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DataCore Software Joins Microsoft System Center Alliance to Empower Customers to the Next Level of Management and Virtualisation

READING, UK. – January 11, 2012 – DataCore Software, one of the industry’s premier providers of storage virtualisation software, today announced that it has joined the Microsoft System Center Alliance. By becoming a System Center Alliance partner, DataCore strengthens its support for System Center and other Microsoft solutions, enabling organisations of all sizes to achieve their virtualisation goals and take advantage of the cloud.

The Microsoft System Center Alliance is a network of leading IT vendors whose solutions support and integrate with Microsoft System Center.

“Microsoft partners with the world’s leading solution providers to bring companies the IT tools they need for achieving business goals,” said Andrew Conway, director of System Center product management at Microsoft. “DataCore’s SANsymphony-V storage hypervisor complements System Center, with additional tools that help businesses create, manage and monitor a dynamic storage environment and reap the benefits of their infrastructure investments.”

Building on a 13-year history of creating innovative storage virtualisation solutions designed to work on Microsoft platforms, DataCore’s SANsymphony™-V storage hypervisor enriches Microsoft’s virtualisation solution by harnessing the native capabilities of Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server Hyper-V to address critical storage challenges. The DataCore™ SANsymphony-V storage hypervisor enhances the value of diverse storage resources by unifying advanced services, such as provisioning, auto-tiering, replication and performance acceleration, through a common storage virtualisation layer.

Recently, DataCore introduced the SANsymphony-V Monitoring Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2008 R2, providing constant visibility into the health, performance and availability of virtualised storage resources from within System Center. The combined solution encompasses both on-premise and cloud-based, off-premise components, including redundant high-availability elements and those in remote disaster recovery sites. Information appears on a “single pane of glass” alongside other facets of the data centre, simplifying end-to-end service management of diverse storage environments. DataCore’s SANsymphony-V Monitoring Pack easily integrates with System Center Operations Manager 2007 and the upcoming System Center Operations Manager 2012.

In addition, SANsymphony-V’s snapshot and volume shadow copy service capabilities work with System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 to ensure consistent, seamless backups without disrupting any applications running at the time.

“Since its founding, DataCore storage virtualisation solutions have been designed to support and integrate with Microsoft solutions,” said Carlos Carreras, vice president of alliances & business development for DataCore Software. “Becoming a System Center Alliance Partner was a very logical step, and as organisations continue to explore and build private clouds, they will look to Microsoft and DataCore to help them succeed.”
 
The partnership of Microsoft and DataCore will be further endorsed at the forthcoming DataCore Customer Conference at the Andaz Hotel, City of London where Microsoft will be presenting “Securing Big Data within the Private Cloud” to customers and partners alike. (Feb 2nd 2012)
 
DataCore Offering Free Storage Hypervisor Software To Microsoft Certified Professionals
 
DataCore Software continues to offer free license keys of its SANsymphony™ -V storage hypervisor to Microsoft Certified and System Center professionals until the end of the month. The not-for-resale (NFR) license keys – may be leveraged for non-production uses such as course development, proof-of-concepts, training, lab testing and demonstration purposes – are intended to support virtualisation consultants, instructors and architects involved in managing and optimizing storage within private clouds, virtual server and VDI deployments. DataCore is making it easy for these certified professionals to benefit directly and learn for themselves the power of this innovative technology – the storage hypervisor – and its ability to redefine storage management and efficiency.
 
To receive a free license key, Microsoft Certified Professionals sign up at: http://pages.datacore.com/nfr-for-experts.html.
 
The free NFR license keys of SANsymphony-V are available for the new year and this offer will expire on January 31, 2012. The licenses may be used for non-production purposes only and the software can be installed on both physical servers and Hyper-V virtual machines as a virtual storage appliance.
 
Proof of certification as a  Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA), Microsoft Certified Master (MCM), Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP), Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD), or Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) is required.
 
About DataCore Software
DataCore Software is the industry’s premier provider of storage virtualisation software. Its SANsymphony-V storage hypervisor software solves the big problem stalling virtualisation initiatives by eliminating the storage-related barriers that make virtualisation too difficult and too expensive. For additional information, visit the DataCore website at www.datacore.com.

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