Onaro Reveals Closer View of Storage Management

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2006-12-04 Print this article Print

New version of SANScreen completes a key requirement for storage service management by enabling IT managers to have application-level control of storage resources.

Data storage management software provider Onaro introduced on Dec. 4 a new version of its flagship product, SANscreen Foundation version 3.5, which offers a more detailed view of the storage systems role in an enterprise system.

The new release provides infrastructure teams with the ability to align their storage infrastructure with an applications requirements at a relatively low cost, a spokesperson for the Boston-based company said.

Key new features include an improved application-to-storage service view, better service quality tracking, a capacity planning feature, and a ready-to-use IT storage portal, the spokesperson said.

"SANscreen Foundations new ability to link applications to the infrastructure is essential for organizations to align storage resources with business requirements," said Bob Laliberte, a senior storage analyst with Enterprise Strategy Group in Milford, Mass.

"With this release, Onaro continues to differentiate itself and provide more valuable, actionable information to the infrastructure team so they can deliver higher levels of service to the business."

Highlights of SANscreen Foundation version 3.5, which the company said will become available by the end of December, include:

  • Application-to-storage service view: Enables storage managers to view the services delivered by the storage environment not just to a host, but also to the underlying applications. This completes a key requirement for storage service management by enabling IT managers to have application-level control of storage resources.
  • Improved service quality tracking: Most infrastructure teams use the measure of SAN uptime as their only quality measurement, leaving no way to drive incremental improvements that contribute to availability. With SANscreen, more gradual measures of SAN quality are possible, enabling infrastructure teams to reduce outages.
  • New capacity planning capability: SANscreen Foundations change repository contains all device and service changes to the storage infrastructure, including the allocation of new volumes and ports. SANscreen Foundation 3.5 uses this information to report on allocation trending for both arrays and ports in the storage infrastructure. Understanding cost allocations and trending is a key component of delivering the right level of service at the lowest possible cost.

  • Preconfigured IT storage portal: Getting the storage service information into the hands of application owners, system administrators and other IT managers is a key component of delivering IT as a service. Foundation 3.5 includes a ready-to-use IT Storage Portal that contains all the key storage service information for an application.
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In addition to these new features, SANscreen Foundation version 3.5 includes architectural improvements including:

  • Support for Cisco's SAN routing technology
  • Improved agentless technology for rapid host identification
  • Numerous usability and GUI improvements
Availability and pricing

Onaro SANscreen Foundation version 3.5 will be generally available at the end of 2006. Pricing for SANscreen Foundation starts at $185 per port.

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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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