Taxonomy of Storage Management Software Providers
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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.
||Deep integration with their own offerings
||Poor support for heterogeneous environments; not software developers
||EMC, Hitachi, Sun, IBM
||Extensive management experience
||No storage-specific expertise
||Tivoli, Computer Associates, BMC, Hewlett-Packard|
||Vendor agnostic; storage specific
||Overly storage-centric view of the IT universe
||Veritas, Fujitsu Softek, StorScape, TrueSAN
||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