Taxonomy of Storage Management Software Providers

There's no lack of vendors who will sell you tools to help you regain control of your storage resources.

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In the market for storage management software, there's no lack of vendors who will sell you tools to help you regain control of your storage resources, but most seem to come from four basic heritages.

VENDOR TYPES PROS CONS SAMPLE VENDORS
Storage hardware Deep integration with their own offerings Poor support for heterogeneous environments; not software developers EMC, Hitachi, Sun, IBM
Management software Extensive management experience No storage-specific expertise Tivoli, Computer Associates, BMC, Hewlett-Packard
Storage software Vendor agnostic; storage specific Overly storage-centric view of the IT universe Veritas, Fujitsu Softek, StorScape, TrueSAN
SSPs Products developed out of real-world experience; intimate knowledge of interoperability issues Experienced with system administration - not software development StorageNetworks, ManagedStorage International, Creekpath

This was first published in August 2002
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