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Dell buys SAN array vendor Compellent for $820 million, seeks data management

Headlines: Dell aquired Compellent Technologies for $820 million, and is now looking for more storage acquisitions, with data management the top priority.

Storage channel news roundup for Dec. 8 to Dec. 15, 2010

Dell buys SAN array vendor Compellent for $820 million, seeks data management

Dell still has a storage shopping list following this week's $820 million acquisition of storage area network (SAN) array vendor Compellent Technologies, with data management the top priority.

Brad Anderson, senior vice president of Dell's enterprise product group, said during a conference call this week that Dell's storage is "as competitive as any in the market place," but it will continue to look for more investments.

"Storage will continue to be an attractive area to expand in," said Anderson. "We see opportunities to make additional storage investments, particularly around data management. We may add other components."

Read more about Dell's acquisition of Compellent in this article.

Dell object storage platform supports Simpana 9

Dell Inc. has certified CommVault Simpana 9 software with the Dell DX Object Storage Platform and the PowerVault DL Appliance.

DX customers can use Simpana 9 to automatically move data to the data archiving system and to set data retention policies. Dell also upgraded the PowerVault DL Appliance -- powered by CommVault to include the latest version of Simpana on the disk backup box. Simpana 9 includes data deduplication and supports array-based snapshots on Dell EqualLogic and PowerVault MD Array storage systems.

Find out how CommVault's Simpana data protection suite ranked in the 2010 data backup and recovery software Quality Awards survey.

Flood prompts on-the-fly data center disaster recovery plan for jet company

Jet leasing company Flight Options had to accelerate plans to replace an aging storage area network and revamp its disaster recovery (DR) site when a leaky air conditioning unit flooded out its data center. The company put an impromptu data center disaster recovery plan into effect to quickly recover data after the flood and had a new SAN up and running in less than four days.

Flight Options CIO David Davies said the September 2009 data center flood set his team back about six months in application development work but caused no downtime in the operational control center. And avoiding downtime is critical for Flight Options because its flight scheduling and maintenance records are stored on its SAN.

"We can't afford to lose our data center or an application," Davies said. "I can't remember the last time we shut something down in the middle of the day. Nine times out of 10, it's going to be at 3 or 4 a.m., and if it's more than half an hour, it's going to be a big deal."

Read the full story on this jet company's data center disaster recovery plan.

Social media strategy playing a role in IT disaster recovery planning

Experts recommend that large organizations include a social media strategy as part of their disaster recovery planning. But while using social media has clear benefits, it also comes with challenges that IT staffs need to be aware of.

There have been clear cases of how using social media has saved lives during recent large-scale disasters. When a massive 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti last January, Twitter posts helped the State Department locate and save an individual trapped under a building. And during the Colorado wildfires in September, evacuees connected with one another through social media to get more information than they could get from local mainstream media. People in Colorado distributed photos, phone numbers for volunteer organizations, and maps of evacuation zones and damage. The city of Boulder aggregated this information and provided updates on its Facebook page.

Read the full story on social media and disaster recovery planning.

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