Dell has completed the acquisition of Compellent Technologies and bought its way into the virtualisation datacentre business that it missed out on when it lost the 3PAR bidding war with HP.
Dell said that the purchase will give customers a unified architecture that supports a range of drive types, including SSDs, fibre channel, serial ATA and SCSI and NAS systems, and that the vendor has boosted its mid-range portfolio by increasing iSCSI scalability to 1,000TB or more.
"The Compellent storage platform will enable Dell to provide customers with additional mid- and high-end network storage solutions that simplify and reduce the cost of data management," said Brad Anderson, senior vice president of Dell's Enterprise Product Group, when the deal was confirmed in December.
"Compellent's focus on intelligently managing data to increase efficiency, agility and resiliency is consistent with Dell's approach of building solutions that can quickly scale to meet the most demanding enterprise environments."
Dell paid $820m (£517m) for Compellent, which is considerably less than the $2.3bn (£1.4bn) that HP laid out for 3PAR.
Dell said that Compellent's data tiering technology is the most advanced in the industry, and will let Dell offer storage solutions at good value prices.
Brad Anderson, senior vice president for Dell's Enterprise Product Group, explained that the firm will continue to invest in data solutions, and is happy to welcome Compellent into the fold.
"Compellent complements our storage portfolio by providing next-generation storage solutions and proactive support that help enterprise customers optimise and automate the management and protection of data," he said.
"Dell continues to invest in areas that help customers efficiently manage massive data growth and provide the leading enterprise solutions for the virtual era."
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