Hitachi Uses Aptare to Bring Its Storage Portfolio Up to Date

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-04-29 Print this article Print

New software options will provide HDS' customers with a more extensive management view beyond the storage system, so they can better monitor and utilize current IT assets tied to business applications, virtualized servers and the data center, according to the company.

Hitachi Data Systems has partnered with storage optimization software provider Aptare in an initiative that modernizes its software portfolio.

HDS said April 28 that it has expanded its management software portfolio with three new offerings: the Hitachi Virtual Server Reporter, supplied by Aptare; Hitachi IT Operations Analyzer,  and the Hitachi Storage Command Portal.

The new software options will provide HDS customers with a more extensive management view beyond the storage system, so they can better monitor and utilize current IT assets tied to business applications, virtualized servers and the data center, company officials said.

Aptare, based in Campbell, Calif., provides Web-based storage reporting and management software. It even has an application that allows a user to check a system's storage condition via an iPhone.

The Virtual Server Reporter provides an end-to-end view of virtualized VMware servers and their respective storage usage. The new software, designed for enterprise customers, provides storage reporting management in mixed-environemnt data centers down to control of individual virtual machines, company officials said.

By integrating the reporting functions of virtual servers, customers can more effectively manage their storage and backups, allowing them to obtain better utilization of storage assets and decrease costs, according to the company.

IT Operations Analyzer, aimed at midmarket customers, handles data center management by providing integrated monitoring of data center servers and IP networks, along with fibre channel SANs (storage area networks) and LANs.

The new reporting package features automated root cause analysis, network visualization, agentless architecture to support simple deployment, and a unified intuitive, Web-based interface.

IT Operations Analyzer is designed to streamline IT operations and improve customer service levels. Specialized training is not necessary, company officials said.

"Hitachi IT Operations Analyzer helps manage fast remediation for network issues and outages," said Mary Johnston Turner, an analyst at IT researcher IDC.

The Hitachi Storage Command Portal unifies storage reporting and provides a business-application view of the Hitachi storage environment.

IT Operations Analyzer is available via a 30-day free trial download here.

For more information, go here.

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 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 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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