Please note: Storage Magazine reviewed submissions from earlier in the year and selected DataCore SANsymphony-V R9.0.3 for review and the award, since then, DataCore has had a major update R9.0.4 which has greatly enhanced the functionality, please see: DataCore Software’s Newest SANsymphony-V R.9.0.4 Update Release Sets the Standard for Software-Defined Storage Platforms
See today's announcement: Storage Magazine Storage Product of the Year 2013 Awards http://searchvirtualstorage.techtarget.com/feature/DataCore-SANsymphony-V-R903
The DataCore SANsymphony-V update scored highest in functionality among the finalists in the category. New features included wizards to provision multiple virtual disks from templates, group commands to manage storage for multiple application hosts, storage profiles for improved control of resources, auto-tiering and replication, heat maps to optimize performance, and a database repository option for recording and analyzing performance history.
One judge called DataCore SANsymphony-V R9.0.3 a "nice upgrade to scale-out SAN storage as a virtual appliance" from "one of the original storage virtualization vendors."
"Their GUI has made administration easier," said one long-time user. "Performance Counter Recording is helpful when troubleshooting issues and is easy to use, and Performance Counter keeps tabs on everything to see quickly if there are any issues."
SANsymphony's ninth release also boosted scalability to eight nodes per centralized group, improved response time through I/O tuning and DRAM cache optimizations, and added support for persistent Tier-0 flash memory storage, 16 Gbps Fibre Channel ports and Windows Server 2012. The product scope expanded from external SANs to server-side virtual SANs with internal and direct-attached storage.