EMC's SRM tool now recognizes switches, zones

EMC has announced a new version of its SAN Advisor product aimed at helping users improve storage area network (SAN) design.

SAN Advisor, now in version 5.3, is a SAN validation and design tool that is part of EMC's Control Center storage management application family.

Miguel Torres, storage administrator for Mid America Bank, said the new version is much improved over the previous one. It now lets him incorporate switches and zoning to help him determine best practices for designing his SAN, which was "the piece missing" in the product, he said.

In addition, the software can scan the SAN, show any faults, and communicates with the EMC E-Lab Support Matrix to let him know what versions of his hardware and software need updating, Torres said.

The bank, owned by MAF Bancorp, has 83 locations, mostly in the Chicago area. It has US$11.7 billion in assets and 2,500 employees. It uses two EMC Symmetrix DMX800 arrays associated with the bank's Unisys mainframe, two Clariion CX700 storage arrays associated with the bank's Dell servers, and two Clariion CX500 arrays for replication, Torres said.

SAN Advisor 5.3 does not yet recognize the bank's Dell servers, so he has to manually input that data each time - a three-hour process, Torres said. However, the new version includes a memory feature so he has to enter the data only once and then the software remembers it until he changes it, he said.

"Before, every time we did a snapshot, it would tell me it didn't recognize that kind of server."

SAN Advisor version 5.3 is now available now starting at US$5,000 retail.

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