Tivoli expected to boost storage software

IBM Tivoli is expected to announce next week that it has added self-managing capabilities to its storage software, making it easier for administrators to monitor storage utilization and protect storage resources.

The company is adding self-managing features to three products: IBM Tivoli Storage Resource Manager, Storage Manager and Storage Area Network Manager.

Tivoli says its Storage Area Network Manager v1.2 lets administrators spend less time discovering devices, rendering topologies and monitoring and managing storage components. It adds a single management console for monitoring the status and health of a storage area network (SAN).

Storage Resource Manager v1.2, which monitors and manages utilization and capacity of storage devices, now has automatic capacity-provisioning technology that prevents file systems from running out of space. File systems can be expanded when total utilization nears. Further, reporting on capacity of IBM’s high-end Enterprise Storage System (code-named Shark) is enabled.

Storage Manager 5.2, which handles the backup and restoration of data, now has the ability to perform bare-metal restores of data in Microsoft Windows XP and .Net Server environments. Bare-metal restores may occur when disk drives fail or an array loses its operating system, causing administrators to have to rebuild the system from scratch. In addition, Storage Manager now includes tape retention, configuration and performance enhancements, the company claims.

Pricing is not yet available for these software products, which will generally ship next week.

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