Aptare Now Automating Storage Management Changes

 
 
By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-02-04 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Instead of manually configuring changes in the storage capacity and planning-information-gathering system, users now can simply subscribe to an automatic download of updated rules as they become available.

Enterprise storage resource management maker Aptare, taking a cue from the antivirus sector, on Feb. 2 unveiled some new enhancements for its unified storage management product suite.

Instead of manually configuring changes in the storage capacity and planning-information-gathering system, users now can simply subscribe to an automatic download of updated rules as they become available.

The StorageConsole 8 Feature Pack One features a smart, agentless host data collector for enterprise storage environments. This new collector can apply multiple methods at once in order to capture storage capacity metrics from the hosts and heterogeneous storage systems, wherever they may be in the enterprise.

The collector "learns" and optimizes the system's data collection for scheduled collections. Data parsing and interpretation rules are separated from the core logic of the agentless data collector in the same way that virus protection software vendors use virus signatures and their rules files.

When the rules become changed or updated, they immediately are available for download from the Aptare portal on a 24-hour basis.

"This next-generation architecture is designed to expect change," Rick Clark, President and CEO of Campbell, Calif.-based Aptare, told eWEEK.

"By using an architecture that adapts to change and decouples the parsing and data interpretation rules from the core collection logic, we can stay ahead of storage configurations and provide true and accurate business intelligence and metrics to our customers."

Aptare StorageConsole Capacity Manager also includes support for EMC virtual -- or thin -- provisioning for Clariion and Symmetrix arrays. It also sports capacity management support for EMC Symmetrix VMAX storage arrays, Clark said.

Aptare StorageConsole Backup Manager also has been enhanced to include comprehensive support for Data Domain deduplication systems, Clark said.


 
 
 
 
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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