Network Appliance Kicks Off Virtualization Product - InformationWeek
IoT
IoT
News
News
3/29/2005
05:48 PM
50%
50%

Network Appliance Kicks Off Virtualization Product

The company rechristened its gFiler system the V-Series and says it can be tiered with its own storage arrays or those from other vendors.

Storage vendor Network Appliance Inc. upped the ante in the storage-virtualization battle Tuesday, giving its product a new name and enhancing it to more easily connect to back-end disk arrays.

The company rechristened its gFiler system the V-Series and says it can be tiered with its own storage arrays or those from other vendors such as Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi Data Systems, IBM, and Sun Microsystems.

For example, a V-Series system could virtualize storage from both a Hitachi Data Lightning array and a Hitachi Data Thunder array. Alternatively, it could virtualize storage from different vendors, such as IBM and Hitachi.

The name change reflects the fact that the product works not only with file servers in network-attached storage systems, but with Fibre Channel and IP-based storage area networks, says Jeff Hornung, general manager of enterprise file services and storage networking. The virtualization technology is managed by Network Appliance's Ontap 7G software.

Virtualization is a method of shielding applications from the underlying physical storage. It allows greater utilization of disk arrays by creating a single pool of storage from heterogeneous systems.

IBM will showcase its virtualization technology at an event Wednesday. Its flagship virtualization product, SAN Volume Controller, as well as Hitachi's TagmaStore, embed the virtualization intelligence within the controller itself. EMC Corp.'s Storage Router, which is in beta test and is scheduled for release this summer, embeds the intelligence within switches from Brocade Communications, Cisco Systems, and McData.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
To learn more about what organizations are doing to tackle attacks and threats we surveyed a group of 300 IT and infosec professionals to find out what their biggest IT security challenges are and what they're doing to defend against today's threats. Download the report to see what they're saying.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
Digital Transformation Myths & Truths
Transformation is on every IT organization's to-do list, but effectively transforming IT means a major shift in technology as well as business models and culture. In this IT Trend Report, we examine some of the misconceptions of digital transformation and look at steps you can take to succeed technically and culturally.
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Flash Poll