US-based storage area network (SAN) vendor, Compellent, has officially launched itself into the local marketplace, announcing aggressive plans to secure customers in the enterprise space in Australia.
The company, which has been operating out of a Melbourne-based office since the beginning of the year, currently has 25 local customers and about 40 of its SANs deployed across the country, according to its A/NZ managing director, Craig Stockdale.
Leading the company’s charge in the Australian market is its “fluid” data storage platform which integrates automated tiered storage, thin provisioning, thin replication and other virtualised storage features in one scalable system.
One customer using the offering, James Cook University, told Computerworld Austraila it had been struggling with flexibility, configuration and management.
“On our old SAN we used to have hotspots and when we expanded storage, we couldn’t reconfigure easily so we’d have to take our servers down for a number of hours and we couldn’t afford to do that,” the university’s manager of computing systems and architecture, Lee Askew, said.
Prior to running the Compellent SAN, the university was using an old Storage Tech service, Askew said.
“It was a solid service but it had a number of issues that we found as a result of how we build our SANs,” he said. “We build SANs on a block level so we buy a little bit at a time and trying to reconfigure than SAN to do what we wanted later on was very difficult.”
Since moving to its new SAN the university had cut down on its storage management costs, Askew said.