Next-generation storage technology that IBM announced in late 2000 will finally see the light of day next year. IBM will make its data-storage system code-named Storage Tank available to customers in 2003. IBM hopes the new system will help the company continue to take market share from storage leader EMC.
According to IBM, Storage Tank will be the industry's first file system optimized for accessing, saving, sharing, and managing files on storage networks. "\[IBM is\] working to remove barriers to data access with an evolutionary software technology roadmap that will help customers plan and transition to highly intelligent and cost-effective storage networks," said Linda Sanford, senior vice president and group executive, IBM Storage Systems Group.
Along with Storage Tank development, IBM is also developing a Linux-based virtualization engine and standards-based management interfaces. The virtualization engine will provide virtualization software designed to reduce storage cost of ownership by helping systems administrators take better advantage of existing storage resources. The management interfaces will be based on the Storage Networking Industry Association's (SNIA's) software model.