StorageTek has introduced a dedicated storage area network (San) server product designed to facilitate the sharing of diverse storage devices among multiple heterogeneous servers, writes Nick Enticknap.
The Storagenet 6000 is designed to "address the growing customer pain caused by the rapid growth in storage and server capacity", explains StorageTek network line of business manager Mike Harper.
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StorageTek is promising a steady stream of applications for the SN6000, starting with Virtual Transport Manager. This allows the SN6000 to treat all attached tape drives as a virtual pool of logical volumes, which are shared as required across Unix and NT servers, and across multiple back-up applications.
Harper promises that a similar product for virtualising attached disc drives, which is already being demonstrated to customers, will arrive in the near future.
The SN6000 has up to 64 ports for attachment of servers and storage devices or of Fibre Channel switches and hubs, which raises the maximum connectivity to 8000 hosts and devices.