DataCore Software, the provider of storage virtualisation, business continuity and disaster recovery software solutions, announced that it has teamed up with Citrix Systems to distribute a free to try, downloadable, DataCore Virtual SAN Appliance. The company also released a Citrix StorageLink adapter to integrate its storage virtualisation solutions with Citrix Essentials for XenServer and Microsoft Hyper-V.

The Virtual SAN Appliance evaluation software enables to try Citrix Essentials with a StorageLink-certified, iSCSI shared storage SAN that can pool up to 1 Terabyte of disk space, efficiently “Thin Provision” storage to virtual machines, speed up application performance and create snapshots for Instant Volume Cloning and Fast Disk-to-Disk Backups.

The DataCore Virtual SAN Appliance and StorageLink Adapter can be downloaded at

“Customers want performance, productivity and manageability in a dynamic virtual infrastructure. Through StorageLink, DataCore presents to Citrix Essentials virtual disks that are well behaved, non-stop, lightning fast and waste-free, even though the physical storage behind it may come from a variety of manufacturers and be of a price, age and quality very different from one another,” said George Teixeira, DataCore president and CEO.

DataCore has developed a fast-track “ramp up” programme for its partners, which provides them with NFR software and the opportunity to build their DataCore businesses at their own pace. The DataCore solutions are verified Citrix Ready through the Open Storage Program.

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