Best data storage products 2013: Products of the Year
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DataCore Software Corp.'s SANsymphony-V software-based storage virtualization product repeated its bronze-winning finish in the 2010 Products of the Year competition with an update that packed in new features and improvements and latched onto the industry trend of software-defined storage.
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One judge called DataCore SANsymphony-V R9.0.3 a "nice upgrade to scale-out SAN storage as a virtual appliance" from "one of the original storage virtualization vendors."
The DataCore SANsymphony-V update scored highest in functionality among the finalists in the category. New features included wizards to provision multiple virtual disks from templates, group commands to manage storage for multiple application hosts, storage profiles for improved control of resources, auto-tiering and replication, heat maps to optimize performance, and a database repository option for recording and analyzing performance history.
"Their GUI has made administration easier," said one long-time user. "Performance Counter Recording is helpful when troubleshooting issues and is easy to use, and Performance Counter keeps tabs on everything to see quickly if there are any issues."
SANsymphony's ninth release also boosted scalability to eight nodes per centralized group, improved response time through I/O tuning and DRAM cache optimizations, and added support for persistent Tier-0 flash memory storage, 16 Gbps Fibre Channel ports and Windows Server 2012. The product scope expanded from external SANs to server-side virtual SANs with internal and direct-attached storage.