Pillar Data Systems has announced that the Pillar AxiomONE Release 4.1 now supports the Citrix StorageLink technology in Citrix XenServer to provide further integration for simplified virtual infrastructure management. The new Citrix XenServer 5.6 provides multi-path support natively for Pillar Axiom Arrays for XenServer hosts.
The Pillar Axiom's unified storage architecture allows users to consolidate SAN and NAS from a single storage pool within a single system, and its ability to be provisioned in a similar way as virtualized severs make it suitable for any virtualized environment. The unified storage system can be automatically and dynamically optimized for server virtualization environments. Additionally, the Pillar Axiom storage system allows administrators to provision storage uniquely tuned to the application need and priority, running on virtual servers. Storage can be provisioned in both a "thin" and "physical" context.
StorageLink provides virtualization administrators with a single management interface for both Citrix virtual machine deployments and Pillar Axiom storage arrays. Combining Citrix StorageLink with the Axiom arrays allows users to fully utilize the capacity and computing power of their existing physical servers and storage arrays. The combination results in server consolidation, power and space savings, high server availability and affordable disaster recovery.
With built-in, system-wide quality of service that allows administrators to match storage and server resources with business service level agreements, Pillar's Axiom provides a strong platform for Citrix virtualization environments, according to Pillar.
"The Pillar Axiom was designed to virtualize cache, CPU and capacity resources with simplicity and ease of use in mind," states Bob Maness, vice president, worldwide marketing and channel sales, Pillar Data Systems. "In conjunction with the Axiom, StorageLink allows us to offer greater operational flexibility to administrators who are virtualizing CPU, cache and network resources, so they can reap greater rewards on their virtualization investments."
Citrix StorageLink supports all third-party storage architectures and delivers integration with leading storage platforms allowing users to switch seamlessly between XenServer and Microsoft Hyper-V platforms.
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