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IBM Enhances NexGen Storage Virtualization

Quoting from CXOtoday

IBM has announced an enhanced storage virtualization software -the IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller 4.1 (SVC) that includes a number of powerful new technologies that helps organizations virtualize their infrastructures more efficiently and at lower costs over longer distances.

In the wake of regional disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina, businesses are increasingly seeking ways to support continuing IT operations by placing data centers that share resources at greater distances than in the past, including in other cities, other states, even other countries.

"Compared to the previous version, our enhanced storage virtualization software provides increased flexibility, ease of management and improved business continuity and disaster recovery capabilities, empowering customers to architect their information on demand environments to be more resilient, dynamic and flexible, regardless of where the data resides," said Kristie Bell, VP, System Storage Marketing, IBM.

Improvements to IBM's storage virtualization software include long-distance global mirror, four gigabits per second (Gbps) fabric support, support for additional disk and server systems and cluster non-disruptive upgrade.

SVC v4.1 features Global Mirror functionality designed to provide long-distance asynchronous remote replication for business continuity and disaster recovery at nearly unlimited distances. The replication service allows a client to mix and match arrays between primary and secondary sites to help reduce overall costs.

It supports a bandwidth of 4 Gbps SAN fabrics in new SVC engines thereby enhancing infrastructure simplification capabilities.

SVC 4.1 is extended to new disk models and server OSs including Hitachi TagmaStore and OpenVMS. Also supported are new disk systems from IBM, HP, and Network Appliance.

Cluster Non-Disruptive Upgrade feature, unique to SVC, is designed to enable customers to replace current SVC engines with new ones without disrupting access to data, ultimately building a foundation for continued infrastructure growth through deployment of more advanced technology.

IBM SVC 4.1 will be available on June 23, 2006 with combined hardware and software.

Also, Supporting this launch is the introduction of IBM TotalStorage Productivity Center (TPC) for Replication V3.1, and IBM TotalStorage Productivity Center (TPC) for Replication Two Site BC V3.1, which offer replication management services for the IBM Enterprise Storage Server 800 and future support in 2006 for the IBM System Storage DS8000 and DS6000.

These products provide customers with an easy to use, single point of control that's designed to help improve performance and minimize replication setup errors.

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Published Saturday, May 27, 2006 8:40 AM by David Marshall
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