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Brief: XIOtech offering free AIX clustering storage utility

Kevin Komiega

XIOtech Corp., Eden Prairie, Minn., has said it will make a free AIX clustering utility available to users operating the XIOtech Magnitude SAN. A wholly owned subsidiary of Seagate Technology, Inc., XIOtech said that the new utility gives IT departments a new, fully compatible networked storage option for their mission-critical, fibre-channel-based AIX operating environments.

According to Steve Duplessie, senior analyst, The Enterprise Storage Group, "XIOtech's virtualization technology is a key differentiator in the SAN marketplace. Now this technology helps HACMP clients to reap all of the Magnitude's benefits with none of the downside associated with generic third parties."

The XIOtech AIX Clustering Utility allows users who deploy clustered, fibre-channel-based IBM RS6000 servers to use XIOtech's Magnitude SAN as their networked storage device.

In the AIX operating system, non-IBM storage systems are generally recognized as generic, or "other" storage devices. To resolve this problem for RS6000 customers, XIOtech developed a software utility that allows the Magnitude SAN to be recognized as a specific device by the AIX OS. XIOtech said that combining the AIX Clustering Utility with the virtualized architecture of the Magnitude SAN lets users optimize their storage environment.

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