Storage giant EMC today released a more open version of its Control Center storage management product, after forming a new storage software division last week.
Control Center 5.2 features increased automation, and has been made more open as part of the company's strategy to gain share through Information Lifecycle Management.
It boasts support for Linux hosts as well as extended support for EMC Celera and Clariion devices and Hitachi systems.
"We are going to change the game on connectivity and openness," said Mark Lewis, EMC's new executive vice president of software.
Other new features include the ability to dynamically reallocate resources across different EMC devices by moving capacity from underused devices that can then be decommissioned.
The company also claims that Control Center 5.2 will cut management costs by performing many storage area network tasks, such as storage allocation, automatically or with minimum prompts.
The move follows EMC's launch of new tape devices last week and is part of its strategy to integrate new software acquisitions VMware, Documentum and Legato into the EMC family.
As part of this, Lewis said that EMC would launch its first content-aware storage products next quarter, but was sketchy on details.
The company also launched its lowest price storage device with a $10,000 Celera ATA drive, and said that it has plans to move into the SME space with new products.
And in a management restructuring, EMC has formed a separate software division jointly headed by Lewis and Dave DeWalt, formerly chief executive at Documentum. EMC says it is now the eighth largest software business in the world.
Meanwhile, EMC president and chief executive Joe Tucci admitted that there had been some issues raised by the acquisition of virtualisation company VMware.
Many of VMware's competitors are EMC customers, like IBM and HP, while the main competition for VMware comes from EMC partner Microsoft.
Tucci maintained that "everything EMC is doing is fine with Microsoft" but admitted that "the one point of contention is VMware because they would like to do some of that virtualisation themselves".
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