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European IT Service Provider MATERNA GmbH Benefits From the Power and Flexibility of DataCore SAN Virtualization Software

DataCore Software, a leading provider of storage virtualization software, today announced that European IT service provider MATERNA GmbH, after successfully deploying DataCore in house, has now signed-on to resell DataCore SANmelody™ and SANsymphony™ solutions in Central Europe. MATERNA started with DataCore SANsymphony as its in-house virtualization solution then decided to implement VMware server virtualization; the virtual infrastructure combination has added a new level of flexibility to its in-house data center. The DataCore software-based storage area network (SAN) provides a dynamic, scalable and shared storage solution that allows hardware generations to be changed or expanded on-the-fly.

"We reorganized and overhauled our storage environment before we started to consolidate our servers," says Uwe Hoch, IT Manager at MATERNA GmbH. "With DataCore we finally found a solution to manage our heterogeneous architecture in a homogeneous manner. SANsymphony offers high-availability features, increased our storage resource utilization and best of all can be changed and expanded as needed easily.”

MATERNA has benefited from its hardware-independent SAN, particularly as capacity and performance were required to grow over time. Initially, DataCore’s SANsymphony was installed on two redundant FSC Primergy machines that provided highly available, virtual volumes to Windows, Solaris, and Linux application systems from two Fibre Channel Hitachi TagmaStore AMS 200 disk subsystems. The DataCore SAN software was additionally used to support shared storage for the VMware ESX virtual servers.

After the maintenance contracts for the FSC machines had expired, MATERNA benefited again from DataCore’s hardware-independent SAN software by improving performance and capacity with a simple hardware and software upgrade. For this, MATERNA integrated two more powerful IBM x3650s with an updated version of SANsymphony synchronizing them with the existing FSC servers and finally shutting the old systems down. In a next step, MATERNA added two cost-effective IBM DS3400 SAS disk subsystems to the existing Fibre Channel arrays on-the-fly. Through SANsymphony’s high-availability features, MATERNA was able to migrate to the new hardware and software without any interruption of business continuity.

”With the combination of VMware and DataCore we have a very efficient and agile IT infrastructure that we can easily and quickly adapt to our growing requirements,” adds Hoch.

What started internally as a customer solution for their own data center, has now turned into a business relationship and reselling opportunity. MATERNA today is reselling DataCore SANmelody and SANsymphony solutions in Europe.

Published Monday, March 29, 2010 6:06 PM by David Marshall
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