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Vol. 2 No. 3 May 2003

Get ready for new storage management tools

If you believe the hype, this is the year storage management tools will burst onto the scene. According to Gartner Dataquest, storage management software revenue grew from $5.3 billion in 2000 to $8.5 billion in 2002 and will continue its ascent to $16.7 billion in 2005. Companies would certainly welcome true enterprise storage management platforms with open arms. Today's landscape of proprietary element management tools provide little help to cope with storage growth and data protection. If the storage industry can deliver open, scaleable software platforms that manage heterogeneous storage, enable higher utilization rates and automate processes, CIOs will have cause for celebration. Before you break out the champagne, it's important to look at the lessons learned in the past. Remember the large enterprise management frameworks such as Computer Associates Unicenter, Hewlett-Packard OpenView, and Tivoli TME ? Similar to today's storage management platforms, these software solutions were supposed to unify management tasks into a ...

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