You might not have heard of a company called AppIQ Inc., but if you intend to manage storage using standards-based software in the next few years, chances are that you will be using its technology. With features such as SAN management, automated provisioning and an application-level view of storage all built from scratch on standards-based technology, our panel of judges awarded this year's gold medal for best storage management product of the year to AppIQ's StorageAuthority Suite version 3.0.
The StorageAuthority builds a storage utility for the enterprise through integrated SAN management, storage resource management (SRM), storage provisioning and storage operations management capabilities. The software provides heterogeneous device support, application management, automation tools -- all architected from the ground up on the Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) management standard.
When it comes to device support, the StorageAuthority Suite has a laundry list of platforms and systems that it can manage including Solaris, IBM AIX, HDS Dynamic Link Manager and several EMC product lines, including the Symmetrix DMX family of storage systems, the Connectrix family of switches and directors and Clariion disk arrays with PowerPath, raw volumes, Brocade and LSI Logic firmware revisions.
AppIQ's wide range of device support is a direct result of helping other vendors comply with the SMI-S management standard. It instantly supports management of SMI-S compliant devices without requiring converters and adapters to translate proprietary APIs to SMI-S. That's why Brocade, HDS, Hewlett-Packard, LSI Logic, McData, NetApp, SGI, and Sun Microsystems have all licensed AppIQ's CIMIQ device integration program to make their switches and subsystems SMI-S compliant.
According to our judges, AppIQ is far ahead of most other software solutions on the market when it comes to standards-based storage management.
StorageAuthority offers specialized management modules for applications including Oracle databases, Microsoft Exchange, Veritas NetBackup and file server and chargeback applications. AppIQ has also added file-level SRM capabilities, heterogeneous device support, provisioning and backup and recovery management features to its management software in recent months.
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