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EMC Router's Ready

EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC) will finally take the wraps off its storage router Monday, when it officially launches the long-awaited virtualization appliance at its annual Tech Summit in New Orleans.

EMC spokesman Dave Farmer confirmed the router will be announced Monday, although he declined to give details. He did concede there would be few surprises, considering EMC has been hyping it since last summer and demonstrated it at several trade shows this year (see EMC Takes Storage Router for a Spin and New EMC Group Jabs Veritas).

There are apt to be some disappointments, too. Sources familiar with EMCs product say its first version will not include all the virtualization functionality of the IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM)
SAN Volume Controller and Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) TagmaStore. EMC will add features down the road, with the first upgrade planned for the first quarter of 2006.

The 1.0 version available in June will allow storage pooling, dynamic volume migration, and snapshots. Future support is planned for more advanced features such as remote replication and continuous data protection (CDP).

The main function of the router in its first iteration will be to move data from one array to another without disruption or downtime. EMC has pledged to support storage from IBM, Hitachi, and Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ).

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