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Compellent bundles VMware SRM for disaster recovery; more storage news

Compellent sells VMware SRM with Storage Center systems; Xiotech, Silver Peak and others create VDI alliance; Isilon joins Microsoft Partner Solutions Center (MPSC); and other data storage news.

Compellent Technologies Inc. said it's bundling VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager (SRM) with Compellent Storage Center SAN arrays to help enable disaster recovery (DR).

VMware SRM can help Storage Center customers automatically move and recover data to and from a DR site. Pricing for a Storage Center 5.4 configuration with VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager starts at approximately $88,000.

Storage vendors start VDI alliance

GlassHouse Technologies Inc., Pano Logic, Silver Peak Systems Inc., Virsto Software and Xiotech Corp. and have formed the VDI Coalition focused on helping customers accelerate deployment of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). The group's charter is to develop solution architectures and best practices that will provide customers with a blueprint for optimizing VDI in their environment. The group will hold its first meeting in January.

Isilon partners with Microsoft

Scale-out NAS vendor a href="">Isilon Systems Inc., which is in the process of being acquired by EMC Corp., has joined the Microsoft Partner Solutions Center (MPSC). Isilon said it would work with Microsoft to develop integrated solutions for Microsoft Hyper-V, Windows Azure, and Microsoft's products for media and telecommunications. EMC announced last month it intends to acquire Isilon for $2.25 billion, and expects the deal to close by the end of the year.

Fujitsu sells 1 TB removable disk cartridges

Fujitsu said it will sell Tandberg Data's 1 TB RDX cartridge with Fujitsu Primergy servers. Fujitsu has sold Tandberg's RDX removable disk cartridge under an OEM deal since 2007, and now offers removable drives from 160 GB to 1 TB.

Survey: File restores take up IT time

According to Quantum Corp.'s 2010 IT Manager Survey, organizations spend an average of 131 hours a year on file restores and 65% of respondent firms restore files at least once a week. The average file restore takes nearly 90 minutes, according to the survey of 300 IT managers in North America.

Nexsan hires VP of marketing

Nexsan Corp. appointed Victoria Grey as senior vice president of marketing to oversee the vendor's corporate and channel marketing, public relations, field marketing, promotions, events, branding, product marketing, social media, advertising, communications, Web presence, and demand and lead generation.

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