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Incipient

In the three months between when Incipient announced limited availability for its Network Storage Platform (NSP) and general availability, little has changed for the startup's offering or switch-based virtualization in general. (See A Baby Step for Storage Virtualization and Incipient's iNSP Gets GA.)

Incipient today revealed general availability for the software it began shipping to testers and early adopters in September. Incipient isn't naming any customers beyond the city of Mesa, Ariz., and still supports only Cisco's intelligent switch.

Incipient hasn't lost any ground, though. EMC's Invista virtualization software is still largely in the testing phase, and none of the smaller competitors have made any headway. One Incipient rival, StoreAge, was purchased by LSI Logic in October, but LSI hasn't revealed any updates or concrete plans for the StoreAge Virtualization Manager (SVM) platform. (See LSI Annexes StoreAge.)

The only new switch platform release in the past three months came from lame-duck McData in hopes it will make the cut after getting engulfed by rival Brocade. (See McData Gets Virtual Act in Gear.)

If you're keeping track, here's what the switch-based storage virtualization space looks like: EMC's Invista is available on Brocade and Cisco switches; Incipient's NSP runs on Cisco; StoreAge SVM runs on switches from QLogic and McData; and Fujitsu Eternus software runs on Brocade.

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