By Sonia R. Lelii
CreekPath Systems recently released an enhanced version of its storage management suite that includes a new active multi-path management capability as well as features that make the software more scalable.
Mike Koclanes, CTO and co-founder of CreekPath, says the 3.2 version of the company's Storage Operations Management suite now supports the ability to discover, report, and actively manage up and down the data paths through multi-path management. Typically, multiple paths are created from the disks to applications to ensure fault tolerance, and the key business value of the multi-path management feature is to ensure applications get continued access to the data on disks so that performance is not interrupted. CreekPath supports multi-path management for EMC, Hitachi Data Systems, IBM, and Veritas Software.
The Storage Operations Management suite also has been made more scalable to support larger environments. In particular, the software enables administrators to manage distributed environments through a centralized management portal. This means each distributed site can be managed independently while the central portal enables a broader, collective management view of the environment. Users not only get a top-down and bottom-up view, but they also get an expanded view of the entire storage supply chain and all the relationships and interdependencies that affect performance.
In addition, more Process Automation Modules (PAMs) have been developed for the management software. The 3.2 version now has modules for Hewlett-Packard's XP subsystems and Sybase databases. The software displays and reports on Sybase database capacity, utilization, and configuration to help prevent problems such as over-provisioning storage.
"By the end of this year, we will have PAMs for IBM's DB2 and Microsoft's SQL database," says Paula Dallabetta, director of product marketing at CreekPath.
Moreover, PAMs for Network Appliance's filers and EMC's midrange CLARiiON arrays have been enhanced for deeper management capabilities, according to Koclanes.
PAMs "talk" to the APIs for each component in an environment for discovery, monitoring, visualization, and proactive management of the devices, as well as tasks such as discovering volumes and how they are mapped to which hosts and applications.