DataCore launches new SMB SAN software solutions

By Koushik Saha on 4.1.09

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DataCore Software, the leading provider of storage virtualization, business continuity and disaster recovery software solutions, today announced an expanded line of new, feature-packed, SAN software starter packages priced for small-to-midsize businesses ( SMBs ).

"Two critical elements necessary for safe and effective virtualization have remained out of reach for SMBs: SANs to consolidate and manage storage, and business continuity solutions to assure that consolidation works for you and not against you," said George Teixeira, president and CEO, DataCore Software Corporation. "SMBs needed a solution that does both and does it at the right price."

Unmatched enterprise-class capabilities priced to fit the SMB budget :
The high cost and complexity of traditional SAN storage required to support virtual servers and desktops puts it out of the reach for many small and mid-size businesses. DataCore's new packages firmly reset the industry's starting price point for business continuity solutions that provide true auto failover/failback high-availability and fault tolerance.

These new packages provide a new level of automated storage protection to ensure business uptime, while also significantly lowering the cost and complexity barriersof SAN storage for Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix, Virtual Iron, Parallels, VMware and other server and desktop virtualization environments.

The new software packages, with entry prices starting at under $2,000 per server, include thin provisioning, data migration technology, storage performance caching software, snapshots for fast disk backups, remote site disaster recovery replication and DataCore's High Availability ( HA ) data protection. In virtual server and desktop environments, DataCore's HA is unmatched in automation ( true failover/failback recovery ), manufacturer independence ( storage and server brands ), network connectivity ( iSCSI or FC, or both ) and proven fault tolerance ( deployed in thousands of systems worldwide ).

Market Impact - High-end auto failover and failback recovery SANs, now practical for SMBs :
DataCore's new packages fill the gap between low-end, Windows system replication solutions that provide limited single system data protection ( e.g. Double-Take Software ) for VMs at a cost of thousands and higher-end, enterprise-class storage arrays and SAN that provide necessary protection but are complex and often cost $100,000 or more. With these packages, DataCore has created a new class of SAN solutions that deliver the highest-end data protection capabilities at a SMB price point.

DataCore's cost-effective solutions make 'cost avoidance' and high availability SANs a reality :
"DataCore makes cost avoidance a reality," continued Teixeira. "The software leverages existing storage investments, maximizes utilization and runs on virtually any Intel/AMD hardware platform or, for maximum cost avoidance, even on a VM itself. It is a 'renewable resource" within SMB's providing years of return on investment, because unlike throw away hardware-based solutions, it can be expanded and upgraded to meet growth needs and stay on top of the rapid pace of changes in IT."

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