EMC Corp. is expected to unveil its storage router virtualization product this week at the company's Technology...
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Summit in New Orleans, but it's unlikely to be doing any virtualizing anytime soon.The out-of-band appliance, dubbed Invista, which means "insight" in Italian, includes two components: a dual-node server cluster and a connected Fibre Channel (FC) switch. The server runs software from EMC that inspects every packet that travels from a host computer through the FC switch to the storage array. It grabs each packet, assigns it a unique identifier and classifies it so that it can be managed across a pool of heterogeneous storage resources. Interestingly, vendors already selling virtualization technology say 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, such as replication, mirroring and data migration.