Sanbolic Announces Support for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V in Melio FS 2008

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Sanbolic's clustered file systems will be available to Microsoft customers as they deploy virtualized applications on Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V.

Sanbolic, Inc., a leading developer of software to simplify and share SAN storage, today announced the availability of Melio 2008 and LaScala 2008, as well as support for Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V. Hyper-V is Microsoft's new hypervisor-based server virtualization solution, which will be available as part of select versions of Windows Server 2008 later this year. Hyper-V is currently available in Beta. Melio and LaScala have added support for Windows Server 2008, which was released earlier this month.

Sanbolic's products are designed to support Windows applications that benefit from central administration of a large virtual storage pool on SAN storage accessed by multiple physical or virtual servers, and to provide concurrent shared read and write access to a shared file system from multiple servers. Sanbolic's software is designed to be easy to install and intuitive to use by customers familiar with Microsoft Windows.

"Server virtualization promises among other benefits improved data center agility and efficiency," said Cameron Haight, research vice president, Gartner, Inc. "Enterprises looking to adopt this technology should look for solutions that fully enable the supporting infrastructure, such as the storage tier, to likewise contribute to improved data center effectiveness."

Using Sanbolic's Melio clustered file system with Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V allows all virtual machine images to be stored on a common LUN and helps simplify provisioning and virtual machine storage management. All physical hosts have concurrent read and write access to the LUN containing virtual machine images, so any virtual machine may run on any physical host. Virtual machine migrations do not require changing the storage connection between hosts and can be completed in a few seconds. Sanbolic's file system can also be used with applications running on physical machines to provide shared access to data on SAN storage from multiple servers.

"Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V enables IT organizations to more cost-effectively adopt virtualization, and improve utilization, optimize infrastructure, and rapidly provision new servers using systems management tools for both physical and virtualized environments," said Zane Adam, senior director of virtualization strategy, Microsoft Corp. "We are very pleased that Sanbolic's clustered file systems will be available to our customers as they deploy virtualized applications on Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V."

Sanbolic software currently supports Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows Vista, Windows 2000 Server, Windows Server 2003, and Windows Server 2008. Sanbolic distributes its product solutions worldwide through a network of distributors, OEMs, VARs and system integrators.

Sanbolic will be exhibiting this solution at the Microsoft Partner Pavilion at Storage Networking World in Orlando April 8-9 and at Microsoft Management Summit April 28-May 2.

About Sanbolic, Inc.:
Sanbolic, Inc is a Watertown, Massachusetts-based company that provides software for simplifying and sharing SAN storage. Sanbolic's product extends the capability of Windows applications by allowing SAN storage to be easily administered, expanded and reassigned, while supporting shared data access to improve application availability and/or application scalability. Further information about Sanbolic can be found on its website http://www.sanbolic.com.

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