By eweek  |  Posted 2002-03-04 Print this article Print

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Infrastructure: Enterprise Storage
Winner Hewlett-Packard Co. OpenView Storage Allocater 2.0
Finalists EMC Corp. WideSky 1.0
IBM TotalStorage IP Storage 200i
Our judges tapped HPs OpenView Storage Allocater 2.0 as the overall winner of the 36 entries in the Enterprise Storage category, but it was no easy decision. The Storage Allocater barely edged out EMCs WideSky for the top position.
WideSky was probably the most significant technology entered in the category because it allows IT managers to run EMCs storage management software on non-EMC hardware. If EMC can gain market share and continue to work with hardware storage vendors to ensure interoperability with EMCs software, the company will be in a good position to challenge Veritas Corp. and BMC Software Inc. for control of the storage management software space. However, these are major ifs that only time in the marketplace can determine. This lack of maturity prevented us from choosing WideSky as the category winner.
Storage Allocater is an out-of-band storage virtualization tool that should allow IT managers to carve up their storage resources and present them to servers more efficiently. The judges liked the fact that it can interoperate with many vendor platforms and that it didnt require a full investment in HPs storage management suite to reap benefits. The other finalist, IBMs iSCSI-based TotalStorage IP Storage 200i RAID storage system, has the potential to become extremely popular in the low- to midrange storage market: The soon-to-be-released iSCSI standard will allow servers and workstations to hook into it without costly Fibre Channel host bus adapters. Henry Baltazar


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