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EMC Overhauls Invista

EMC attempted to push its storage virtualization strategy forward today, taking the wraps off the latest version of its Invista SAN virtualization solution, touting improved availability, scalability, pricing, and integration with VMware.

Even taking into account the relatively slow progress of storage virtualization, Invista has been a surprisingly low profile offering in the EMC stable since its launch more than two years ago.

The block virtualization solution, formerly code-named the Storage Router, is EMC's rival to IBM's SAN Volume Controller (SVC) and HDS's TagmaStore.

"We have been getting a lot of feedback that we have perhaps been too quiet about Invista," admits Doc D'Errico, vice president of EMC's infrastructure software group.

EMC is now ready to up the ante. The vendor has added a Control Path Cluster (CPC) feature to Invista, enabling users to connect a number of Invista appliances to servers, storage, and Fibre Channel switches over distances of up to 500 meters. If one appliance in the cluster fails, the others can take over.

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