Drawing from experience with more than 10,000 customer deployments worldwide, DataCore's SANsymphony-V R9.0.4 provides universal management services and comprehensive infrastructure-wide features to improve on the native capabilities of different storage devices and brands, helping organizations overcome vendor-specific and hardware-related shortcomings.
The new SANsymphony-V comes at a time when technology pundits are declaring the traditional storage model broken. Major storage hardware vendors have been impacted and are trying to reshape offerings or buy time by touting a move to a "software-defined" world; hoping to counter IT department buyers who no longer accept the "throw more hardware at the problem" approach. SANsymphony-V answers IT concerns with powerful features and a long-term strategy for controlling costs, especially addressing new technologies such as high-speed flash and the need to curtail purchases of disk storage capacity.
"DataCore continues to set the bar in software-defined storage", stated the Founding Analyst for SSG-NOW, Deni Connor. "While other vendors take small steps or hold out future promises, DataCore builds upon its field-proven storage virtualization technology with this new release of SANsymphony-V. The latest enhancements deliver real benefits - offering greater scalability, expanded scope, higher performance and richer management tools for today's diverse data centres, using an approach free from hardware manufacturer biases to derive maximum value from storage investments."
With the new release, DataCore expands its scope to automate and optimize the performance and use of both flash and spinning disk storage resources on the application server-side, within the SAN or across both. Additional new features and benefits of SANsymphony-V include:
"With DataCore we can provide better solutions and choice to our customers, increasing their efficiency and buying power", stated Dan Molina, chief technology officer for NTH Generation, an IT solutions provider. "The new enhancements in SANsymphony-V are right on target; DataCore understands what organizations need right now to reap the benefits of a software-defined datacenter. Equally important, the ability to span all types of hardware means customers not only get the most from storage investments, they avoid vendor lock-in and gain the flexibility to take advantage of future market developments."
The new storage "world order" is driving the urgency for DataCore's device-independent software layer, especially among IT organisation's eager for ways to pool, provision and centrally manage unlike storage assets. A key driver is the need to optimize lightning fast solid-state memory technology with multiple tiers of lower cost, higher capacity disk drives used to balance application performance objectives against budget constraints. Often, the manufacturer for each class of storage will be different or the tools to control each disparate. Various generations of incompatible equipment are also found in data centres. Where the software needs to reside to optimize performance and capacity is also undergoing a change.
DataCore has always believed that software portability and hardware interchangeability are the essential elements of a software-defined architecture. The new world order requires smart, vendor agnostic storage virtualization and management software that can automate and optimize storage workloads to span both the application server side and the SAN, and SANsymphony-V uniquely answers these new demands.
"EMC's recent ViPR announcements have focused the spotlight on the severity of the broken storage model and this has incited a search for suitable alternatives", noted Paul Murphy, vice president of marketing for DataCore Software. "Since its inception, DataCore has set the standard for software-defined storage. Unlike ViPR, DataCore has no hardware bias or API-dependencies. SANsymphony-V not only federates varied devices, regardless of make or model, it goes further by shaping them into a cohesive, responsive and continuously available storage infrastructure."
"ViPR is limited in functionality and is designed more like an add-on translator and dispatcher of API commands in order to reconcile EMC's family of incompatible storage devices. This only propagates the 'keep buying more hardware' model and delays customers from an inevitable move needed to achieve the full value of software-defined storage", continued Paul Murphy. "DataCore accelerates IO performance and auto-tiers storage across application servers and storage networks. It automatically balances both fast 'in memory' technologies and spinning disks for optimal performance and cost efficiency. According to 'real-world' customers, our platform delivers the right software automation for productivity and makes storage interchangeable, enabling them to shop for the best value from suppliers, now and into the future."
DataCore's SANsymphony-V R9.0.4 software is available from November 4, 2013.