HP maps out SAN plan
By Dave Simpson
Following the cue of most other major systems vendors, Hewlett-Packard recently laid out its road map for storage area networks (SANs). The cornerstone of HP`s strategy is its OpenView management suite, which provides a wide range of tools for managing networks, events, performance, software, security, and storage.
HP officials hope to bring their networking expertise to bear on the emerging SAN market. "Most of our competitors` products are pure storage management, but we`re taking a network management approach," says Juergen Ketterer, HP`s storage management marketing manager.
Ketterer says HP hopes to differentiate its SAN management software by providing automatic discovery of SAN devices; supporting multidimensional graphical representations of the network; and managing arbitrated loop configurations as well as fabrics.
The OpenView SAN Management rollout will begin this spring and will follow a phased-in approach through mid-2000. Initial tools will work only with HP-UX; Windows NT implementations are due late next year. Company officials say SAN management tools will be integrated with existing OpenView modules such as OmniStorage, Network Node Manager, and OmniBack.
Separately, HP announced Version 3.0 of OmniBack II, which now supports backup and restore over Fibre Channel and disaster recovery on NT. The new release also provides additional integration with EMC`s SRDF and TimeFinder software, and supports Microsoft Cluster Server.