DataCore Software Builds on its Software-Defined Storage Lead with Enhancements to its Proven SANsymphony-V Storage Virtualization Platform
New advancements in SANsymphony-V include:
- Wizards to provision multiple virtual disks from templates
- Group commands to manage storage for multiple application hosts
- Storage profiles for greater control and auto-tiering across multiple levels of flash, solid state (SSDs) and hard disk technologies
- A new database repository option for recording and analyzing performance history and trends
- Greater configurability and choices for incorporating high-performance “server-side” flash technology and cost-effective network attached storage (NAS) file serving capabilities
- Preferred snapshot pools to simplify and segregate snapshots from impacting production work
- Improved remote replication and connectivity optimizations for faster and more efficient performance
- Support for higher speed 16Gbit Fibre Channel networking and more.
Real-World Software-Defined Storage: Customer-driven Enhancements Overcome Challenges
The enhancements introduced in the latest version of SANsymphony-V take on major challenges faced by large scale IT organizations and more diverse mid-size data centers. Aside from confronting explosive storage growth (multi-petabyte disk farms), organizations are experiencing massive virtual machine (VM) sprawl where provisioning, partitioning and protecting disk space taxes both staff and budget. Problems are further aggravated by the insertion of flash technologies and SSDs used to speed up latency-sensitive workloads. The time and resource demands required to manage a broadening diversity of different storage models, disk devices and flash technologies – even when standardized with a single manufacturer – are a growing burden for organizations already struggling to meet application performance needs on limited budgets.
The bottom line is that companies are forced to confront many unknowns in terms of storage. With traditional storage systems, the conventional practice has been to oversize and overprovision storage with the hope that it will meet new and unpredictable demands, but this drives up costs and too often fails to meet performance objectives. As a result, companies have become smarter and have realized that it is no longer feasible or sensible to simply throw expensive, purpose-built hardware at the problem. Companies today are demanding a new level of software flexibility that endures over time and adds value over multiple generations and types of hardware devices. What organizations require is a strategic – rather than an ad hoc – approach to managing storage.
Notable Advances with SANsymphony-V Update 9.0.3