EMC Launches Cloud Storage Management Service

By Stuart J. Johnston

Storage giant EMC today debuted its new ProSphere storage management package for cloud computing environments.

EMC's (NYSE: EMC) ProSphere Storage Resource Management service provides agent-less discovery, a federated management architecture, and Smart Groups policy management, according to the company.

In fact, many IT organizations today have multiple data centers and highly complex hybrid cloud computing models that can spread data across a mix of public and private cloud resources, making tracking, managing and monitoring data an increasingly difficult challenge.

ProSphere is deployed as a virtual appliance that, the company says, requires less than an hour to install. Once installed, it can take less than eight hours to discover and analyze storage resources in the enterprise, according to EMC.

"Full integration and support for the latest EMC and VMware technologies will enable ProSphere users to maximize the value of the investments they're making in virtualization and cloud technologies," an EMC statement said.

In addition to providing support for EMC's Symmetrix, VMAX, DMX, VNX and CLARiiON series of arrays, ProSphere also supports the new Symmetrix VMAXe storage array, which the company announced earlier this week.

Among its features, ProSphere's federated architecture supports the ability to manage multiple sites from "a single pane of glass," the company said. The package also sports a browser-based user interface that enables administrators to get an end-to-end view of their cloud storage assets with nearly real-time monitoring.

"With the introduction of ProSphere, EMC is charting an aggressive course that maps customers' storage resource management capabilities to next generation computing platforms ... enabling ProSphere users to maximize the value of the investments they're making in virtualization and cloud technologies," Jay Mastaj, senior vice president and general manager of EMC's infrastructure management group, said in a statement.

ProSphere is slated to ship by the end of July.

Customers of EMC's ControlCenter under current maintenance contracts will be able to upgrade to ProSphere at no additional cost.

Stuart J. Johnston is a contributing editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals. Follow him on Twitter @stuartj1000.

This article was originally published on July 14, 2011