Improved management tools required

The central value proposition for a SAN is its ability to integrate multi-vendor resources in an enterprise in order to provide comprehensive utilisation and sharing of information.

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By  Angela Prasad Published  March 31, 2005

In today’s rapidly changing business environment storage is becoming of paramount importance. Multi-vendor storage area network (SAN) is a key concern for vendors, end users and integrators alike. The central value proposition for a SAN is its ability to integrate multi-vendor resources in an enterprise in order to provide more comprehensive utilisation and sharing of information. The results of a storage management survey conducted by TheInfoPro indicate a strong desire among users for improved storage network interoperability and manageability. In a white paper published by the Storage Networking Industry Association, (SNIA), the reasoning behind its Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) which is intended to provide a standard interface for the management of all storage networking products that is to be wholly adopted by the end of this year. Once widely adopted and implemented into storage management products, SMI-S will streamline the way end users manage their storage devices. Management application developers and device component vendors will be able to concentrate their efforts on developing features and functions that add increased business value to customers. The result of such developments will be the ability to control the accelerating costs of storage management by reducing the necessity to have separate management products for each device in the SAN. Interoperability will change the focus of day-to-day operations from struggling with issues of device connectivity to focussing on higher order management, such as automation and policy-based operations.

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