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VMworld to Showcase Storage News

VMware's VMworld event in San Francisco this week is expected to showcase a range of supplier announcements that merge server virtualization with storage -- a trend that's slowly but surely gaining momentum. (See Storage Virtualization Edges On, Falconstor Delivers CDP for VMware, XenSource Signs Symantec OEM, and Storage Afterthoughts.) Following is a first look at some of the news we expect in several key areas of storage networking. Stay tuned for more onsite coverage.


VMware will add some more flesh to the bones of its own storage virtualization strategy this week, unveiling a software offering called Site Recovery Manager. Linked to VMware's Virtual Center management software, the goal of Site Recovery Manager is to simplify and automate disaster recovery, according to Jon Bock, senior manager for product marketing at VMware. "It's going to show them specifically which VMs are protected [and] it's going to automate the failover," he says.

VMware has developed code that will communicate directly with replication software from a range of suppliers in order to shift virtual machines from one place to another. So far, EMC, HDS, HP, IBM, and NetApp have signed on for integration. But precise details of the software have not been released, and VMware has not yet provided pricing information for the product, which will be launched sometime in the first half of next year.

Symantec will be another announcer this week. The vendor is expanding the reach of its Veritas Cluster Server product for VMware environments. "We're adding support for Hitachi TrueCopy data replication," says Jason Nadeau, group manager of product marketing at Symantec. "This gives you site-to-site failover and the fastest possible recovery in the event of a data center outage."

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