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Published: 19 Oct 2012

SRM tools are taking on new tasks, refining their data and device reporting capabilities and becoming much more closely linked to mission-critical business applications. GONE ARE THE DAYS WHEN STORAGE RESOURCE management (SRM) products from hardware vendors managed only their devices. Storage stalwarts such as EMC Corp., Hewlett-Packard (HP) Co., IBM Corp. and Sun Microsystems Inc. have acquired SRM software companies and upgraded their native subsystem software to better report and manage heterogeneous storage, propelling these companies into a leadership position for SRM tools. Several factors have contributed to this trend. More storage devices can be managed through a Web interface, and maturing storage standards now allow storage vendors to manage their competitors' devices. But even though SRM tools have taken huge steps in working in a mixed storage environment, it's too early to declare total victory. Discovering and managing different host bus adapter (HBA) and storage array firmware levels, troubleshooting performance problems and mapping out SAN ... Access >>>

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