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DataCore Enhances VIF

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- DataCore Software, the leading provider of storage virtualization SAN software, today announced that it has brought to market a new and enhanced Virtual Infrastructure Foundation (VIF) package that will be marketed and sold as Virtual Infrastructure Foundation PLUS (VIF+). VIF+ takes the original Virtual Infrastructure Foundation to new heights. Like the original, VIF+ includes thin provisioning, iSCSI support, SANmotion data migration technology and performance caching. However, VIF+ adds support for thin provisioning storage pools up to 4TBs, includes snapshot technology for high-speed disk-to-disk backups and supports high-speed Fibre Channel networks. VIF+ goes beyond simple iSCSI solutions and opens up entry for users seeking affordable iSCSI or Fibre Channel SANs, or fast disk-to disk backup and recovery solutions,” said George Teixeira, president and CEO, DataCore Software. “The original Virtual Infrastructure Foundation helped many small business users embrace storage virtualization. However, a number of those users – especially those considering Fibre Channel SANs or a mix of iSCSI and Fibre Channel – were looking for additional functionality for their base SAN.” This new package sells for under $2,750, delivering unmatched virtualization and SAN functionality.

Market impact and user benefit

As with Virtual Infrastructure Foundation, VIF+ is portable software that can run on standard Intel/AMD hardware servers, blades or on Virtual Machines (VMware, Citrix XenServer, Oracle VM, Sun VM, Virtual Iron, and Microsoft Virtual Servers). The release of the original VIF last year represented a major industry first in breaking through the $1,000 price point for a SAN software solution that includes automated virtual capacity functionality (thin provisioning). DataCore iSCSI and thin provisioning capabilities have led to thousands of companies worldwide deploying entry-level, SANmelody and Virtual Infrastructure Foundation solutions.

iSCSI, Fibre Channel, or both: the flexibility to address change
“Clearly we are seeing an increase in the adoption of iSCSI SANs,” commented Teixeira. “However, Fibre Channel SANs are still dominant in the marketplace. With DataCore’s VIF+, users can now choose one or the other, or both. Companies merge or find themselves with departments with a mix of SAN types all the time. And with DataCore, Fibre Channel and iSCSI SANs can co-exist together. Our software is ‘wire and network agnostic’ – providing users with the agility to not be caught off guard by change, now and in the future.”

DataCore Software Corp.