Microsoft Adds Virtual Array to StorSimple Hybrid Cloud Storage
The company adds a new virtual array product to its StorSimple line of hybrid cloud storage and announces updates to its 8000 Series hardware and Cloud Appliance.Microsoft is targeting an expanded set of storage workloads with a new StorSimple product offering and an update to its 8000 Series of hybrid cloud storage arrays, the company announced this week. In an early sign of the company's enterprise cloud ambitions, the Redmond, Wash., software maker acquired StorSimple in 2012. First is the new StorSimple Virtual Array, aimed at more modest IT environments like those in satellite offices. Running on either VMware or Hyper-V, Virtual Array can be configured as network-attached storage (NAS) or as a storage area network (SAN). "The StorSimple Virtual Array also delivers integrated primary storage, data protection, archiving, and disaster recovery capabilities in a single, easy to deploy solution designed for small environments where there is minimal IT infrastructure and management," noted Mike Neil, corporate vice president of Microsoft's Cloud and Enterprise unit, in a Dec. 16 announcement. "With the StorSimple Virtual Array, customers no longer need to centralize data protection and disaster recovery at the main data center," Neil continued. Echoing one of several of the IT benefits of the hybrid cloud, StorSimple Virtual Array provides customers with "a highly scalable, consistent, and cost-effective approach to managing data growth and data protection across all their environments, including remote and branch offices," he added.
Headquarters remain in control, however. Storage management is handled by StorSimple Manage, which provides a centralized view of all Virtual Array deployments. The StorSimple Virtual Array is available now in preview.