Tivoli eases SAN management

Posted on November 01, 2000

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By Dave Simpson

This month, Tivoli Systems began shipments of its Storage Network Manager v1.1 software, which is designed to simplify the deployment and management of heterogeneous storage area networks (SANs).

The software is expected to compete with similar SAN management packages from vendors such as Computer Associates, Connex, Prisa Networks (see below), Veritas Software, and Vixel.

Tivoli's SAN management software can be inte-grated with all of the company's storage management software packages, as well as its NetView and Enterprise Console platforms (and other SNMP- compatible frameworks). Alternatively, administrators can run Storage Network Manager in standalone mode.

Storage Network Manager functionality falls into three categories:

  • Storage network management, which includes discovery and management of all ANSI FC-MI- compliant host bus adapters, storage subsystems, and Fibre Channel network devices (e.g., hubs and switches).
  • Disk resource management, including host-to-LUN mapping for heterogeneous storage subsystems on the Fibre Channel network.
  • Policy-based storage-on-demand, which includes features such as automated disk resource allocation.
  • SAN component monitoring, which includes the ability to gather and store data on SAN infrastructure performance, capacity, and activity.

Storage Network Manager is currently compatible with Windows 4.0 and 2000, AIX 4.3, and Solaris 2.8.

Also this month, Tivoli released the 2.2 version of its SANergy software, which enables Unix, NT, and Macintosh systems to share data at the volume, file, and byte levels.

The new version includes application programming interfaces for integration with third-party applications, performance enhancements, and expanded platform support, which now includes Windows NT and 2000, AIX, Solaris, Tru64, Irix, DG/UX, Red Hat Linux, and MacOS. In addition, SANergy now supports LSC's QFS file system.


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