IBM Readies Storage Tank Rollout
The company will release its TotalStorage SAN File System, formerly Storage Tank, after almost five years of gestation. The virtualization system and other SAN software updates are due in November.IBM on Monday said that its long-in-the-works "Storage Tank" virtualized storage will ship in mid-November. Storage Tank, which will be officially dubbed the IBM TotalStorage SAN File System, will be available worldwide on November at prices beginning at $90,000. IBM will also release two versions of its TotalStorage SAN Volume Controller software, one for OEMs including Hitachi Ltd. and Hewlett-Packard Co., and a second version which will be designed into a Cisco MDS 9000 caching module. IBM and Cisco last week announced work on a new standard for "self-healing" networks.
The SAN Volume Controller software, its virtualization appliance software, will be available for download from IBMs Web site on Nov. 14, IBM said in a statement. The rollout of the Storage Tank software sill be supported by a new sales force.