Given that many organizations have slashed training and travel budgets, I was impressed that 400 partners and users, along with a handful of brave analysts including this intrepid reporter, braved the Great White North to drink the Compellent Kool-Aid and network with their peers. Given that Compellent only has about 1,300 customers, and that NetApp canceled their first annual user event due to lack of interest, 400 attendees is a bunch.
Equally impressive was how wide Compellent opened the kimono laying up their roadmap through 2010. It of course included the expected features like 10-Gbps Ethernet and FCoE support (which they'll implement using a CNA rather than writing their own stack), SAS 2 drive enclosures and 2.5" drive support, but also included a few unique cool features.
That's not to say the current Storage Center software wasn't already impressive. Compellent's automatic data progression that moves data pages between tiers of storage in a Storage Center and even between the faster outer and slower inner tracks of drives dynamically, based on how frequently the page is being accessed, is already the most sophisticated way to take advantage of SSDs in a SAN array. EMC is promising their FAST implementation starting on V-MAX at some point in the near future, but Compellent's been shipping for years.
Storage Center 5.0, due later this year adds several exciting new features: