Software scarcity

By Henry Baltazar  |  Posted 2004-06-28 Print this article Print

Although the peerstorage Array 100E is easy to manage, we dont expect SAN management software vendors to rush to support EqualLogics products because the vendor is still fairly new.

This could be a hindrance to IT shops that are trying to standardize basic SAN and storage management to third-party software packages from vendors such as AppIQ Inc. and CreekPath Systems Inc.

The PeerStorage Array 100E currently doesnt support CIM (Common Information Model), and storage management standards for iSCSI have not yet been established by the Storage Networking Industry Association. EqualLogics product road map indicates the company will support SNIA (Storage Networking Industry Association) iSCSI standards when they become available.

On the plus side, because the storage traffic going to and from PeerStorage Array 100E units runs over IP, IT managers can use standard IP tools to monitor and manage the storage network.

Telnet, SSH (Secure Shell) and SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) can be used to access and manage PeerStorage Array 100E units.

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