Reducing the cost of storage

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Reducing the cost of storage

McDATA Corporation has launched what it says is the only advanced fabric services platform with open API for optimised data management and protection.

Available now on a limited basis and with full availability from December, McDATA Virtualizer is the first in a series of Advanced Fabric Services offerings delivered on McDATA’s Application Services Module (ASM) platform. The company says that the Virtualizer will enable storage administrators to lower capital expenditures, reduce operating expenses and automate complex recurring tasks, while effectively managing and protecting ever growing quantities of business data.

McDATA claims that Virtualizer leverages ASM in a high availability configuration to enable greater storage utilisation, faster single-point heterogeneous provisioning, non-disruptive end of lease transitions, tiered-optimised storage, online capacity expansion, local and remote replication and powerful logical data views. “Future datacentres will focus on business requirements over infrastructure,” comments enterprise strategy group founder and senior analyst Steve Duplessie.
 
Virtualizer can be added to an entire storage fabric by connecting a single module through any port on a switch or director as opposed to solutions that require multiple appliances, or use of multiple intelligent blades that are limited by a switch’s chassis.

The scalable ASM architecture delivers up to two million virtual input/output operations per second (VIOPs) per module. The ASM’s modular architecture allows it to connect into any switch or director, based on fabric from any vendor or original equipment manufacturer.
Unlike some other appliance offerings, McDATA’s ASMs use an architecture, which allows a single point of control and scalable data movement.


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