DataCore Software super-sizes virtual disks with storage virtualization software; next: site recovery

DataCore Software responds to appetite for very large logical volumes (up to 1 Petabyte) as physical disk drive capacities get bigger and datasets expand; also see sneak peak at Jan. 5 release of site recovery software.


Sneak peak ahead to Jan. 5

DataCore gave Manufacturing Business Technology permission to say:
"On Tuesday, Jan. 5, DataCore will issue a product announcement concerning the launch of an Advanced Site Recovery (ASR) solution for SANmelody. ASR targets virtualization customers who can't afford dedicated disaster recovery (DR) sites. Moreover, DataCore ASR for SANmelody enables DR for both physical and virtual infrastructures. In releasing ASR for SANmelody, DataCore is providing a more cost-effective solution for smaller businesses and remote site deployments. ASR makes distributed disaster recovery (D-DR) flexibility now practical for all organizations - thereby enabling any company, regardless of size, to embrace this technology by tailoring it to whatever their cost structures allow. The software is designed to work across both virtual and physical storage infrastructures to eliminate or minimize business disruptions and data loss attributed to planned and unforeseen site outages and disasters."


DataCore SANsyphony Software provides a scalable virtual infrastructure.

DataCore SANsyphony Software provides a scalable virtual infrastructure.

DataCore Software, a provider of storage virtualization, business continuity and disaster recovery software solutions, stretched the size of its virtual disks from 2 Terabytes (TBs) to 1 Petabyte (PB), it said Dec. 29 in an announcement that also previewed security software to be released Jan. 5 (see sidebar on right).

"Rather than inch up to 4 or 16 TBs as others are considering, DataCore made the strategic design choice to blow the roof off the capacity ceiling with 1 Petabyte LUNs," commented Augie Gonzalez, Director of Product Marketing, DataCore Software. "But we're still frugal on the back-end, using thin-provisioning to minimize how much real capacity has to be in place day one."

The virtual disks benefit from DataCore's 1 TB per node, 64-bit "mega-caches. "You can be big, and very fast too," added Gonzalez. The huge virtual disk requirement arises from two industry trends. As regards the physical storage pool, clients are eager to group multiple disk drives, each exceeding 1 TB, into Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks (RAID) sets. With this release, DataCore storage virtualization nodes can control pools consisting of numerous RAID sets, each well over the previous 2 TB maximum.

Demand has also been strong from applications seeking to update and analyze very large datasets that in the foreseeable future will grow well past the 2 TB cap.

DataCore says that because it is unbridled by hardware, it rapidly adapts its storage virtualization products to harness the power of bigger, faster, and cheaper equipment within weeks of the technology becoming generally available. That puts customers in the best position to take advantage of future hardware advancements, the company said.

The new software release is available immediately. DataCore customers under current maintenance contracts are eligible to receive the 1 PB software enhancements at no charge.

For more about virtualization from MBT, also see:

- Virtualization: Your ticket to controlling IT operating costs ;

- 2009 Innovation Insight Awards: Here's to virtualization ; and

- Nissan halts server sprawl with Microsoft virtualization software, cuts energy use 34% .

- Edited by Mark T. Hoske, online products editor, Manufacturing Business Technology , MBT,


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