VMworld: DataCore Software Targets VMware Users with 'Free to Try' Thin Provisioning That Runs on a VM and Puts Fat Storage on a Diet

Hardware-independent thin provisioning can trim conventional fat storage by 60%, taking a data center from 10TB down to 4TB; DataCore's software radically reduces storage hardware burden on wallet and planet

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 12 -- DataCore Software today announced that it has made it even easier for VMware users to evaluate the cost saving impacts of thin provisioning. DataCore's free to try, downloadable, storage server software can now run on and thin provision storage from VMware virtual machines.

"It's become indispensable," said DataCore and VMware user Ryan Engh, IS Infrastructure Manager, Wasatch Advisors. "Before DataCore, we were buying more storage than we actually needed at any time because we had to over- allocate to make sure that the capacity was there when we needed it. Now, with DataCore thin provisioning, we only allocate what we need when we need it. We've dramatically reduced our storage over-capacity, and we have effectively reduced our costs and energy footprint by more than 50%."

Thin provisioning is revolutionizing storage management and energy savings in data centers around the world, but most potential users have limited access to the technology because vendors restrict their thin provisioning solutions to work only with their own higher priced storage arrays and disks. DataCore(TM) makes thin provisioning an open, network-based service that works with nearly all storage brands and devices. DataCore's affordable, hardware independent, thin provisioning software solutions enable any business to fully participate in the cost saving benefits of virtualizing and consolidating its storage. By offering storage consolidation and thin provisioning as a complete solution, DataCore gives users the two-punch combination required to knockout inefficient storage proliferation and its damaging consequences to their businesses and our world.

According to Mike Karp, senior analyst, Enterprise Management Associates, "Thin provisioning can be great solution for budget-strapped IT managers. It saves money, time, worry, and is 'green', so it makes companies good environmental citizens. The DataCore approach, like that of VMware, and Citrix, is not wrapped in expensive hardware. A customer's investment is protected because DataCore thin provisioning will keep working even if their hardware infrastructure changes."

To make the benefits of thin provisioning even more accessible, DataCore has made a 30-day free trial available for download at www.datacore.com/download.asp.

DataCore is Versatile, Network Software: No Forklift Required

Thin provisioning solutions as offered by other vendors, such as 3PAR and HDS, require the purchase of their proprietary storage hardware that typically cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, making it difficult or impossible for those who are interested in trying out thin provisioning. Pricing for DataCore thin provisioning software solutions starts at $1,000. So, how come DataCore can give everyone the opportunity to try out thin provisioning while other vendors can't?

"It is simple," said George Teixeira, CEO and president, DataCore Software. "Our thin provisioning software is not locked to the hardware. It runs on any standard, Windows server. It doesn't require the purchase of big arrays or expensive hardware. This makes trying thin provisioning easy on the users. Installation, whether on a server or on a VM, takes just a few minutes. Being hardware independent software also makes it easy for us to encourage people to jump on the energy and money saving, thin-provisioning bandwagon by making a 30-day trial available for download from our website. We thought, 'Since we are the only ones who can let everyone try this energy saving technology, it's something we ought to do.'"

DataCore is also betting that those who do take DataCore thin provisioning solution out for a spin will join the ranks of DataCore's thousands of customers worldwide who are currently enjoying efficiency and savings of thin provisioning storage with DataCore's SANmelody(TM) and SANsymphony(TM) software solutions.

According to another DataCore and VMware user, Mike Gayle, Director of IT, Calvary Chapel Ft. Lauderdale, "Thin provisioning is a great solution. What made us choose DataCore, besides its low cost of implementation, is that it's portable software that's not dependent on a single vendor's expensive hardware. My investment is protected because DataCore thin provisioning will keep working for me over different generations of platforms for much longer than any hardware-based solution can."

"Green" Technology Promotes Energy Efficiency, Saves Money and Is Now Available to All to Try

Pioneered by DataCore in 2001, network-based thin provisioning non- disruptively and automatically allocates physical storage capacity to application servers only when it is actually used. This dramatically improves storage utilization and can reduce the total number of disk drives required, and the energy needed to operate and cool them, by half or more. The software installs on any standard Windows platform or VM in minutes.

To obtain a 30-day trial copy of DataCore thin provisioning solution, please visit www.datacore.com/download.asp today.

According to Alberto Natal Cruz, PACS System Administrator, Hunterdon Medical Center, "We truly love the fact that DataCore frees us to use whatever hardware WE deem worthy or necessary. We get to decide what is best for us, not some other vendor. I would encourage anyone who is looking at any sort of storage solution to try DataCore for 30 days; it's free and if you don't think it is a fit for you, you can move on. How many storage virtualization vendors out there are willing to let you do that?"

About DataCore Software

DataCore Software, the leading provider of storage virtualization software, fundamentally changes the economics of managing storage with innovative software that combines advanced functions and services with the agility and savings of hardware independence. DataCore's disk server software easily adds capacity expansion and centralized storage management for Windows, UNIX, Linux, VMware, MacOS, and NetWare systems. DataCore is privately held and its corporate headquarters are in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. For more information, call (877) 780-5111 or visit www.datacore.com.

Source: DataCore Software

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