IBM Announces Piper Storage Migration Appliance
IBM officials on Wednesday said the company is using a new data-replication technology called Piper that can smooth customer transitions from other storage platforms.IBM officials on Wednesday said the company is using a new data-replication technology called Piper that can smooth customer transitions from other storage platforms. So far, the technology is for IBMs service and integration use, and has been targeted mainly at customers of Hopkinton, Mass.-based rival EMC Corp., officials of Armonk, N.Y. said. How the technology differs from existing data replication solutions is unclear. However, Piper comes in two appliance versions. For open systems, its half-height and rack-mounted, with Fibre Channel ports and eight controllers. For mainframes, its based on the IBM S/390 Multiprise server, running the z/OS operating system, and with EsCon (enterprise systems connection) ports, officials said.
IBM has trained 100 consultants and engineers worldwide on the technology so far. Officials declined to comment on the cost for enterprises to use Piper or whether there are future for Piper to become a stand-alone product.