EMC users get cross-platform control

Putting its recently acquired Compaq Computer Corp. storage APIs to use, EMC Corp. on Monday launched an upgraded version of its ESN (Enterprise Storage Network) Manager software that now controls Compaq storage subsystems, according to EMC representatives.

Support for EMC's own Clariion mid-range storage system was also added to ESN Manager, EMC representatives said.

ESN Manager is part of EMC's AutoIS (automated information storage) program which was announced last October as an effort to bring storage products from third-party vendors under a single EMC management infrastructure. ESN Manager utilizes EMC's WideSky middleware, which uses APIs from other vendors to control and virtualize those third-party storage systems.

With the newest version of ESN Manager, EMC customers can now discover, allocate, and manage Compaq StorageWorks storage arrays within an EMC storage network.

Similar management routines can also now be performed on EMC's Clariion storage systems, as well as third-party storage products already controlled by ESN Manager, such as routers and switches from Brocade and McData, IBM's ESS Shark system, Hewlett-Packard's XP 512, Hitachi Data System's Lightning 9900, and SUN's StorEdge 9900 arrays and Storage Technology tape devices, according to EMC.

EMC last November got Compaq's StorageWorks APIs in what EMC officials called an even swap for EMC's APIs for the same functions and values.

Adding new devices to the family of mixed vendor systems managed by ESN Manager is an ongoing effort, according to EMC.

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