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LenovoEMC Storage OS Gives Small Enterprises Virtualization Tools

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

A new operating system from the storage company formerly known as Iomega will include features friendly to small and medium sized businesses, such as the ability to run multiple virtual machines on the company’s rackmount arrays, and support 4TB drives on the company’s PX series network attached storage devices.

The company is now known as LenovoEMC -- a late 2012 joint venture between PC-maker Lenovo and storage brand EMC -- and the new LifeLine 4.0 operating system will begin shipping in May on NAS systems that are still branded as Iomega products.

Of particular interest to small enterprises might be LifeLine 4.0's built-in security features. Beyond SSD caching, the OS allows for the ability to set RAID on an SSD cache pool. Further, the ability to take live snapshots of a drive (while it is still actively writing) means "point in time" backups of storage volumes are possible: system administrators can restore the source volume to any previous state. This tool is compatible with Volume Shadow Copy Service (the standard used by Exchange and SQL Server).

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