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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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