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IBM Targets EMC With New SAN Volume Controller

IBM is trying to take market share from EMC by taking control of EMC's storage arrays with an enhanced version of its SAN Volume Controller.

IBM on Friday unveiled the fifth generation of its SAN Volume Controller, a device that can be used to virtualize storage from multiple vendors without the need to change how host servers access the data on the arrays.

Previous versions allowed IBM's solution providers to virtualize arrays from IBM, Hewlett-Packard and Hitachi Data Systems, but this is the first to also work with EMC's DMX and Symmetrix enterprise arrays and especially its Clariion line of midrange arrays, said Ron Riffe, storage strategist for IBM TotalStorage.

"This is part of a larger effort to go after EMC directly," Riffe said.

David Browning, executive vice president of Advanced Systems Group, a Tustin, Calif.-based IBM partner, said he is looking forward to working with the SAN Volume Controller.

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