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Fujitsu Tests Virtualization Waters

Fujitsu Computer Systems is providing another option for users who say intelligent switches are the best places to virtualize storage. (See Fujitsu Virtualizes on Brocade and Users Wait for Switch Virtualization .)

Fujitsu today said its Eternus VS900 virtualization software that runs in conjunction with a Brocade Communications Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: BRCD) SilkWorm intelligent switch will be available in North America in December. The product has been available on a limited basis in Japan since June.

The Eternus VS900 will compete with EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC) Invista and intelligent switches from startups MaXXan Systems Inc. and Troika Networks Inc. for users who deem that method the best for storage virtualization.

Other approaches include the IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM) SAN Volume Controller (SVC) appliance and the Hitachi Data Systems (HDS)
TagmaStore controller-based virtualization. FalconStor Software Inc. (Nasdaq: FALC)
and startups StoreAge Networking Technologies Ltd. and Cloverleaf Communications Inc. also sell virtualization appliances, each of which allows users to manage storage on various devices as one common pool.

But it is Invista that Eternus VS900 most closely resembles. Both do data migration, local replication, and synchronous mirroring. Invista also works with intelligent switches from Brocade and Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO), and will run with a McData Corp. (Nasdaq: MCDTA) switch by early next year.
Fujitsu is working with Cisco, and McData and will likely add support for at least one before its Dec. 1 launch date.

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