EMC to roll out storage router

EMC is expected to finally unveil its much-ballyhooed storage router, which supports intelligent storage applications and enables information lifecycle management.

Among other announcements EMC will make at its Technical Summit in New Orleans, the company will introduce its Storage Router, an appliance that eases the movement of data across heterogeneous storage environments for organizations that are implementing information lifecycle management. The product is expected to ship as soon as the end of June.

EMC declined to comment on any announcements planned for the show.

The Storage Router is an out-of-band appliance built on a dual-node server cluster that connects to a Fibre Channel switch within a storage area network. The appliance works with Cisco's MDS 9000 family of director-level switches or Brocade's Silkworm Fabric Application AP7420. The Storage Router will also work with McData's switches, pending certification from EMC.

The Storage Router consists of software that resides on the dual-node cluster called Control Path Processor. The software acts as a metadata repository and organizes and tracks the location of data in the virtualized pool of storage.

It is managed from a Web-based GUI, a command-line interface or from EMC's ControlCenter software.

EMC's out-of-band Storage Router will compete with IBM's in-band, fabric-based SAN Volume Controller and Hitachi Data Systems' array-based TagmaStore. Because the Storage Router lets I/O processing remain on the Fibre Channel switch, it is expected to perform at 30,000 to 40,000 I/Os per second.

The Storage Router conforms to the Fabric Application Interface Standard (FAIS), which consists of a common API for implementing storage applications within a storage area networking environment.

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