SANsymphony Data Sheet
Data Sheet

DataCore SANsymphony: Software-Defined Storage for Any SAN and Hyperconverged (HCI) Environments

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Ultimate Flexibility, Always-On Business Continuity, and Maximum Performance

Product Overview

DataCore SANsymphony software-defined storage (SDS) provides organizations the flexibility, performance, and simplicity they need to efficiently aggregate isolated disparate storage resources into one highly available storage services pool. DataCore SANsymphony enables any mix of hyperconverged, converged (SAN), and storage virtualization deployment models to mitigate the business risks, IT complexities, and costs associated with different architectures, data migration initiatives, and protocols while increasing your organizations’ agility and competitive edge. DataCore’s hardware agnostic approach frees organizations from vendor lock-in and provides ultimate flexibility in how they manage, build, and modernize their storage infrastructures.

End-User Benefits

Ultimate Flexibility

Pool and aggregate your collective storage resources under one common set of enterprise-class data services that can be delivered across your entire organization for uniform, centralized management despite differences and incompatibilities among hardware manufacturers, models, and generations of equipment in use.

Leverage your existing environment and extend the life and value of your infrastructure. With a broad choice between deployment methods, hyperconverged or open architectures, and a universally compatible format, you can painlessly migrate from one to the other during business operations while meeting stringent SLAs.

Always-on Business Continuity

With multi-layered protection for continuous operations, high availability, and disaster recovery, SANsymphony ensures your data is permanently available. Even when a component or an entire site fails due to equipment, environmental, or human factors, synchronous mirroring and transparent failover ensure automated, real-time continuous data access for always-available business operations.

Additional capabilities like asynchronous replication and advanced site recovery protect your business in case of any disaster, while continuous data protection (CDP) provides an integrated undo button allowing you to revoke any unwanted data change, thereby maintaining data integrity.

Maximum Performance

DataCore customers across verticals and use cases report up to a 10X increase in storage performance—in some cases seeing results immediately after deployment. With data services like high speed caching, Parallel I/O, intelligent auto-tiering, random-write acceleration, and more, SANsymphony dramatically increases IOPS, decreases latency, and delivers faster response times for your applications.

You don’t need to rip and replace your entire system to improve performance, SANsymphony lets you scale up or scale out your applications while efficiently using all your resources.

Significant Cost Savings

DataCore improves resource utilization and delivers single-pane-of-glass management across all storage devices, reducing administrative time and support calls to significantly reduce CAPEX and OPEX.

Additionally, DataCore’s hardware-independent storage services give you the freedom to choose your preferred hardware and seamlessly integrate new technologies non-disruptively, so you can leverage your existing storage environment and modernize it with cost-efficient alternatives.

Deployment Options

Storage Virtualization

storage virtualization

Abstracts traditional SAN architectures and provides uniform, high-end storage capabilities to applications while extending the life and value of existing SAN devices.


hybrid converged

Enables any mix of HCI, converged (SAN) and storage virtualization deployment models under a unified management plane with advanced data migration that spans across your entire storage infrastructure.

Converged (SAN)

converged SAN

Pools built-in server and direct-attached storage resources to create highly dense and economical shared storage.



Aggregates local spinning disks and local flash storage of application servers into a fast and highly available virtual storage pool for data sharing across server clusters without an external SAN.

One Storage Services Platform Across Your Entire Infrastructure


Access Methods*

  • FC

Storage Protocols



Physical Servers

HP-UX, IBM AIX, Sun Solaris, RedHat Linux SUSE Linux, Ubuntu Linux, Novell Netware, Microsoft Windows Server, Microsoft Windows, among others

Virtual Machines

VMware ESXi (vSphere), Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix XenServer, Linux KVM, and more


All containers leveraging either Kubernetes Container Storage Interface (CSI) or the Docker Volume Plugin

Access Methods

Storage will either be served as block storage via Fibre Channel, iSCSI or FC over Ethernet (FCoE). In parallel, the storage can also be served as File Services via Windows NFS, SMB or any other separately licensed NFS service.

Data Services

Parallel I/O

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Processes I/O in parallel vs. serially for increased application performance


caching feature icon

Accelerates application performance by using CPU cache/RAM as read and write cache

Random Write Accelerator

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Eliminates random write performance penalty


auto tiering feature icon

Automatically sets tier assignments based on data usage patterns, with support for up to 15 storage tiers

Load Balancing

Storage Load Balancing

Auto balances I/Os across devices and bypasses failed/offline channels

Quality of Service (QOS)

Quality of Service

Limits I/O traffic from lower priority workloads and enables critical apps to run faster

Storage Pooling

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Splits tiers based on price/ performance/capacity and eliminates stranded disk space


deduplication compression feature icon

Reduces the required storage space

Thin Provisioning

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Only consume what is needed; no wasting of storage space by preallocating it

Replication & Site Recovery

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Bi-directional asynchronous replication with automatic failover, resynchronization and failback in case of a disaster

Continuous Data Protection

continuous data protection feature icon

Behaves as an undo button for any unwanted change


encryption feature icon

XTS-AES 256-bit encryption for data at rest, which is storage device-independent

Synchronous Mirroring

synchronous mirroring feature icon

Eliminates storage as a single point of failure, offers fully transparent and automatic failover, resynchronization, and failback


snapshots backups feature icon

Allows simple and fast generation of independent point-in-time copies


Operation and Insights

DataCore Insight Services (DIS) is a cloud-based, predictive analytics platform that delivers actionable in- sights to avoid problems before they occur. Additionally, DIS provides guidance for proactive optimizations from an easy to use, single pane of glass. The SaaS offering continuously analyzes telemetry from your SANsymphony environment to detect early warning signs of potential issues. and uses artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to assess their relative severity and then prescribes steps to prevent them or mitigate their impact. DIS is available with SANsymphony term license only.

DataCore SANsymphony Software Licensing Options

SANsymphony is available in three software editions, EN, ST and BZ, with different prices per terabyte (price/TB).

Enterprise-class licenses offer the highest performance, richest feature set and most flexibility

Standard licenses are ideal for midrange requirements

Business edition is the cost-efficient entry level of SANsymphony suited for smaller but demanding HA installations

For a detailed explanation and the features/ capabilities covered with each edition/ licensing, please visit the licensing page.