The new application is designed to give systems administrators a financial picture of how much data is passing through a storage box.
Users could, for example, track not just how many gigabytes of information a storage product is managing, but also how much it costs per hour to support a particular application, or even to support the storage needs of a remote office, said Nimish Shelat, the worldwide product manager for Storage Accountant.
"This product allows you to talk to a controller in terms of dollars instead of gigabytes," Shelat said.
The software can track who is using a particular part of the storage network, how long they are using it and how much information is being controlled by the user. HP expects companies to use the tool to track how much its costs to support a new application or to run financial analysis on a particular unit or office in the company.
HP has also released version 2.0 of its Storage Allocator software, another part of the storage area manager suite. With the latest release, HP has added support for the Linux and Windows 2000 operating systems, said Phil Kemp, a worldwide product marketing manager for Storage Area Manager at HP.
The Storage Allocator product allows an administrator to designate which servers or PCs can access certain parts of a large storage system. The product already supports HP-UX, Solaris and Windows NT.
Pricing information is not yet available..