Wendt, Jerome M.
December 2004
Storage Magazine;Dec2004, Vol. 3 Issue 10, p60
This article offers tips on selecting a storage resource management (SRM) product. SRM tools tells users much storage they have, where it is and who is using it. They also manage an increasing number of storage devices and integrate with existing database, e-mail and backup software for detailed storage reporting. At a minimum, an SRM product should include features such as alerts and reporting, capacity management, chargeback, content management device discovery, forecasting, central management console and support for the Storage Management Initiative Specification roadmap. Beyond core functions, SRM applications become more specialized. For instance, only CreekPath Systems' CreekPath Suite can manage a storage array from any vendor. There are substantial differences among SRM products. Some have separate modules that do device management enterprise-wide reporting, back-up and e-mail or mainframe integration. Others include these features in their base package. As these supplemental features overcome standard fare, look for features such as change management, impact analysis, global name space and information lifecycle management to find their way into SRM applications. The level of detail each suite provides depend mainly on a product's design. INSET: DON'T DUMP DEVICE SOFTWARE.


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