CA upgrades SRM software

By Dave Simpson

-- CA recently began shipping new releases of both the mainframe and distributed versions of its storage resource management software, marking the first time the company has synchronized releases of both versions.

Storage Resource Manager (SRM) r11.7, CA's software for distributed (non-mainframe) environments, now supports both host/server and storage virtualization. On the host side, CA SRM supports VMware, with support for Microsoft's Hyper-V in the works. On the storage virtualization side, CA SRM supports IBM's SAN Volume Controller (SVC), with support for Hitachi Data Systems' storage virtualization platforms due later this year.

"Virtualization adds complexity on top of the physical layers, and users are losing sight of what they actually have," says Todd Michaels, CA's senior product manager. "SRM provides virtual-to-physical mappings and capacity reporting so that users have insight into [the storage resources] they are actually utilizing."

Other enhancements in CA SRM r11.7 include support for Multi-Path I/O and enhanced support for Microsoft Cluster Server, real-time alerting and support for ARCserve r12, the latest release of the company's backup and recovery software.

CA SRM supports Unix, Linux, NetWare and Windows-based storage resources, and provides functionality such as capacity management/monitoring, allocation, policy definition and enforcement, and troubleshooting.

For z/OS mainframe environments, CA added a number of enhancements in its CA Vantage SRM r12 SP2 software, including audit expansions (e.g., the ability to identify data sets that do not have backups), integration with CA SYSVIEW and PDSMAN, and support for ADABAS V8 Parallel and Cluster Services.

On the mainframe SRM front, CA competes with vendors such as IBM (TPC) and Estorian (TSF).

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This article was originally published on March 19, 2009