Computer Associates wants to cash in on growing interest in storage area network (San) technology with forthcoming enhancements to its Unicenter TNG Framework.
Unicenter TNG provides management support for a wide variety of network objects and the enhancements, which are based on industry standard protocols, will extend this capacity to include all San components, including fibre channel hubs, switches and storage devices.
CA senior vice president of product strategy, Yogesh Gupta, said many large organisations were evaluating the benefits of establishing dedicated networks for storage traffic and wanted solutions that would allow them to manage the technology from a single point of contact.
“We’ve been noticing for the past year and a half the growth in San solutions,” Gupta said. “We’re hearing clients are having the same management issues as with any new technology.”
Most San vendors came from the storage industry and have not yet begun to address the issue of network management, Gupta said.
“Customers want end to end management. We recognised we could really help move this business forward and facilitate San adoption,” he said.
CA had worked closely with storage and networking vendors to ensure its management framework was compatible with infrastructure technologies, Gupta added.
CA will demonstrate the San nabled Unicenter system at its annual CA World user conference next week and will make it generally available later this month, as an upgrade module through CA and its resellers, downloadable at no cost.
In February CA began bundling its Arcserveit software with Dell's Powervault San products for high volume storage on Windows NT systems.
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