Tivoli has diversified from its traditional heartland in system management with a product specifically designed for managing storage area networks (Sans), writes Nicholas Enticknap.
Tivoli Storage Network Manager (TSNM) is, the company claims, the first product to conform to the new FC-MI (Fibre Channel - Methodologies for Interconnects) standard produced by the American National Standards Institute T-11 committee.
TSNM performs three functions. The first is the ability to identify any element within a San infrastructure, to assist maintenance. This includes devices such as switches, the discs attached and also the servers. The management software then allows the administrator to allocate disc capacity to servers by dragging and dropping icons on the user interface. Finally, TSNM automates this process in situations where an application runs out of storage capacity, according to policies specified by the user.
This, says Tivoli Storage Management marketing manager Robin Pilcher, points the way to Tivoli's future direction, which will be to bring mainframe-class, system managed storage (SMS) facilities to the open systems world or, in other words, to provide automation of much of the storage manager's job. "SMS is what the San is really all about", he said, promising that Tivoli will ship a product under the name Open System Managed Storage around this time next year.