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DataCore SANsymphony – Product Analysis

Published July 9th, 2019. In-depth 20-page overview covering the architecture, connectivity and performance of DataCore's SANsymphony. Download the Product Analysis now!

DataCore Software provides SAN virtualization software to provide virtualization of storage attached to a computing element running their SANsymphony software.  There are offerings for the software:  the first is as an appliance running on Intel-based processors connected to a Storage Area Network.  The second instantiation of the software is installed on a virtual machine to operate as a Virtual SAN providing shared storage capabilities for internal flash and attached storage.  The features that the software enables for customers include:

  • Virtualization of heterogeneous storage controlled by the SANsymphony software,
  • Attachment of heterogeneous servers to storage with no server software required,
  • High Availability with N+1 scaling (SANsymphony) or paired controllers
  • Up to 64 nodes in a configuration
  • Volumes may be shared between cooperating servers by assigning read and write privileges,
  • Centralized administration through a centralized management console,
  • Security control for attached storage,
  • Enables advanced features such as snapshot, replication, migration and data caching,
  • Enables the flexibility of booting any server from a SAN virtual disk,
  • Thin provisioning of volumes with space reclamation,
  • Adaptive caching with large (1TB) data caches,
  • Integration with VMware vCenter and SRM.
  • VMware VAAI support.
  • Auto-tiering movement of data between devices based on access frequency
  • Consistency groups for replication and snapshots
  • Cloud target for auto-tiering including Amazon S3, ECS, etc.
  • Random write accelerator
  • Automation for virtual desktop creation and administration
  • Virtual disk compression and deduplication as background activity
  • Integration with backup software
  • Optimizations for use of SSD as cache
  • QoS controls
  • Transparent migration
  • Container orchestration

DataCore SANsymphony Product Analysis Includes:

  • Highlights
  • Overview
  • Product Architecture
  • Connectivity
  • Configuration
  • Reliability, Availability and Serviceability
  • Advanced Features
  • Performance
  • Evaluator Group Comments

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