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Sanbolic Inc. Melio V3.5

Sanbolic Melio V3.5 is a virtual clustered file system and volume management suite that serves as an abstraction layer between the hardware and the data.

Sanbolic Melio V3.5 is the storage system software category silver winner in Storage magazine's/'s 2011 Products of the Year competition. Read our 2011 guide to the best data storage products to review all the winners.

Silver 2011 Products of the Year

Sanbolic Melio Version 3.5 virtual clustered file system and volume management suite earned high scores for ease of use, manageability and integration.

Melio serves as an abstraction layer between the hardware and the data, decoupling applications from the storage to give servers improved access to shared storage, logical unit numbers (LUNs) and volumes. In a virtual environment, Melio installs on each physical host and enables multiple virtual machines to access one storage volume and point to the same data set in a high-availability configuration. Capacity can be added to the common storage pool as needed, without disruption to users.

Sanbolic Melio 3.5 adds support for a broader range of hypervisors beyond Microsoft’s Hyper-V. The product now supports Citrix’s XenServer, Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) for Linux servers and VMware’s vSphere.

Sanbolic Melio V3.5

Other new features in Melio 3.5 include synchronous and asynchronous mirroring and replication, increased scalability, an open API and local server storage sharing, whereby a user can create a shared storage pool using internal storage from existing servers.

“Melio is a better file system for Windows than Microsoft’s own NTFS,” one judge said. “It eliminates [many] Windows file system issues, provides much better performance, increases data resilience, simplifies storage management and scales well beyond anything Microsoft has with dramatically simpler management.”

Pricing starts at $999 for the private cloud edition. Sanbolic also sells enterprise and virtual desktop editions.

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