Symantec adds virtualisation to SRM offering

Symantec has announced a major refresh of its storage resource management (SRM) software after including advanced virtualisation and replication features in a new version of Veritas CommandCentral Storage.

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Symantec has announced a major refresh of its storage resource management (SRM) software after including advanced virtualisation and replication features in a new version of Veritas CommandCentral Storage.

Veritas CommandCentral Storage 5.0 runs on Windows, Linux, AIX, Solaris or HP-UX host computers, and is being enhanced to include monitoring of VMware virtual machines and storage environments virtualised with IBM’s SAN Volume Controller or Hitachi Data Systems’ TagmaStore array, giving IT administrators the ability to manage storage capacity at an application level in virtual environments.

Version 5.0 analyses storage consumption in physical and virtual heterogeneous environments and identifies storage that is unassigned and can be reclaimed. The company says the software allows organisations to increase storage utilisation levels by as much as 40%.

The software monitors VMWare ESX host computers and virtual machine instances and storage capacity allocated to them. It monitors capacity by the amount allocated, claimed and utilised. For SAN Volume Controller and the TagmaStore array, CommandCentral monitors the allocated, unclaimed and claimed storage capacity and usage by Fibre Channel ports. It discovers the allocation of storage to servers and provides capacity reporting.

Dan Trim, manager of operations and technical service for Health Alliance Plan in Detroit, has used CommandCentral Storage for about four years.

“When we initially started looking at products to do storage management, the biggest problem was having a storage-area network with multiple vendors, finding software that managed all that storage was difficult,” says Trim, who has IBM Enterprise Storage Server 800, Hitachi Data Systems 9580V and AMS100 and storage arrays from JMR Electronics’ ORCA Storage System. The Symantec product works with a wider variety of storage arrays and host computers, he says.

The new version of CommandCentral Storage will also monitor and manage the local and remote replication of data by EMC products such as Symmetrix Remote Data Facility, Clariion SnapShot, SnapView and MirrorView, as well as by NetApp SnapMirror and Hitachi Shadow Image.

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