IBM SAN Volume Controller to Support Rivals' WaresBy Brian Fonseca | Posted 2004-04-23 Email Print
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The company says its TotalStorage SAN Volume Controller v.1.2 will support and manage bitter rival EMC's Symmetrix and CLARiiON hardware storage arrays, as well as Hitachi Data Systems Lightning disk-based offerings.IBM is aiming to help customers bridge a major storage interoperability chasm by announcing Friday that its TotalStorage SAN Volume Controller v.1.2 will support and manage bitter rival EMC Corp.'s Symmetrix and CLARiiON hardware storage arrays, as well as Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) Corp.'s Lightning disk-based offerings.
Available April 30, TotalStorage SAN Volume Controller v.1.2 virtualization technology features new platform flexibility by expanding its OS reach to include Microsoft Windows 2003, Sun Microsystems Solaris 9, Red Hat Enterprise Linux Advanced Server 3.0 and VMware ESX 2.1, according to officials of Armonk, N.Y.-based IBM.
By hooking directly into Hopkinton, Mass.-based EMC's Symmetrix storage array and CLARiiON network storage systems products, IBM has cleared a "major impediment" for its SAN Volume Controller to virtually displace vendor lock-in within heterogeneous storage environments, said analyst Rick Villars of Framingham, Mass.-based IDC.