By Ann Silverthorn
January 10, 2005—Computer Associates this week announced that it will resell StoreAge Networking Technologies' cross-platform virtualization and multi-tiered data-protection software with its BrightStor storage management software. StoreAge Virtualization Manager (SVM) will be offered as a complement to CA's BrightStor Storage Resource Manager and BrightStor ARCserve Backup software.
SVM uses a "split path" architecture to provide single-point control, virtual volume management, and snapshot and replication technology across heterogeneous environments. It virtualizes storage off the data path, so it does not adversely affect performance.
When used with CA's BrightStor Storage Resource Manager, the software helps control costs and optimize SAN resource utilization by dynamically moving data as its business value decreases to less-expensive storage media.
SVM can also be used with CA's BrightStor ARCserve Backup to decrease backup-and-recovery windows by providing online backup to disk and tape, local/remote data mirroring, online recovery, and remote vaulting. The goal is to help IT administrators ensure business continuity, reduce data-protection costs, and minimize risk of data loss without interrupting their production environment.
Mark Newberry, CA's vice president of product marketing for BrightStor, says a recent InfoStor study validates CA's decision to resell StoreAge's technology. The survey, which appeared in InfoStor's December 2005 issue, included the question, "What changes do you plan to make to your backup-and-recovery environment over the next 12 months?" Increased use of snapshots, mirroring, or replication was the answer for 65.7% of the respondents (see Reader survey reveals backup-and-recovery trends).
CA will resell SVM in three different ways. As a stand-alone product, pricing starts at $82,500, which is similar to StoreAge's pricing. If SVM is bundled with CA software, the starting price is $58,600. CA also offers "managed capacity pricing."