EMC Keeps Storage Networks Up and Running


EMC (NYSE: EMC) has upgraded its Ionix Storage Configuration Advisor to add support for mixed storage networking environments and new compliance features.

The change management software helps prevent storage network outages by flagging configuration errors before they cause problems.

SCA version 2.1 offers support for virtual infrastructures and IBM arrays in addition to those from Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), while version 2.0 unveiled at EMC World in May added the ability to manage compliance polices at the virtual guest level.

SCA offers data storage users agentless discovery and near-real time change tracking and policy validation. The software also provides change history and service analytics that EMC says help improve IT processes and resource planning.

Improper configuration is at the root of most service disruptions, and EMC competes in the storage network change management space with the likes of NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) and Symantec (NASDAQ: SYMC).

SCA helps users automate much of the process, with templates and wizards for defining and modifying policies for physical and logical connectivity, path management, and hardware and software configuration and support. The software can automatically validate infrastructure alignment with policies and industry best practices and link configuration problems with changes.

EMC says the software monitors everything from the virtual guest, to VMware vSphere hosts and down through the storage array.

Atmos Online Service Shuts Down

In other EMC news, the company has posted a note on its Atmos Online site that the cloud storage offering will no longer be offered as a service and instead will revert to a development environment.

EMC directed customers to its Atmos cloud service provider partners, a list that includes AT&T, Hosted Solutions and Peer 1 Hosting.

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