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Compellent Customers Win 2008 InfoWorld 100 Awards for Improving Disaster Recovery and Virtualization Services
Compellent Technologies, Inc. (NYSE Arca: CML) today announced three customers, Kansas Spine Hospital, Tidewater Marine and University of Florida’s Warrington School of Business Administration, each received an InfoWorld 100 award for their innovative disaster recovery and virtualization initiatives using the Compellent storage area network (SAN). InfoWorld’s annual awards honor companies for IT projects that exemplify intelligent and creative uses of technology to meet business and technical objectives.

“We are committed to providing customers with next-generation technology to build efficient, reliable, virtual data centers that grow with evolving business needs,” explained Bruce Kornfeld, vice president of marketing, Compellent. “Having three customers recognized by the InfoWorld 100 for their vision and technology leadership using Compellent’s Storage Center SAN is not only a huge honor, but also a testament to the innovation and interoperability behind our technology.”

As one of the nation’s first fully digital, paperless and filmless healthcare facilities, Kansas Spine Hospital needed a flexible, long-term storage solution to manage its rapidly growing patient data and provide enterprise-class disaster recovery. Mike Knocke, CIO at Kansas Spine Hospital, implemented three Compellent SANs replicating to each other and utilized automated tiered storage, thin provisioning and storage virtualization to consolidate server operations in a virtualized VMware environment.

“Kansas Spine Hospital prides itself on being one of the most technologically advanced healthcare facilities in the country, and a foundation for that is the flexibility and intelligent storage management features of the Compellent SAN,” said Mike Knocke, chief information officer, Kansas Spine Hospital. “Being recognized for one of the most innovative IT projects of the year by InfoWorld is a great honor, and one that we’re very proud to receive.”

After facing Hurricane Katrina and the devastating effects it had on its data center, Tidewater Marine, provider of maritime support services to the world’s offshore oil-drilling operations, initiated a comprehensive business continuity plan to prepare for future natural or data disasters. John Chaffe, director of IT at Tidewater Marine, employed the flexibility of Fibre Channel and iSCSI connectivity with the Compellent SAN at Tidewater’s New Orleans headquarters and its disaster recovery site in Dallas to protect critical financial and operational data.

The Warrington College of Business Administration at the University of Florida modernized its IT infrastructure, consolidating 30 stand-alone distance-learning apps onto three VMware servers and shifting its one-to-one direct-attached storage environment to a virtualized Compellent SAN architecture.

To be considered for the InfoWorld 100 award, nominated projects must use multiple technologies in innovative ways to serve well-defined business goals. "Breathing new life into outdated operations, advancing business goals with inventive use of technology -- this year's winners demonstrate, once again, that innovative, business-minded IT is the lifeblood of successful organizations," said Jason Snyder, senior editor for InfoWorld.

Winners of the InfoWorld 100 were formally announced November 17 at InfoWorld.com.

For more information about the InfoWorld 100, please visit: http://www.infoworld.com/article/08/11/17/47FE-infoworld-100-list_11.html.

Published Tuesday, December 09, 2008 6:56 PM by David Marshall
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