Storage roundup: Oxford chooses DataCore for VM4rent service, StorageCraft opens UK office

Oxford University opts for DataCore SANmelody for VM4rent; Infortrend unveils new ESVA array range; StorageCraft's new UK presence; Compellent gains S3 as a reseller. Read the latest UK storage product news here.

Oxford University opts for DataCore for VM rental service

Oxford University Computing Services (OUCS) has implemented DataCore SANmelody as storage to support its VM4rent service, which provides computing infrastructure and services on a charge-back basis across 25 colleges and 15 departments.

The 3 TB iSCSI-based DataCore product virtualises storage on heterogeneous arrays and supports rapid deployment of applications from two VMware ESX 3.5 servers. This configuration replaces one that previously provided storage to physical servers from IBM and EMC Fibre Channel storage-area networks (FC SANs).

"The principles behind our VM4rent scheme are perfectly echoed and served by SANmelody," said Jon Hutchings, senior systems engineer at OUCS Network Systems Management Service, "allowing us to plug in storage and support virtual servers as and when we need, ultimately providing a cost-effective storage solution that we are happy to recommend."

Infortrend unveils new ESVA array range

Infortrend has unveiled its Enterprise Scalable Virtualized Architecture (ESVA) SAN products. The arrays support Fibre Channel or iSCSI SAN protocols, and include features such as storage virtualisation, thin provisioning, distributed load balancing, array-based snapshots and replication, energy efficiency and high-availability hardware design.

StorageCraft establishes UK presence

Data protection and security vendor StorageCraft has opened a UK office. The company said growth in the past 12 months led it to open its new office in London and bring three new people on board who are dedicated to marketing and business development for the UK. The company has also announced a push to gain 100 new channel partners in the UK by directly supporting the reseller channel and IT consultancies.

Compellent gains a reseller

Compellent Technologies has added to its UK channel presence with the appointment of Solid State Solutions (S3) Limited. Under the terms of their agreement, S3 will resell Compellent Storage Center as part of its storage and networking solutions portfolio. Compellent has no direct sales force.

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