DataCore Software

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DataCore Software Corporation
Industry Computer Software
Founded 1998
Headquarters Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Key people
Ziya Aral, Chairman
George Teixeira, CEO
Products SANsymphony-V Software Defined Storage Platform
Number of employees
200+ (2013)

DataCore Software is a leading software defined storage vendor specializing in storage virtualization, storage management, and storage networking.


DataCore was founded on February 4, 1998 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The original team of 12 employees had previously designed and pioneered high-end storage subsystems at Encore Computer. The company was formed to build portable storage virtualization software to manage and control storage resources and insulate users and applications from storage-related disruptions. The company also describes itself as a leader in software defined storage architectures based on its solutions being hardware independent and managing and auto-tuning the performance and utilization of all forms of storage including flash memory technologies, spinning disk drives and Cloud storage.[1] The original team worked without pay throughout 1998 before receiving nearly 8 million dollars from angel investors and venture capital firms New Enterprise Associates and Flagship Ventures in January, 1999.[2] A $30 million round in 2001 was led by Vista Equity Partners.[3] From inception until 2008, DataCore received a total of $85 million in venture capital.[4] In addition to the $85 million raised prior to 2008, DataCore received an additional round of $30 million of venture capital investment on May, 2008 from Insight Ventures and Updata Partners; therefore over $115 million has been raised via venture capital over the life of the company.[5]


SANsymphony was released in the year 2000 as an open storage management software platform for larger enterprise systems. SANsymphony manages higher level constructs such as groupings, storage pools, regions, domains, and attributes such as high availability, channel paths in a storage area network (SAN). SANsymphony (Release 1.0 through 7.0 which supported up to 8 nodes was released in 2010 as well as a subset version SANmelody which was limited to 2 node configurations) can thin provision storage capacity, create storage domains, control quality of service, migrate data, accelerate storage performance (read and write caching), and create high-speed snapshots for fast disk-to-disk backup and recovery. SANsymphony supports both Fibre Channel and iSCSI connectivity and other features.[6]


After more than two years in development, DataCore revamped and released SANsymphony-V on January 31, 2011. SANsymphony-V storage virtualization software enables datacenters to use existing equipment and conventional storage devices to achieve the robust and responsive shared storage environment necessary to support highly dynamic virtual IT environments. SANsymphony-V supported desktop virtualization, cloud computing, business continuity, and disaster recovery initiatives. It forms a virtualization layer across disk storage devices to maximize the availability, performance and utilization of data centers of all sizes. The centrally-managed data protection, provisioning, caching, replication and migration functions operates over different models and brands.[7] DataCore announced SANsymhony-V 9.0 on July 2, 2012.[8] DataCore announced a Software Defined Storage update release to SANsymphony-V on Nov 4, 2013 which supports up to 16 nodes and new features including self-healing storage.DataCore announced hyper-converged setup with Huawei .[9]


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