Vicom enters SAN virtualization market


Vicom Systems, a San Jose-based developer of storage area network (SAN) routers for use with SSA, SCSI and Fibre Channel systems (10,000+ systems in the field), has announced some major expansions to its product line. No longer will the company's routers be limited to just Initiator-to-Target format conversion, but they will also support Fibre Channel-to-Fibre Channel connectivity where any Fibre Channel target type can be connected to any type of Fibre Channel initiator. This Fibre Channel routing can then be complimented by the addition of Vicom's Storage Virtualization Engine (SVE).

The Vicom SVE combines the power of the company's pipelined router architecture with key software applications that provide an end-to-end solution based on the virtualization engine. The software includes SV Mapper, SV Guard and SV Copy Serve.

The virtualization engine supports a variety of functions, including:

  • Storage pooling, virtualization and resource sharing (via zoning and mapping).
  • Security and data protection.
  • Data replication, instant copy and backup/restore.

The SV Mapper tool is a GUI-based application that facilitates disk pooling via virtualization, and resource sharing via zoning and mapping. It runs in a distributed manner on each host as a daemon, allowing maximum redundancy and fault resilience along with high I/O performance.

SV Guard facilitates local and remote access to the shared resources, along with providing dynamic event logging and fault monitoring.

SV Copy Serve provides a range of tools, including RAID 1, auto rebuild, triple mirroring, and instant backup and restore using a hierarchy of disk and tape devices.

Vicom is focused on developing solutions in partnership with OEM partners such as Hewlett-Packard, IBM and others, and has strategic relationships with Boeing and StorageNetworks Inc as well.


Vicom Systems has been quietly building a large installed base for a number of years now, while other vendors have been more vocal, but less successful, in this segment of the SAN market. Vicom can now count itself among the growing number of SAN virtualization providers, focused on both appliance-type environments as well as enterprise environments. The company's installed base of customers stands to benefit from these new announcements, and the industry at large will have another choice in terms of virtualization.

This article was originally published on September 01, 2000