IBM to roll out new virtualisation offerings

IBM to roll out new virtualisation offerings

IBM is set to release new capabilities in storage and systems management software that the company claims will improve performance and also speed data backup and recovery in complex IT environments.

The cornerstone of the upcoming releases would be Virtualization Engine TS7510 software, which would connect to Unix and Windows systems, rather than just mainframes, director of Total Storage for IBM, Pete McCaffrey, said.

The software will allow systems managers to back up data to a virtualised tape library on the server and then offload the data to tape storage later. That process can speed the time needed to back up and restore data, according to IBM.

A single-node, entry-level 5TB configuration starts at about $US175,000, with a dual-node maximum configuration that can handle up to 46TB of data starts at about $US695,000. The TS7510 will be available worldwide October 28.

In mid-November, the company will release TotalStorage SAN Volume Controller version 3.1 for a starting price of $US43,000 for a base configuration.

The updated version would scale to support four times more servers than the previous version, so more than 1000, with a performance boost of 50 per cent, McCaffrey said. The new version would allow customers to keep their copy services in the disk arrays or move them to their networks. In past versions, customers had no choice but to use the copy services that are part of the SAN Volume Controller.

Also on tap is IBM Director 5.10 systems management software, which will be generally available October 26 for customers who have xSeries and BladeCenter servers, and will be available in the fourth quarter for those with iSeries, pSeries System z9 and zSeries servers.

IBM expects to announce at the end of this month that the software would be capable of monitoring and managing non-IBM, Intel-compatible hardware, the company said.

Now available are IBM Advanced Cabling Technology switches, priced in the US starting at $US1999. The switches can be installed, upgraded and downloaded remotely through an Ethernet connection and are meant to enable management of complex IT environments from a single control point.

The Ready for Virtualisation partner program also launched Monday. Independent software vendors (ISVs) will be able to test and validate virtualisation software on IBM's eServer systems.

The program complements the Ready for Grid program IBM announced last week.

ISVs would be able to obtain information about the program at IBM's website, the company said.

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