Aptare adds SAN fabric monitoring to SRM suite

By Kevin Komiega

-- Aptare, one of the last pure-play enterprise storage resource management (SRM) software vendors, updated its StorageConsole SRM suite today with a range of enhancements and a new StorageConsole Fabric Manager, which monitors changes in the SAN fabric.

Rick Clark, president and CEO of Aptare, says the addition of Fabric Manager to StorageConsole 8 "completes the puzzle" for StorageConsole, allowing administrators to map their storage environments from hosts through the network to storage arrays.

Fabric Manager peers into SAN components with topology mapping, change management and performance reporting through interactive dashboards based on HTML 5.

StorageConsole Fabric Manager presents interactive Web-based dashboards to the user to display a real-time topology of the paths from hosts to storage devices. The software identifies changes made to the SAN fabric over time, with monitoring and alerting when changes are made that will affect service level agreements (SLAs).

Clark says Fabric Manager can help storage administrators make sure the SAN fabric is operating at peak performance.

Additionally, Aptare updated other pieces of its software suite. Aptare StorageConsole Backup Manager now includes support for EMC Avamar data deduplication. And StorageConsole Capacity Manager now provides reporting for HP StorageWorks Enterprise Virtual Array (EVA).

The suite also features added support for Oracle Automated Storage Management (ASM) for Oracle 10g and 11i, IBM Virtual I/O (VIO) Server, and IBM SAN Volume Controller (SVC).

StorageConsole 8 and Fabric Manager will be available on July 31. A typical medium-sized deployment with eight Fibre Channel switches and 200 switch ports costs approximately $25,000 for a perpetual license.

Aptare's products can also be purchased through Aptare managed service partners as a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offering.

Aptare earned its bones in the backup reporting market and has steadily moved upstream to provide visibility into primary storage, virtual environments, and the SAN fabric. Now, according to Clark, the company stands alone in the SRM market.

"With SolarWinds' acquisition of Tek-Tools, we're the last standing SRM software vendor. Everyone else has a hardware agenda," says Clark (see "SolarWinds integrates Tek-Tools SRM").

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This article was originally published on June 22, 2010