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IP Expo 2012: The Storage Hypervisor Makes I/O Intensive Business Applications Run Faster Virtualized – Overcoming Performance Hurdles

READING & Earls Court, London – October 17, 2012 – At the UK’s leading infrastructure, virtualization and cloud show, IP Expo 2012, DataCore Software, the storage hypervisor leader and premier storage virtualization software provider, will showcase its compelling performance advantage for customers virtualizng business critical applications and confirms that SANsymphony™-V  “The Storage Hypervisor for the Cloud,” is now certified VMware Ready™.
 
“DataCore dramatically speeds up application performance and fundamentally changes the economics of storage and new SSD flash technologies by cost-effectively enabling application owners to virtualize their I/O intensive business applications as they transform into private clouds,” said George Teixeira, CEO and President of DataCore Software.

Benchmarks and Real-World Testimonials Validate that DataCore Boosts Application Performance and Eliminates Critical I/O Bottlenecks in Virtualised Data Centres

SANsymphony™-V 9.0, the newest release of its flagship product, boosts the speed, throughput and availability of virtualized tier 1 applications like SAP, Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft Exchange. Customers report up to 5x faster performance and achieve better than 99.999% uptime after virtualizing their existing storage with SANsymphony-V.

Slow performance and downtime caused by I/O bottlenecks are the number one reason why enterprises are holding back from virtualizing their I/O-intensive tier 1 applications. SANsymphony-V overcomes this by using device-independent adaptive caching and performance boosting techniques to absorb wildly variable workloads so that applications run faster virtualised.

“DataCore’s impact on performance was dramatic in every metric we measured. Even more impressive is how SANsymphony-V simplifies management and how easily it can make data centre storage more resilient. With a single mouse click disk capacity is served and all the normal error-prone steps to configure, tune and set best paths for high availability get done auto-magically,” said Tony Palmer, senior engineer and analyst with ESG Lab. For more on Palmer’s observations, watch: http://storagetv.org/datacore/testvideo.php?vidkey=222.

In the ESG Lab Validation report, the benchmark tests confirmed that Microsoft SQL Server and Exchange workloads were able to improve their performance by nearly 5x. As a proof point for performance and cost efficiency, the SANsymphony-V empowered systems were able to support more than 1,500 users as compared to only 322 users on the non-virtualized physical servers.

Harnessing Flash Storage Cost Effectively for Even Greater Application Performance
To further increase tier 1 application responsiveness, companies often spend excessively on flash memory-based SSDs. SANsymphony-V’s auto-tiering feature optimises the use of these premium-priced resources alongside more modestly priced, higher capacity disk drives. SANsymphony-V constantly monitors I/O behavior and intelligently auto-selects between server memory caches, flash storage and traditional disk resources in real-time to ensure that the most suitable class or tier of storage device is assigned to each workload based on priorities and urgency. The result is unmatched tier 1 application performance and cost efficiency.

Customers worldwide increase performance, improve availability and reduce the storage costs of their Virtualized Tier 1 Applications
“SAP was the critical element in the project because the SAP system places the highest load and the greatest demand on both performance and on the need for availability,” said Jurgen Bechtel, CIO of MENNEKES, a global leader in the manufacturing of electrical products with headquarters in Germany. “The result was very positive — SAP runs on DataCore, with more performance than on our previous storage systems. The DataCore solution simply proved itself.”

“Since we started using DataCore on the storage side to virtualize our tier 1 applications, we got back on track with our virtualization project,” said Pablo Palma, information technology manager at The MLS™.com. “Before that, I/O bottlenecks and the outages were hitting us at every turn, especially with web servers, file servers and SQL Server. Now we can handle about 300% more transactions than before — all on the same hardware. Moreover our disk pool is completely redundant, giving us the opportunity to upgrade and expand without taking users down.”

“We have virtualized Exchange, SQL Server and SharePoint on all of our DataCore/VMware projects and consistently the performance of these applications has been outstanding,” said Jim Krantz, president of Krantz Secure Technologies.

For more on virtualizing and running I/O-intensive tier 1 applications, go to: https://www.datacore.com/products/.

DataCore Software Announces SANsymphony-V is VMware Ready Certified
DataCore’s SANsymphony-V is now VMware Ready and offers seamless integration with: 
 

  • VMware vSphere® 5
  • VMware vSphere® Storage APIs for Array Integration (VAAI)
  • VMware vCenter™ Server
  • VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager™ (SRM)

 
Empowering VMware SRM and VAAI Benefits Across Heterogeneous Storage Arrays
The DataCore™ storage hypervisor sits in front of all types of storage vendor arrays and devices, presenting DataCore-powered virtual disks/LUNs to VMware vSphere.
 
DataCore’s SANsymphony-V extends VAAI hardware acceleration benefits across heterogeneous storage arrays, regardless of whether those arrays have native VAAI support or the VMFS volumes span the same brand of array enclosure.
 
VMware vCenter™ Server Plug-In Makes it Easy for VMware vSphere Admins to Eliminate Storage Issues
Enterprises can now control and schedule key SANsymphony-V storage virtualization services, taking snapshots and tasks directly from their VMware vCenter Server Management Platform. The DataCore VMware vCenter Server management plug-in software is available immediately for download to all SANsymphony-V customers.


Test Drive the DataCore Storage Hypervisor; Free License Key of SANsymphony-V

Download a 30 Day Free Trial download of SANsymphony-V at: www.datacore.com/Software/Closer-Look/Demos.aspx
 
Also please stop by the DataCore booth at IP Expo Europe 2012. DataCore will offer free license keys of its SANsymphony-V Storage Hypervisor to VMware vExperts, VMware Certified Design Experts (VCDX), VMware Certified Professionals (VCP) and VMware Certified Instructors (VCI). The NFR license keys can be downloaded from: http://pages.datacore.com/Free_NFR_Software.html

IP Expo UK takes place at Earls Court 2, London from Oct 17/18. Meet the DataCore team on stand G58 to show you how we can overcome performance hurdles. Attend the daily seminars at the Data Centre Optimisation Theatre on the Unparalleled Customer Benefits of Deploying a Storage Hypervisor at featuring DataCore Customer, Boult Wade Tennant, at 10.30am each day.
 
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