Microsoft Unveils New StorSimple Virtual Array Solution for Storage Needs

By CIOReview | Thursday, December 24, 2015

FREMONT, CA: Adding a new product offering to its StorSimple, Microsoft expands its storage workloads for enterprises. It addresses the challenges faced by IT organizations including data growth, storage capacity and data protection complexities.

The StorSimple Virtual Array is a solution in a virtual machines form installed in existing hypervisors. It is built on a hybrid cloud storage approach for on demand capacity scaling in the cloud and cloud based data protection and disaster recovery. It can be run as a virtual machine on the Hyper-V or VMware ESXi hypervisors and can be configured as a File Server. The Virtual Array offers data backup option on Azure for quick disaster recovery. It features virtual array form factor, multi protocol, data pinning, data tiering and item level recovery.

In conjunction with the Virtual Array, Microsoft also updates its StorSimple 8000 series that manages data growth. The StorSimple 8000 series delivers low cost input or output per second and increases storage utilization. It helps to streamline storage and management with automated cloud snapshots that replace costly remote replication and tape management. Furthermore, it improves disaster recovery and compliance without disturbing daily operations. The updated version of StorSimple 8000 is a faster performing cloud appliance making it easier for cloud administrators to get virtualized environments back up and running even after a disaster has occurred.

"Local volumes enable primary storage to be stored within the local tier of the StorSimple 8000 series physical array or the StorSimple Virtual Array, without the data being tiered to Azure to provide the performance needed for applications that cannot tolerate cloud latencies. A local volume is ideal for on-premises workloads that have high IO requirements, such as SQL Server, and storage for Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware virtual machines," says Mike Neil, Corporate Vice President, Cloud and Enterprise unit, Microsoft.