Dot Hill Launches AssuredUVS Unified Virtual Storage Appliances

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AssuredUVS appliances are designed to reduce storage complexity and support cloud infrastructures.

Unified virtual storage and SAN storage solutions provider Dot Hill announced the launch of AssuredUVS Standard and AssuredUVS Datacenter, built on the company’s Assured architecture. The appliances consolidate and virtualize storage across storage protocols, environments and mixed storage platforms to support multiple server applications.

The appliances help enable small to medium-size businesses to manage combinations of block storage (Fibre Channel or iSCSI) and file storage (NAS systems with CIFS or NFS) via a common set of data management features such as snapshots, thin provisioning, tiered provisioning, replication, synchronous mirroring and data migration all from one user interface.

AssuredUVS Standard and AssuredUVS Datacenter models are designed to allow midmarket organizations to create storage volumes, migrate data and establish snapshot schedules in a wide variety of operating and hypervisor environments, including Windows, Linux, Solaris, HP-UX, Mac OS, VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V. The AssuredUVS platform supports storage models from a variety of vendors, including Apple, EMC, Hitachi/HDS, HP, IBM, NetApp and Oracle, among others.

"IT managers are looking for storage solutions that not only deliver immediate value, but also enable flexibility and growth over time, so that storage can adapt to changes in an organization's applications, user needs or business demands," stated Mark Peters, senior analyst at IT analyst and business strategy firm Enterprise Strategy Group. "Storage solutions that are both virtualized and unified are ideal to address the needs for both storage flexibility and data growth. Dot Hill has the right mix of capabilities and offerings and has positioned itself to capitalize on the market opportunity."

The company said AssuredUVS appliances are expected to be available through Dot Hill authorized resellers starting in December. List prices start at $63,960 for AssuredUVS Standard models with dual controllers for high availability. AssuredUVS can be purchased with a variety of capacity and performance options based on Dot Hill storage arrays, and Asynchronous Replication and NAS support will be sold as additions to the base package.

"Organizations are rapidly moving beyond the deployment of server virtualization to simplify and consolidate diverse server platforms. Today, they want to make server virtualization a scalable, flexible foundation for the vast majority of their IT workloads," said Richard Villars, vice president of storage and IT executive strategies at research firm IDC. "The biggest barrier to achieving this goal is the failure to also deploy a virtualized storage infrastructure. Solutions like Dot Hill's new universal storage solution will make it possible for more organizations to actually obtain the hoped for gains in IT efficiency and reliability promised in virtual server build-outs."