Briefs: CNT Rolls Out IP Network Capability

FRAMINGHAM (04/20/2000) - Computer Network Technology has rolled out IP network capability for its storage-area network (SAN) products. Two of CNT's UltraNet Open Systems Directors are now able to transmit data over the Internet using software dubbed SAN Over IP. SAN Over IP is designed primarily for backing up network data, data replication, warehousing or to make underutilized storage available.

The software takes the SCSI or Fibre Channel data received from the network, encapsulates it in an IP data packet and sends it to an IP router for transfer over the Internet.

SAN Over IP will be available this month at a starting price of $20,000.


Last week, BMC Software Inc. announced products that will let customers manage and monitor SANs using the firm's flagship Patrol platform. BMC also said it would offer SAN consulting and implementation services.

First, BMC is shipping a new module, called Patrol for Storage Management, which gives customers a single view of SAN devices.

The module, which sells for $8,500, will let users monitor EMC's Symmetrix line of storage hardware for performance and disk space. BMC says it will extend Patrol support to other vendors' hardware. Among them will be IBM's Enterprise Storage Server, known as Shark, and Compaq's StorageWorks.

Later this year, BMC is planning to offer an as yet unnamed SAN management software that will let customers discover SAN devices, and create maps of SAN topology and resources. The SAN management software will start at $5,000.


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