Storability streamlines multivendor storage management

Storage management provider Storability is expected to announce software Tuesday that lets IT manage storage devices from multiple vendors and provide services such as storage resource and device management, and backup and recovery.

The company, originally founded as a storage service provider, is selling the software it uses for managing its customers' data. Called Global Storage Manager, the software will manage not only storage-area network data, network-attached and direct, server-attached storage data, but also tape and archival back-up systems irrespective of their geographic location.

With Global Storage Manager, IT will be able to maximize the utilization of storage resources, predict storage expansion as necessary and decrease the manpower necessary to manage a variety of different storage devices. It lets IT gather performance, inventory and operating statistics.

While Global Storage Manager combines management of resources under a single Web-based interface, it also offers a command-line interface to help IT staff familiar with Linux or Unix.

In 2001, Gartner Inc. coined a new term - storage area management - for a combination of software falling into categories such as backup and restoration, hierarchical storage management and storage resource management. The research firm expects the market will grow at 50 percent and reach US$850 million in 2005.

Global Storage Manager will be available immediately. Prices were not disclosed.

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