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Vol. 3 No. 9 November 2004

Hands-On Review: Softek Performance Tuner

Softek's Tuner Strikes an SRM Chord Product snapshot Product: Softek Performance Tuner. Description: Storage performance monitoring tool for assuring SLA compliance. Key Features: Combines performance-gathering agents with robust reporting capabilities. Pros: Consolidates key performance data into three, easy-to-monitor metrics. Cons: Integration between components is not always smooth or seamless. Price: $58,054 as tested, including Space Optimizer, SANView and 24x7 support. An old cartoon shows a machine gun salesman standing outside a medieval knight's tent. The knight, shown wielding a sword, says, "I don't have time for pesky salesmen--I've got a battle to fight." Storage resource management (SRM) tools seem to suffer from a plight similar to that of the salesman in the cartoon: Many storage managers know they have a problem with cost, capacity and performance, but don't have the time to deploy a tool to permanently address those issues. Softek Storage Solutions Inc. recently added Performance Tuner to its Storage Manager ...

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Features in this issue

  • The search for cost-effective disaster recovery

    Creating an efficient DR strategy starts with determining the value of your company's applications and data. You can find the right mix of DR technologies to protect your data without breaking the bank.

  • Accommodating arrays

    by  Jerome Wendt

    Modern storage arrays offer disk types to meet any need -- costly Fibre Channel (FC) disks for high-end applications requiring superior performance and availability, and lower-priced SATA disks for less-critical data. The arrays also come with mixed RAID configurations. But selecting the right mix of disks and RAID levels requires understanding the impact of those decisions.

  • Cheap SANs--Hype or Hot?

    Low-cost SANs still looking for a market

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