Press Release

Leading high street retailer secures virtualised environment with SANmelody

READING, UK, 21 May 2009 ?DataCore Software, the leading provider of storage virtualisation, business continuity and disaster recovery software solutions, today announced that together with DataCore’s trained and accredited partner, VirtualizeIT, they have installed SANmelody? as the storage area network (SAN) virtual infrastructure at Co-Op Jersey’s office and branch network.
 
?In a constantly trading retail business such as ours, availability of store and office data is paramount.? stated Don Le Clercq, IT Manager, Co-Op Jersey. Downtime for maintenance and provisioning new servers is not acceptable. To enable this, we have used a combination of two IBM servers along with DataCore?s SANmelody to provide a synchronously mirrored high availability architecture.?
 
The Co-Op moved from direct attached storage to virtualised storage 18 months after the retail giant adopted two physical servers running VMware?s ESX and now hosts 15 virtual servers running critical applications protected by SANmelody.
 
The Co-Op connected the two storage servers over their WAN where all disk write I/Os are replicated instantly – providing total redundancy. In this configuration an entire storage server can fail without impact on the SAN or ESX hosts.
 
?Co-Op Jersey have managed to achieve easier management and shared provisioning of storage with limited server room space and without incurring heavy set up costs.? commented Keith Joseph, Regional Manager, DataCore Software.

About the Co-Op:
The Co-Op has over 2,500 recently refurbished food stores and supermarkets around the UK. The Co-operative own-brand food range comprises great quality with honest and ethically sourced products. The Co-Op is the only retailer to sell food grown on our own farms, and we are the biggest supporter of Fairtrade with over 200 lines, which is why we are proud to be ranked the top ethical supermarket in the UK ? proof of our commitment to responsible retailing.

About VirtualizeIT:
VirtualizeIT is the premier consultancy practice dedicated to the advancement and adoption of virtualisation technologies within today’s businesses, encompassing strategic solutions from the data centre to the desktop. Having been providing virtualisation solutions for more than 7 years, we have an unrivalled track record through our experience and services that cover all areas of virtualisation. This approach of combining virtualisation technologies into a coherent virtual infrastructure strategy is unique within the market place. Offering a comprehensive geographical coverage including offices throughout the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Ireland VirtualizeIT represents the ideal combination of locally available expertise. http://www.virtualizeit.com

About DataCore Software:
DataCore Software, the leading provider of storage virtualisation SAN software, fundamentally changes the economics of managing storage with innovative software that combines advanced functions and services with the agility and savings of hardware independence. DataCore lowers the cost and complexity of IT by making storage efficient, fast, flexible, fail-safe and virtual. DataCore’s portable storage server software simplifies and automates capacity expansion and centralises storage management for Windows, UNIX, Linux, MacOS and NetWare operating systems as well as hypervisors from VMware, Citrix, Microsoft and other suppliers. DataCore is privately held and its corporate headquarters are in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. For more information, call +1 877. 780.5111 or visit www.datacore.com.

DataCore, the DataCore logo and SANmelody 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.

Corporate Contacts:
Sharon Munday
Account Director, KPR Global
(Representing DataCore Software)
Tel: +44 (0) 1189 745418
Mob: +44 (0) 7787 566382
smunday@kprglobal.com