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IBM's Using Brocade File Virtualization

Today, Brocade "announced" that IBM is OEMing its StorageX file virtualization software, which Brocade developed from its $60 million acquisition of NuView in March 2006 and last upgraded in May 2007.

Thing is, it's been nearly a month since IBM announced this product as the IBM System Storage N series Virtual File Manager (VFM). At that time, IBM didn't mention Brocade, and Brocade chose to keep mum, too.

According to a Brocade spokeswoman, Brocade held back when IBM made its announcement because Brocade didn't want its message to be lost amid IBM's eight announcements and Brocade's strategic unveiling of DCF, all of which hit circa October 23, 2007. Now that things have cooled down, the marketeers think the OEM news is more likely to make an impact.

Whatever. The timing doesn't really matter as much as that IBM is trying to cover itself for both file and block virtualization.

According to analyst Greg Schulz of the StorageIO Group, it's a trend. EMC has Rainfinity for file virtualization and Invista for block-level virtualization. IBM has VFM, among other things, for file virtualization, and SAN Volume Controller for block-level virtualization.

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