Dell and Compellent, a Fit That Makes Sense

I’m sure by now you’ve picked up on some bit of news about Dell’s movement in the storage space. At least that’s how my world works. I can assure you that there is much excitement and momentum around these halls, as today we announce our intent to acquire Compellent, a leader in automated tiered storage and a company that keeps the kind of maniacal focus on its storage customers that we do.

Brad Anderson, our Enterprise Senior Vice President, went into some detail earlier this morning in his blog post about the unique value Compellent would bring to the table, but I thought it was important to also hear it directly from our General Manager, Darren Thomas. If you’re curious about how this complements our other acquisitions like Exanet and Ocarina, or if you want to know more about what this means for Dell’s intelligent infrastructure strategy, you’re in luck. He covers that here.

You might have never heard of Alvarado, Texas. It’s right next door to my stomping crowds (Crowley), so I was thrilled to see a Compellent success story come from and Independent School District in what most folks would call small town USA. Listen closely to Kyle Berger’s words as he describes the true value a customer-focused storage company can provide:

  • “streamlined processes”
  • “we can keep growing without a complete overall in what we’ve already invested in”
  • “every minute we can save managing these systems in the background is another minute that we can get back to the core business function of what we’re here to do every day.”

If you haven’t already, you really should check out more on Compellent, as they are not short on a fanatical fan base or killer technology.

Also, Dylan sat down for a take on how Compellent would gel nicely with EqualLogic, so that’s another piece of homework. Stick with us for more information on this topic moving forward. Such an exciting time to be in Dell storage!


In connection with the proposed transaction, Compellent will file a proxy statement with the SEC.  Additionally, Compellent and Dell will file other relevant materials in connection with the proposed acquisition of Compellent by Dell pursuant to the terms of the merger agreement. INVESTORS AND STOCKHOLDERS OF COMPELLENT ARE ADVISED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE, BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE MERGER AND THE PARTIES THERETO.  Investors and stockholders may obtain free copies of the proxy statement and other documents filed by the parties (when available), at the SEC’s Web site at or at Compellent’s Web site at www.  The proxy statement and such other documents may also be obtained, when available, for free from Compellent by directing such request to Investor Relations, 7625 Smetana Lane, Eden Prairie, MN 55344-3712, telephone: (415) 896-2005.  Compellent, Dell and their respective directors, executive officers and other members of management and employees, under SEC rules, may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from Compellent’s stockholders in connection with the proposed transaction.  Information concerning the interests of these persons will be set forth in the proxy statement relating to the transaction when it becomes available.

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