IBM set to roll out Storage Tank
It has been in the pipeline since 1999 and will be unleashed
in mid-November 2003. IBM is about to release its virtualized storage technology
dubbed 'Storage Tank,' which is designed to speed information access, sharing
and management. This technology will be incorporated into a product called IBM
TotalStorage SAN File System.
Storage Tank technology virtually ties together storage
servers in multiple locations over an IP network, and then presents those individual
resources as a local file system that any server can access.
The IBM TotalStorage SAN File System is designed to
provide a single, centralized point of control to manage files and databases,
which can help simplify administration and result in lower TCO.
IBM said the SAN File System is targeted at transforming
the economics of SAN storage by allowing customers to better use existing hardware
investments through a software virtualization layer.
Built with autonomic and Grid technologies from IBM
Research, the SAN File System has an architecture that can eventually support
thousands of computers, petabytes of data, and billions of files. SAN File System
incorporates technology such as policy-based file provisioning, distributed
file locking, and file-based FlashCopy function. These features are designed
to help increase performance when sharing information, and to improve productivity
by automating routine data management tasks. For example, the policy-based file
provisioning function is capable of automatically allocating space for files
into storage pools using rules defined by a customer.
Two versions of TotalStorage SAN Volume Controller
software will be releaseda version for OEMs (including Hitachi and HP),
and another version that will be designed into a Cisco MDS 9000 caching module.