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Softek Storage Solutions Inc. recently added Performance Tuner to its Storage Manager Enterprise Storage Resource Management (ESRM) suite of products, which also includes Space Optimizer and SANView. The new Performance Tuner product is designed to identify existing, as well as potential, storage bottlenecks and component failures. Performance Tuner should bolster Softek's efforts to keep pace with rivals such as CA's BrightStor Storage Resource Manager, Tivoli Storage Resource Management and Veritas' CommandCentral. But Performance Tuner adds a new capability not commonly found in other SRM suites.
SRM can yield significant benefits: storage utilization improvement, reduced planned and unplanned downtime, and better storage procurement practices and prices.
A growing number of organizations are implementing service-level agreements (SLAs) with end users and suppliers alike. Performance Tuner lets IT organizations measure and monitor storage systems, from the aggregate to the finite, to assess compliance with SLAs and solve performance problems. But SRM tools tend to be so monolithic and complex that they become shelfware over time. There is a need for SRM tools that:
- Are easy enough to use
- Perform essential functions without excessive overhead
- Avoid problems rather than simply providing a postmortem on past problems
This was first published in November 2004