This month, storage analyst Jerome M. Wendt's Tech Report takes look at storage resource management (SRM) tools. According to Wendt, SRM tools are taking on new tasks, refining their data and device reporting capabilities and becoming much more closely linked to mission-critical business applications. This is in part due to the acquisition of SRM software companies by storage stalwarts such as EMC Corp., Hewlett-Packard (HP) Co., IBM Corp. and Sun Microsystems Inc. These acquisitions have driven upgrades to native subsystem software that support heterogeneous storage. As a result, the days when SRM products from hardware vendors managed only their devices are gone.
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Additional information on SRM
With so many different functions classified as SRM, users need to understand which feature or features should come standard in an SRM tool -- and which ones they should be willing to wait on or pay extra for. This webcast covers the core features an SRM product should have, which vendors offer them and which new features users should look for in future SRM tools.
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For a more in-depth look at the competing vendors click here.
Click here for the original tech report from Storage magazine. This article also includes a downloadable chart of the major SRM products and their specs.
For more information about SRM, take a look at these SearchStorage.com resources:HP splashes out on software acquisitions
HP acquisition may be warning sign for SMI-S
Users wrestle with SRM riddle
SRM vendor analysis
What SRM means to you
Users argue for and against SRM
Let's give thanks for a great year in storage
Rescue stranded storage
Is modular SRM right for you?
Five questions for your SRM vendor
SRM keeps your storage clean
Managing iSCSI/FCIP SANs with SRM/HSM products
Using SRM tools
Storage management products of the year
Topics: Data management tools
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This was first published in January 2006