2011 Products of the Year

Emulex Corp. OneCommand Vision 2.0

Emulex's OneCommand Vision 2.0 takes second in the storage management tools category in Storage magazine's/SearchStorage.com's 2011 Products of the Year competition. Find out about all our winners by reading our best data storage products of 2011 guide

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Storage network I/O has always been an issue, but proliferating virtual servers are making it a bigger problem. Emulex, with its long and successful run in the host bus adapter (HBA), network interface card (NIC) and now the converged network adapter (CNA) markets, is in a unique position to monitor network performance from the inside out. Its OneCommand Vision 2.0 software is a fully featured storage I/O system monitoring product that works in virtually any environment -- whether connections are provided by Emulex products or not.

Tracking I/O from the application and into the storage network, Emulex OneCommand Vision 2.0 can pinpoint bottlenecks in the network. Emulex claims it can unearth I/O issues that traditional storage resource managers are likely to miss.

Version 2.0 is highlighted by easier deployment in VMware vCenter environments and with Active Directory. The product is now more scalable and can support more than 2,000 servers, according to Emulex. The list of supported environments has grown too, adding Hyper-V and Solaris 10, among others. More customizable alerts and dashboards are included, as well as integration of alerts with HP OpenView and Microsoft System Center Operations Manager.

One judge called OneCommand Vision 2.0 a “very useful analytical performance tool that requires no additional hardware,” and noted that it looks “at performance problems the way users do -- from the server out, end-to-end.”

A basic Emulex OneCommand Vision 2.0 configuration, including 10 monitoring points, has an MSRP of $28,000.

Find out the other winners in the Storage Management Tools category.


This was first published in February 2012

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