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DataCore Extends Storage Hypervisor Tiering to Provide Enterprises With Seamless Access to Cost Effective Cloud Storage

DataCore Software, the industry’s premier provider of storage virtualization software, today announced it has extended its storage hypervisor architecture with functionality that empowers enterprise customers to optimize the utilization and performance of their on-site assets and take full advantage of low cost, virtually unlimited ‘pay as you go’ storage in the cloud. The DataCore SANsymphony-V storage hypervisor now integrates seamlessly with the CloudArray cloud storage gateway from TwinStrata, the leading innovator of cloud-based data storage, allowing a simple, transparent and cost-effective way to manage, offload and augment on-premise storage environments with space and power saving storage located in the cloud.   

“Moving a storage infrastructure into a cloud paradigm can be a struggle for data center operators. The use of a heterogeneous storage virtualization solution provides a transition path that preserves investments and adds cloud operating semantics,” said Gene Ruth, research director and senior storage analyst for Gartner. “This particular solution combines storage virtualization, tiering of diverse devices and a bridge capability, allowing organizations to choose and offload less critical storage, backup and archive data onto cloud storage providers.”

The TwinStrata CloudArray software appliance seamlessly integrates with DataCore SANsymphony-V storage hypervisor, a portable, centrally-managed software suite capable of enhancing the combined value of multiple disk storage systems. This effectively extends the use of SANsymphony-V to the cloud, enabling organizations to virtualize and fully manage all types of storage. To cost-effectively meet growing enterprise storage demand, CloudArray supports virtually unlimited ‘pay as you go’ storage capacity. To help organizations quickly gain access to the cloud, DataCore is extending a free CloudArray Virtual Appliance offer to its storage hypervisor customers. This includes a 1 TB version of the CloudArray cloud storage gateway software for SANsymphony-V (a $2995 value easily upgradeable to much larger data volume capacities), accompanied by a base level of customer support and the use of a 30 day free cloud storage account.

DataCore’s SANsymphony-V storage hypervisor is unique in its ability to provide an architecture that manages, optimizes and spans all the different price-points and performance levels of electronic and mechanical storage, including electronic memory, SSDs, disk devices and cloud storage tiers. Amongst its comprehensive features is advanced automated tiering of disks. This option automatically relocates disk blocks among pools of different storage devices, keeping demanding workloads operating at peak speeds. Less critical and infrequently accessed disk blocks naturally gravitate towards lower cost disks.

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. 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.

Additional features include:

  • Seamless integration between Cloud Array and SANsymphony-V in minutes;
  • Easily downloadable virtual software appliance;
  • Data deduplication and compression;
  • Data backup and recovery - on-site, off-site or in the cloud;
  • Secure AES 256-bit advanced encryption standard for both at-rest and in-flight data protection;
  • Disk caching to boost performance and enhance speed-matching to off-site cloud storage;
  • Bandwidth optimization and scheduling controls;
  • Snapshotting; and
  • Choice of cloud storage providers, including such leaders as Amazon Web Services, AT&T Synaptic Storage, Windstream Hosted Solutions, PEER 1 Hosting, Nirvanix and OpenStack.

“This greatly enhances our customers’ storage strategy by allowing easy access to lower cloud pricing for less critical data,” said Carlos Carreras, vice president of alliances & business development for DataCore. “With our intelligent auto-tiering and the simplicity of access provided by CloudArray, organizations can now transparently and dynamically ‘punt’ their lower-tier storage to the cloud for tremendous savings. Equally important, all tiers of storage remain very easy to control through the single-pane management capabilities of SANsymphony-V.”

“Our goal is to provide enterprises with an on-ramp to public or private storage clouds in a very straightforward, plug-and-play way,” noted Nicos Vekiarides, CEO of TwinStrata. “In just minutes, DataCore customers can connect to the cloud securely and transparently, allowing them to choose from leading storage providers to find the most economical off-site storage possible, all while continuing to use the management tools they trust.”

DataCore customers who purchase SANsymphony-V will be provided free access to the 1TB CloudArray virtual appliance. For more information, please email DataCore at, or, contact TwinStrata at, (508) 651-0199.

Published Tuesday, October 04, 2011 11:38 AM by David Marshall
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