First Look: Storability's GSM 4.0

Robert L. Scheier

Seeking to help large organizations better understand and manage their storage resources, Storability Software Inc., Southborough, MA, is adding new business analytics, administration and storage management and backup capabilities to its Global Storage Management (GSM) product.

Among the major enhancements in version 4.0--due to ship at the end of this month--are the ability to identify storage resources by application, platform or business unit; change infrastructure reports that identify firmware or driver updates that might have caused system crashes; and media tracking to help organizations get the most use out of existing tape backup cartridges.

In 4.0, Storability provides new tools to analyze the data already gathered by previous versions such as an inventory of the storage infrastructure and reports on how much storage is being used by different business units. For example, 4.0 now tells storage managers which applications are affected by the failure of a server or storage device. It also offers a new backup exposure analysis capability, which identifies any servers or databases for which no backup has been scheduled. The storage administrator must manually install the GSM agents on each server, but once installed, an "agent registration" feature transmits information without the need for intervention by an administrator. Operating the agents consume approximately 1% of CPU cycles, although greater performance hits occur during file-level scans and

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