There are a variety of products on the market, including those from DataCore, and others from hardware vendors, such as IBM, HP and Dell, which Hill says are optimized to work on their own infrastructure. SolarWinds and FalconStor each have storage hypervisors as well, along with Hitachi Data Systems and NetApp. Hill says he likes DataCore's offering for its breadth of functionality. "They're like the overnight sensation that's been around for 15 years," Hill says about DataCore.
This week, DataCore released an updated version of its SAN Symphony 9.0 release, which includes an offering aimed specifically at cloud service providers that can be purchased on a per-use basis. Enterprise licenses of the software are available based on the size of the storage that is being managed, the company says, with prices less than $10,000. "We are basically a software that virtualizes the disks that you already have," says George Teixeira, president at CEO of DataCore. "We run on standard servers or virtual machines and take whatever storage is available and present that up to the application servers."
Storage hypervisors, Teixeira says, should eliminate the need to rip and replace existing legacy storage infrastructure, while creating a more efficient storage management platform. DataCore creates tiered storage, for example that automatically allocates storage resources based on the application demands. By reserving the high-performance storage, such as SSDs for only high performance use cases, it allows for a more efficient utilization of storage resources and better performance. Backing up redundant copies of all stored information creates high availability, he says.
Hill says such features are a way for cloud service providers to create a highly available system, or for enterprises that may be looking to centrally manage disparate storage components in a single pane.
Network World staff writer Brandon Butler covers cloud computing and social collaboration. He can be reached at BButler@nww.com and found on Twitter at @BButlerNWW.
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