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CommandCentral Storage 4.0 costs $20,000 for a storage management server, Web engine and the push-install utility. Host storage agents are sold as client packs, and are volume priced from $260 to $800 per host. That's not a steep price for companies struggling to manage hundreds of application servers connected to heterogeneous storage over thousands of switch ports. But even with more modest configurations, the price may be easy to justify.
CCS 4.0 is a full-featured product with extensive support for managing heterogeneous storage resources. The central console's tabular design makes CCS easy to learn, and its hierarchal object views let you jump from a storage resource to the policy governing that resource with a single mouse click.
When I compared ECC and SANPoint last year, I concluded that full-featured SRM applications weren't there yet. But after testing CCS, it looks like we're well on our way to truly comprehensive SRM. CCS might not be perfect, but it's a wide-ranging, feature-rich program that should set the tone for the next generation of SRM applications.
This was first published in October 2004