Compaq rolls out SAN offerings

Compaq Computer has announced a variety of hardware and software storage products for users of heterogeneous Windows NT, Sun Solaris and Unix networks.

These products include an appliance for managing storage-area networks (SAN); a Web-based manage-ment portal; the Open SAN Manager; the Storage Allocation Reporter and two new storage arrays.

The SANworks Management Appliance operates as an out-of-band device on the SAN and is used to manage and monitor Compaq StorageWorks storage arrays and Fibre Channel switches. It reduces processing on the network server by offloading management functions.

The SANworks appliance is host-server-independent and can run on Linux, NetWare, Windows 2000 or NT and Unix networks.

The SAN Web portal, dubbed the SANworks Enterprise Network Storage Manager, is the entry point to Compaq's storage architecture. From the portal the storage administrator can employ the Open SAN Manager, Storage Allocation Reporter and the SAN Resource Manager. The Open SAN Manager lets storage administrators map the SAN, configure and monitor storage devices and Fibre Channel switches across NT, Linux, Unix or NetWare platforms. The software is Web-based.

The SANworks Resource Monitor allows fault and failure notification to e-mail, pager, customer site, Web browser or Simple Network Management Protocol traps. It monitors the Compaq StorageWorks Array RA8000 and ESA12000 and Brocade switches.

The Storage Allocation Reporter is an accounting utility that allows storage space to be billed on an as-used basis. It allows companies to assign costs to storage, track storage consumption and bill users on a gigabyte-per-time-period basis.

The Reporter is Web-based and accounts for use on Compaq StorageWorks Raid Array 8000 or 12000 subsystems.

The StorageWorks MA8000 and EMA12000 disk arrays supplement existing Compaq storage arrays. They have greater capacity and flexibility than the RA8000 and the ESA12000. The new storage arrays support up to 2.2Tbytes and 132 drives in a single rack and work with Compaq ProLiant and AlphaServer servers. They support Win 2000, NT, Linux and Unix operating systems and are equipped for configuration in UltraSCSI, Fibre Channel switched fabric and arbitrated loop environments.

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