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VMware Makes Storage Push

Just a day after teaming up with EMC to support Invista, VMware took the wraps off its souped-up Infrastructure 3 software, which represents a major push into storage.

The new Infrastructure 3 software includes VMware's ESX Server 3.5, Virtual Center 2.5, and Storage VMotion, a storage version of the vendor VMotion server migration product.

"We're seeing a healthy demand for Storage VMotion," says John Gilmartin, VMware's senior manager of product marketing, explaining that the software lets users shift virtual machines from one storage location to another. "I think that people are looking to reduce their maintenance windows on their applications -- it's about reducing downtime and planned downtime."

VMware would not reveal how many beta customers have been testing Infrastructure 3, although one early adopter says that he is using Storage VMotion as part of a major virtualization effort.

"Based on the testing that we have done, it's really useful," said Noah Johnson, senior systems engineer at Portland, Ore.-based truck manufacturer Freightliner, which has more than 80 Tbytes of storage, of which about 30 Tbytes is used for virtualization. "When you're looking at the large environment that we have, doing a frame migration from one storage frame to another usually requires an outage."

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