Also at its summit, EMC announced an agreement with Cisco, of San Jose, Calif., to develop network-resident storage management software for Cisco switches. At N+I on Wednesday, EMC unveiled upgraded data movement software, PowerPath 4.0, which now has a volume manager, plus future plans to include the movement of server software into network switches and storage management using the Common Information Model. All of these moves are designed to enable IT administrators to gain greater control over and more flexibility of their storage infrastructures, said Erez Ofer, executive vice president of EMCs open software operations.PowerPath 4.0and future versions of the softwarewill make it easier for administrators to move data around their data center, which right now "is a very painful process," Ofer said. The new software will enable enterprises to move data from their storage devices to servers, or from one storage array to another, without disruption. EMCs recent moves are designed to keep up with trends in the storage industry, away from point products and more toward offering a comprehensive management suite, Ofer said.
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"Many people dont know how much storage they have today, and who is accessing it," said Ofer, who took the stage after Tucci. Once they know this, planning and managing it becomes much easier, he said.
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