Symantec combines change management, SRM

By Kevin Komiega

 -- Symantec is offering financially strapped IT organizations an alternative to buying more storage with a new version of its Veritas CommandCentral storage resource management (SRM) software that features integrated storage change management capabilities.

Symantec today announced CommandCentral 5.1, an enhanced version of its SRM platform that now includes agent-less functionality and a new addition called CommandCentral Storage Change Manager, which manages and tracks changes to the storage infrastructure to prevent application downtime.

Storage Change Manager extends the reach of the CommandCentral software by providing a centralized way to track and manage storage infrastructure changes and enforce policies and best practices for storage connectivity, configuration and compliance.

The goal of Change Manager is to give users a simple way to manage SANs, identify storage configuration drifts, meet service level agreements (SLAs) and collaborate between storage and server teams, according to Rob Soderbery, senior vice president of Symantec's Storage and Availability Management Group.

Soderbery says current economic conditions are going to force "radical changes" in end- user behavior.

"People have to save money this quarter. They can no longer spend now in order to save money in the future," says Soderbery. "Unfortunately, the business model of a lot of technology providers is to get customers to invest now to save later."

He believes the combined use of SRM software and effective change management can help users delay storage purchases by increasing utilization.

"Utilization numbers are pretty stark. Many users are not making progress and are still stuck in the 30 to 40% range," says Soderbery. "Deploying SRM and change management on a single platform can help customers defer storage purchases for up to one year."

CommandCentral 5.1 is compliant with the Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) and works with heterogeneous storage devices through vendor APIs.

The product supports Windows 2008, RedHat and SUSE, and now extends its agent-less capabilities to virtualized environments by providing application to storage spindle visibility in VMware environments, with no requirement to deploy Symantec software or agents on the ESX server.

A single CommandCentral server can manage up to 2,000 hosts, 15,000 switch ports and 5PB of storage.

Veritas CommandCentral 5.1 is available now with estimated pricing starting at $20,000.

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This article was originally published on December 15, 2008