Northern Parklife adds chargeback to SRM software

Northern Parklife Tuesday announced a new version of its storage resource management software that is designed to make it easier for companies to bill for storage use.

The company's Quota Server software, which runs on Windows NT and 2000, lets IT assign disk space quotas based on group membership or individual characteristics, such as position, department or project team membership. With Version 5.4, the software now includes a charge-back feature that enables IT organizations to bill internal departments or other companies for the storage they use. Northern added the chargeback feature by integrating technology from CIM Labs, a company that makes resource accounting packages.

With the software, administrators can set policies for directories, file type or group accounts. When a disk quota is exceeded, an alert is sent to a specified user.

According to Northern, companies that can police their use of storage resources can more properly allocate storage, enabling them to save money by avoiding both under-utilization and the need to buy additional storage. Such quota management is important in a Windows NT environment, since NT lacks the ability to keep detailed quota information.

Northern competes in the market with another vendor of Windows NT utilities, NTP Software Inc., which also offers disk quota management with chargeback capabilities. Another competitor, Precise/Wquinn, offers StorageCentral SRM, which lets administrators charge for storage use on Windows NT and 2000 systems.

Quota Server 5.4 is available now for US$900 per server.

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