorney General. Combining Virtual Iron and Compellent server and storage virtualization features has helped us deliver better utilization, comprehensive archiving and faster service for the attorneys, administration and staff serving our constituents.

After evaluating the features, functionality and pricing of server and storage virtualization products from other vendors, Virtual Iron and Compellent were easy choices, said Gentry Ganote, CIO of PGA TOUR Superstores. With Virtual Iron and Compellent, we can now easily manage our servers and storage and benefit from a level of cost savings, reliability and ease of deployment previously not available from our physical server environment. The performance of the Virtual Iron virtual machines is outstanding and weve seamlessly integrated our blade servers and the Compellent SAN.

Virtual Iron provides an enterprise-class virtualization and virtual infrastructure management platform for one-fifth the cost of comparable alternatives. Compellent provides a modular, virtualized storage system that enables a virtual infrastructure environment to enhance storage utilization, data protection, disaster recovery and virtualized server availability. Together, Virtual Iron and Compellent can provide organizations the ability to consolidate hardware to help reduce capital expenses and become more agile at the same time by:

  • automating service level agreement management - allowing workloads to receive the capacity they need when needed, without administrative intervention;
  • simplifying business continuity - allowing workloads and data to be replicated remotely without complex infrastructure;
  • speeding patch management - allowing administrators to test patches on live systems and roll back if necessary.

Compellent's storage virtualization can easily accommodate the large number of applications that can run on Virtual Iron Infrastructure. Advanced SAN features such as Compellent Automated Tiered Storage and Thin Replication help further lower storage costs and enable continuous data availability for virtualized environments

"Compellent and Virtual Iron create a powerful end-to-end virtualization solution that promises to simplify server and storage management, improve utilization and drive costs out of data centers," said Bruce Kornfeld, vice president of marketing for Compellent. Compellent continues to extend the benefits of storage throughout the enterprise by significantly reducing costs and administrative overhead, enabling customers to focus on initiatives such as server consolidation through Virtual Iron virtualization technology.

Together, Virtual Iron and Compellent deliver affordable, production-ready virtualization and management solutions to the mainstream market, said Mike Grandinetti, chief marketing officer at Virtual Iron Software. "Compellents flexible, easy-to-deploy storage solutions combined with Virtual Irons advanced virtual infrastructure management and workload migration capabilities, enable users of all sizes to leverage the full power and ROI of server virtualization.

Published Wednesday, June 27, 2007 6:08 AM by David Marshall
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