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By Brian Fonseca  |  Posted 2004-06-11 Print this article Print

By not including VMWare in the software group, EMC is failing to keep up with IBM on the storage virtualization front, said analyst Mike Khan, of the Clipper Group Inc. "Theres no doubt a virtualized infrastructure is an important requirement for a lot of enterprises," said Kahn, in Wellesley, Mass. "The details tell everything. And if EMC [did not] present a lot of details, its hard to extrapolate beyond VMWare. ... Time might fix things for EMC, but right now I think IBM has a completeness advantage."
On the product front, EMC said it will add a gateway policy engine later this year. Based on Legato technology, the new policy engine will support EMCs Symmetix, Clarion, DMX and even tape products, and enable customers to move and retrieve data from whatever storage device that is important, officials said.
EMCs new software group will spearhead the inclusion of "Storage Aware Content Management" across EMCs products. Planned as a suite of common services with a common management interface, the technology will allow any data repository to understand what different types of storage devices are running beneath it. Storage Aware Content Management will also serve data protection and access recovery functions, officials said. To help customers implement lower-cost storage area networks (SANs), EMC officials said the company plans to feature native iSCSI support and management for all its product families this year by having its storage resource management ControlCenter software tie into iSCSI. To boost replication capabilities across greater distances, EMC will soon announce its MirrorView/A product. The new version of the product, debuting later this year, will allow for simultaneous asynchronous and synchronous connectivity between a number of sites with the same volume of data flow even if a site loses power. The technology will be available on current and future generations of EMCs DMX product line. Asynchronous capabilities for Clarion will be available in July. Dipping into tape library waters that EMC steadfastly refused to wade into in the past, the company announced that it will resell Advanced Digital Information Corp. (ADIC) Scalar tape libraries, including the ADIC Scalar 24, Scalar 100, Scalar i2000 and Scalar 10K models with LTOP tape drives, to push its ILM portfolio. Tim Fives, manager of Documentum applications at York International Corp., said he expected EMC to take the direction it announced on Thursday with Documentum and Legato. "They really address the same problem," said Fives, in York, Pa. Fives said hell be interested in seeing how EMC handles the integration of the products long-term. "Hopefully, they wont make them dependent on each other. Thats the one concern I have," he said. Fives said the acquisition would have caused York International to take a "hard look" at standardizing on Legato and other EMC technologies. But York is instead in the process of outsourcing much of its back-end technology infrastructure to EDS, which is why Fives wants to be assured of being able to use Documentum independently of other EMC technologies. Additional reporting by Dennis Callaghan Editors Note: This story was updated to include more product information and user and analyst comments. Check out eWEEK.coms Storage Center at for the latest news, reviews and analysis on enterprise and business storage hardware and software.

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Brian Fonseca is a senior writer at eWEEK who covers database, data management and storage management software, as well as storage hardware. He works out of eWEEK's Woburn, Mass., office. Prior to joining eWEEK, Brian spent four years at InfoWorld as the publication's security reporter. He also covered services, and systems management. Before becoming an IT journalist, Brian worked as a beat reporter for The Herald News in Fall River, Mass., and cut his teeth in the news business as a sports and news producer for Channel 12-WPRI/Fox 64-WNAC in Providence, RI. Brian holds a B.A. in Communications from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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