Navisphere manages Fibre Channel
Now that most disk array vendors are shipping Fibre Channel-equipped hardware, emphasis is shifting to software tools to manage the new subsystems. For example, Clariion recently began shipping its Navisphere set of software modules for centralized management of the company`s Fibre Channel disk arrays. A version of the software for SCSI devices is due later this month.
The suite consists of three modules:
- Navisphere Manager ($10,000), for centralized management and monitoring.
- Navisphere Organizer ($5,000), for performance management.
- Navisphere Analyzer ($8,000), a performance analysis tool that includes functions such as capacity planning and load balancing.
The platform-independent tools are compatible with Windows NT, and Unix platforms from Hewlett-Packard, IBM, and Sun. According to Linda Faust, Clariion`s director of software product marketing, Navisphere will be integrated with enterprise systems management platforms from Computer Associates, HP, and IBM by the end of the year.
Steve Clark, Unix system coordinator at Unocal, in Sugar Land, TX, is particularly impressed with Navisphere`s ease of use and broad configuration and performance-reporting capabilities. Unocal uses Navisphere to manage seven Clariion FC5500 Fibre Channel RAID arrays in a storage architecture configured by Andataco Inc., in San Diego.
Clariion is banking on fast growth for the Fibre Channel market. International Data Corp., a market research firm in Framingham, MA, predicts that the Windows NT portion of the Fibre Channel storage subsystem market will spurt from $310 million this year to more than $3 billion in 2001. IDC also predicts that Fibre Channel will account for more than 50% of all external disk storage by 2001.