Inrange monitoring tool digs deep into data

Inrange Technologies, a provider of storage networking tools, has a monitoring tool that allows users to grab both real-time and historical data to more efficiently monitor storage networks.

Inrange Technologies, Lumberton, N.J., announced Wednesday a software tool which it says will allows users to access real-time and historical application level statistics needed to efficiently monitor open systems and FICON storage networks -- regardless of connectivity devices or software.

Part of an umbrella of advance storage networking services, PerformanceVSN is based on layered hardware and open software, and offers customers the broadest levels of support for third-party applications designed for network and storage resource management, storage virtualization, capacity planning and enterprise backup/recovery,'' said Dan Raup, Inrange, vice president, product marketing.

"As storage networks expand and grow, the use of interconnect links (ISLs) will also increase, avoiding bottlenecks without over subscribing will be one of the key challenges that PerformanceVSN will simplify,"' said Steve Duplessie, Founder and Senior Analyst of The Enterprise Storage Group. "PerformanceVSN will provide valuable insight as organizations make decisions concerning capacity planning, service duplication, performance tuning and node isolation."

"The first piece being released is the software that allows users to go to Inrange's Fibre Channel director and pull the most important statistics and display that information that can be used by a customer to better understand the traffic that's going through that SAN Fabric," Raup said. The next release, which will be available in July, will let users go in and see the conversation between a server and a storage device.

The difference between this first release and what's available today from other suppliers, said Raup, is the ability to view historical data at both the Fibre Channel port and server/device level, extending the administrator's ability to audit and validate service- level agreements. According to Raup, administrators will be able to anticipate the impact of application and infrastructure changes. Network administrators will know who is contributing to the traffic (in MB/s, SCSI I/O/s), what type of traffic is on the network (read/write percentages, transaction vs. large file operations), where the bottlenecks are, and when QoS degrades.

"Another key is that we can tie into third party software vendors, like BMC , InterSAN and Veritas, allowing users to make decisions on how to route traffic, who's hogging up band width, etc.," said Raup. This collaborative environment allows storage networks, including connectivity devices and applications, to be managed from a single point. This detailed view across the entire infrastructure includes Inrange directors, switches, Storage Area Networks over Wide Area Networks (SAN over WAN) appliances, and other connectivity devices throughout the SAN.

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