EMC Corp. is expected to unveil its storage router virtualization product this week at the company's Technology...
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.