DataCore Upgrades Its SANSymphony Storageware

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-02-04 Print this article Print

SANsymphony-V brings a new approach to reshaping the shared storage infrastructure required by virtual IT environments.

Virtualized storage software maker DataCore, which focuses mainly on the midrange market, has come out with a new software package aimed at hurdling throughput-related barriers that commonly plague older systems.

The Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based company describes its newest version of SANsymphony as the  way to get stalled desktop and server virtualization projects going again.

The new edition has been re-architected to avoid the many performance problems caused by I/O bottlenecks. The antiticipation of lost business suffered from such downtime makes customers hesitant to virtualize business applications, such as mail and database systems.

SANsymphony-V uses adaptive caching and performance boosting techniques developed during the past 10 years to absorb variable workloads while removing storage as a single point of failure and disruption, DataCore said.

SANsymphony-V offers a flexible, open software platform from which to provision, share, reconfigure, migrate, replicate, expand, and upgrade storage without slowdowns or downtime, the company said.

SANsymphony-V software is available through DataCore-authorized solution providers. With the new release comes a simple licensing and pricing structure based on instances of the software (generally 2 copies for high-availability) and managed disk capacity. Five different models and price points are available.

Software licenses for a fully redundant, high-availability configuration start at about $10,000, including annual 24/7 technical support.

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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