DataCore Updates SANSymphony
One of the leaders in the emerging storagevirtualization space has released a new version of its software to better meetthe challenges of storage management. DataCoreSoftware Corp. released SANSymphony 5.0 today.
SANSymphony allows administrators to pool storageresources into a single unit and create virtual volumes on top. Volumes can beresized to better reflect the needs of an application or make better use ofexisting resources.
One of the new features in the 5.0 release is theability to assign better-performing storage systems to mission-criticalapplications, ensuring data gets to the user in time. In addition, it obviatesthe need to upgrade poorly performing systems to keep mission-criticalapplications running.
SANSymphony also allocates physical storage in smallquantities, regardless of the size of the virtual volume. This ensures largechunks of a disk aren’t dedicated to an application that doesn’t need the spaceand reduces the need for de-fragmenting or repartitioning disks.
Datacore has also added the ability to pool storage onIP networks into the storage infrastructure. The product is targeted primarilyat SAN installations, but now enables management of NAS devices through theproduct.
SANSymphony now offers features for remote replicationand mirroring as well.
Finallly, DataCore has added quality-of-service andbilling features to reflect the business needs of storage administrators. With thesefeatures, DataCore positions the product as a storage management platform.Administrators can check the reports it generates to see if SLAs are met or usethe data for billing back storage space to individual departments within theorganization. – Chris McConnell