Vicom, QLogic take SANs virtual

In another win for storage virtualization, Vicom Systems on Tuesday teamed up with QLogic to sell Vicom's virtualization products bundled with QLogic's SAN (storage area network) switches and HBAs (host bus adapters).

The alliance between the two companies means QLogic SAN customers will have simplified access to Vicom's SVE (Storage Virtualization Engine). Vicom will cross-certify SVE for QLogic's SANbox switches and SANblade HBAs, according to David Lamont, vice president of marketing for Vicom, in Fremont, California.

"This partnership will allow Vicom to better serve customers by simplifying the complexities found in enterprise SAN environments as part of our effort to drive open standards and interoperability in Fibre Channel SANs," Lamont said.

Future SAN products from QLogic will also sport Vicom's storage virtualization technology as the alliance continues.

Storage virtualization technology such as Vicom's SVE allow users to allocate storage resources as dynamic, virtual disks with little or no concern for complex physical storage architectures.

A large number of customers are expected to benefit from the Vicom/QLogic alliance, as QLogic SAN products are integrated into a wide range of SAN systems from more than 200 companies including Compaq Computer Corp., Computer Associates (CA) International Inc., EMC Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co., Sun Microsystems Inc., IBM Corp., and XIOtech Corp., according to QLogic, based in Aliso Viejo, California.

"Virtualization is about to become a very important market sector," explains Tony Prigmore, a senior analyst at Enterprise Storage Group in Milford, Massachusetts. "It is definitely one of the five key elements that will become a part of any comprehensive enterprise storage network."

Storage resource management, storage network management, policy management, data management, and virtualization make up those five core elements, Prigmore said.

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