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SANsymphony-V Targets Sluggish Storage

Storage: Can't live with it, can't live without it. DataCore Software, which knows a lot about storage, is trying to make it less obtrusive and expensive to live with in virtualized environments via SANsymphony-V, which works on existing data center equipment and storage devices to eliminate sluggish I/O bottlenecks that degrade the virtualization user experience.

Designed for mid-market end users and solution providers familiar with Windows Server administration, SANsymphony-V decouples virtual infrastructures from their underlying disks works through the use of adaptive caching and performance-boosting techniques and optimizing I/O responses obtained from standard storage devices that might have otherwise been replaced. In this open environment, users can make their best deals among competitive suppliers when they need to expand storage capacity.

According to DataCore president and CEO George Teixeira, "DataCore doesn't have to rip and replace your storage infrastructure, so you save on capex and reduce your TCO over the long term." He goes on to note that the product also cuts operational costs by instituting best practices via automation and guided workflows.

In addition to accelerating the transition between physical and virtual machines by putting to full use the disk drives and data mounted on the original systems, SANsymphony-V also offers a device-independent feature set that includes disk pooling, synchronous mirroring, asynchronous remote replication, non-disruptive disk migrations, and low-impact, online snapshots. Integrated continuous data protection (CDP) and multi-site recovery and traffic-compressing replication help protect workloads and avoid disruptions.

Software licenses for a fully redundant, high-availability configuration start under $10,000 U.S.D., including annual 24x7 technical support.

DataCore also released the results of a benchmark test describing the performance of a configuration of 220 virtual desktops running on low-cost servers that cuts hardware costs to approximately $32.41 per desktop, including the storage infrastructure. The company says the low dollar figure is achieved using a configuration with dual mode, cross-mirrored high availability storage.

"This configuration uses the VSI benchmark and is based on DataCore's SANmelody software and the Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization platform. DataCore expects similar results with ESX and will publish those results when they become available," the company said.

Posted by Bruce Hoard on 01/31/2011 at 12:48 PM


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