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DataCore Software Announces Hot New Capabilities and Turbo Charged Performance for Tier-1 Applications with SANsymphony-V R9



DataCore Software Announces Hot New Capabilities and Turbo Charged Performance
       for Tier-1 Applications with SANsymphony-V R9 Storage Hypervisor

Expanding Enterprise IT Environments, Virtualized Applications and Hybrid
Clouds Benefit with Extended Scalability, Added Performance Optimization and
Greater Cost Savings from New Configurability Choices

PR Newswire

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Feb. 12, 2013

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Feb. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- DataCore Software, the
premier provider of storage virtualization software, today introduced major
enhancements to its SANsymphony™-V Storage Hypervisor. The new capabilities
come at a critical time as CIO reactions to an extraordinary barrage of data,
coupled with the need to make business-critical application response times
faster and continuously available, are determining competitiveness and which
companies come out on top.

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"What matters most to a business is the ability to compete, so we deliver an
industry-leading user experience with fast, constantly available applications
for the greatest possible productivity," explains George Teixeira, president
and CEO of DataCore Software. "Customers clearly want to get more from their
tier-1 apps and infrastructure. Whether they're running SAP, Oracle, Microsoft
SQL, SharePoint, Exchange or VDI, they quickly realize SANsymphony-V maximizes
performance like no other technology, providing them with a clear business
advantage."

Several of the more visible technology innovations of the new SANsymphony-V
are as follows.

Enterprise and Cloud Scalability X 8

As data grows the ability to easily scale performance and capacity also grows;
a critical need is sizing which is often unknown at the start of a new
project. DataCore provides the freedom to choose and define cost-effective
nodes, and with the enhanced SANsymphony-V, the maximum number of storage
virtualization nodes in a centrally managed group doubles from four to eight.
This enables large scale data centers and cloud service providers to
non-disruptively expand into the additional nodes, extending capacity,
throughput and connectivity. Most clients managing capacities in the petabyte
range will configure DataCore™ software in an N+1 redundant grid to achieve
continuous availability while reducing the cost of redundancy.

Faster & More Predictable Performance: 50 Percent Quicker, Optimized for Flash

Lack of performance or overprovisioning due to unpredictable demands are major
cost drivers and throwing costly hardware at the problem is not an optimal or
sustainable solution. SANsymphony-V maximizes existing resources, while
incorporating the latest technologies like flash/solid state disks (SSD) cost
effectively. The software adds several new features to its adaptive caching
algorithms aimed at virtualized, mission critical applications, yielding close
to 20 percent faster IOPS and throughput (Megabytes/sec) than earlier
versions. These refinements, along with special multi-threaded developments,
better leverage processor parallelism to make I/O response approximately 50
percent quicker for transactional workloads.

Equally important, performance spikes are "smoothed" for more predictable
application response times, with users benefitting from a more linear
performance growth curve as memory or the latest flash/SSD innovations are
incorporated. 

Application Performance & Storage - New Tuning and Troubleshooting Options

DataCore offers an extensive set of management tools including "heat maps" to
optimize performance and cost-effective tiering of storage assets. The new
SANsymphony-V adds an ability to do trend analysis over time with a recording
feature that compiles and displays a running chart of metrics gathered from
the environment. Workload spikes or potential bottlenecks can then be easily
addressed. The historical collection may also be exported as a CSV file for
further analysis, planning and reporting with Microsoft Excel and other tools.

Customized Control for Better Resource Utilization and Storage Tiering

Every environment is different, so greater control allows even more
optimizations to improve costs and performance. Storage profiles for virtual
disks may be customized to control how the dynamic policies for auto-tiering,
remote replication and synchronous mirror recovery are prioritized. These
custom profiles supplement default policies built into the software. The
importance of virtual disks can be set to critical, high, normal, low, or
archive to control which volumes take precedence when competing for shared
resources. This ensures important applications benefit from more valuable
resources such as flash memory and SSDs, with less demanding tasks using lower
cost, higher density storage.

Fast, Simple "Undo" Continuous Data Protection, Rapid Restore for Critical
Applications

Business critical applications need to be up-and-running and SANsymphony-V now
offers a greater degree of Continuous Data Protection (CDP) and near instant
restoration. In addition, conventional nightly back-up windows either no
longer exist or are difficult to schedule, therefore, the ability to do
non-disruptive backups and do them when time permits is a major business
benefit. The recovery window and running log for continuous data protection
has been extended from hours to two weeks. This helps IT rapidly restore
virtual volumes to a point in time before malware, logic errors or user
mistakes occurred, even if detected several days later. System administrators
may also rewind a virtual disk image to any point within the 14 day rolling
window. As a result, the rollback image can be mounted to recover specific
files accidentally deleted, and/or, the current disk can be replaced with the
rollback image to completely undo changes that transpired after malware
infection or logic errors began.

New Windows Server 2012 Platform

SANsymphony-V now runs on the Windows Server 2012 operating system in addition
to Windows Server 2008 R2. The storage hypervisor can run on dedicated
physical Windows servers to virtualize storage over a SAN for numerous hosts.
It can also co-reside with virtualized applications hosted by Microsoft
Hyper-V 3.0 and VMware vSphere 5.x. In either case, DataCore maximizes the
performance, availability and utilization of internal and directly attached
storage (DAS), as well as external disk arrays.

Lower Cost to Unify Storage and Clustering- Highly Available NAS/SAN

DataCore takes advantage of new capabilities in the Windows Server 2012
platform for more powerful and cost-effective unified network attached
storage/storage area network (NAS/SAN) capabilities. Fully redundant, highly
available configurations scale out to more nodes and quickly switchover
network file system (NFS) and common Internet file system (CIFS) SMB clients
despite hardware and facility outages. Customers will find the storage
solution even more attractive since Microsoft has made failover clustering
available in its lower cost Standard Edition, allowing files to be
de-duplicated to save disk space.

Pricing and Availability

The latest version of SANsymphony-V R9 will be generally available starting
February 2013.  Pricing starts under $10,000 for two licenses used in highly
available configurations and includes 24x7 annual technical support and new
version rights. Existing DataCore SANsymphony-V customers under annual support
contracts may upgrade at no-charge.

About DataCore Software

DataCore Software develops storage virtualization software for high
availability, fast performance and maximum utilization from storage in virtual
and physical IT environments. DataCore SANsymphony™-V storage hypervisor is a
comprehensive, hardware-independent solution that fundamentally changes the
economics of provisioning, replicating and protecting storage in large
enterprises and small to midsize businesses. For additional information, visit
the DataCore website at http://www.datacore.com or call (877) 780-5111.

DataCore, the DataCore logo and SANsymphony are trademarks or registered
trademarks of DataCore Software Corporation. Other DataCore product or service
names or logos referenced herein are trademarks of DataCore Software
Corporation. All other products, services and company names mentioned herein
may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Media Contacts:

JaeMi Pennington
Davies Murphy Group (DMG)
781-418-2401
datacore@daviesmurphy.com 

SOURCE DataCore Software

Website: http://www.datacore.com
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