Compaq lays out SAN software strategy

By Zachary Shess

This month, Compaq began shipping SANworks Resource Manager and SANworks Resource Manager for Ex-change, the first two software suites introduced under a newly formed software division aimed at delivering heterogeneous storage area network (SAN) management.

Based on HighGround Systems' Win-dows NT storage resource management code, SANworks Resource Manager provides administrators with a view of storage resources by monitoring functions such as capacity management and planning. (For more information on storage resource management, see February's Special Report.) Compaq added Unix extensions to the suite; VMS extensions are expected next quarter.

Compaq created a new enterprise storage software business unit and re-branded its software under the SANworks product name. Future SAN software and management suites will take the SANworks name, as will existing software such as Data Replication Manager, Enterprise Volume Manager, and SecurePath.

Compaq also pledges to open up its Enterprise Network Storage Architecture (ENSA) roadmap this year. By early next year, customers can expect an advanced policy management suite. This year, Com-paq plans to work with backup vendors to provide server-less data migration software by year's end.

"As for interoperability, we believe we can deliver heterogeneous storage on a heterogeneous SAN by mid-2001 in production environments-not merely a plugfest," says Mark Lewis, vice president of the new Compaq business unit.

To facilitate interoperability, Compaq will invest $8 million this year in a new interoperability lab for the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA). Construction should be completed this August.

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Mark Lewis
Vice president, enterprise storage software, Compaq

This article was originally published on March 01, 2000