Fujitsu bolsters storage management

Storage management vendor Fujitsu Software Technology Corp. (Fujitsu Softek), a subsidiary of Fujitsu, announced new management software for multi-vendor storage networks that eases the management of data.

Called Softek Storage Manager, the software lets IT managers group data from different storage devices into a common pool of data that can be controlled, configured and reconfigured from a single Web-based or command line interface.

Softek Storage Manager also works with mainframe servers and a variety of storage devices.

IT managers will be able to predict capacity needs, provision storage and proactively manage it with Softek's management software. They will be able to predict storage utilization, migrate data from one server to another and backup and recover data irrespective of the server operating system and without interruption to business operations.

The Softek Storage Manager can consolidate network-attached storage (NAS), storage-area network (SAN), direct-attached server and mainframe storage.

Softek Storage Manager consists of five modules: Storage Data Management, Storage Infrastructure and Storage Resource Management. Storage Data Management includes the company's Softek DR Manager and Softek Backup, which reduce the cost and improve the reliability and speed of recovery operations.

Storage Data Management consists of Softek TDMF and TDMF Open and Softek Virtualization, which provide snapshot backup, replication, mirroring and virtualization in which data is gathered into a common pool of data. Storage Resource Management includes the company's SANview, Storage Manager and Space Management Application, which help the IT manager determine utilization and predict storage use.

The company claims that while some storage resource management software packages can only monitor and report on storage resources, its software is capable of automatically managing IT tasks, eliminating mundane tasks and increasing productivity.

According to the Enterprise Storage Group, the market for storage resource management software will reach US$3.8 billion by 2005.

Softek Storage Manager software will ship in the second quarter of this year. Pricing starts at $35,000.

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