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Compellent storage systems selected by Microsoft

Compellent Technologies, Inc., a provider of enterprise-class network storage solutions, today announced that Microsoft Corporation has selected the Compellent storage area network as a storage component of the Microsoft Partner Solution Center's (MPSC) virtual data centre and disaster recovery strategy.

The company states that the Microsoft Partner Solution Center is installing two Compellent storage area networks to host an array of applications to support proof-of-concept testing, architectural design and other initiatives including Compellent's remote replication for data and disaster recovery.

MPSC architects plan to test and showcase technology solutions for customers, business units and partners, based on Microsoft platforms such as Windows Server 2008 on the Compellent SAN.

It explains that as a sponsor-level partner, Compellent will work with the MPSC to help design and validate technology offerings that benefit Microsoft customers and business units.

Their specialists will demonstrate real-world environment testing using the MPSC's data centre, training rooms, briefing rooms and labs. In addition, they will invite storage customers to participate in executive briefings held at the MPSC.

"Compellent continues to deliver the most efficient virtualized storage system to help customers realize the promise of virtual data centers based on platforms such as Microsoft's upcoming release of Hyper-V," said Bruce Kornfeld, vice president of marketing, Compellent.

"We are pleased to be chosen by the MPSC for its new data center and are committed to making advances in data storage utilization and power efficiencies that can exceed the needs of Microsoft's customer base worldwide."

"Since Compellent proved itself in ease-of-use, utilization, scalability and 'green' efficiencies in a number of projects here at the MPSC, when it came time for us to redesign and virtualize our data center, it was an easy choice to add the Compellent SAN" said David Hayes, director of the Microsoft Partner Solutions Center.

"We believe the Compellent storage systems will not only enable the MPSC to expand our own operations but also enable both companies to demonstrate more efficient and sophisticated storage platforms for the Microsoft community. We look forward to the continued collaboration with Compellent."

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