By Dave Simpson
One of the hottest categories of storage software is storage resource management (SRM). Carolyn DiCenzo, a principal analyst at Dataquest, a market research firm in San Jose, CA, defines SRM as tools that manage properties of physical and logical storage resources, such as media health, availability, space loading, performance, and utilization. DiCenzo estimates the market for SRM was only about $210 million last year, but she expects it to take off rapidly, reaching more than $1.2 billion by 2002.
Increasingly, the larger storage software vendors are talking about enterprise SRM, or ESRM. Duane Dueker, director and business line manager of IBM`s storage software business unit in San Jose, says ESRM consists of eight functions: data migration and the management of storage assets, capacity, configuration, events and alerts, performance, policies, and removable media. Storage management software is becoming increasingly important. Studies show that, on average, it costs $3.50 per MB per year to manage storage.
IBM plans to address the ESRM market with its StorWatch suite, parts of which began shipping last month: Serial Storage Expert for SSA storage and Versatile Storage Specialist for its Virtual Storage Server product line.
A major part of the suite--StorWatch Reporter--is due in late November, according to Dueker. StorWatch Reporter will provide a logical view of storage resources, as well as asset and capacity management. Designed for networks with 50 to 100 Windows NT or UNIX servers, the software is expected to be priced at $600 per server.
Over time, StorWatch will address all eight ESRM functions. StorWatch can be used in conjunction with IBM`s Adstar Distributed Storage Manager (ADSM) software. For more information, visit www.ibm.com/storage/storwatch.