Our panel of judges was impressed by CreekPath's ability to provide SAN management, SRM, security, database and backup operations management through a single console. One judge said that while the Storage Operations Management Suite has not yet been widely accepted in the industry, it does "address a significant problem with good technology."
The CreekPath Suite's workflow engine allows for automated provisioning through a graphical flow based on policies and explicit rules or manual wizards. The customizable workflow automates the entire change management process within IT operations all through a single management console.
Like our gold medalist AppIQ, CreekPath's Storage Operations Management Suite version 3.0 supports SMI-S compliant storage arrays and FC directors and switches that implement SMI array and fabric profiles, including EMC Symmetrix and Clariion systems, the Lightning and Thunder from HDS and IBM's Enterprise Storage Server and FastT. CreekPath also supports all arrays from HP as well as systems from Brocade, Cisco, LSI Logic, McData, NetApp and StorageTek.
The CreekPath Suite operates outside of the data path, allowing the software to be installed quickly without disrupting existing networks or application environments. Once installed, the Storage Operations Management Suite automatically detects, analyzes and acts to improve the efficiency of a given storage network.
According to one expert, CreekPath's architecture automates discovery, monitoring, reporting and provisioning of storage networks, while its module-based approach allows for the addition of new management tools without disrupting its centralized management capabilities.
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