New HP Software Manages Enterprise Storage

BOSTON (05/10/2000) - Hewlett-Packard Co. this week introduced software that lets storage administrators efficiently manage and monitor the firm's high-end disk array from a single console and feed data to enterprise systems management frameworks.

Dubbed HP SureStore E Command View XP, the console can view the physical and logical configuration of the XP256 storage array, as well as data collected from SAN Manager DM, HP's console for viewing individual devices on storage-area networks. Command View XP and SAN Manager DM can feed information on the XP256 storage array and attached hubs, switches and other disk drives to HP Openview VantagePoint via a plug-in module.

Command View XP is a platform-independent, browser-based graphical user interface or local remote-control console that lets users view the configuration, volume and disk resources of the XP256 and modify their status if necessary.

"By the end of the year, I expect to have two XP256 [disk arrays]," says Ashley Ekola, director of infrastructure for application service provider Novistar Inc. in Houston. "When we start replicating this environment between them, I would like to have a single console where I can manage multiple devices." Ekola says the company's storage is likely to double or triple in size in the next year.

From the Command View XP console, storage administrators can monitor not only the operational status of XP256 components, but also the other software modules a user has installed.

For example, the XP management portfolio includes the Secure Manager XP, which allows host access between the XP256 and mainframe computers; Cache LUN/XP, caching software; and Data Exchange XP, which allows data to be shared with mainframes. The management services sit on top of HP's local, remote and host bus mirroring functionality and RAID management software.

In the future, Command View XP and SAN Manager DM will feed information into enterprise management frameworks such as Computer Associates International Inc.'s Unicenter TNG, Tivoli System Inc.'s Management Environment and BMC Software Inc.'s Patrol.

The company's high-end storage array now supports Novell Inc.'s NetWare, Digital Equipment Corp.'s VMS, HP-UX workstations, Compaq Computer Corp.'s Tru 64 Unix, Linux and Solaris 2.8, as well as Windows NT. It also provides failover for Windows NT, NetWare and AIX servers.

Command View XP pricing starts at $20,000; the plug-in module for HP Openview VantagePoint starts at $25,000.

Both will be available in July.


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