Tuesday 28 August 2012

VMworld 2012: DataCore Software Certified VMware Ready; VAAI, SRM, vCenter Plug-ins Further Integrates Storage Hypervisor with VMware Cloud Infrastructures and Software-defined Datacentres

SANsymphony-V Certified VMware Ready™

Today at VMworld® 2012, DataCore Software announced that SANsymphony™-V is now certified as VMware Ready™ and easily integrates with VMware’s portfolio of solutions, allowing data center and private cloud operators to gain the most from their virtual infrastructure investments. At VMworld 2012, DataCore will showcase SANsymphony™-V 9.0 “The Storage Hypervisor for the Cloud,” which offers customers many far-reaching innovations essential to managing enterprise-wide storage and to quickly deploying agile, scalable cloud storage infrastructures. Attendees are invited to stop by booth #2307 to learn how customers are using VMware and DataCore to optimize their Tier One application workloads and to take advantage of DataCore’s offer for free not-for-resale (NFR) software to qualified VMware certified experts and professionals.

“Our partnership with DataCore helps customers virtualize and optimize their storage infrastructure so it delivers the performance, scalability, flexibility and redundancy required to support their server and desktop virtualization initiatives,” said Parag Patel, vice president, Global Strategic Alliances, VMware. “This capability enables enterprises to realize the full benefits of their private cloud deployments.”DataCore’s SANsymphony-V is VMware Ready and offers seamless integration with:

VMware vSphere® 5

VMware vSphere® Storage APIs for Array Integration (VAAI)

VMware vCenter™ Server

VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager™ (SRM)

DataCore Software is a longstanding member of VMware’s Technology Alliance Partner Program. Thousands of VMware vSphere and SANsymphony-V users are already realizing dynamic, virtualized and private cloud environments powered by the hardware of their choice. DataCore’s SANsymphony-V 9.0 offers VMware software users enhanced flexibility and powerful automation benefits, delivering exceptional value to their private cloud and data center environments. As enterprises and data center operators continue to upgrade and modernize their infrastructure, they will require such solutions to maximize ROI. Advanced features of the DataCore Storage Hypervisor include automated tiering, thin provisioning and high availability, enabling administrators to gain full value and more effective usage of their costly solid state drive (SSD) deployments.

Empowering VMware SRM and VAAI Benefits Across Heterogeneous Storage Arrays
VMware VAAI storage-based hardware acceleration lowers CPU and memory consumption, enables faster deployment, supports VMware vMotion® for storage tasks and disk creation, as well as higher VM consolidation ratios; however, these capabilities only work with VAAI-compliant storage arrays. DataCore’s SANsymphony-V extends VAAI hardware acceleration benefits across heterogeneous storage arrays, regardless of whether those arrays have native VAAI support or the VMFS volumes span the same brand of array enclosure.

The Storage Hypervisor sits in front of all types of storage vendor arrays and devices, presenting DataCore-powered virtual disks/LUNs to VMware vSphere. The software masks the physical characteristics of the underlying storage devices. Bottom-line, it does not matter which physical storage array is sitting on the back-end.

The DataCore storage hypervisor empowers VMware administrators to:

Replicate LUNs or motion virtual disks across different storage arrays

Facilitate the implementation of powerful capabilities like VMware's Site Recovery Manager (SRM) on top of those virtualized and replicated disks

Enable VAAI operations across platforms

Simplify migrations and VMware Storage vMotion

Free up the VMkernel for other activities by offloading work to the storage hypervisor

VMware vCenter™ Server Plug-In Makes it Easy for VMware vSphere Admins to Eliminate Storage Issues
DataCore has made available a VMware vCenter Server plug-in that integrates enterprise-wide storage hypervisor management with VMware vCenter Server to empower VMware administrators with the ability to easily manage virtual machines (VMs) and storage from a single console. Enterprises can now control and schedule key SANsymphony-V storage virtualization services, taking snapshots and tasks directly from their VMware vCenter Server Management Platform. The DataCore VMware vCenter Server management plug-in software is available immediately for download to all SANsymphony-V customers.

For more information, please download the DataCore vCenter Plug-in datasheet. Link:

DataCore SANsymphony-V: “The Storage Hypervisor for the Cloud”
“The march to the cloud continues as enterprises, data centers and service providers increasingly explore the business and technical benefits of fully virtualized environments,” commented Carlos M. Carreras, vice president of alliances and business development, DataCore Software. “Storage is often the overlooked component as organizations move to virtualize servers, desktops and top tier application delivery and take full advantage of their private clouds. Not addressing this component can result in performance bottlenecks and deployment hurdles, and will not make the best use of upgrade investments. DataCore’s Storage Hypervisor is empowering administrators to avoid these pitfalls when migrating to the cloud.”

Visit the Booth and Test Drive the Storage HypervisorAt VMworld 2012
DataCore will provide access to free test drives to any interested attendees and offer free license keys of its SANsymphony-V Storage Hypervisor to VMware vExperts, VMware Certified Design Experts (VCDX), VMware Certified Professionals (VCP) and VMware Certified Instructors (VCI). The NFR license keys – available for non-production uses such as course development, training, lab testing and demonstration purposes – are intended to support virtualization consultants, instructors and architects involved in efforts aimed at managing and fully leveraging storage assets.

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