Storage technology provider Incipient is proclaiming 2006 as an annus mirabilis, featuring what is says is storage industry history by bringing to market its switch-resident storage virtualisation software for Storage Area Network (San) environments.
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This accomplishment, boasts the firm, establishes it as an innovator and leader in the storage virtualisation market and with the 2006 release of its flagship product, the Incipient Network Storage Platform (iNSP) software suite, the company claims it is poised to meet the growing enterprise demand for data migration, automated storage provisioning and copy services.
iNSP capabilities, delivered from the network, are designed to allow companies to reduce the overall cost of managing, deploying and operating San-based storage, hopefully resulting in a lower San total cost of ownership (TCO).
“Eventually all data layer functions, such as storage, databases, and file systems, will sit below a unified virtualisation layer, which is critical to making the promise of IT as a service oriented infrastructure real,” said Steve Duplessie, founder and senior analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group.
Its more significant accomplishments notwithstanding, Incipient is on the right track when it believes that firms are showing an appetite for enterprise-class storage virtualisation solutions similar to their demand for server virtualisation market. The march of virtualisation carried on across servers, desktops and now storage. End-users will win by doing so. Properly, that is.
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