EMC automates SAN configuration management

By Kevin Komiega

-- EMC has set it sights on preventing SAN outages with today's debut of EMC Storage Configuration Advisor (SCA), a new tool that detects improper SAN configurations.

The software uses agent-less discovery to conduct near real-time tracking of a storage infrastructure to detect vulnerabilities and assist users in maintaining compliance with internal configuration policies, vendor guidelines or industry best practices.

The SCA provides an audit trail of SAN changes and rule violations, and flags potential problems as they build and before they cause an outage. The software also includes reporting capabilities with analysis of configurations, compliance breeches and service levels. 

With the SCA software, which joins IT Compliance Analyzer, VoyenceControl and Server Configuration Manager software in its IT compliance and configuration management portfolio, EMC now supports change, configuration and compliance management across the storage, network, application and server domains.

The software is compatible with EMC's storage systems, including Symmetrix and Clariion, as well as SAN arrays from Hitachi Data Systems (HDS). The hardware compatibility list will expand to include a wider range of heterogeneous arrays over time, according to Kevin Gray, spokesperson for EMC's Resource Management Software Group.

Gray says the majority of application and service outages – up to 80% – are caused by configuration errors.

"IT service folks typically lack an accurate view of their infrastructures and don't understand how problems are caused or know how long an application is going to be down," says Gray. "At the same time, the people that have the infrastructure view [are limited to their own domains] and have trouble seeing how an application, server or storage change will affect other IT services."

Storage Configuration Advisor will be available in June and is priced based on storage capacity. The total price for the SCA hardware appliance and software for 10TB of managed capacity is $38,480.

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This article was originally published on May 12, 2009