Armed with technology that may have the potential to turn storage virtualisation into the storage market's long-awaited "killer app", Fujitsu will announce the launch of a storage software company called Softek this week, according to Steven Murphy, president of Amdahl Software, a division of Fujitsu.
The announcement will also include details of a technology and distribution partnership with storage virtualisation maestro DataCore Software, according to an industry source.
Softek will inherit Amdahl's war chest of popular storage management technology and will release a new suite of upgraded storage applications targeted at enterprise-level environments such as financial institutions, storage service providers and the service industry, Murphy said.
The Softek storage applications cover the whole gamut of storage routines, from data migration to backup, and include a virtualisation product dubbed Softek Storage Virtualization, which can provide policy-based management to any storage device in a virtualised network, regardless of vendor, Murphy said.
"That's the key. Currently there is no central way to manage [mixed-vendor virtual storage] from a policy perspective," explained Chuck Standerfer, a senior partner at Evaluator Group, an industry analysis company.
Storage virtualisation products have been popularised by the industry for their ability to pool large groups of storage devices into one or more "virtual disks". With current techniques, allocating data across several virtual disks has been easy in a single storage vendor network or across commodity disks.