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Pick the right SRM tool

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Storage is usually associated with words such as overcapacity, over-allocation, unmanageability and far more colorful phrases are routinely uttered behind closed doors. But help is on the way: A new breed of storage resource management (SRM) tools has emerged to help organizations manage their storage more efficiently. But the glut of SRM products is a double-edged sword: picking the one that's best for your environment isn't easy. What's more, choosing the wrong product can cost your company dearly.

SRM design approaches can be broken down into two product generations and six broad categories. The first generation consists of the widely available device-centric and software-centric approaches, which reflect the vendor-specific nature of SRM tools today. The next generation's approaches are the network-centric, API-centric, standards-centric and application-centric approaches that reflect an emerging openness of products and the growing ability of SRM tools to work with other vendors' storage products.


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vendors
A partial listing of vendors specializing in SRM
COMPANY NAME SRM PRODUCT(S) DEVICE CENTRIC SOFTWARE CENTRIC (PASSIVE) SOFTWARE CENTRIC (ACTIVE) NETWORK CENTRIC API CENTRIC STANDARD CENTRIC APPLICATION CENTRIC
AppIQ AppIQ Manager        
Arkivio, Inc. Auto-Stor            
Astrum Software Astrum 1.5        
CreekPath Systems CreekPath AIM Suite      
Datacore Software SANsymphony 5.0          
FalconStor Software IPStor          
InterSAN Pathline        
Intermine FileCensus          
Invio Software Storage Practice Manager      
Microsoft .NET Server 2003            
MonoSphere Storage Managerr          
NTP Software StorageReporter*            
Netreon SANexec Designer            
Netreon SANexec Manager          
Northern Parklife Quota Server            
NuView StorageX            
PowerQuest PowerExpert SRM            
Precise Software Solutions SiteStor SRM            
Precise Software Solutions StorageCentral SRM            
Prisa Networks** VisualSAN**          
ProvisionSoft DynamicIT        
StorScape SIM Suite        
Storability Global Storage Manager      
StorageNetworks STORos Storage Manager            
StorageTek Application Storage Manager            
Sun Microsystems StorEdge Suite          
Tek-Tools Storage Profiler            
TeraCloud SpaceNet            
Trellisoft*** StorageAlert***            
TrueSAN Networks Cloudbreak          
Veritas Software SERVPoint Control          
* StorageReporter was acquired by Veritas from NTP Software; ** Pirus Networks was acquired by Sun; ***Trellisoft was acquired by IBM/Tivoli.



Vendors with storage suites
A partial listing of vendors with storage suites
COMPANY NAME SRM PRODUCT(S) DEVICE CENTRIC SOFTWARE CENTRIC (PASSIVE) SOFTWARE CENTRIC (ACTIVE) NETWORK CENTRIC API CENTRIC STANDARD CENTRIC APPLICATION CENTRIC
BMC Software Patrol Storage Suite    
Computer Associates BrightStor Storage Suite    
EMC ControlCenterr      
Fujitsu Softek Storage Manager          
Hitachi Data Systems HiCommand      
IBM/Tivoli Tivoli Storage Mgt Suite      
Veritas Software SANPoint Control        
Overland Storage Storage Resource Manager            

This was first published in January 2003

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