InterSAN intros storage area management software

Start-up InterSAN on Monday rolled out software that lets a network professional monitor and manage storage resources as well as the applications running on them.

Called Pathline, the software ties applications to storage resources and lets IT managers automate storage provisioning, measure service-level agreements and create and monitor policies. The company says the software helps save both time and money by automating many of an IT manager's tasks.

Pathline's approach lets customers provision, manage and monitor storage networks based on applications rather than devices. Pathline also provides automatic discovery and continuous health monitoring for heterogeneous storage networking components, the company said.

Pathline is categorized as a storage-area management (SAM) tool, a term coined by the Gartner Group Inc. SAM tools manage the relationships between applications, their storage and everything in between. They provide for the centralized management of resources and data across a storage domain, offering shared services to groups of servers and their applications.

Other vendors such as Veritas Software Corp., EMC Corp. and BMC Software Inc. also have offerings in the SAM market.

InterSAN's Pathline software can automate the deployment of storage resources, monitor the availability of storage equipment or uptime of data for an application, and present IT with enough information to make business-relevant decisions. It also lets IT detect unauthorized changes to the system and take corrective action.

The software runs on a Solaris server that has Ethernet and Fibre Channel connections to the network.

Pathline will be available this month. Pricing starts at US$40,000 and is based on the number of terabytes being managed.

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