December 11, 2008 09:53 ET
Compellent Automates Data Storage Administration for Microsoft® Enterprise Users With Command Set for Windows PowerShell™
EDEN PRAIRIE, MN--(Marketwire - December 11, 2008) -
-- Compellent Technologies, Inc. (NYSE Arca: CML) today announced the
availability of its Storage Center Command
Set for Microsoft Windows
PowerShell, designed to automate management and recovery of Compellent
data storage and Windows enterprise environments including Windows Server
2008 Hyper-V platforms.
-- Compellent is one of the first storage area network (SAN) vendors to
integrate Windows PowerShell scripting with the efficiency of virtualized
storage to accelerate server and storage management.
-- For example, an enterprise deploying 50 new servers typically must image
all the servers, provision storage volumes, create new user accounts
and configure snapshots for backup and recovery -- a process that can
be highly repetitive and manual. With Compellent's Command Set,
administrators can create scripts with PowerShell commands ("cmdlets") to
automate all the steps to significantly reduce the time and effort.
-- The Compellent-developed Storage Center Command Set for PowerShell
comprises more than 60 cmdlets for streamlining tasks such as:
- Creating storage for Microsoft Exchange e-mail environments
- Mapping storage to each node in high-availability clusters
- Booting new servers from the Compellent SAN to recover
quickly from data loss, or speed testing, development and deployment
- Automatically migrating, cloning and monitoring hundreds of virtual
machines across a virtualized data center.
-- Detailed documentation includes sample scripts for common operations,
including syntax and sample usage.
-- Compellent's PowerShell community forum
provides customers the ability to share best practices with their peers for
Command Set for Windows PowerShell script development, a script repository,
Compellent-moderated discussion groups, and other user-driven features.
Additional resources will be available to customers in the coming months.
-- The Storage Center Command Set for Windows PowerShell version 4.1 is
available immediately to customers without charge from Compellent. Windows
PowerShell, which supports Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008
Hyper-V among other platforms, is available as a free download from
-- "The scripting enhancements to the Compellent SAN give users greater
administrative control in Windows data centers and can help speed
installation, migration and recovery of their applications and data," said
Bruce Kornfeld, vice president of marketing, Compellent. "Compellent's
Command Set for PowerShell and peer-to-peer network will help customers
spend their time more efficiently by accelerating automation rather than
being bogged down in repetitive enterprise management."
-- "System administration is a time-intensive task in a large virtual
environment, but with tools like the Storage Center Command Set for Windows
PowerShell, we're now able to create Windows server volumes in just
minutes, rather than days," said Ryan Jones, product manager, Maximum ASP,
a Microsoft Gold Certified Web hosting and IT services provider. "By
integrating Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V, PowerShell and the Compellent
SAN, we've been able to upgrade our end-user offerings, and launch our
latest virtualization solution, MaxV. As a result, we can offer all
customers a complete service portfolio, while simultaneously reducing our
hardware costs by 70 percent and dramatically increasing efficiency."
-- Web site: Compellent
Storage Center Command Set for PowerShell
-- Whitepaper: "Compellent Storage Center Command Set for Windows
4 Ways to Save Time and Cut Costs"
-- Compellent and Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization resources: Microsoft Virtualization Solution Partner page
-- Microsoft Gold Certified Partner
and Compellent Alliances
News and Compellent's "Around
the Block" Blog
Compellent is a leading provider of enterprise-class network storage
solutions that are highly scalable, feature rich, and designed to be easy
to use and cost effective. Compellent Technologies' principal offices are
located in Eden Prairie, Minn. For more information, please visit: