Whoo-whoo. What's that sound? It's the DataCore Express passing '10k'

That's 10,000 customer sites, we're told

George Teixeira and Ziya_Aral

Storage-area-network (SAN) software supplier DataCore has, we're told, notched up 10,000 customer sites. DataCore is based in Florida and ships SANsymphony and allied SAN software products that turn standalone and clustered X86 servers and their storage into SANs.

The latest, ninth, version of SANsymphony has increased the cluster node count from 8 to 16, effectively doubling the SAN size. CEO George Teixeira said the plan is to increase it stepwise to 128. Version nine also has a next-generation replication service with faster initialisation of its engine, supports Microsoft's ODX and VAAI, and provides logging and configuration alerts.

Teixeira says DataCore has been about software-defined storage for a long, long time. EMC's ViPR is no real advance on that front, merely being an API translator, and looking like the latest version of Invista to him. In effect, he asserts, EMC is saying to its customers that they should keep on buying separate storage devices and now there's an API translator sitting on top of them.

George Teixeira and Ziya_Aral

DataCore CEO George Teixeira and chairman Ziya Aral

He decries the notion that array hardware suppliers such as NetApp can do software-defined storage: "Are you kidding me? SANsymphony is portable and general."

Teixeira told us: "We're seeing a lot more sales and interest in DataCore products after EMC's ViPR launch and we're now in more than 10,000 customer sites." That's after fifteen years of being in business.

He reckons that DataCore has more than 7,000 unique customers with more than 20,000 deployed nodes. And he thinks DataCore software has driven $500 million in hardware sales since it started shipping.

The company's revenue growth rate is north of 20 per cent annually, we understand. SANsymphony sails on and the prospect of a 128-node SAN should satisfy a customer base looking to scale up its storage capacity. ®

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