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Published: 30 Oct 2012

Virtualization is hip again, but this time around it has a new twist. It's no longer about delivering a single pool of storage across heterogeneous storage, like it was a couple of years ago. These days, virtualization is all about delivering data services, as in replication, mirroring and data migration. Last month at Storage Networking World, Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) and Sun Microsystems announced new copy and data movement services for their respective virtualization platforms. HDS announced HiCommand Tiered Storage Manager for the TagmaStore Universal Storage Platform, which allows users to do policy-based data movement between storage resources under TagmaStore's control. Sun, meanwhile, announced an enhanced version of its 6920 platform, which in addition to support for EMC, Hewlett-Packard and IBM arrays, can also be outfitted with the StorEdge Pool Manager, Data Replicator, Data Mirror and Data Snapshot services. This month, EMC is expected to announce its own virtualization platform, code-named Storage Router. It, too, EMC says, will be enlisted ... Access >>>

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