December 31, 2007 – DataCore Software, the leading provider of storage virtualization SAN software, today announced that it has brought to market a new, iSCSI-enabled, VM Starter SAN package. This feature-packed version of DataCore’s SANmelody comes bundled and ready-to-use. Priced around $4,000 (per SAN server), the VM Starter SAN bundle includes auto-allocating thin provisioning storage support, SANmotion data migration technology, high performance caching software, snapshots for fast disk backups, auto failover/failback data protection via synchronous network mirroring as well as remote site disaster recovery support through asynchronous IP mirror replication. The DataCore VM Starter SAN provides a simple and affordable way to get started realizing the cost savings and productivity benefits of a fully featured, virtual SAN.


“By creating a VM Starter SAN package with iSCSI support, DataCore has made it easy for either an IT department or an IT integration partner to set up an iSCSI SAN that can serve physical or virtual machines (VMs). What’s more, the software can run within a physical environment, such as a blade server, or in many of the top VM environments, including VMware, Xen, Microsoft and others,” said Jack Fegreus, president, Open Bench Labs. “The beauty of DataCore’s software is that it is completely portable. At a time when many sites are testing multiple VM environments before standardizing on a particular vendor, providing sites with the ability to mix-and-match among many flavors of virtual or physical servers makes DataCore’s VM Starter SAN package a uniquely powerful tool.”


All of DataCore’s storage virtualization SAN software – SANmelody, SANsymphony, Traveller and the new VM Starter SAN – can all run on VMs. Moreover, DataCore’s unique “Carry Forward Investment Protection Program” applies to all of DataCore’s offerings. With the Carry Forward Investment Protection Program, users only pay the difference in cost should they add options like Fibre Channel, upgrade to higher capacity, or upgrade to larger scale SANsymphony platforms at some future time.

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