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IBM Unveils Vision For On Demand Storage

IBM Tuesday introduced an entry-level storage server and provisioning software as it unveiled its vision to battle EMC in the burgeoning storage software market.

At a storage briefing in Cambridge, Mass., top IBM executives launched three new additions to its TotalStorage software family, including the FastT100 Storage Server and Tivoli Provisioning Manager, and Write Once Read Many media technology for the company's Enterprise Tape Drive 3592.

The entry level server is designed as a near-line storage device that gives small and medium-sized businesses quick, low cost access to infrequently accessed data, IBM executives said. It supports serial ATA and will be available in July, a spokeswoman said. She would not reveal the price of the server.

The Tivoli Provisioning Manager, which will offer storage operations building blocks, is a member of the IBM TotalStorage Productivity Center, will simplify the task of building storage workflows, IBM said.

The Productivity Center, which is due in the third quarter, offers storage resources manager, SAN Manager and Multiple Device Manager. The provisioning software provisions and configures servers, operating systems, middleware, applications, storage capacity and network drives.

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