DataCore Software: Data Center Deployments with Cisco and DataCore Hyper-converged Storage and Networking Solutions

George Teixeira, President, CEO, and Co-founder
Enterprises are looking to deploy business-critical applications, transactional databases (e.g., Oracle), virtual desktop infrastructures, and private clouds in the most cost-effective and flexible manner. With growing data storage needs, IT organizations face challenges with performance, deployment times, and other issues that impact return on investment. “The lack of storage flexibility and productivity has been a major roadblock in creating a truly agile and dynamic data center,” says George Teixeira, President and CEO, Co-founder, DataCore Software.

Cisco UCS platforms combines with DataCore’s powerful unified storage services to provide a comprehensive next-generation platform that unites compute, network and enterprise storage capabilities into a cohesive system designed to reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) and increase business agility.

The combination is well suited for applications ranging from performance-hungry financial applications to solutions being integrated within healthcare and retail, cost-sensitive mid-market applications and the demand for ROBO (Remote Office Branch Offices), and high-availability solutions for metro-area clusters, campus-wide and remote-site disaster recovery.

DataCore transforms Cisco UCS servers into software-defined storage solutions that manage demanding application workloads and supports the full spectrum of hyper-converged systems, virtual and traditional SANs, and data stored in private, hybrid and public Clouds. DataCore delivers comprehensive advanced storage and data services spanning the complete infrastructure versus stand-alone managed vendor solutions that propagate inefficient data silos and lower productivity.

“Our SANsymphony™-V software, deployed at over 10,000 customer sites around the world, has passed Cisco’s demanding Interoperability Verification Testing (IVT) and Cisco's Unified Computing System compatibility certification. This combination delivers proven enterprise-class capabilities,” says Teixeira.The storage virtualization platform, together with Cisco’s UCS servers and networking products creates multiple solution scenarios, including: External SAN Pooling via Cisco VIC Connectivity, Metro-Clustering of Existing and New Storage for Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery and Extreme Acceleration for Business Applications. “We deliver massive performance gains at a fraction of the cost of legacy storage hardware by enabling organizations to seamlessly manage and scale data storage architectures,” points out Teixeira.

DataCore enables Cisco UCS servers to empower businesses with an enduring and dynamic ‘Software-driven Storage' solution that liberates storage from static hardware-based limitations

DataCore has the most comprehensive storage services in the industry that includes flash, disk, and cloud to create a single storage platform that works across the entire infrastructure. “Our platform allows organizations to remove physical, geographical and device-specific restrictions of data storage equipment that slow down, interrupt or endanger IT operations,” says Teixeira. The software allows them to fully utilize Cisco solutions and existing investments while providing high performance, availability and flexibility.

DataCore customer Bio-design Institute at Arizona State University (ASU) needed to seamlessly manage application performance, storage capacity provisioning and escalating storage growth. ASU tried a hardware approach by moving workloads from traditional EMC gear to array based systems touting higher performance but was still unable to gain the needed flexibility and simplified management to deal with the growing volume of data. DataCore addressed these challenges by complementing and adding its management, data protection, performance and tiering capabilities to everything in the mix. “The Bio design IT team can now easily and readily pool all storage capacity, as well as provide centralized oversight, provisioning and storage administration. Moreover, SANsymphony-V extends the useful life of existing storage assets and makes data migrations, hardware maintenance and refreshes simple and non-disruptive,” explains Teixeira.

Based on the concept of ‘Empowering businesses with an enduring and dynamic Software-driven architecture liberating Storage from static array-based hardware limitations’, DataCore in combination with Cisco, “has taken the unified computing approach to a new level that fully incorporates storage,” he concludes.

DataCore News

DataCore Announces Swarm Object Storage Solution to Help Organizations Manage Petabyte-Scale Data Cost-Effectively

Proven, high-performance, scalable solution at half the cost of leading public cloud alternatives

DataCore Software today announced global availability of DataCore™ Swarm object storage software. Swarm is now available through hundreds of channel partners worldwide, completing the company’s portfolio of best-of-breed software-defined storage solutions for block, file, and object—from a single vendor, with award-winning customer support.

DataCore™ Swarm object storage software was designed from the ground up to securely manage billions of files and petabytes of information. It provides a foundation for hyperscale data storage, access, and analysis, while guaranteeing data integrity and eliminating hardware dependencies. Leading enterprises such as BT, Department of Defense, Disney Streaming Services, National Institutes of Health (NIH), Argonne National Labs, and hundreds more worldwide use Swarm to efficiently manage rapidly scaling data sets.

“We have relied on Swarm object storage for many years to ensure the millions of videos and petabytes of data we collect are searchable and instantly accessible,” said Ken Przywara, director of infrastructure at Kinetiq. “At that scale, hardware failure is inevitable, and even when issues occur, Swarm has enabled us to single handedly keep our television intelligence network data available in a cost-effective way.”

DataCore™ Swarm can be used for primary storage of multimedia files including terabyte-sized video, which can be streamed directly from the object store or clipped to make smaller videos for efficient sharing and collaboration. Applications can also store data such as medical records, backups, or archive data directly to Swarm using an S3-compatible API, or standard NFS/SMB file protocols. Cold and warm data from Windows File Server, NetApp, and Dell EMC Isilon can be transparently migrated to lower-cost object storage in Swarm without impacting end users or applications. Additionally, advanced metadata and search capabilities simplify management of billions of files while multi-tenancy makes it ideal for service providers or for central IT departments providing storage-as-a-service to business units across the world.

“Enterprises are moving in the direction of software-defined storage as customers come to understand the flexibility, ease of use and economic benefits that approach brings to the table relative to more hardware-defined approaches,” said Eric Burgener, research vice president, Infrastructure Systems, Platforms and Technologies Group at IDC. “In the wake of its acquisition of Caringo, DataCore now brings a comprehensive software-defined storage platform, supporting block, file and object storage, to the table under a simple fixed price per terabyte licensing approach. Many customers can appreciate the value proposition this offers to administrators that need to manage all three data types.”

DataCore™ Swarm simplifies long term retention with WORM capabilities and enables high-performance throughput workloads such as HPC workflows. It brings the benefits of the cloud (hassle-free administration, economics, and scale) to the datacenter, enabling enterprises to have an on-premises solution that performs like a private cloud—at less than half the cost of many public cloud alternatives.

In addition to the standard infrastructure management features available in most object storage solutions, Swarm is designed to:

• Eliminate complexity and streamline deployment through highly efficient software that runs on any mix of commodity hardware

• Meet most unstructured data workloads with scalable performance through a symmetric architecture that is self-healing and self-managing


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George Teixeira, President, CEO, and Co-founder

Transforms Cisco UCS servers into unified computing platforms that fully embrace software-defined storage, to deliver simple and cost-effective hyperconverged systems, advanced data services and storage management

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