Veritas aims to simplify SAN management

Responding to a growing demand from IT professionals for better administration tools to deal with the daunting task of SAN (storage area network) management, Veritas Software this week will announce Veritas SANPoint Control, the first fruit of the company's V3 technology initiative.

Using V3 SAN Access Layer technology, SANPoint Control locates every storage utility on the SAN, regardless of vendor origin. Once the storage terrain is mapped, SANPoint Control gathers and virtually centralises each storage device, yielding a single point of management that provides drag-and-drop viewing of the entire virtual SAN, according to Jen Tisevich, a product line manager for SAN management tools at Veritas.

"SANPoint Control can be easily modified for changes in industry," Tisevich said. "We've designed SANPoint Control knowing this is an emerging industry, so the technology can turn on a dime. It's very easy to upgrade and modify, and obviously our heavy involvement in standards supports this."

Tisevich sites Veritas' strong relationships with industry standards groups such as the Fibre Alliance MIB (Management Information Base) and Storage Networking Industry Association to ensure comprehensive and accurate discovery of SAN connected devices.

Following the Tuesday announcement, SANPoint Control will roll out in three phases, according to Tisevich.

Version 1.0, which will provide basic SAN event management, is scheduled to begin shipping in August.

Version 1.1, upgraded to offer advanced notification such as pager or e-mail alerts to SAN managers during storage emergencies, will ship by the end of this year.

Version 2.0, which will allow the highest level of management intelligence, will arrive in early 2001.

Once SANPoint Control is installed, SAN managers can view the properties of all discovered components on the SAN and create easy to manage, color-coded zones.

By dragging and dropping the storage icons from one zone to the next, SAN managers can adjust the SAN for fail-over, load balancing, and capacity shifting with little knowledge of the actual storage units represented by the icons.

A SAN inventory report can also be generated to identify the real location of a defective storage unit for repair or replacement.

"People absolutely need this," said Mike Adams, an analyst at Giga Information Group, in Santa Clara, California. "People are deploying SANs, and they'll have the basic functions; then they are going to grow so fast that they will need more complex management and additional tools."

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