Sun Delivers CIM-Compliant Management Software

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Sun Microsystems has announced StorEdge Enterprise Storage Manager (ESM) software for SAN management. The new software provides a centralized management platform for viewing and managing storage environments. The “single pane of glass” incorporates the core management services of SAN topology reporting, device configuration, and proactive health monitoring and diagnostics — helping to increase uptime and improve service levels. According to the company, with the introduction of ESM, Sun is delivering a comprehensive storage management software portfolio, encompassing SAN and systems management, data continuance, and file and volume management. As the industry’s first system vendor to deliver a Web Based Enterprise Management (WBEM) and Common Information Model (CIM)-compliant SAN management platform, Sun says that it is demonstrating its leadership in delivering on the demand for simplified SAN management.

“Customers are demanding simpler, integrated and open storage management and Sun is delivering on those demands,” said James Staten, director of Network Storage, Sun Microsystems, Inc. “Sun’s new StorEdge Enterprise Storage Manager software combines the three most common storage management tasks into a single pane of glass. By integrating these functions, our customers will see real savings in administration costs and greater uptime as health problems discovered by the diagnostic expert can be acted on immediately without changing tools.”

“Open standards are imperative in order to give users the ability to get chaotic environments under control. Sun is the first major player to deliver on the promise of those standards,” said Steve Kenniston, analyst with Enterprise Storage Group.

The new software is available for the Solaris Operating Environment and is accessible from Linux, HP-UX, and other hosts remotely in a web-enabled environment.

“Storage and asset management capabilities are critical to our business success and future,” said Chuck Sears, manager of Research Computing for the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Science at Oregon State University. “Because our storage needs are always growing, we need cost effective storage solutions that will grow with us. After evaluating several options, we chose Sun’s ESM software because it will support our complex environment and will decrease our total cost of ownership.”

In related news, Quantum announced an OEM agreement with Sun to provide its ATL M-Series automated tape libraries to customers branded under Sun StorEdge L100 and L25 tape libraries.

“With the addition of the new tape libraries, Sun has once again raised the bar in delivering data continuance solutions to our customers,” said Kathleen Holmgren, vice president of marketing, Sun Microsystems, Inc. “Partners like Quantum enable us to deliver products beyond Sun’s core competencies to provide the comprehensive offering needed to meet our customer’s complete storage requirements.”

The Sun StorEdge L100 Library scales from one to 12 tape drives with up to 648 GB/hour performance and scales up to 200 cartridges, providing up to 20 TB capacity when configured in a two-“module” stack. Two Sun StorEdge L100 libraries can be configured in a standard Sun storage rack to be managed and function as a single integrated library by utilizing the StackLink pass-through mechanism.

The Sun StorEdge L25 library scales from one to 14 tape drives with up to 756 GB/hour performance and expands up to 175 cartridges, providing up to 35 TB capacity, when configured in a seven-“module” stack. Up to seven Sun StorEdge L25 libraries can be configured in a standard Sun storage rack to be managed and function as a single integrated library utilizing the same StackLink mechanism as the L100.

“This next step in Quantum’s ongoing alliance with Sun will enable us to address the data protection marketplace by leveraging our mutual strengths in network storage,” said Larry Orecklin, president of Quantum’s Storage Solutions Group. “Our ATL M-Series libraries will enable Sun to offer its customers a very dense and flexible data protection solution that protects the customers’ long-term investment.”

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