Here are the four finalists in the storage management tools category in the Storage magazine/SearchStorage.com...
2012 Products of the Year competition. The category covers storage resource management and SAN management software, performance monitoring, configuration management and provisioning. The following enterprise data storage management tools finalists are listed in alphabetical order.
Clear Technologies Inc. Visual Storage Intelligence 2.5 VSI Dashboard Portal
Visual Storage Intelligence provides software-as-a-service (SaaS)-based storage performance monitoring and analysis. Version 2.5 adds "Showbacks" functionality, which can be used by sites with chargeback IT service models. The new version also adds a drag-and-drop capability, automated data collection, on-demand or periodic report generation, and the ability to control access to different views of the data.
Dell Inc. vFoglight Storage 2.0
Dell's Foglight monitors performance from the application through physical hardware; vFoglight carries that monitoring through to the virtual hardware. Version 2.0 of vFoglight Storage allows users to "rewind" to examine past events in storage devices, applications and servers. The new version also adds compatibility with the EMC VNX and Dell Compellent platforms, as well as data and user interface integration with Dell's vOPS Server Enterprise.
IBM SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center V5.1
IBM's SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center V5.1 aims to make it easy to migrate to and manage a cloud-based storage environment using performance metrics and analytics to make storage tier recommendations based on actual usage patterns. It also provides data protection (snapshots, mirroring and "stretched clusters") and storage optimization (automated provisioning and policy-based administration) for existing storage systems.
StorageQuest Inc. StorageQuest Archive Manager 4.0
StorageQuest Archive Manager automates management of data on tape libraries, optical libraries and RDX-format removable hard drives. StorageQuest touts this version's GUI, customizable features, offline media/file tracking and new pricing model. Version 4.0 supports remote replication, and a new Sync feature enables background syncing of new or updated files.
Only one award will be presented in the storage management tools category this year.
* Review Storage magazine's and SearchStorage.com's complete 2012 Products of the Year finalists listing.
UPDATE: Find out all the winners of our data storage Products of the Year 2012 competition.