SOURCE: Compellent Technologies

Compellent Technologies

March 15, 2010 09:43 ET

Compellent Wins Network World's 2010 Best of the Tests Award for Storage

Industry-Leading Approach to Automated Tiered Storage Cited as a Key Factor

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN--(Marketwire - March 15, 2010) - Compellent's (NYSE: CML) Storage Center was named a 2010 Best of the Tests award winner by IDG's Network World magazine for its superior performance in a hands-on test.

Due to the combination of high performance, ease of use and robust feature set, which includes thin provisioning, continuous snapshots and block-level automated tiered storage, Compellent's Storage Center storage area network (SAN) was named to the 2010 Best of the Tests list in the storage category.

Network World commended Compellent Storage Center for the following
features:

-- Intuitive interface providing ease-of-use
-- Good value and high performance
-- Support for SSDs, 8Gbps Fibre Channel and 10Gbps iSCSI
-- Data Progression, Compellent's automated tiered storage application

News Highlights

-- Compellent Storage Center - The Compellent Storage Center SAN provides
   a Fluid Data™ storage solution that automates the movement and
   management of data, allowing organizations to constantly adapt to
   change, reduce IT costs and protect data against downtime and disaster.
   Fluid Data storage is enabled by a dynamic architecture that actively
   and intelligently manages data at a more granular level. Compellent
   combines a powerful data movement engine, virtualized software
   applications and an agile hardware platform to redefine efficiency,
   productivity and protection in a scalable enterprise storage solution.

-- Best of the Tests - The 2010 Best of the Tests program began more than
   15 years ago and honors 11 recipients and four honorable mentions
   across 11 product categories.

-- Network World - Network World is the premier source of objective,
   authoritative reviews of enterprise networking products. The 10-member
   Network World Lab Alliance consists of the top independent test labs in
   the industry. Year-long testing culminates with the Best of the Tests
   Awards. These products are profiled in the annual Best Products package
   every February.

Supporting Quotes

-- Compellent is proud to be named the top storage system by Network
   World," said Phil Soran, CEO, Compellent. "As our Fluid Data
   architecture continues to be recognized in high-profile industry outlets
   like Network World, our profile continues to grow as a leading
   enterprise storage provider that delivers intelligent data management
   for customers."

-- [Compellent's] data progression feature...automatically migrates the
   most-used data on the system to the fastest storage. This feature makes
   the best use of the fastest storage on the system, whether 15k drives
   or SSDs, with little or no effort on the part of the administrator.
   Mature, easy to use and operating at the block level, it is more usable
   than the recently released and widely publicized LUN-level automated
   storage tiering from one of the big names in SAN technology."
   - Network World, "Best of the Tests 2010," February 22, 2010

-- The biggest differentiator for Compellent may be its ease of use.
   While most SAN systems offer similar functionalities, a system that can
   set up remote replication over the Internet to another SAN in six mouse
   clicks is noteworthy. Add to that a good value and high performance,
   with support for SSDs, 8Gbps Fibre Channel and 10Gbps iSCSI and you have
   a winner." - Network World, "Best of the Tests 2010," February 22, 2010

-- Our editorial team, working with the independent labs in the Network
   World Lab Alliance, conceived of and conducted product tests in a
   range of areas throughout 2009, and ultimately the best of the best
   emerged to earn this final award," said John Dix, editor in chief,
   Network World. "We're proud to anoint this fresh crop of winners because
   the category winners are all quality, innovative products that address
   the needs of our enterprise IT audience."

Additional Information:

-- View the Best of the Tests results on Networkworld.com at www.networkworld.com/bestproducts/2010/022210-best-of-tests.html

-- More information on Data Progression, Compellent's Automated Tiered Storage software, at www.compellent.com/Products/Software/Automated-Tiered-Storage.aspx

-- Compellent Newsroom at www.compellent.com/news

-- Compellent Fluid Data product information

-- Compellent 's "Fluid Data" video

-- Twitter newsfeed: @Compellent

-- Compellent's Around the Block blog

About Compellent

Compellent Technologies (NYSE: CML) provides Fluid Data storage solutions that automate the movement and management of data at a granular level, enabling organizations to constantly adapt to change, slash costs and secure information against downtime and disaster. This patented, built-in storage intelligence delivers significant efficiency, scalability and flexibility. With an all-channel sales network in 35 countries, Compellent is one of the fastest growing enterprise storage companies in the world. For more information and news, visit www.compellent.com and www.compellent.com/news.

About the Best of the Tests

Technology vendors have the opportunity to participate in unbiased product test and review through the Network World Clear Choice tests. The editorial team and the lab alliance determine the "hot" technology categories of the year and solicit products to participate in the test. Throughout the year the winners of the categories receive Clear Choice recognition and at the end of the year, the Clear Choice recipients with the highest scores receive the title of Best of the Tests. Additional information about the Clear Choice and Best of the Tests programs can be found at: http://www.networkworld.com/reviews/.

About Network World

Network World is the premier provider of information, intelligence and insight for Network and IT Executives responsible for the digital nervous system of the connected enterprise: the network. With an editorial focus on delivering news, opinion and analytical tools for key decision makers who architect, deploy and manage business solutions -- Network World offers a unique and powerful combination of audiences and resources across Online, Print and Events to meet your marketing objectives. Network World, an IDG company, publishes Network World, hosts active online communities (www.networkworld.com, and www.demo.com), and produces educational seminars and events worldwide including IT Roadmap and DEMO.

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