Symantec (Quote) has upgraded its Veritas
CommandCentral 5.0 storage resource management (SRM) portfolio, making it
the second pillar to the Storage United strategy the company unveiled in
SRM Software, which IDC consistently rates as one of the fastest growing
storage market segments, is designed to help IT customers get a better
handle on how storage in their computer rooms is being used.
SRM tools help administrators map the relationship between disparate servers
and storage arrays, as well as the software running on them. SRM products
also provide detailed reports to admins on storage utilization.
Symantec, which gained an SRM suite when it acquired
Veritas Software a few years ago, argues that its CommandCentral 5.0
platform surpasses SRM tools, such as EMC’s
ControlCenter, HP’s (Quote) Storage Essentials
and IBM’s (Quote) Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM).
Veritas CommandCentral 5.0 is designed to help storage administrators
accommodate the massive glut in information, which has been generated by MP3
files, video, e-mail and other unstructured data elements of the Web 2.0
world, explained Rob Soderbery, senior vice president of the Storage
Foundation Group at Symantec.
While CommandCentral has long managed and monitored physical storage arrays
from various vendors, Command Central Storage 5.0 now presides over virtual
resources in computer rooms, including VMware, HDS TagmaStore and IBM SAN
Volume Controller. This support lets admins manage storage capacity at an
application level in virtual environments, Soderbery explained.
By analyzing storage consumption in both physical and virtual environments,
CommandCentral 5.0 also addresses the low storage utilization rate in
datacenters. For example, the software identifies “orphaned storage,” or
storage that has been allocated but hasn’t been consumed by users. This
enables companies to boost storage utilization.
“We can drive a 40 percent increase in utilization by giving customers the
visibility to let them start down the path to optimize their storage,”