SANscreen 2.8s powerful modeling capabilities and its ability to simplify SAN troubleshooting make it the winner in the Enterprise Storage Software category.
Despite all the work that has been put into management standards and interoperability, it is still difficult to build and maintain storage area networks. Onaros SANscreen 2.8, one of an emerging class of SAN modeling and design tools, allows IT managers not only to build initial SAN configurations but also to simulate what configuration changes and hardware additions will do to a working SAN.
Best-practice knowledge is built into SANscreen 2.8 to make sure that new SAN designs and revisions will not lead to problems in the future. Furthermore, the knowledge built into Onaros SAN modeling engine can pinpoint problems in current SAN designs.
SANscreen 2.8 documents all changes made to a SAN. IT managers can use the change management information stored in SANscreen 2.8 to help diagnose problems and find configuration mistakes made by IT staff members.
More information can be found at www.onaro.com.
EMC ControlCenter 5.2
Version 5.2 of EMCs flagship storage management suite continues to improve with each edition and gives IT managers virtually all the tools needed to manage their SAN environments.
The powerful provisioning capabilities built into ControlCenter 5.2 simplify the process of managing and distributing storage resources, even on heterogeneous storage area networks. The products discovery capabilities allow IT managers to locate and map out their storage resources.
ControlCenter 5.2s reporting functionality allows storage administrators to keep track of storage utilization and locate performance bottlenecks in the SAN.
More information can be found at www.emc.com.
Storage Technology Corp.
StorageTek Storability Global Storage Manager 4
StorageTek Storability Global Storage Manager 4 is a powerful storage resource management system with the ability to monitor multiple sites.
Storability GSM 4s ability to locate unused storage resources at the enterprise scale will allow IT managers to more efficiently use the hardware they already have, possibly precluding the purchase of new hardware to deal with data growth.
The application-aware views provided by Storability GSM 4 allow IT managers to see which storage device a particular application is using and help determine if a higher-performance storage unit would complement the application.
More information can be found at www.storagetek.com.
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