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The Storwize V7000, introduced in October, was IBM's first array to come integrated with its SAN Volume Controller (SVC) technology, giving it the ability to create virtual storage pools that can increase disk utilization and decrease storage costs.
Combining the Storwize V7000 with the Tivoli Storage applications allows the entire package to be implemented in half the time while reducing the time associated with backing up data from SAP, Oracle, Microsoft Exchange, and related applications by up to 90 percent, Gelardi said.
Also new from IBM are two new top-of-rack Ethernet networking switches from Blade Network Technologies, which IBM acquired last Fall.
The switches include virtualization-ready software that lets them know there are virtual machine-capable features available and then automatically configure themselves for that environment, Gelardi said.
The IBM WebSphere DataPower Integration Appliance XI50 for zEnterprise starts at $100,000, and is currently available. The IBM Storwize Rapid Application Storage (RAS) solution and the Workload Optimized Blade for Database are also both currently available, although pricing was not immediately released.