Designing a Persistent Hardware Architecture
sponsored by Dell Compellent

Many enterprises looking to increase the flexibility, improve the scalability, enhance the availability and reduce the costs of data storage have turned to storage area networks (SANs). Yet traditional hardware vendors have failed to deliver on the promise of SANs. By relying on proprietary hardware designs, imposing restrictions on the types of technology that can be used and prohibiting customers from mixing and matching different drive and interconnect technologies, these vendors doom their products to early obsolescence and force their customers into costly forklift upgrades.

In contrast, the Compellent® Storage Center™ SAN is designed for persistence, not obsolescence. Using an open, nonproprietary hardware architecture, the Compellent SAN enables businesses to continuously integrate new disk drive, switch and network interface technologies without having to replace existing hardware or software. Enterprises can use any combination of Compellent’s persistent hardware architecture, which is designed for flexibility, scalability and availability.

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