EMC automates storage billing

EMC Canada has simplified the way its customers use, deploy and manage storage resources through an automated billing system.

EMC Canada has simplified the way its customers use, deploy and manage storage resources through an automated billing system.

The latest billing component comes integrated in EMC’s OpenScale storage asset and financial management program to bring automated billing to networked storage infrastructures including storage capacity, storage area network (San) switch ports, network attached storage (Nas) servers and storage software.

In May, EMC announced its ControlCenter Online storage technical solutions, which incorporated the AutoAdvice offering. AutoAdvice combines software that runs at the client site with internal EMC databases.

The solution automates the collection of system metrics for servers and Oracle databases in an "agentless" way to eliminate much of the manual system metric collection and root-cause analysis that administrators have had to conduct for all devices attached to networked storage.

Using the same "agentless" collector technologies found in EMC’s AutoAdvice software, OpenScale enables customers to allocate storage resources on demand, while billing only for the resources used, and does not require manual onsite technical assistance.

According to Ross Allen, EMC Canada’s country manager, the automated billing feature in OpenScale allows EMC to demonstrate its ability to deliver storage service automation of the processes and tasks of internal storage utility models.

Allen added that programs such as OpenScale are prerequisites for achieving the benefits of utility models such as reduced complexity.

Pat Cassidy, director of software marketing for EMC, said that OpenScale provided a way of doing business with EMC that is easier and completely automated.

"What OpenScale does is pre-positions arrays, switches and EMC software at the client site," Cassidy explained.

"They already have the software tools they need to report and monitor and reconfigure those [devices]. Now what we have done is we’ve cut down the procurement cycle because [customers] can literally, without EMC intervention, flip a switch and turn on another hundred terabytes and be billed accordingly on a monthly basis."

Designed for enterprise customers with large EMC installations, OpenScale provides automated billing for EMC Symmetrix, EMC CLARiiON, EMC Connectrix and EMC Celerra systems in addition to EMC TimeFinder and SRDF software.

Cassidy noted that EMC has plans to tailor the solution to fit medium enterprises in the near future.

Carly Suppa writes for ITWorldCanada.com

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