IBM Rounds Out EMC Support


IBM Friday said it has filled out gaps in its virtualization portfolio, adding support for EMC's remaining Clariion systems.

The company added Clariion 300, 500 and 700 systems support for its SAN Volume Controller (SVC), according to Jens Tiedemann, general manager of IBM TotalStorage Open Software. IBM already supports Clariion 200, 400 and 600 systems.

SVC, which allows systems administrators to automate the movement of files about the network, now supports EMC's entire line of Symmetrix and Clariion disk systems after rounding out support for EMC's latest Symmetrix DMX systems last month.

Supporting EMC's products, as well as systems from HP and Hitachi Data Systems, through virtualization is one way to win customers' hearts. Customers are tired of being locked into using products from one vendor. Now users can move data around using IBM's software on hardware from IBM rivals EMC, HDS and HP.

EMC has promised a Storage Router for 2005, a product greatly anticipated by industry analysts and customers.

According to an EMC spokesperson, the device will enable non-disruptive movement of data from one storage array to another, allowing admins to perform lease roll-overs, upgrades, load balancing and maintenance.

While there's no denying IBM is a couple of years ahead in virtualization technology with SVC and SAN File System, the Armonk, N.Y. company still has ground to make up in overall systems sales, according to recent numbers from IDC.

EMC led the external disk storage systems market for the third consecutive quarter with 21.2 percent revenue share, driven by 17.4 percent year-over-year revenue growth for the quarter.

HP, with a revenue decline of 7.5 percent year over year, came in second with 19 percent revenue share, followed by IBM with a 13.1 percent share.

Regardless, just as EMC has promised jaw-dropping virtualization in 2005, IBM aims to make up ground in storage systems, owing in large part to its DS 8000 systems, the successor to the "Shark" Enterprise Storage System.

Despite rumors of a possible delay in the product, the DS8000 is shipping now to customers. The DS8000 employs logical partitioning features, which allow clients to run several storage workloads and create virtual storage images.


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