Compellent introduces storage 'hypervisor' in upgrade

Compellent has offered a new range of features in its new version of Storage Centre

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Compellent has launched a new version of its Storage Center array aimed at offering its customers more flexibility when it comes to storage.

The company has introduced a new technology called Live Volume within the new product, Storage Centre 5.4, offering users a range of new features. The technology acts as a sort of hypervisor across two Compellent arrays simultaneously – this allows users to shift volumes between systems.

Live Volume works by providing a grid of shared storage that can be managed as if it were one, providing enterprises with a good deal more flexible storage.

By actively presenting storage to two Compellent arrays at the same time organisations can  shift volumes between systems to provide continuous data availability."Think of it as being similar to VMware's vMotion said Compellent's director of product marketing, Bob Fine.

What Live Volume brings to Compellent's customers is a more flexible way to perform data replication said Fine, offering a much more powerful way of backing up from a primary data centre."For the first time the data is available on the left and right – on both servers – providing business continuity for all sizes of companies. Underneath the covers, we're keeping a copy on both sides," said Fine.

The system offers a new range of hardware too. These include a new Series 40 controller with Intel Xeon quad-core processors; 6Gbps 2.5-inch SAS drives that are two-thirds smaller than 3Gbps 3.5-inch SAS drives and use 30 to 40 percent less power and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCOE) and 10Gb iSCSI support.

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