DataCore Looks to Soothe Midmarket Storage Virtualization Pain Points

by Amy Newman

The latest version of DataCore's SANsymphony looks to mitigate virtualization's impact on storage and simplify its management. Can it deliver?

DataCore Monday released SANsymphony-V, the next generation of its storage virtualization software solution. DataCore is no stranger to virtualization, and virtualzation is no stranger to storage. This latest release brings them together in a way they hadn't been previously.

InfoStor reports on the release, which it describes as "designed specifically for virtual server and/or virtual desktop environments (although SANsymphony-V can also be used in physical environments, as well as a mix of virtual and physical)."

Two years in the making, SANsymphony-V seeks to remove the pain points storage brings to virtualization, particularly as it relates to financial and operational goals of virtualization initiatives. Unlike other storage management offerings, SANsymphony-V software requires no new hardware -- data centers can use their current equipment and any standardized storage device.

The secret sauce is adaptive caching, which is all in the software, eliminating the I/O bottlenecks by absorbing dramatically variable workloads. It works with Synchronous mirroring to remove storage as a single point of failure and disruption.

Shared virtual disks in the middle enable asynchronous replication to route data over to a disaster recovery site using any storage equipment, DataCore President and CEO George Teixeira told ServerWatch.

Just as vital as the functionality is its ease of use. Teixeira believes this solution has strong appeal to adminis who "don't have time to go to training, and want to learn something once and apply it across their entire infrastrutcture."

DataCore describes SANsymphony-V as "an enterprise-class solution designed to meet mid-market practicalities." Teixeira pointed out that in this sweetspot oftentimes admins don't have the skills necessary to manage many of the longstanding storage solutions.

Hence, a solution designed to do the heavy lifting for them and provide "sophistication without the complexity," Teixeira said.

With virtualization increasingly finding its way into midsize enterprises, and growing deployments resulting in greater storage needs, this is a sweetspot more than likely to grow quickly.

Amy Newman is the senior managing editor of Internet.com's server vertical. She has been covering virtualization since 2001, and is the coauthor of Practical Virtualization Solutions, published by Pearson in 2009.

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This article was originally published on Friday Feb 4th 2011
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