HP could be developing a storage virtualization box meant to compete with similar kit from IBM and EMC, according to an online report.
Storage site Byte and Switch has a number of sources placing HP in a deal with Falconstor to create this new system. The box would be used to manage storage systems made by different vendors and help create the often mythical "pool" of storage out of these boxes. IBM already sells the SAN Volume Controller to handle these types of tasks, and EMC is reported to have a system called the Storage Router - a software/switch pairing - on the way as well.
"The new HP offering would ostensibly replace the embattled HP OpenView Continuous Access Storage Appliance (CASA), which the company recently lost the right to sell after a drawn-out legal battle with EMC," the online rag reports.
HP inherited a protracted legal battle with EMC over patent infringement claims when it bought StorageApps. These legal squabbles continue to hang over CASA.
HP's partnership with Falconstor would serve as a work around to the CASA problems. Falconstor is said to tell partners that it's working with a "Tier 1 OEM" on new technology, according to Byte and Switch.
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