CA WORLD - CA introduces storage management portal tool

Computer Associates International Inc. is adding a new product to its BrightStor storage software portfolio: BrightStor Portal 1.0, a stand-alone tool intended to ease management of storage products from a multitude of vendors.

Recovery and backup are only the tip of the storage iceberg: With a profusion of storage applications and hardware, what customers need are tools that allow them to easily add new devices to their network and manage existing resources, said CA Executive Vice President Russell Artzt. BrightStor Portal is the first tool in CA's planned line of enterprise storage automation products, and an example of the company's push to utilize its CleverPath portal technology throughout its product line, Artzt said.

BrightStor Portal is scheduled for release in the third quarter, with prices starting at US$35,000 per application server for a perpetual license. Initially slated for release only in English, versions of the product localized for other languages are in development, a CA spokeswoman said.

One BrightStor customer using BrightStor Portal's beta version says he's quite happy with the software, particularly its reporting features.

"In one location, I can view all of our users and groups. What's really cool is that I can view reports and send them via the intranet to other IT team members, and they can create reports of their own," said Jack Norton, a senior systems analyst with Parker Hannifin Corp.'s aerospace group. Norton uses CA's BrightStor Enterprise Backup, to which he upgraded from CA's ARCserve, and BrightStor Storage Resource Manager (SRM) software.

The BrightStor portal beta still has a few wrinkles: Norton mentioned the software's GUI (graphical user interface) as an area that needs improvement.

"Right now I'm creating the reports with scripts and the GUI. I'd like to do it 100 percent through the GUI," he said.

In related storage news, CA announced Monday the general availability of BrightStor SRM 6.3 and a revamp of its storage sales channel strategy. CA's direct sales force will now receive compensation for sales through resellers, a change intended to end conflicts between CA's direct and indirect sales forces. While storage is the first product line to which this "channel neutral" strategy is being applied, others will soon follow, CA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Sanjay Kumar said Sunday during a session with press.

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