DataCore Extends SANsymphony-V to the Cloud

Posted on October 04, 2011 By Stuart J. Johnston

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DataCore Software announced Tuesday that it has enhanced its SANsymphony-V storage hypervisor product to enable users to store less-important data to be automatically in the cloud, leaving more space on local storage infrastructure for high-priority data.

SANsymphony-V storage hypervisor provides a comprehensive set of storage control and monitoring functions that provide a transparent, virtual layer across consolidated disk pools.

It manages and optimizes different levels of storage, including memory, solid-state drives (SSD), and hard-disk drives (HDD) so that the most appropriate data is stored in the most appropriate tiers -- and now SANsymphony-V also works with cloud storage tiers, according to DataCore.

"Basically, DataCore's SANsymphony-V storage hypervisor has a function called auto-tiering which can set and prioritize data storage tiers ... [so that] enterprises [can] keep their most often used, important data close to them where they can access it easily," a DataCore spokesperson told InfoSTOR in an email.

"The problem, until now, [has been the lack of] the ease in doing this and storage costs ... The cloud is an ideal option because of its low storage costs," the spokesperson added.

The latest enhancement to SANsymphony-V enables the suite to access cloud storage using auto-tiering via TwinStrata's CloudArray cloud storage virtual gateway appliance.

"CloudArray is the gateway technology from TwinStrata [that] enables the data to be sent to cloud service providers," the DataCore spokesperson said. That includes AT&T Synaptic Storage as a Service, Amazon Web Services, EMC Atmos cloud storage, Windstream Hosted Solutions, PEER1, Nirvanix, and OpenStack.

"With the transparent integration of CloudArray, DataCore customers use what they believe are on-premise iSCSI disks whose contents are located remotely on a cloud storage provider of their choice," DataCore's statement said.

"This allows less critical tiered storage, backups and archive data to be cost-effectively placed in cloud storage that can grow almost limitlessly and with pay-as-you-go tiers, while offering additional savings in space, power and cooling," the statement added.

As an introduction, DataCore is making an offer to its storage hypervisor customers of a free 1 TB version of the CloudArray cloud storage gateway software for SANsymphony-V.

Stuart J. Johnston is a contributing editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals. Follow him on Twitter @stuartj1000.


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