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McData Gets Virtual Act in Gear

McData finally rolled out its virtualization device today, launching the first product built on its Application Services Module (ASM) platform.

The McData Virtualizer handles volume management and data migration to help manage storage as pools across arrays. Virtualizer consists of McDatas ASM –- a 24-port, 4-Gbit/s device connecting servers to storage –- and StoreAge Virtualization Manager (SVM) running on a Windows server. The software creates storage pools, provisions logical volumes, and handles snapshots, migration, and replication.

McData is the last of the major switch vendors to get its virtualization product ready, and its launch comes while Brocade is working to close the $713 million acquisition of McData. (See Brocade Bags McData For $713M.) Brocade has pledged to keep all of McData’s shipping products after the deal closes, but the long-term viability of Virtualizer will likely come down to whether customers prefer it or Brocade’s competing product.

McData’s original virtualization strategy called for a blade to plug into its switches, similar to what Cisco does with its Storage Services Module (SSM). Then it switched to an appliance, and the change in plans caused McData to miss the launch of EMC's Invista virtualization product, which was expected to pique interest in switch-based virtualization. (See EMC Unveils Invista.)

Product manager Edgard Capdevielle says McData plans to support Invista and virtualization software from FalconStor on its ASM platform next year. Its roadmap also includes support for virtual tape libraries (VTLs) and continuous data protection (CDP).

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