The musings of an IT Consultant

Jan 31 2011   10:53PM GMT

Battle of the storage!

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So as you know there was an all out bidding war for 3PAR where HP and Dell were concerned.

Well now Dell has purchased Compellent. How much? Apparently to the tune of $820 million. This was a much cheaper deal than the 3PAR acquisition. The questions is, will they be able to leverage it as good as they could have 3PAR? It’s not secret to anyone that 3PAR was Dell’s first choice.

Compellent has a “compelling” solution, pardon the pun, but 3PAR with their storage offerings and HP backing them, will not take this battle lying down. It should be interesting to see how the storage battle plays out this year.


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  • CalvinZ
    Hi Raj, I work in HP storage and have since 1990. I have a blog on storage and hit on this topic yesterday (see [A href=""]. The main point I make is that Dell paid $2.1B to buy Compellent and EqualLogic, two midmarket arrays, while HP paid $2.4B for LeftHand and 3PAR, a midmarket and enterprise array. I think it's humorous that after losing 3PAR, Michael Dell is out talking about how HP paid too much. I guess I should expect him to admit defeat. There's very little overlap between 3PAR and Compellent - so its like asking who wins a hockey game between an NHL team and a University team - they just don't play in the same league. Thanks - Calvin Zito @HPStorageGuy
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