Press Release

Cost-Effective Virtual Storage Infrastructure for Citrix Virtual Servers and Virtual Desktops

San Francisco & Reading, UK. – May 25, 2011 – At this week’s Citrix Synergy 2011, DataCore™ Software, the industry’s premier provider of storage virtualization software, is showcasing how joint Citrix and DataCore customers benefit from secure, centralized IT operations and significant cost reductions resulting from virtualizing their desktops, servers, and storage.  With SANsymphony™-V, users can easily create cost-effective shared storage for virtual servers and desktops from new and existing storage capacities.  Customers benefit from investment protection, higher capacity utilization, better performance, and affordable, high availability storage. 

Scottsdale Community College (SCC) has deployed DataCore’s storage virtualization software in conjunction with XenDesktop from Citrix in order to realize a fully virtualized IT environment.  “By embracing total virtualization of servers, desktops, and storage, the college is now saving a quarter million dollars a year that would have been spent on hardware had we not deployed best-of-breed virtualization solutions from DataCore and Citrix,” states Dustin Fennell, vice president of IT and CIO, SCC.  The full case study is available on DataCore’s website: “Virtual Storage Infrastructure Designed for Virtual Desktops.”

DataCore will also discuss results of its seminal work in the area of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) with attendees.  See “Benchmarking a Scalable and High-Availability Architecture for Virtual Desktops” for more details.

DataCore and Citrix Together Deliver a Fully Virtualized Data Centre
Citrix customers around the globe running XenServer™, XenDesktop™ and  XenApp™ rely on DataCore to get the highest availability, fastest performance, and fullest utilization from their storage assets.  They employ SANsymphony-V software to abstract various storage components into idealized, virtual disks. The storage virtualization software pools and mirrors disk blocks across available devices to eliminate single points of failure and disruption.  In the process, it speeds up I/O response and throughput using extensive infrastructure-wide caching.  This lets customers take optimum advantage of Citrix’s full suite of capabilities for the best possible user experience.

“Storage infrastructure and costs are a large part of any desktop virtualization implementation, and thus it is critical that IT manage these resources to ensure a successful rollout. With storage virtualization solutions like those from DataCore and its latest release of SANsymphony-V, customers are able to use their existing storage resources for Citrix XenDesktop in a more effective, and cost-effective manner,” said Natalie Lambert, director of product marketing, enterprise applications and desktops at Citrix.

While some vendors in the virtualization field recommend that customers lock themselves into specific storage hardware configurations and exotic purpose-built appliances, SANsymphony-V frees customers from hardware vendor lock-in by decoupling the virtual infrastructure from the underlying disks.  DataCore effectively virtualizes disk storage devices from different brands and vendors to eliminate incompatibilities across generations, models, and manufacturers and maximize the joint value derived from these resources.  In doing so,  SANsymphony-V eliminates the storage-related disruptions, bottlenecks, and financial hurdles that threaten virtualization projects.

“Server consolidation and desktop virtualization stress the storage fabric in ways unfamiliar to those coming off isolated distributed systems” said Matt Zucker, director of alliance management at DataCore Software.  “We’ve architected our storage virtualization software with these unique requirements in mind, and priced it so you won’t have to roll in wheelbarrows full of money to build out the foundation.”

About Citrix Synergy 2011
Citrix Synergy takes place at the Moscone West Convention Center in San Francisco from Wednesday, May 25 until Friday, May 27, 2011.  A Citrix Ready partner, DataCore is a Bronze Sponsor of the conference and is exhibiting in Booth 600.  More information about DataCore’s solutions and use cases in Citrix environments may be found on the DataCore website: www.datacore.com/Solutions/storage-virtualization-and-virtual-server-desktop/Citrix.aspx.

More Information
Extensive reference material and supporting videos for SANsymphony-V may be found at on DataCore’s website: https://www.datacore.com/SANsymphony-V.  Additional Citrix resources, solution overviews, and product documents may be found on the DataCore website: https://www.datacore.com/Solutions/storage-virtualization-and-virtual-server-desktop/Citrix.aspx.

For travelling attendees, to arrange to speak with DataCore executives at Citrix Syngergy, please contact Sharon Munday @ KPR Global on smunday@kprglobal.com.

About DataCore Software
DataCore Software is the industry’s premier provider of storage virtualization software.  Its software-as infrastructure platform solves the big problem stalling virtualization initiatives by eliminating the storage-related barriers that make virtualization too difficult and too expensive.  For additional information, visit the DataCore website at www.datacore.com or call (877) 780-5111.

DataCore, the DataCore logo and SANsymphony are trademarks or registered trademarks of DataCore Software Corporation. Other DataCore product or service names or logos referenced herein are trademarks of DataCore Software Corporation. All other products, services and company names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Media Contacts:
Sharon Munday
KPR Global
+44 (0) 7787 566382
smunday@kprglobal.com and publicrelations@datacore.com