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IBM unleashes next generation storage software

  • 03 November, 2004 17:36

<p>Sydney, 3 November 2004 - IBM has announced new storage automation and IBM Virtualisation Engine technologies to help enable clients to simplify their infrastructure, with the introduction of new advances in its TotalStorage Open Software.</p>
<p>IBM TotalStorage SAN Volume Controller v1.2.1, IBM TotalStorage SAN File System v2.2, IBM TotalStorage Productivity Centre 2.1 and IBM Tivoli Storage Manager 5.3 have been developed to help improve productivity, enhance application availability and optimise system resources and utilisation.</p>
<p>“With customers looking for ways to improve resource productivity and availability, the TotalStorage SAN Volume Controller announcements are helping our customers to simplify their storage infrastructure,” said Wayne Glynne, Storage Business Unit Executive, Systems and Technology Group ANZ. “This offers them a lower cost of ownership for the management their day to day storage requirements.”</p>
<p>IBM TotalStorage SAN Volume Controller v1.2.1
IBM TotalStorage SAN Volume Controller v1.2.1 supports more diverse storage environments by attaching to EMC’s Symmetrix DMX Series - the Symmetrix DMX800, 1000, 2000 and 3000 storage systems - as well as offering new support for Hewlett Packard Enterprise Virtual Arrays and the IBM TotalStorage DS8000 and DS6000. The solution can also work with many arrays from Hitachi Data Systems.</p>
<p>While some storage companies have not yet delivered virtualisation capabilities, IBM is already on its fourth generation of this virtualisation solution with wide support for all tier one major vendors.</p>
<p>Now managing even larger storage environments, SAN Volume Controller doubles the cluster size to eight nodes to deliver twice the performance (up to 560K I/O per second) and quadruples the number of supported virtual disks (4096 virtual disks per cluster) available to host applications. SAN Volume Controller also provides increased replication capabilities for global mirroring through the CNT UltraNet Replication Appliance.</p>
<p>IBM TotalStorage SAN File System v2.2
Delivering new information lifecycle management capabilities, IBM TotalStorage SAN File System v2.2 can enable policy-based movement and deletion of files among various tiers of storage, providing the ability to match the value of data to the appropriate class of storage. Further strengthened security permissions can enable flexible, heterogeneous file sharing among Windows, Linux and Unix environments.</p>
<p>Providing additional scalability and interoperability to help clients manage more diverse storage environments, SAN File System also expands host support, including the ability to extend SAN File System capabilities to the IP network that can enable increased data storage flexibility and improved access for data sharing.</p>
<p>IBM TotalStorage Productivity Centre 2.1
The IBM TotalStorage Productivity Centre 2.1 integrated storage infrastructure management suite provides new features to help users improve installation, tighten integration with other TotalStorage Open Software products and enhance reporting flexibility.</p>
<p>Direct integration with IBM Tivoli Storage Manager can allow users to easily set policies that automatically trigger Tivoli Storage Manager to backup or archive identified files in order to automatically meet current protection or retention policies. A new centralised installation process can allow customers to deploy the suite from a common point, helping clients reduce complexity and improve time to value.</p>
<p>IBM TotalStorage Productivity Centre 2.1 also offers a common agent across the suite, new reporting capabilities and additional platform and device support.</p>
<p>IBM Tivoli Storage Manager 5.3
As a major upgrade for this powerful storage management software family, IBM Tivoli Storage Manager 5.3 delivers enhanced ease of use, improved performance and enhanced application support. With a new graphical user interface, installation and configuration tools, and a new administrative centre, it can help significantly reduce administrative time.</p>
<p>Additional enhancements can improve backup and recovery performance, provide higher levels of data integrity and improve disk and tape storage efficiency. Optional Tivoli Storage Manager components also provide new levels of application support for email, database, enterprise resource planning and hierarchical storage management.</p>
<p>Customers worldwide adopt IBM storage software
Customers worldwide are already adopting these new solutions as they seek to create on demand storage environments that help reduce complexity and efficiently manage the lifecycle of their data based on its business value.</p>
<p>IBM has been offering its IBM Virtualisation Engine capabilities for more than a year while competitors lag behind. Currently IBM has more than 700 customers already using these solutions to help simplify and lower costs associated with managing complex storage environments.</p>
<p>About IBM
IBM is the world’s largest information technology company, with 80 years of leadership in helping businesses innovate. Drawing on resources from across IBM and IBM Business Partners, IBM offers a wide range of services, solutions and technologies that enable customers, large and small, to take full advantage of the new era of e-business. For more information about IBM, visit</p>
<p>IBM, the IBM e-business logo, Tivoli and TotalStorage are trademarks of IBM Corporation. Other products names may be trademarks of their respective owners. Statements concerning IBM's future development plans and schedules are made for planning purposes only, and are subject to change or withdrawal without notice.</p>

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