IBM Unveils $400M SAN Unit

IBM yesterday said it will spend $400 million on new products, services and testing facilities to help its customers support data from their ever-growing online businesses.

As part of this initiative, IBM will roll out new versions of its Enterprise Storage Server on Friday. ESS will include a 64-bit RISC processor, 16GB of cache and additional Peripheral Component Interconnect buses. According to IBM, ESS will be able to support advanced copy services (peer-to-peer remote copying) and native fibre channel connectivity when they're available in the summer or early fall.

The company also expanded its global services, offering enterprise storage assessments and storage-area network (SAN) implementation and support services.

In addition, IBM said it would build a new SAN testing facility in Makuhari, Japan. Existing facilities are located in France and Germany.

IBM also announced enhanced fibre channel-based routers, gateways, switches and managed hubs. And the company plans to bolster its storage sales force, adding more than 1,000 employees.

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