CA enhances management suite

By Ann Silverthorn

—Computer Associates tomorrow will announce the availability of BrightStor r11.5, an integrated set of modular storage management solutions designed to help users manage and protect information and storage assets while aligning with their business objectives.

For example, CA enhanced BrightStor ArcServe Backup by automating the disk-to-disk and disk-to-disk-to-tape processes, reducing the number of steps required to accomplish these tasks. The company also extended support for 64-bit platforms, including Lotus and SAP on Windows and Linux systems.

Similar to the BrightStor portal is CA's newest product, the BrightStor Storage Command Center (available within 60 days), which provides a high-level, dashboard-like view of storage environments. Rather than delivering information to administrators in a complex format, the software applies business analytics to the information and reports on four main areas of the storage environment: inventory, capacity, health, and protection, which are translated into a high-level executive format. Also, embedded identity and access management capabilities enable IT managers to enforce company-wide security policies.

To manage midrange arrays, CA extended device support across the BrightStor suite. In light of HSM, tiered storage, disk-to-disk, and disk-to-disk-to-tape, BrightStor now supports EMC Clariion, HP StorageWorks, and Sun StorEdge disk arrays.

CA supports any SMI-S device or standard APIs available through vendors such as EMC and Hitachi. Also, for storage resource management (SRM), CA added a new caching technology that speeds up data collection so administrators can make more timely decisions.

Administrators using BrightStor r11.5 mainframe software will now have a graphical management interface (GMI). In the past, the only CA mainframe product with a GMI was the CA-Vantage SRM software. Now, whether using Vtape, CA-disk, or CA-1, users will have a consistent interface across all BrightStor mainframe management solutions.

Since September of 2004, BrightStor has been priced according to capacity, allowing users to add features as they need them. Capacity licensing minimums have been lowered from 10TB to 2TB, opening the suite to midrange customers. For 2TB, this translates to approximately $30,000. As capacity increases, cost per terabyte decreases.

This article was originally published on September 05, 2005