DataCore Automates Large Scale Cloud Storage

By Pedro Hernandez

DataCore is laying claim to launching the "the storage hypervisor for the cloud" with the release of the company's SANsymphony-V 9.0 storage software.

The latest version of the SANsymphony-V storage virtualization platform debuts with features tailored to the cloud service provider market and large data centers mulling a switch to cloud infrastructures. New capabilities include "IaaS modules," which integrate with VMware and Microsoft hypervisors to dynamically allocate and reclaim virtual disk storage.

The goal, says DataCore Software CEO, George Teixeira, is to imbue large cloud storage environments with new levels of automation and intelligence while minimizing manual intervention. It's a way to extend the self-service model made popular by cloud services to the storage management aspect of keeping those services up and running.

"IaaS modules supported by SANsymphony-V 9.0 orchestrate the dynamic coordination between the catalog choices subscribers see and the storage devices enlisted to meet their needs," states Teixeira in a company release. He adds, "It's what makes cloud storage work unattended."

The company also has its sights set on large-scale cloud deployments with resiliency features like N+1 redundant grid support that enables automatic migration of workloads in anticipation of planned and unplanned outages.

"In effect, a configuration that requires two storage virtualization nodes to handle peak workloads is configured with an active third node to which information is mirrored. The third node is able to take over transparently for any of the others," says DataCore.

As the cloud storage environment grows, the system scales accordingly by seamlessly accommodating more nodes, says DataCore. Scalability also factors into the software's hardware-agnostic architecture that also supports automatic tiering and load balancing to manage and optimize storage as more of it is brought online.

Mark Peters, a senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group, said he believes DataCore makes a compelling case.

"It has succeeded in abstracting the storage-related aspects of the Infrastructure-as-a-Service layer so that cloud-storage is easy to drop into place, and can be flexed or expanded at will, " says Peters in a statement.

And what if an IT shop has no cloud aspirations? "It makes perfect sense -- even for contemporary data centers that don't yet have cloud on the brain," concludes Peters.

To coincide with the new SANsymphony-V release, the company also announced a new Cloud Services Provider Program. When it launches, it will allow cloud operators to "rent" DataCore's software at a fixed monthly rate.

SANsymphony-V 9.0 ships on July 2, 2012.

Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.

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This article was originally published on June 26, 2012