Friday, 13 March 2015

DataCore and Cisco Unified Computing Systems, Extends Software-Defined Storage Services Infrastructure-wide

“Cisco UCS has become a leading force in enterprise computing infrastructure, and DataCore is excited to extend its capabilities to include the delivery of Tier-1 enterprise storage services to business customers.” said Steve Houck, COO of DataCore Software. “Software-Defined Storage allows organizations to have greater choice while protecting their existing investments. SANsymphony-V and Cisco UCS combine to deliver a comprehensive, powerful, yet intuitive platform that allows organizations to address their storage needs and derive more value across their complete infrastructure.”
DataCore Achieves Cisco Compatibility Certification
DataCore Software and Cisco announced today that its SANsymphony™-V and Virtual SAN software, version 10.0.1, has successfully achieved Cisco Interoperability Verification Testing (IVT) compatibility certification with Cisco's Unified Computing System, the UCS C-Series Rack-Servers. See today’s latest press release for more details:  DataCore Software Achieves Cisco Compatibility Certification
DataCore and Cisco: New Use Cases + Extends Enterprise Storage Services Infrastructure-wide

DataCore SANsymphony-V combined with Cisco UCS C-Series offers multiple solution scenario highlights, including:
External SAN Pooling via Cisco VIC Connectivity – Modern IT infrastructures often contain a complex mix of incompatible legacy SAN arrays and emerging storage products. Storage systems on the Cisco Virtual Interface Card Hardware Compatibility List (VIC HCL) can be easily connected to a DataCore-powered C-series rack to eliminate storage silos. Data can be easily replicated, migrated, and tiered across previously incompatible storage products while new products can easily be brought on-line. Thin provisioning, pioneered by DataCore, offers modular scalability with minimal initial investment by allowing capacity to be added efficiently, automatically or on-demand, as needed.
Metro-Clustering of Existing and New Storage for Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery – Two or more Cisco UCS nodes can be used to pool external storage to easily form a stretch cluster over multiple datacenters. With this, organizations can reliably introduce DataCore’s proven zero-touch failover™ to provide mission-critical resilience and non-stop data in disaster scenarios. Cisco partners can easily enable a broader set of enterprise customers with application availability and mobility, regardless of storage infrastructure, by combining DataCore-powered C-series rack with technologies such as Cisco OTV. Asynchronous replication can be enabled to provide further protection in DR scenarios, including failover to public cloud services.
Extreme Acceleration for Business Applications – Cisco UCS servers provide a multitude of Direct Attached Storage (DAS) hard drive and flash media options. Combined with SANsymphony-V software, these can be used to deliver data via Fibre Channel or iSCSI to external application clients or internally to applications or VMs inside the UCS server. DataCore’s write optimization technologies can accelerate random IOPS hard drive performance to match performance associated with Flash SSD media capabilities. DataCore’s real-time auto-tiering capabilities and ‘heat map’ visualization tools automate and simplify the movement and management of data hotspots to high-performance storage media and can be used to accelerate SAN storage with DAS flash.
DataCore’s SANsymphony-V is a proven 10th-generation software platform with 25,000+ licenses deployed at more than 10,000 customer production sites globally. To learn more, please see:DataCore Software-Defined Storage
Cisco and DataCore Partners in Action
DataCore and Cisco partners can now provide 100% Cisco hardware solutions, end to end, covering storage, network, and compute needs in order to provide complete datacenter solutions with Tier-1 enterprise storage capabilities. These solutions provide enterprise-class storage features for both self-contained hyper-converged setups as well as architectures that allow independent scaling of storage and compute, all connected by a Cisco-powered network fabric. Optional new or legacy external storage systems from third parties can be easily integrated into these solutions according to business requirements.
The Cisco Solution Partner Program, part of the Cisco Partner Ecosystem, unites Cisco with third-party independent hardware and software vendors to deliver integrated solutions to joint customers. As a Solution Partner, DataCore Software offers a complementary product offering and has started to collaborate with Cisco to meet the needs of joint customers. For more information on DataCore Software, go to:

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