IBM Moves on Storage Virtualization
IBM on Tuesday announced product details for its long-awaited storage virtualization products, due this summer.IBM on Tuesday announced product details for its long-awaited storage virtualization products, due this summer. Virtualization is the management of disparate hardware as a single pool, but over the past few years has been limited to minor starts and stops, and perhaps more hype than could be fulfilled, industry pundits have said. IBMs own products were delayed multiple times, but now, "Were not just coming out with a point virtualization product. There probably will be more," said Jeff Barnett, manager of market strategy for storage software, in Research Triangle Park, N.C.
The first product, SAN Volume Controller, will ship July 25, starting at $60,000, and will integrate with non-IBM storage later this year, Barnett said. It runs on an IBM eServer xSeries with Linux, he said.