HP rolls out unified server, storage management

Hewlett-Packard on Thursday launched storage resource management software that it claims bridges the islands of server and storage management in data centers.

The company's Storage Essentials software, the result of a multi-year OEM agreement with AppIQ for its StorageAuthority Suite, will be combined with HP's systems management software, Systems Insight Manager. Together they will allow IT administrators to manage and monitor their server and storage resources.

Systems Insight Manager is provided at no cost with HP's Proliant, Integrity, HP 9000 and BladeSystem servers and manages servers from other vendors such as Dell and IBM. Storage Essentials is a heterogeneous storage resource management package that includes optional plug-ins for storage area network management, provisioning and application infrastructure monitoring.

"We are starting to roll storage functionality into the Systems Insight Manager model," says Frank Harbist, vice president and general manager of HP StorageWorks software.

"In doing so, we'll be rolling it out in several phases. At the end of March we'll roll out several plug-ins," says Harbist. "Over the course of the next several months, we'll have tighter integration of Storage Essentials into a new version of Storage Insight Manager -- functionality such as mapping, discovery, topology and user authentication."

Storage Essentials helps virtualize and automate server and storage management. Both it and Systems Insight Manager are built on standards such as J2EE, SMI-S, WBEM and WMI, allowing them to support technologies and products from vendors other than HP.

Storage Essentials replaces HP's OpenView Storage Area Manager product. The software, which runs on a Windows, Linux or HP-UX host computer is expected to be available March 28. Plug-ins will be available for as little as US$2,000 and as much as US$60,000.

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