Symantec offering enables data centres to adopt SSDs

Comments Off December 12, 2013 at 6:12 pm

Symantec Corp. has announced a new version of its Storage Foundation software, which it says enables data centres to leverage Solid State Drives (SSDs). The move, it claims, could allow customers to access mission critical data and applications 400% faster than traditional Storage Area Networks (SANs).

The growth of mission-critical data and applications, supporting real-time decision-making, is driving SSD adoption to increase performance within the data centre. Adoption; however, has lacked the central management intelligence that customers need to manage their storage efficiently and effectively, the company said. 

Storage Foundation 6.1 includes:

* A vendor-agnostic intuitive caching layer, enabled by Symantec’s SmartIO technology. SmartIO detects critical application workloads and caches only the hot data on local SSDs, the company says.

* Flexible Storage Sharing (FSS) technology that enables servers to access remote data as if it were from local storage. According to Symantec, this allows organizations to reduce storage costs by up to 80% using commoditized storage hardware, while helping to ensure that all data is replicated, protected, and available.