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Compellent Wins Third Consecutive Infoworld Technology of the Year Award

Storage Center Honored for Enterprise-Class Features, High Performance and Ease-of-Use

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN -- (Marketwire) -- 01/18/10 -- Compellent Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: CML) wins the InfoWorld 2010 Technology of the Year award for its storage area network (SAN), making this the third consecutive time the product has been acknowledged as a leader in the storage industry. The Compellent SAN offers enterprise features, such as automated tiered storage, advanced virtualization, thin provisioning, continuous snapshots and thin replication enabling fluid data management for enterprises of all sizes.

Selected by IDG's InfoWorld Test Center editors and reviewers, the annual awards identify the best and most innovative products on the IT landscape. Not all categories are judged every year and the SAN award is given out every other year. Winners are selected from all of the products tested during the past year, with the final selections made by InfoWorld's Test Center staff. All products reviewed by the Test Center are eligible to win.

"InfoWorld Technology of the Year award winners are not just the best products in their class, but the products that are leading the way in the technology categories that businesses and IT professionals should care most about," said Doug Dinely, Executive Editor/Test Center, InfoWorld. "These are the products that are changing the way businesses operate and how people work."

The Compellent SAN was chosen for the way it combines enterprise-class features, great performance over Fibre Channel or iSCSI and remarkable ease-of-use. As stated by InfoWorld Test Center, even untrained administrators can effectively manage their storage system with the Compellent SAN's intuitive wizards. More experienced personnel can use the simple command line scripting interface to provision multiple LUNs with one step. In giving the award to Compellent, InfoWorld also emphasized that "in virtualization environments, cloning drives to make new VMs is very easy and quick, and protecting critical VMs via replication to a second array is a snap."

"InfoWorld is one of the most influential and respected IT resources available, and we're thrilled to receive the Technology of the Year Award recognition again," said Bruce Kornfeld, vice president of marketing, Compellent. "It is truly an honor to have the editors and reviewers recognize how Compellent's unique approach to storage is helping IT departments be more efficient and reduce storage costs through the life of a system."

For more information on why Compellent was selected for the InfoWorld Technology of the Year Award, visit www.compellent.com/bestsan.

Winners of the InfoWorld 2010 Technology of the Year Awards were formally announced January 5 at InfoWorld.com.

About Compellent

Compellent is a leading provider of enterprise-class network storage solutions that are highly scalable, feature-rich and designed to be easy to use and cost effective. Compellent Technologies' principal offices are located in Eden Prairie, Minn. For more information, please visit: http://www.compellent.com.

About InfoWorld Media Group

InfoWorld Media Group helps IT Decision Makers choose the right technology, within the context of a cohesive strategy for business impact at their organizations. InfoWorld identifies and promotes emerging technology segments that add unique value for the organizations that implement them, as well as the vendors that provide those solutions. Using an integrated communications approach including online, events, research, and a continued investment in an independent Test Center, InfoWorld analysts and editors provide hands-on analysis and evaluation, as well as expert commentary on issues surrounding emerging technologies and products. Visit InfoWorld at http://www.infoworld.com.

About International Data Group

International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, events, and research company. IDG's online network includes more than 450 web sites spanning business technology, consumer technology, digital entertainment and video games worldwide. IDG also publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers in 85 countries. IDG's media brands include CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Macworld, Network World, and PC World. IDG's lead-generation service, IDG Connect, matches technology companies with an audience of engaged, high-quality IT professionals, influencers, and decision makers. IDG is a leading producer of more than 750 technology-related events including Macworld Conference & Expo, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, Entertainment for All Expo (E for All), DEMO, Storage Networking World, and IDC Directions. IDC, a subsidiary of IDG, is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events. Over 900 IDC analysts in more than 90 countries provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends.

Additional information about IDG, a privately held company, is available at http://www.idg.com.

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