“The trend to virtualize storage-intensive, tier 1 applications like databases and mail systems has really pushed the limits of performance and business continuity for many storage architectures,” explained Jason Cherveny, president and CEO, Sanity Solutions, a DataCore reseller partner. “DataCore makes it practical to help clients meet their demanding application needs and not have to rip and replace everything to do it.”
Moreover, according to Barry Martin, partner and chief technical architect of The Mirazon Group, another IT solutions provider and DataCore partner, “Chief among the obstacles our customers are facing is flexibility of storage. The challenges we hear range from affordability of technology to overcoming performance roadblocks to ensuring non-stop business operations and uptime through high availability. Most organizations have multiple concerns and every customer comes to us with a different perspective on what is most important to them.”
A large hospital that recently engaged Mirazon was a perfect example of the wide variety of problems that organizations face with their storage environments. Chiefly, they needed to replicate data to a disaster recovery (DR) site and required a solution that would ease the migration to their next storage array of choice.
“SANsymphony-V is the ideal, flexible software platform for building completely virtualized infrastructures,” continued Martin. “In fact, we run our business on a SAN powered by DataCore SANsymphony-V. I can tell you from our own internal use of the product, and as a small business, that it has provided us with a very robust SAN at a very affordable price, one that is built to our precise needs and specifications. This is exactly why we deploy the DataCore storage hypervisor for our customers. As with us, it gives them the ability to have both choice and control of their storage.”
Freedom of Choice and More: Performance and Uptime
“SANsymphony-V 9.0 is the latest version of an intelligent virtualization solution from an experienced, independent software provider with no bias for specific hardware manufacturers,” stated Jim Steinlage, president and CEO at Choice Solutions, a DataCore reseller partner.
Resellers also emphasize the performance enhancements that SANsymphony-V 9.0 delivers.
“DataCore’s storage hypervisor improves performance and protects the investments of any legacy equipment our customers already own as well as equipment they purchase in the future,” explained Martin. “SANsymphony-V 9.0 simply makes any storage faster, while delivering maximum ROI.”
Resellers agree that SANsymphony-V 9.0 solves perhaps the most pressing of all IT challenges – uptime. With synchronously mirrored copies each running the storage hypervisor, customers can perform maintenance of their SAN, even in the middle of the day, without disruption to end users. It also allows customers to eliminate storage downtime, which is paramount for avoiding performance issues with all other aspects of their virtualized infrastructure, including servers, desktops and tier 1 applications. This uptime is not just critical to resellers meeting the maintenance needs of their customers, but also for building out or replacing backend disks and storage arrays.
“If a storage array is front-ended by DataCore, we can literally expire those disks, add new storage and bring that into the pool with zero downtime,” noted Martin.
Resellers Praise Enhancements to SANsymphony-V
“DataCore is ‘on the move,’” added Martin. “They have demonstrated very well over the past year and a half that they are taking SANsymphony-V to the enterprise after experiencing tremendous success in the SMB space. What we are seeing in SANsymphony-V 9.0, and what we have been exposed to in terms of features beyond release 9.0, removes all barriers to selling the product to any organization – small or large. From a business standpoint, it’s a great time to partner with DataCore Software.”
DataCore development is primarily driven by direct partner and customer feedback. According to resellers, the following enhancements to SANsymphony-V 9.0 are proving particularly effective, listed in order of significance:
· · Auto-tiering and Heat Map Fine Tuning for optimal performance and SSD utilization
· · Integration with major system monitoring tools (i.e., Microsoft, VMware, Hitachi and SNMP)
· · Scalability and High-Availability: N+1 grid, scale up and out
· · Multi-site replication and recovery: many-to-one, one-to-many, DR readiness test mode
“We love working with DataCore and providing solutions to our customers based on the SANsymphony-V storage hypervisor,” concluded Cherveny. "DataCore enables us to solve tough problems, perform non-disruptive migrations and cost-effectively insert new technologies like flash storage into customers’ existing infrastructures.”