Among the most distinguishing attributes of the DataCore solution is its dichotomy. It both pools mutually-incompatible storage resources so they can be uniformly managed, while segregating them into tiers where their unique properties are best applied.
Standardizing on a uniform set of data services in this way eliminates much of the costly transition and retraining upheaval we so despise. You’ll provision, protect and manage capacity from a new member in the storage pool the same way you’ll do it for your existing environment, employing common methods across different generations, models and brands of storage.
No downtime when switching
Those of you in charge of the infrastructure can look forward to adding, removing and upgrading equipment during normal working hours, absent the stress and downtime that generally accompanies many late nights and weekends in the trenches. The smooth changeover made possible even when the hardware being introduced is mutually incompatible and behaves quite differently from the existing subsystems.
In large part a higher degree of redundancy makes such non-disruptive activities feasible. Whereas in the past redundancy required like SAN arrays, DataCore software can combine unlike storage resources into a highly available storage infrastructure, synchronously mirroring data between them. At the same time, you gain an extra measure of protection against manufacturing/firmware flaws that would have taken down identical systems.
There’s also the inherit risk that the transfer becomes irreversible, and if it doesn’t work out you’re stuck. We’ve heard of numerous cases where organizations endure lengthy data migrations only to realize that the new gear isn’t making the difference they expected. The origin of deteriorating performance borne out of upstream bottlenecks discovered later. Of course, the money and time have already been wasted with nothing to show for it. In contrast, DataCore offloads data migrations from the hosts, putting additional compute, memory and I/O resources to work in the background. Migrations complete quickly and production workloads don’t suffer. Moreover, built-in instrumentation and analytics help isolate the root cause of poor storage performance before contemplating any drastic and potentially irrevocable actions.
Get better and longer use of perfectly good hardware
We don’t blame you for holding on to what’s working, especially if finance can continue depreciating the asset. Like many DataCore customers, you’ll find the software immediately closes many of the functionality and performance gaps you’ve been living with. The collective value you gain from this alone far outweighs the software investment.
You’ll also be glad to know that enhancements made to the DataCore data services apply to new and existing storage alike irrespective of their differences. This has two important benefits. The software innovations enhance the functionality of current hardware, mitigating the need to replace perfectly good gear with later models. And it extends the life of past hardware investments, so you won’t be in a rush for new equipment so frequently.