Here are the five finalists in the storage management tools category in Storage magazine’s and SearchStorage.com’s 2011 Products of the Year competition. The category covers storage resource management (SRM) and storage-area network (SAN) management software, performance monitoring, configuration management and provisioning. Finalists are listed alphabetically.
Emulex Corp. OneCommand Vision 2.0
Emulex OneCommand Vision 2.0 tackles the issue of I/O monitoring from an application-centric view, across multiple servers and storage devices. The company says this allows administrators to identify the source of performance bottlenecks more quickly than with other management tools. According to Emulex, Version 2.0 offers simpler deployment, support for more operating systems and hypervisors, analysis alerts and a dashboard view.
NetApp Inc. OnCommand Insight Balance
OnCommand Insight Balance aims to deliver intelligence to performance monitoring by modeling and analyzing the entire physical and virtual data center infrastructure to provide visibility into how components interact and where performance problems may occur. The storage management tool also includes health panels that “bubble up” issues relating to performance and capacity, scorecards that show a standard set of metrics for all IT resources, and reporting on arrays and individual disk groups.
SolarWinds Storage Manager 5.0.1
SolarWinds Storage Manager takes a multivendor approach to identify storage performance bottlenecks across the storage infrastructure (within the host, switch or array), while mapping virtual machines (VMs) to spindles to show which physical host an application’s data resides on. Version 5.0 adds a per-disk pricing model, support for thin provisioning on VMware servers and storage arrays, and support for EMC’s VNX and IBM’s Storwize V7000.
Symantec Corp. Data Insight for Storage 2.5
Symantec Data Insight for Storage can help a company get better control of its unstructured data by providing information about the ownership and usage of files. The product includes chargeback capabilities and storage consumption analysis reports to help improve storage reclamation, migration planning and capacity planning decisions.
Virtual Instruments Corp. VirtualWisdom SAN Performance Probe
Virtual Instruments touts its VirtualWisdom SAN Performance Probe, which is a component of the VirtualWisdom 3.0 suite of products, as the industry’s only real-time 8 Gbps Fibre Channel SAN monitoring device. The device reports, at the millisecond level, on more than a hundred metrics related to storage traffic, transmission events, and SAN utilization and latency.
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UPDATE: The Products of the Year winners list for the 2011 Storage Management Tools category has been finalized.