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CA World: New storage management portal tool

Computer Associates has added a stand-alone tool intended to ease storage management to its BrightStor family.

CA executive vice-president Russell Artzt said the new BrightStor Portal is the first tool in the company's planned line of enterprise storage automation products.

One BrightStor customer using BrightStor Portal's beta version found the reporting technology in the new product particularly useful. Jack Norton, a senior systems analyst with US aerospace group Parker Hannifin said it "can view reports and send them via the intranet to other IT team members and they can create reports of their own".

The BrightStor Portal is scheduled for release in the third quarter with prices starting at $35,000 (£24,169) per application server for a perpetual licence

In related storage news, CA said it had changed its storage sales channel strategy. CA's direct sales force will now receive compensation for sales through resellers, a change intended to end conflicts between CA's direct and indirect sales forces. CA chief executive Sanjay Kumar said that while storage is the first product line to which this "channel neutral" strategy is being applied, others will soon follow.

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