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Compellent Adds SAN Wizard

Compellent is claiming a breakthrough in SAN management with a new boot-from-SAN wizard for its Storage Center systems. (See Compellent Deploys Software.)

Like most SAN vendors, Compellent already had boot-from-SAN, which allows servers in rack or blade setups to be reconfigured from a SAN, rather than from other servers. Users can reduce the number of disk-based servers they need to support multiple server configurations for testing or disaster recovery. (See IP SANs Get the 'Boot'.)

Up to now, though, Compellent Storage Center users had to find available disk images or hardware manually, create a system image for each server or virtual server, and then load those images one-at-a-time.

Compellent says the new feature, Server Instant Replay, automatically finds available hardware and disk images. It takes six clicks to assign a common boot image across multiple disks, Compellent claims, and servers boot in about 10 minutes.

Server Instant Replay supports boot-from-SAN for Fibre Channel and iSCSI and supports virtualization from Microsoft, VMare, and Novell. No agent software is required.

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