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Vol. 5 No. 9 November 2006

New frameworks give users more choices

The IT management software frameworks of the last decade shared the vision of a single interface to manage all IT operations, but that has yet to come to fruition for the average storage user. The goal of Hewlett-Packard's (HP's) OpenView and IBM's Tivoli product line--to unite resource management, provisioning and performance monitoring for the entire IT environment in one tool--began when storage was still a secondary consideration to the server and the network. These products were also proprietary, requiring users who wanted "end-to-end IT management" to rip other vendors' storage products out of their environment. So when companies like BakBone Software, CA, EMC and HP begin touting their new integrated storage management tools, it may sound suspiciously like previous pitches for frameworks that were more about vendor lock-in than easier centralized management. But so far, according to users and the vendors themselves, these newer products have key differences--namely, flexibility and a new focus on storage management. ...

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