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DataCore Integrates SANs with SANsymphony

SANs often rely on the assumption that all storage devices will be identical, making it difficult to employ legacy devices into a new SAN. DataCore Software Corp. has introduced a product that may allow administrators interested in SANs to integrate some of their current devices into a SAN.

DataCore’s first product, SANsymphony, converts islands of dissimilar storage into a networked storage pool. This may allow administrators to integrate current devices into the pool.

"We convert discrete storage into shared storage," says Brownell Chalstrom, DataCore's vice president of marketing. Chalstrom feels that a large pool of shared storage is more efficient than dedicating devices to particular applications.

In addition, once SANsymphony is in place, the hardware is treated like a uniform array of devices. Administrators can easily partition storage without worrying about the hardware. Chalstrom points out that the pool can scale for particular applications with a few configurations.

SANsymphony runs on Windows NT and 2000 systems and allows administrators to access the software remotely. "We add the ability to manage storage on the network," says Chalstrom. Unlike "black box" solutions which employ proprietary hardware and operating systems, SANsymphony uses a standard drag and drop interface and hardware.

Contact DataCore, (954) 267-1620, www.datacoresoftware.com.

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Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.

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