Press Release

DataCore SANsymphony-V Release Wins Strong Support from Key Virtualization and Disk Storage Alliance Partners Worldwide

Storage virtualization software combined with a robust partner ecosystem satisfies operational and financial objectives of fully virtualized data centers

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – February 7, 2011 – DataCore Software, the industry’s premier provider of storage virtualization software, today announced widespread alliance partner support for its SANsymphony™-V software. Two years in the making, SANsymphony-V is a next-generation storage virtualization software solution that enables IT organizations to eliminate storage-related barriers to realizing the financial and operational goals of their virtualization initiatives. (See related release announcing the General Availability of SANsymphony-V – DataCore Announces SANsymphony-V

Data centers are now on the move to embrace total virtual infrastructures to add flexibility, reduce costs and increase the productivity of their desktop, server and storage investments. According to Steve Duplessie, founder and senior analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group, “For server virtualization endeavors to truly succeed, IT shops will have to match those capabilities with total storage virtualization – or else it’s all for naught. Autonomous storage virtualization that sits a layer above the physical storage is the way it inevitably has to be.”

SANsymphony-V enables enterprises to use existing equipment and conventional storage devices to achieve the robust and responsive shared storage environment necessary to support highly dynamic virtual IT environments. Moreover, the software greatly reduces risk by insulating users and applications from the impact of changes, disruptions and growth demands at the storage level. SANsymphony-V frees customers from hardware vendor lock-in by decoupling the virtual infrastructure from storage disks, and by optimizing the performance and use of standard storage devices.

“End users are telling us that storage ‘surprises’ can be a major irritant with – or even impediment to – desktop and server virtualization projects,” states Mark Peters, senior analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group. “The surprises are twofold – firstly operational, whereby the virtualized computing layer is precluded from working well by the lack of an equally flexible storage infrastructure; and secondly, financial, as the first issue precludes the economic advantages of server virtualization from being achieved, and the subsequent ‘quick-fix’ storage acquisitions drive costs up and over budget. DataCore addresses the operational issues and hence delivers pleasing economic value. Its software intelligently repurposes existing resources in order to meet the unpredictable and unforeseen workloads that virtual machines and desktops generate.”

Partnering with Best-of-Breed Technologies for the Fully Virtualized Data Center

DataCore™ has strong partnerships with the software industry’s leading developers of virtualization technologies. These partnerships offer customers full-featured, best-of-breed virtualized IT solutions across the entire data center.

“Storage virtualization has become an essential component of enterprise virtualization,” says Carlos M. Carreras, vice president of alliances and business development, DataCore Software. “As our customers look at strategies to combine the components of a successful high-performance virtualized data center, the value of a tight, integrated partner ecosystem becomes paramount. We’re pleased to have strong partner relationships with the leading companies in the virtualization space to ensure the best possible solutions for our customers.”

SANsymphony-V Garners Notable Support from Key Alliance Partners Worldwide

DataCore partners spanning the spectrum of virtualization technologies are providing support for SANsymphony-V.

Server and Desktop Virtualization Infrastructure Partners:

Microsoft
“Microsoft’s full range of virtualization solutions provides partners and customers with an effective way to save costs, increase availability and improve agility within their business infrastructure,” said Mike Schutz, senior director of product management for the Server and Cloud division at Microsoft Corp. “By using Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V and Microsoft System Center, DataCore SANsymphony-V will help customers reduce the cost of storage while delivering improved performance and availability.”

Learn more by visiting: https://www.datacore.com/Solutions/storage-virtualization-and-virtual-server-desktop/Microsoft.aspx and find out why the Taneja Group profile states, “For Hyper-V users that would like to build an enterprise-capable virtual infrastructure, DataCore SANsymphony-V is an ideal fit.”

VMware
“Through our partnership with DataCore, VMware is able to deliver the benefits of simple, complementary and highly available storage solutions optimized to work with the VMware platform,” said Parag Patel, vice president, Global Strategic Alliances, VMware. “The new SANsymphony-V helps expand the benefits of VMware solutions including improved storage hardware flexibility, additional disk space utilization and high availability.”

See customer testimonials and use cases on why thousands of customers have already deployed VMware and DataCore solutions at: www.datacore.com/Solutions/storage-virtualization-and-virtual-server-desktop/VMware.aspx

Citrix
“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.

For joint customer case studies and to learn more, please visit: www.datacore.com/Solutions/storage-virtualization-and-virtual-server-desktop/Citrix.aspx

Disk Storage Hardware Partners:

Fujitsu
“DataCore virtualization software is certified for use with Fujitsu ETERNUS storage and Fujitsu PRIMERGY servers and is available through our partner network. The combination of DataCore’s SANsymphony-V with our scalable server and storage hardware facilitates the development of flexible pool architectures and allows our channel partners to build highly available, high-performance storage pools that offer outstanding value for money,” said Jens-Peter Seick, senior vice president, Data Center Systems at Fujitsu Technology Solutions.

Xiotech
“The groundbreaking performance profile of Xiotech ISE storage blades make them an ideal building block that can redefine how data centers are provisioned and managed,” says Brian Reagan, chief marketing officer, Xiotech. “The open ISE architecture allows us to work closely with valued partners like DataCore to integrate at unparalleled levels, providing customers with a highly optimized application infrastructure. With the additional benefits of our relationship with DataCore as part of the VDI Coalition, our longstanding partnership and numerous customer successes, we look forward to the benefits that SANsymphony-V will add to our joint solutions.”

Data Compliance, Archiving and Backup Partners:

DataCore SANsymphony-V provides integrated Continuous Data Protection (CDP), powerful Snapshot technologies, remote site replication and fast disk to disk backup capabilities to better protect, backup and perform recovery operations to meet today’s demanding data management needs. In addition, DataCore solutions work with and have been deployed worldwide along with backup, tape, compliance and archival solutions including those from Commvault, Computer Associates, Symantec, Microsoft, Quest Software, iTernity and many more.

“Typically, IT storage is dependent on proprietary, expensive hardware. Furthermore, these proprietary platforms make migration to other hardware platforms or heterogeneous storage environments costly and time-consuming,” says Ralf Steinemann, business development manager, iTernity. “DataCore SANsymphony-V provides important new features that free customers from these limitations, especially combined with iTernity’s compliance and archiving capabilities. We’re pleased that the partnership between DataCore and iTernity will enable a full-featured, high-performance, enterprise-tested solution for customers who don’t want to be locked in to specific storage hardware.”

More Information

To join DataCore’s Alliance Partner Program contact: alliances@datacore.com.

About DataCore Software

DataCore Software develops the storage virtualization software needed to get the highest availability, fastest performance and maximum utilization from storage resources in physical and virtual IT environments. It provides the critical 3rd dimension on which the success of server and desktop virtualization projects hinge, regardless of the models and brands of storage devices used. For more information, call (877) 780-5111 or visit www.datacore.com.

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