Dell Launches New Compellent, EqualLogic Storage Offerings

The tech giant is rapidly building its storage capabilities as it continues its push to become a complete IT solutions vendor.

Dell is expanding the capabilities of its Compellent storage platform, including a new Compellent unified NAS-SAN offering and expanding its Fluid File System to the Compellent portfolio.

The new offerings are part of a larger rollout of new and enhanced technologies unveiled June 12 at the Dell Storage Forum event in Boston that also touch upon other areas of Dell's rapidly growing storage lineup, including EqualLogic, Powervault and AppAssure.

The show is designed to highlight Dell's efforts to expand upon and integrate the various storage technologies the company has inherited through a number of acquisitions in recent years in the space, from Compellent and 3Par to Ocarina Networks, RNA Neworks and -- in February -- AppAssure and as it winds down its partnership with EMC.

Dell is seeing its storage efforts pay off. Executives last month said that in the first three months of 2012, revenues for Dell-owned storage products were up 24 percent, although -- due to some leftover EMC-related sales--total storage revenue fell 8 percent.

During keynote addresses the day before at the show, Brad Anderson, president of Dell's Enterprise Solutions Group, and Darren Thomas, vice president and general manager of Dell Storage, both talked about the crucial role storage is playing in the company's high-profile transformation into an end-to-end IT solutions provider with a portfolio that differs from those of rivals, such as Hewlett-Packard, EMC and Cisco Systems.

Speaking of the converged data center solution unveiled June 11 -- an announcement that included new storage offerings -- Anderson said: "There's no reason storage should be left out of the converged solutions trend ."

This article was originally published on 06-12-2012
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