It's All About Storage, Tivoli Says

PHILADELPHIA (05/23/2000) - Storage-area networks (SANs), an updated NetView network management product and alliances with Compaq Computer Corp. and application service providers topped the list of announcements by Tivoli Systems Inc. at its Planet Tivoli annual user conference this week.

Jan Lindelow, CEO and president of the Austin, Texas-based Tivoli, predicted in a keynote address that before long, there would be a SAN in every global 2000 enterprise's pot. And, Bob Yellin, Tivoli's senior vice president of enterprise business, forecast that companies will have to go to SANs to support the data and applications demanded by e-business.

"Look at the number of rack-mounted servers going out there," Yellin said. The only way to manage them is via the SAN topology, he argued.

SAN promises of fast access to and backup and restoring of databases "has been all hype" until now, said Larry Orecklin, Tivoli vice president and general manager of storage management.

But with "storage needs growing at 300% annually," users will have to go to SANs to handle the data glut, Orecklin said.

Announcements so far include:

- Version 4.1 of Tivoli Storage Manager, formerly parent company IBM Corp.'s Adstar Distributed Storage Manager. This latest version includes LAN-free data transfer, in which data travels over a direct connection between the device being backed up and the backup device; adaptive differencing for remote and mobile computers, in which the backup level, such as whole files or just bytes that have changed since the previous backup, is automatically tailored to the PC's connection speed; and integration with EMC Corp.'s TimeFinder. TimeFinder periodically takes a snapshot of data on a system. Storage Manager 4.1 can back up that snapshot, rather than the entire, multidevice system.

- A partnership with EMC Corp. to integrate EMC's Symmetrix Enterprise Storage systems and software with Tivoli Storage Manager.

- An agreement in which Fibre-Channel router maker Crossroads Systems Inc. integrates Tivoli Storage Manager in its router to allow server-free data backup and restoration.

- A SAN extension tool kit for Tivoli NetView. Tivoli has an agreement with Cisco Systems Inc. to include Tivoli management information in Cisco Systems Inc.'s SAN routers. The free extensions let NetView users manage SANs from the same console that they use to control their LANs and WANs.

- A partnership with Compaq to let Compaq sell, support and outsource Tivoli's enterprise management framework software, Enterprise products.

- An agreement with application service provider 2ndWave Inc. to offer Tivoli software services over the Internet.

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