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ZDNet UK: IBM Shows Off Two-Petabyte Storage Controller

Mar 31, 2003, 10:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rupert Goodwins)

"IBM demonstrated the result of more than three years' development this week when it unveiled its TotalStorage SAN Volume Controller (SVC) at its Hursley Park, UK laboratories.

"Previously known as Lodestone, the product is 'mostly software,' according to lead architect Steve Legg, but is being sold with specially configured x-Series IBM servers to ensure reliability. The SVC uses four 2 Gb/s FibreChannel interfaces, a 4GB cache and dual 2.4GHz Pentium 4 to manage heterogeneous hard disk storage independently of application servers--storage virtualisation, in other words, one of the hot topics in current SME systems design...

"He said that the SVC ran Little Blue, an IBM embedded variant of SuSE Linux, but with no OS calls in the data path: it managed 1Gbps consistent throughput..."

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