By Ann Silverthorn
—Quantum this week introduced its StorageCare Vision monitoring and management software, which works with the company's iLayer tape automation management tools and StorageCare Guardian backup monitoring application.
According to Quantum officials, StorageCare Vision increases data availability and uptime by automating and centralizing status monitoring, capacity utilization reporting, alerting, and diagnostics.
Quoting TheInfoPro's recent Wave 9 end-user study, Quantum notes that Fortune 1000 organizations cite the task of managing complexity as a key storage pain point, particularly in relation to integration and responsive reporting issues. Robert Stevenson, TheInfoPro's managing director of storage research, says many of the pain points are a result of the fact that most Fortune 1000 enterprises work with an average of eight separate storage vendors.
StorageCare Vision is designed to allow administrators to monitor Quantum's storage systems (both tape and disk), as well as SAN switches and backup applications, from one screen. Quantum's disk backup systems and tape libraries can be linked with a single management console to allow visibility of backup, restore, archive, and disaster-recovery processes.
Other features include
- Backup reporting and aggregated event reporting for faster troubleshooting and minimized downtime; and
- Backup performance metrics via hundreds of packaged reports. To increase utilization, identify bottlenecks, balance resources, and manage capacity growth, administrators can also create customized reports.
StorageCare Vision runs on Windows and supports Solaris, Linux, AIX, and HP-UX platforms. It also works with NetWorker, NetBackup, Backup Exec, and Tivoli Storage Manager backup software. Supported systems include Quantum's DX and DXi disk-based backup systems, and Scalar iPlatform and PX tape libraries. The software also works with switches from Cisco and Brocade (including McData switches).
StorageCare Vision is priced from $4,500.