Pancetera simplifies storage management in virtual environments

Pancetera Software, a storage virtualization start-up, launched this week with a software-based virtual machine appliance that simplifies the management of storage for virtual server environments.

The company says that as the number of virtual machines and storage grow, that backing them up and protecting them with anti-virus packages grows increasingly more complex and that moving the connections between virtual machines and storage becomes a nightmare. Processes for backup and disaster recovery that were designed for physical servers don't translate to virtual environments.

Pancetera's Unite software runs as a virtual appliance outside of the primary data path, and consists of three components, SmartRead, SmartView and SmartMotion. SmartRead offloads the production host, allowing greater virtual machine density and performance. It accelerates the vStorage API by as much as five times and according to company claims increases the performance of deduplication appliances and WAN accelerators by as much as 10x. Further, SmartRead reduces the I/O imposed on primary storage by as much as 80%.

SmartView lets customers integrate their existing backup, replication and anti-virus software, gives one view of all virtual machines and reduces storage complexity. SmartMotion increases virtual machine replication speeds by 10x.

Over time, Unite will also enable search, compliance, eDiscovery and log analytics capability. Unite is generally available at $1,000 per CPU socket.

Pancetera is headed up by Henrik Rosendahl, CEO, formerly of Thinstall and was founded in 2008 by Bart Bartlett, vice president of marketing, and formerly of Data Domain, Mitch Haile, CTO, formerly of Data Domain, and Greg Wade, vice president of engineering and once more formerly of Data Domain.

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