IBM has unveiled a storage software suite which allows storage servers and networking devices to be monitored and allocated on demand based on preset policies.
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The IBM TotalStorage Productivity Centre offers storage device discovery, monitoring and provisioning. IBM competitors, such as EMC and Veritas Software, have also recently released similar products based on a utility computing strategy.
TotalStorage Productivity Centre combines two pre-existing applications - Tivoli San Manager and Tivoli Storage Resource Manager - with a device discovery tool called Tivoli Multiple Device Manager.
Jeff Barnett, manager of market strategy for IBM's software division, said the suite offers a central point of control for storage administrators to manage hardware, monitor storage networks and analyse performance.
Tivoli Multiple Device Manager is designed around the Storage Networking Industry Association's Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S), a set of common models and application programming interfaces that will allow storage management applications to communicate with multivendor storage devices.
The suite will work with its Enterprise Storage Server, known as Shark, and its FASt line of arrays, as well as its San Volume Controller virtualisation software. IBM said the new product also supports some functionality on Hitachi Data Systems and Hewlett-Packard arrays.
TotalStorage Productivity Centre starts at $5,000, which will provide users with two server licenses and 1TBytes of managed storage, as well as the Tivoli San Manager application set up for a maximum of 64 switch ports.
Lucas Mearian writes for Comptuerworld