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Storability adds file-level reporting, library support to SRM software

Kevin Komiega

Fresh on the heels of a big customer win, namely Deutsche Bank, Storability Software has added more support for tape libraries and file-level reporting tools to the latest version of its Global Storage Manager (GSM) software in an effort to appeal to a wider range of storage users.

The latest version of the software, Global Storage Manager Version 3.6, promises a centralized view into an end user's entire infrastructure, including applications, direct-attached storage (DAS), network-attached storage (NAS), storage area networks (SANs), secondary storage and archive backup systems, according to Southborough, Mass.-based Storability.

Nancy Marrone-Hurley, senior analyst, The Enterprise Storage Group Inc., Milford, Mass., said Global Storage Manager users can do more end-to-end management of the backup process. "Storability already provided reports on success and failure of backups; now users can understand if problems reside in the tape library or in the backup process," she said. "Also, as users can now run reports on file usage patterns and understand how their resources are being used, they can clean up the stored data and hopefully streamline the backups."

Version 3.6 lets users view all tape libraries from one screen and gather performance statistics on capacity and utilization, media utilization, trending and error logs.

The software's new file-level reporting capabilities identify individual files by owner, by file type and by access date,

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and allows them to find "stale" data that is not accessed frequently and move it to less expensive storage.

Global Storage Manager Version 3.6 also includes volume reporting for detailed correlation between volumes, hosts, mirror copies and switch ports, as well as storage exception reports to identify mis-configured or misallocated storage that can be reclaimed, according to Storability.

Storability has plans to add more technology to its Global Storage Manager product next year, based on its recent acquisition of ProvisionSoft Inc.'s intellectual property and intangible assets related to its DynamicIT software product, a resource management software application.

Asim Zaheer, Storability's vice president of marketing, said the provisioning product that was acquired from ProvisionSoft has been re-branded as Global Storage Catalyst and is available to users now as a standalone product.

"Global Storage Catalyst is currently a separate offering from Global Storage Manager and is not part of the Version 3.6 announcement. We will be incorporating the Catalyst features into GSM and offering a single integrated solution in the first half of 2004," he said.

Storability said the acquired workflow automation technology will allow GSM to recognize utilization levels and allocate the right resource at the right time -- in other words, utility computing. The software's predictive analysis capabilities anticipate when and where a resource is required based on usage patterns, and the tool is able to automatically allocate resources.

Storability isn't the only small storage resource management vendor on the rise. Others like CreekPath Systems, Longmont, Colo., and InterSAN Inc., Scotts Valley, Calif., are making inroads into large customer environments with their management products.

"I believe these vendors are getting the large deals because their products actually do work, and the user is not required to buy into a much bigger management platform. The major vendors have a number of products to address the same requirements that GSM and the other small vendors do with a single product," Marrone-Hurley said.

Let us know what you think about the story, e-mail: Kevin Komiega, News Editor

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