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AutoVirt to the Rescue

More from Toigo, Nov. 16, under "Another Cash for Clunkers," he reproduced a press release from AutoVirt -- it offers Windows data migration software -- describing how, in Toigo's words, AutoVirt is "taking up the slack by a couple more vendors, NetApp and Brocade, exiting the data management and pathing market."

From a virtualization perspective, the AutoVirt platform frees IT departments to execute physical to virtual server transitions without disrupting user access to data. It embodies a complete set of logic that is activated by user-created policies that automate their physical-to-virtual transitions. In this environment, users are able to implement virtual technology and reduce the number of physical servers they need to manage.

Specifically, AutoVirt announced the launch of a trade-In program for customers of Brocade's StorageX and NetApp's VFM file management products, which are now scheduled for end-of-life. Customers that wish to replace their current StorageX or VFM products will receive a 50 percent discount off an AutoVirt software perpetual license and one year of free product support. This offer applies to any of Brocade's StorageX, File Lifecycle Manager (FLM), MyView, and File Management Engine (FME) products, as well as versions of those products offered by resellers, including the NetApp Virtual File Manager (VFM) product suite, IBM StorageX, and Hitachi StorageX.

Brocade has stopped developing and distributing new feature releases and upgrades. In addition, customers will see annual maintenance costs rise 10 percent each year until support is completely discontinued in 2012.

Customers interested in learning more about AutoVirt's StorageX Trade-In Program should go here, where they can also find a link to Brocade's original end-of-life announcement.

According to Toigo, "I would also encourage folks to look at Novell Storage Manager (NSM) and some of the products from Crossroads Systems.  And, isn't this a cautionary tale we should be considering as we examine some of Cisco's woo in the hardware-centric data management space?”

Question: How much of a leg up does AutoVirt's virtualization capabilities give it against the competition? Let me know by posting here or by e-mailing me.

Posted by Bruce Hoard on 11/17/2009 at 12:48 PM


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