Virtual Storage Still on Horizon
A year since the promises began, storage virtualization is still little more than a blip on the screen, though some vendors are trying to push ahead.A year since the promises began, storage virtualization is still little more than a blip on the screen, though some vendors are trying to push ahead. Hitachi Data Systems Corp. will gradually add virtualization through new releases of its HiCommand software, starting with Version 2.0 this week, said Hu Yoshida, chief technology officer of the Santa Clara, Calif., company. Next week, Veritas Software Corp., of Mountain View, Calif., will announce a product based on its ServPoint virtualization software. In addition, Sun Microsystems Inc. this week will announce a virtualization deal with Vicom Systems Inc. With the exception of one company, Hewlett-Packard Co., virtualization, or the concept of managing numerous storage systems as one pool, has been promised but only delivered in prototypes and beginner functionality. HP bought and integrated Storage-Apps Inc.s products last summer.
EMC Corp., whose CEO and president, Joe Tucci, said last fall that the Hopkinton, Mass., company "will do that in the not-too-distant future," will no longer discuss virtualization plans.