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High availability SAN for Citrix demonstration

DataCore Software : 07 May, 2009  (New Product)
Datacore is attending Citrix Synergy to demonstrate it's Citrix Essentials StorageLink Integration
At Citrix Synergy 2009, DataCore Software will announce that its Citrix Ready storage Virtualisation solutions will support Citrix StorageLink to integrate storage management under Citrix Essentials for XenServer and Microsoft Hyper-V. DataCore software delivers non-stop, true high availability, storage solutions for Server and Desktop Virtualisation. Also at Citrix Synergy, DataCore will feature live demonstrations showing how Citrix XenDesktop and Microsoft Hyper-V customers can easily implement and manage high availability DataCore powered storage area networks (SANs) for their virtual infrastructures.

DataCore and Citrix StorageLink - storage management for the Citrix and Microsoft virtual infrastructure worlds

"StorageLink provides a rich integration point between DataCore's Storage Virtualisation Software and Citrix Essentials," stated James Price, vice president of product and channel marketing, DataCore Software.

Citrix StorageLink is a component of the new Citrix Essentials for XenServer and Citrix Essentials for Hyper-V products - enabling simpler, integrated deployment of virtualization and storage solutions.

"Most virtual environments encompass diverse storage devices with disparate or non-existent management tools," continued Price. "DataCore consolidates the configuration, control and monitoring of these dissimilar disk subsystems under one unified management interface. This reduces complexity and costs by allowing administrators to satisfy the varied capacity, availability and performance needs of XenServer and Hyper-V virtual machines through coordinated and consistent requests, irrespective of the underlying storage hardware.'

Microsoft and Citrix are partners in delivering virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) with Hyper-V and XenDesktop. At the DataCore booth, visitors can see live demonstrations of XenDesktop running on Hyper-V, powered by DataCore to keep business applications up and running.

When it comes to desktops, "availability" is what really makes storage and SANs relevant. If the storage goes down, the machines will go down - affecting perhaps tens, hundreds or thousands of users.

"This is exactly what we are demonstrating at the show," notes Price. "We will be running highly available XenDesktop virtual machines, built on Microsoft high availability in Hyper-V - all backed by DataCore's non-stop and lightning-fast storage solutions. Attendees can see firsthand just how Hyper-V delivers a robust virtual machine environment for Citrix XenDesktop, while DataCore provides high availability and high performance storage for the Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization platform."

The second imperative with desktop virtualization is performance. DataCore will also demonstrate how its "Mega Cache" feature can enable system administrators to run hundreds and thousands of virtual desktops simultaneously, delivering an unsurpassed user experience due to real-time performance.

DataCore makes high availability SANs practical - offering non-stop storage and high performance for Citrix and Microsoft Hyper-V environments

DataCore's cost-effective, upgradable software based approach eliminates the need to buy expensive new SANs to attain robust shared storage essential to live migration and workload failover in Citrix and Microsoft Hyper-V environments.

"Many customers are stunned by the high costs and major overhaul generally proposed to put a new shared storage configuration in place," cautions Price. "And there's no getting past the sticker shock after hearing that 90% of their Virtualisation budget will be chewed up just to roll in a new SAN."

"Instead, DataCore storage virtualization software recasts all of their storage and any extra servers they may have into a fully virtualized, highly available, shared storage pool at a fraction of the cost, without compromising performance, functionality or peace of mind."

"The bigger picture here is that technology like this has previously been prohibitively expensive for a small to mid-size business customer," comments Tom Radford, System Administrator, Washington Archives Management. "Sure, large companies have been deploying virtual servers and virtual SANs, but they have had to pay a huge price for doing so. DataCore's SANmelodyâ„¢ enables the small business to get this kind of Virtualisation environment built and to do so without paying for Fibre Channel or paying over $100,000 for the SAN alone, which is what has made having a SAN unattainable for a large number of customers - before DataCore paved the way."

Citrix Synergy 2009 runs May 5-7, 2009 at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. DataCore is a Silver Sponsor of the event and will be located in Booth 400.

DataCore's lineup of solutions are verified Citrix Ready and have broad appeal worldwide. The momentum keeps growing for DataCore storage Virtualisation solutions delivered in combination with Citrix XenServer, XenDesktop and XenApp environments. The Citrix Ready program recognizes Citrix partner products that have been validated by Citrix and/or partners to work in Citrix environments, making it simpler for customers to identify solutions that can be used with confidence in Citrix environments.

DataCore yields the highest availability, fastest performance and fullest utilization from your storage assets, making it an essential element of Citrix configurations. DataCore storage Virtualisation software solutions provide unmatched return on investment and help users "Do More and Save More."

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