IBM, EMC reel in new software partners

This week, IBM and EMC each signed independent software vendors to their interoperability programs to make sure third-party management tools work with their hardware.

A pair of software makers has strengthened ties with IBM Corp. and EMC Corp. by making their applications interoperable with each vendor's hardware.

FalconStor Software Inc., Melville, N.Y., has completed interoperability testing of IPStor, its management tool, with IBM's TotalStorage FAStT700 storage servers under the IBM TotalStorage Proven program. The company said the effort builds upon past testing by the two companies to identify interoperable storage configurations using both companies' products.

IPStor provides servers and applications with high availability and business continuity through a suite of storage network-based data management services across various operating platforms. Interoperability testing for continuous backup and rapid data recovery from outages between IPStor and IBM's FAStT700 arrays have been successfully completed, giving IT administrators the option to use IPStor with FAStT700's 2G bit/sec Fibre Channel technology performance.

The TotalStorage Proven program ensures that IBM hardware works with third-party storage products.

A company's participation in these types of programs is necessary for survival, especially for software startups, according to Steve Duplessie, founder and senior analyst, Enterprise Storage Group Inc., Milford, Mass.

"It should let a user feel a tad more comfortable that the stuff he's buying may actually work with the stuff he already has," Duplessie said.

EMC's Developers program, which serves the same purpose as IBM's TotalStorage Proven program, recently reeled in ProvisionSoft Inc., Andover, Mass., to certify its DynamicIT storage and server provisioning software tool with EMC hardware. ProvisionSoft is working with EMC to bring predictive and automated provisioning capabilities to storage network infrastructures based on EMC's technology.

As a member of the EMC Developers program, ProvisionSoft gains access to EMC's WideSky multivendor storage management middleware as well as application programming interfaces for Symmetrix storage systems.

DynamicIT manages storage and server resources in a data center by recognizing utilization levels and then allocating the right resources at the right time. EMC said that having the ability to take steps to manage storage and server resources could dramatically improve network system efficiency.

Randy Kerns, an analyst with Greenwood Village, Colo.-based Evaluator Group Inc., said that partner certification and development programs reduce the risk involved when deploying storage configurations.

Let us know what you think about the story. E-mail Kevin Komiega, News Writer

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