IBM enhances storage software

IBM this week beefed up its storage virtualization and automation software.

At Storage Networking World in Orlando, the company will unveil improvements to its TotalStorage Open Software. This suite of software includes TotalStorage SAN File System 2.2, SAN Volume Controller 1.2.1, Productivity Center 2.1 and Tivoli Storage Manager 5.3.

The SAN File System has been enhanced to allow for information lifecycle management capabilities. It now lets IT create policies that determine the movement of data from one storage array to another. It also lets IT create policies that govern when files are deleted.

TotalStorage SAN Volume Controller, IBM's virtualization software, now can cluster as many as eight nodes and handle four times the number of virtual disks per cluster. It also now supports attachments to HP Enterprise Virtual Arrays and IBM's DS8000 and DS6000. Through connection to the CNT UltraNet Replication Appliance, SAN Volume Controller can now support increased replication capabilities.

TotalStorage Productivity Center 2.1 is IBM's storage management suite -- it now is integrated with Tivoli Storage Manager, which lets IT staffs back up their storage networks.

Tivoli Storage Manager 5.3 has been enhanced with a new graphical interface and increases in backup and recovery performance.

The new software is expected to be available before the end of the year.

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