By Ann Silverthorn
DataCore Software recently began shipping its SANmelody 2.0 “disk server” software. The new release provides the benefits of virtual capacity to small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), allowing them to combine virtual servers and virtual storage in a single infrastructure. DataCore claims SANmelody 2.0 results in less-costly and more-efficient storage management.
DataCore claims several industry firsts with this announcement. For example, the software works with any network and any vendor’s disk subsystems. “If you wanted thin-provisioning features in the past, you had to buy a 3PAR or Network Appliance box,” says Teixeira. In contrast, DataCore allows “auto-grow” (thin provisioning) virtual capacity that works with disk arrays from any vendor.
SANmelody also provides iSCSI fail-over between disk servers on Ethernet. (The software also works in Fibre Channel SAN environments).
Pricing starts at less than $900 for a “virtual capacity” option on top of SANmelody’s base capabilities, which are priced at about $1,500.
Additional features of the software include the following:
- Support for Microsoft Windows Server 2003 storage services, such as Virtual Disk Services (VDS), Volume Shadow Copy Services (VSS), and Multipath I/O (MPIO). Administrators benefit because they can use a standard methodology for disk services, snapshots, and multi-path redundancy;
- Ability to build hybrid iSCSI NAS/SAN appliances and systems through support of Microsoft Windows Storage Server platforms;
- Capability to migrate, import, and manage existing live data that resides on Windows file system volumes through the use of a Microsoft Windows volume pass-through feature;
- iSCSI and IP SAN security features;
- Support for Microsoft Clusters; and
- Windows Wizard installation process.
From a virtualization and storage services perspective, DataCore competes with vendors such as FalconStor Software and StoreAge Networking Technologies.