IBM has beefed up its storage virtualisation and automation software.

Improvements to its TotalStorage Open Software (comprising TotalStorage SAN File System 2.2, SAN Volume Controller 1.2.1, Productivity Center 2.1 and Tivoli Storage Manager 5.3) add information lifecycle management (ILM) capabilities. It now lets sysamdins create policies that determine the movement of data from one storage array to another. It also lets you create policies that govern when files are deleted.

TotalStorage SAN Volume Controller, IBM’s virtualisation software, can now cluster as many as eight nodes and handle four times the number of virtual disks per cluster. It also now supports attachments to HP Enterprise Virtual Arrays and IBM’s DS8000 and DS6000, and EMC's Symmetrix DMX Series, the DMX800, 1000, 2000 and 3000.

Through connection to the CNT UltraNet Replication Appliance, SAN Volume Controller can now support increased replication.

TotalStorage Productivity Center 2.1 is IBM’s storage management suite - it is now integrated with Tivoli Storage Manager, which lets IT staffs back up their storage networks. Tivoli Storage Manager 5.3 has a new graphical interface and improvements in backup and recovery performance.

"As the second largest software company in the world, IBM continues to introduce new technology breakthroughs enabling clients to get the most out of their heterogeneous storage environment," said Laura Sanders, vice president of IBM TotalStorage Open Software. "Today's announcement extends our lead in storage virtualisation and automation, and complements IBM's broad range of disk, tape and storage networking solutions."

The new software will be available before the end of the year.