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IBM introduces Tivoli Storage Resource Manager

IBM next week plans to introduce its first storage resource management software to offer advanced features such as 300 preset reports, chargeback and load balancing - all based on open standards. The launch follows IBM's takeover of storage management firm TrelliSoft in August.

The Tivoli Storage Resource Manager suite uses Java-based storage resource monitoring to determine disc capacity use and set policy-based thresholds and reporting on arrays from IBM and competitors Hewlett-Packard, EMC, Hitachi and Storage Technology.

It also supports Linux operating systems, as well as HP-UX, Sun Solaris, AIX and Windows XP, and databases such as DB2/UDB, SQL Server, Oracle and Sybase.

"We're the only one that's hardware-agnostic. This allows the customer to define policy," said Jose Iglesias, director of storage products for IBM Tivoli.

Tivoli Storage Resource Manager works by using competitors' application programming interfaces to create a single dashboard view of all the hardware and software on a storage network, including direct-attached and network-attached storage devices.

The software also provides automated tools with functions such as reporting on storage use by application, providing disc capacity alerts, and monitoring overall network performance levels and storage availability.

Chargeback capabilities also enable storage administrators to track storage use by department or by large storage volume users and define actions in response to events. Reports can then be grouped by setting user-defined objects.

IBM is selling its Storage Resource Manager product as a separate application. The company said it would eventually be integrated into its Tivoli product suite.

According to Gartner., the storage resource management software market is worth $249m (£159m) and is expected to grow to $739m by 2006.

IBM next week plans to introduce Tivoli Storage Area Network Manager software, which is based on its WebSphere application development platform.

The software will provide automated discovery for a centralised point for all storage-area network (SAN) configurations, making it easier to ensure application availability and simplify storage administration.

IBM also plans to introduce its TotalStorage Enterprise Tape Controller 3590 Model A60, which will provide native 2Gbit/sec. Fibre Channel.

The combination of 3590 tape drives with the A60 and an IBM SAN switch can provide customers with up to 40% more throughput over previous Model A60 Ficon systems, according to IBM.

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