Compellent Review

Excellent unified storage solution for the enterprise.

Valuable Features

Live Volume, Chargeback, Sync Replication (Cascade/Mixed mode), Fast Track.

Improvements to My Organization

Additional features like Live Volume, Chargeback, Sync Replication (Cascade/Mixed mode) and Fast Track makes this storage unique. Moreover, you can integrate your existing infrastructure--no matter whether it's FC or FCoE or iSCSI--with this unified storage solution. This means you don't need to buy a new storage solution for future escalation.

Room for Improvement

Improvement is a continuous process for every technology. Similarly, Compellent is improving its software (Storage Center) and releases updated version often.

Use of Solution

One and a half years.

Deployment Issues

Not yet. But matching color coding during zoning is sometimes a little bit annoying.

Stability Issues


Scalability Issues

Not yet.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Customer Service:

I don't have any complaints.

Technical Support:

Excellent. I think EMC support service is equivalent of Copilot service of Compellent. And their response time is really good.

Previous Solutions

Switched from EqualLogic because of Unified scale out architecture. You can use this storage file and block level both. Further, if you consider with others OEM like EMC for unified solution you have to consider VNX 5200/5300 above. Whereas there is no model dependency on Compllent.

Initial Setup

No issues. The installation and configuration is very simple.

Implementation Team

Yes. I did the implementation. There is no doubt about Dell's expertise level. They have really an efficient and expert group of people.

Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing

Technically I can say that day to day cost is at a considerable level. Previously I told you if you consider 5-8 years solution then it'll minimize your day to day cost. Because, later to scale up your capacity you just need to add DAE (Disk Array Enclosure). That's all. And DAE is cheaper than buying a new storage for scale up capacity.

Other Solutions Considered


Other Advice

Definitely I would like to say to all others, if you want good unified storage solution with satisfactory level ROI just go with Compellent. It'll give you flexibility, good ROI and you can integrate your existing infrastructure without facing complexity, no matter what kind of infrastructure you have (FC, iSCSI or FCoE).

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
IT Specialist I at a aerospace/defense firmReal User

Does it offer file level and block level deduplication?

28 December 15
Implementation Unit at a tech services company with 51-200 employeesReal UserTOP 5


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