7. Compellent: While EqualLogic brought Dell into iSCSI storage, Compellent brought Dell a midrange block storage system that supports the other storage protocol, Fibre Channel. The Compellent acquisition eventually led to EMC and Dell parting ways after a 10-year partnership.
With the loss of EMC as a partner, Dell was lacking for a high-end storage product within its portfolio. Dell lost a bidding war to HP for storage vendor 3Par, which competes against EMC's Symmetrix storage arrays. That may have been for the best. According to storage analyst Howard Marks, "While 3Par was aspirational, it would have helped Dell sell to customers buying Symmetrix. Compellent competes against EMC's Clariion product line, which was the bulk of what Dell was reselling from EMC. "
Dell doesn't have a storage array to fit the needs of the largest enterprises that need petabytes of storage, but the company has been discussing adding federation to its Compellent storage systems, which could address the need by simultaneously adding resiliency and capacity.
Mike Fratto is a principal analyst at Current Analysis, covering the Enterprise Networking and Data Center Technology markets. Prior to that, Mike was with UBM Tech for 15 years, and served as editor of Network Computing. He was also lead analyst for InformationWeek Analytics ... View Full Bio