Compaq took its first steps into storage resource management last week by introducing two software packages aimed at helping customers take advantage of multi-vendor SANs.
Rob Emsley, marketing manager for the enterprise storage software group at Compaq, said SANworks Storage Resource Manager (SRM) and SRM for Exchange were developed jointly with US-based HighGround Systems.
The vendor invested $20m (£12.6m) in HighGround last December.In the past, most Compaq storage products were built around Compaq technology, but as reported earlier this year, these new software packages will focus on multi-platform environments (CRN, 16 February).
Emsley said: "Trying to find an enterprise customer using a single vendor is like finding a needle in a haystack."
SRM currently supports the Windows operating system (OS), Sun Microsystems's Solaris OS, HP-UX, AIX, Compaq Tru64 and Red Hat Linux, Emsley said.
SRM gathers data from storage devices on the various platforms and puts them into an SQL database. It then allows administrators to look at capacity, file details and changes in capacity over time, and allows access to that data via the Web.
It helps resellers to take a consultative role and helps clients to manage their resources, Emsley said. By contrast, SRM for Exchange looks specifically at storage management on Exchange servers.
Dave Richardson, director of alliance partnerships at VAR Berkshire Computer Products, said the timing is right for Compaq to offer such a product.
But Carl Wolfston, director of VAR Headlands Associates, said: "It's a great product, but there's no such thing as open yet, as everyone does things differently."
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