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Citrix Synergy: DataCore&aposs SAN Storage Virtual Appliance and Storage Virtualization Software Are Citrix Ready for XenServer

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., May 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, in conjunction with the start of the Citrix Synergy(TM) conference in Houston, Texas, DataCore Software announced that its two industry leading storage virtualization solutions, SANsymphony and SANmelody, have been verified as Citrix Ready(TM) as virtual appliances running on Citrix XenServer(TM) virtual infrastructure as well as in a standard physical storage server configuration. Rigorous testing verified that both implementations will support XenServer 4.1 with virtual storage and advanced storage services critical to demanding virtual server environments, such as fail-safe data protection, high availability mirroring, disaster recovery replication, SANmotion data migration, thin provisioning storage pools and high speed caching for performance acceleration.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., May 20 /PRNewswire/ — Today, in conjunction with the start of the Citrix Synergy(TM) conference in Houston, Texas, DataCore Software announced that its two industry leading storage virtualization solutions, SANsymphony and SANmelody, have been verified as Citrix Ready(TM) as virtual appliances running on Citrix XenServer(TM) virtual infrastructure as well as in a standard physical storage server configuration. Rigorous testing verified that both implementations will support XenServer 4.1 with virtual storage and advanced storage services critical to demanding virtual server environments, such as fail-safe data protection, high availability mirroring, disaster recovery replication, SANmotion data migration, thin provisioning storage pools and high speed caching for performance acceleration.

The momentum continues to build for DataCore virtual SAN solutions delivered in combination with Citrix XenServer environments. Recent customers include Sherron Associates, Inc., Digital Control, Integra Pacific Mortgage, Weishardt Group, Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls, DocuLegal and Douglas County.

"Now more than ever, storage virtualization is being adopted hand-in-hand with server, desktop and application delivery virtualization," said George Teixeira, president and CEO DataCore Software. "Our storage virtualization software, which can be implemented as a virtual appliance or running on any standard physical software, creates a 'storage usability layer,' giving your storage the consolidation flexibility, simplicity, and utilization benefits of virtualization and the advantage of performing all your important storage services across all your physical storage as a single pool, instead of having to fuss with these devices individually."

The Citrix Ready program recognizes Citrix partner products that have been validated by Citrix and/or partners to work in Citrix environments, making it simpler for customers to identify solutions that can be used with confidence in Citrix environments.

For more information on DataCore's SMB-affordable line of feature-packed SAN virtualization solutions and a free 30-day test drive, please visit: www.datacore.com/trialsoftware

Praise from DataCore/XenServer Customers – Making the Virtual Enterprise a Reality, Worldwide

"Without the Citrix XenServer and DataCore combination, we would not have been able to afford to consolidate our servers and install a SAN to protect our storage," said Gayle Spencer, network administrator, Sherron Associates. "From a financial perspective, any other solution would have been much more expensive and would not have extended the cost savings benefits of virtualization to both servers and storage. Had we chose to replace our existing hardware, even the 'best' scenario would have entailed replacing at least a few of our existing, older servers at a cost of $8,000 – $10,000, a piece." Sherron Associates, Inc. is a property management firm located in Bellevue, Washington.

According to Network Administrator Gayle Spencer, "going virtual" with Citrix XenServer and DataCore SANmelody was the most practical thing for the firm to do because with that combination the firm could cost-effectively virtualize and consolidate their storage resources and their entire server farm, consisting of seven virtual servers, on two physical machines. She adds, "SANmelody just works. The beauty is that I do not even have to think about it. It makes managing our infrastructure far more simple and flexible. Above all, DataCore's SANmelody made it easy to set up a high-availability SAN to support our move from an aging server farm to new XenServer-based systems."

In the United Kingdom, Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls chose Citrix XenServer and DataCore's SANmelody solution for server and storage virtualization. Miles Esterson, Managing Director at Semiotic Systems, advised the school on the selection of alternatives. According to Esterson, "Using the combination of Citrix XenServer and DataCore's SANmelody solution we are able to comfortably and affordably install server and storage virtualisation. DataCore made it easy to virtualise the storage and set up a 3TB SAN to protect our clients' data. With their AIM software feature, client systems are now able to automatically be replicated and synchronised to the SAN." Located in Elstree, Hertfordshire, Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls was founded in 1875. It provides leading, independent education for girls from ages 4-18.

In France, Weishardt Group, one of Europe's largest manufacturers of gelatin used in the food production, life sciences, and other industries, has deployed SANmelody and Citrix XenServer in tandem. According to System Manager Philippe Ottin, "Our production environment is highly demanding, but we have met all our objectives with DataCore SANmelody and Citrix XenServer. The combination solution gave us a simple to use, cost effective, and agile virtual infrastructure, in which we can deploy and redeploy virtual machines easily and confidently knowing that SANmelody's high availability virtual disks will follow them wherever they go."

DataCore SANmelody(TM) and SANsymphony(TM) virtual storage SAN solutions are some of the first SAN solutions to be verified for XenServer(TM) in the Citrix Ready(TM) program. Additional information, white papers and case studies can be found on the Citrix Ready site at: www.citrix.com/English/ps2/citrixready/product.asp?contentID=746020 .

Citrix Synergy

Citrix Synergy runs May 20-23, 2008 in Houston, Texas. For more information, visit http://www.citrixsynergy.com/ .

Please stop by and visit DataCore in booths 305 & 306 at Citrix Synergy to see demonstrations of DataCore and Citrix solutions.

About DataCore Software

DataCore Software, the leading provider of storage virtualization SAN software, fundamentally changes the economics of managing storage with innovative software that combines advanced functions and services with the agility and savings of hardware independence. DataCore lowers the cost and complexity of IT by making storage efficient, fast, flexible, fail-safe and virtual. DataCore's portable storage server software simplifies and automates capacity expansion and centralizes storage management for Windows, UNIX, Linux, MacOS, NetWare, VMware and other leading open system and virtual server platforms. DataCore is privately held and its corporate headquarters are in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. For more information, call (877) 780-5111 or visit www.datacore.com .

DataCore, the DataCore logo, SANsymphony and SANmelody are trademarks or registered trademarks of DataCore Software Corporation. Other DataCore product or service names or logos referenced herein are trademarks of DataCore Software Corporation. Citrix(R), Citrix Ready(TM), Citrix XenServer(TM) and Citrix Synergy(TM) are trademarks of Citrix Systems, Inc. and/or one or more of its subsidiaries, and may be registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and in other countries. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are property of their respective owners.

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Corporate Contacts: DataCore Software Bettye Grant Tel: 954-377-6000 publicrelations@datacore.com — or — Red Nine PR Stuart Smith 336-896-1874 ssmith@redninePR.com

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