Onaro software offers storage-capacity monitoring

Management software aims to cut provisioning time

Onaro Tuesday announced two new modules for its storage-management software that let customers monitor storage capacity and use while reducing the time they spend provisioning storage resources.

The company announced SANscreen Capacity Manager 1.0, SANscreen Provisioning Manager and updates to its SANscreen Service Assurance. These modules are part of Onaro's SANscreen product suite, which includes Service Insight, Service Assurance, Application Insight and Replication Assurance.

Capacity Manager 1.0 can increase storage-asset use by 10 percent or more, according to Onaro. It provides allocation information by data center, tier or business unit, which helps IT forecast storage purchases. Additionally chargeback information is available, as are policies for environments where storage tiering takes place.

Provisioning Manager 1.0 can reduce the time it takes to provide storage resources by as much as 20 percent, according to the company. The Provisioning Manager lets application owners such as database administrators to reserve storage space. It also creates a repeatable process for allocating storage.

Using SANscreen, customers can see how storage resources are impacted by changes to server, application or networked environments. Further, SANscreen now includes a Application Dashboard in its Service Assurance module that gives application-management teams visibility into the service levels set for the storage environment.

In addition, Onaro introduced VM Insight 1.0, a module that shows the cross-domain impact of virtual machines on storage and server resources. VM Insight provides service-level information on CPU, memory, I/O, network bandwidth, SAN bandwidth and array performance, so administrators can optimally deploy the correct number of virtual machines per physical server. With VM Insight administrators have a common view of network storage-service paths and changes.

The Capacity Manager 1.0 and Provisioning Manager 1.0 are priced starting at US$250 per terabyte. Service Assurance 4.0 pricing starts at US$185 per Fibre Channel switch port. SANscreen VM Insight is expected to be available in December.

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