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DataCore Software, a provider of storage virtualization software, announced the availability of SANsymphony-V, the company’s latest generation of storage virtualization software solutions. Two years in development, SANsymphony-V software helps enable datacenters to use existing equipment and conventional storage devices to achieve the responsive shared storage environment necessary to support dynamic virtual IT environments. Software licenses for a fully redundant, high-availability configuration start under $10,000 including annual 24×7 technical support.

SANsymphony-V puts to full use the disk drives and data mounted on the original systems and offers a set of features including all device-independent, includes disk pooling, high-speed caching, synchronous mirroring, asynchronous remote replication, non-disruptive disk migrations, and low-impact online snapshots.

“Unanticipated storage hardware investments and inefficient storage use are often the most critical factors that bring server consolidation and desktop virtualization projects to a screeching halt," said Richard Villars, vice president of storage and IT executive strategies at IT research firm IDC.  "Storage virtualization software solutions like SANsymphony-V allow IT teams to maximize the use of existing storage assets while also dramatically reducing administrative burdens. They frequently play the key role in ensuring the success of organizations’ server and desktop virtualization efforts."

The software uses adaptive caching and performance boosting techniques to absorb variable workloads while simultaneously removing storage as a single point of failure and disruption.  SANsymphony-V is built on an open software platform from which to provision, share, reconfigure, migrate, replicate, expand, and upgrade storage without slowdowns or downtime.

"Virtualization is all about the advantages of software to cut costs and insulate applications and users from disruptive changes and business risks. That’s what DataCore does and why we are the logical third dimension of a virtualization strategy," said George Teixeira, president and CEO of DataCore. "Server and desktop virtualization make up the first two dimensions, and we complete the picture by virtualizing the storage assets.  The business benefits of a stable software infrastructure spanning multiple models and manufacturers across generations of hardware are as compelling for servers and desktops as they are for storage."

SANsymphony-V software can be purchased through DataCore-authorized solution providers across the globe. With the new release comes a licensing and pricing structure based on instances of the software (generally two copies for high-availability) and managed disk capacity. Five different models and price points are available to meet the needs of small to medium-size businesses (SMBs) and enterprises.