DataCore Launches New $2K SAN Starter Packages

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2008-12-30 Print this article Print

The Florida-based company becomes the latest big-name provider to announce products with pricing incentives in its new line of full-featured SAN (storage area network) software starter packages aimed at the small to midsize business market.

As we have often reported here at eWEEK during 2008, enterprise storage software and hardware pricing continues to be very competitive and on a downward slope.

DataCore became the latest provider to announce new products along with pricing incentives on Dec. 30 when it launched a new line of full-featured SAN (storage area network) software starter packages aimed at the small and midsize business market.

The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., vendor joined a list of companies that include Sun Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard, Dell, NetApp, Hitachi Data Systems, 3Par and Data Domain that have lowered pricing in the last 12 months.

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The new DataCore packages, with entry prices starting at about $2,000 per server, include normally high-end features, such as thin provisioning, data migration, storage performance caching, snap shots for fast disk backups, remote site disaster recovery replication and DataCore's own data protection.

In virtual server and desktop environments, DataCore President and CEO George Teixeira said, the new DataCore products automate failover/failback recovery, network connectivity (iSCSI, Fibre Channel or both) and fault tolerance.

"Two critical elements necessary for safe and effective virtualization have remained out of reach for SMBs: SANs to consolidate and manage storage, and business continuity solutions to assure that consolidation works for you and not against you," Teixeira said. "SMBs need something that does both and does it at the right price."

The high cost and complexity of traditional SAN storage required to support virtual servers and desktops puts it out of the reach for many SMBs, Teixeira said.

"Our new packages fill the gap between low-end, Windows system replication solutions that provide limited single-system data protection [e.g., Double-Take Software] for VMs at a cost of thousands and higher-end, enterprise-class storage arrays and SAN that provide necessary protection but are complex and often cost $100,000 or more," Teixeira said.

DataCore's new software packages work in SAN setups with Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix, Virtual Iron, Parallels, VMware, and other server and desktop virtualization environments.

For more details on DataCore's SAN starter packages for SMBs, go here.


Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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