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Solution providers praised the planned enhancements to the Dell Compellent Storage Center, especially the adoption of a 64-bit operating system.
Bill Parker, senior systems engineer at Davenport Group, a St. Paul, Minn.-based solution provider and long-time Compellent partner, called the coming 64-bit operating system fantastic because it will allow the provisioning of much more storage capacity.
"We're now at the limit of what we can do," Parker said. "We already have customers ask what can be done to expand beyond the 32-bit operating system."
The Compellent Storage Center already had very successful automated storage tiering capabilities, said Bernard Westwood, CFO of Syscom, an Atlanta-based solution provider and Dell partner.
"A 64-bit operating system should really help improve tiering performance," Westwood said.
Patrick Mulvee, vice president of sales and marketing at Sidepath, an Irvine, Calif.-based solution provider and Dell partner, said that in addition to the improvements which will stem from the 64-bit operating system, he is looking forward to seeing Dell's Ocarina deduplication and compression technology integrated into the Compellent Storage Center.
"Compellent's message has always been, do more with less, thanks to its storage provisioning capability," Mulvee said. "That's a huge value. Compellent will be able to continue that value when we say to our customers we can now dedupe primary storage. That's a real home run."
Sonia St. Charles, Davenport Group CEO, said that Compellent's acquisition by Dell has only helped speed up innovation of the Storage Center.
"All the things on the roadmap will get even better because of the resources Dell is putting behind Compellent," St. Charles said.