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Storage Virtualization: IBM upgrades its Storage Products

IBM is souping up the data storage sibling of a hot technology made popular by VMware.

Big Blue on Friday plans to unveil upgrades to its storage virtualization line, with products that can store more data and provide more features for backing up data. Virtualization is a type of software designed to improve the efficiency of hardware such as storage computers companies use in data centers.

IBM IBM says the upgrades will help it better compete with such storage rivals as EMC EMC.

"We have a lot of momentum," said Chris Saul, manager of sales and marketing for IBM's (NYSE:IBM) storage virtualization group. "IBM regards virtualization as really one of the key technologies for us as we look forward."

Storage virtualization is similar to server virtualization in that customers can get more from their hardware with less power usage, which saves them money.



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Whale Fall
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Dress me up in my new threads
clasp my greasy palms
grease my hair
I'm ready for the fall


Watch at all the decadence
watching the avalanche
I'm slipping down
losing my buoyancy


What's become of us
where have we come
this far, this close
close to the doors


I hear them, sublimal chants
I'm on the run
I race through the human sea
I am the king!


I'm the slave
to my own undoings
I'm the jester in my courtyard
We jest as we run


We're strolling on that thin rope
we grope as we rope
we're true heros
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we're the scavengers
we're the friends
we're the lovers
we're the unbred


Soon awaiting the fall
we're lurking on us
we're osedaxing us
we're soon going to be done
we'll soon be arrested




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