The DiskXtender family of products from Legato Systems is designed to unify storage management across an enterprise, creating a virtualised data pool that expands primary or secondary storage onto any number of additional media/devices while simplifying management of those resources. Open access across all devices, across the enterprise — provides your applications with a single, logical view of all stored data and transparent access to all storage assets. DiskXtender supports all leading storage media and applications, allowing additional devices to be located anywhere on the LAN or SAN with either centralised or distributed control. DiskXtender automates the movement of inactive data to the most cost-effective media and devices while minimising the time/money required to manage that storage infrastructure. It comes in four versions: DiskXtender 2000 (DX2000), which supports Windows NT and 2000; DiskXtender UNIX/Linux (DXUL); DiskXtender Database Edition (DXDB), which automates storage management policies for Oracle Relational Database Management Systems (RDBMs) to provide virtually infinite storage capacity; and DiskXtender for Centera, which is customised specifically for EMC’s Centera. DiskXtender solutions are distributed in Australia by Lan1, Enstor and XSI.
RRP: From $16 per mailbox.
IBM Tivoli Storage Manager protects company data from hardware failures and other errors by storing backup and archive copies of data on offline storage. Scalable to protect thousands of computers running more than a dozen OS ranging from laptops to mainframes and connected together via the internet, WANs or LANs, Tivoli Storage Manager’s centralised Web-based management, smart-data-move and store techniques and comprehensive policy-based automation work together to minimise data protection administration costs and the impact to computers and networks. Optional models support 24x365 business-critical applications.
RRP: Contact IBM for pricing.
StorageCentral from Veritas uses a policy-based approach to controlling file and disk usage in Microsoft Windows environments. According to Veritas, this translates to reduced storage costs, increased server availability and improved server performance. The software establishes appropriate space quotas for users, directories, partitions and systems. Multiple threshold notifications prepare users as they approach their maximum space allocation limit. Using real-time quota monitoring and enforcement, the software automatically sweeps the user’s home directories to find storage culprits. Users right-click these files to view, move or delete — right from a Web browser, without administrator support. Veritas’ StorageCentral is distributed in Australia by ACA Pacific.
RRP: About $2500.
Designed to improve capacity utilisation and availability, VisualSRM from EMC is storage-agnostic open management software that offers file-level reporting and centralised storage resource management across an organisation’s major storage and server platforms. VisualSRM supports a wide range of applications, including Microsoft Exchange, Oracle, Sybase and SQL Server databases. VisualSRM lets organisations manage their information throughout its lifecycle, allowing administrators to track system and individual storage consumption and enforce capacity, utilisation thresholds, and ensuring capacity is available when and where needed. VisualSRM sets policies for moving, deleting, compressing and archiving files based on the age of the information, the time since the file was last accessed, and pre-defined capacity thresholds. It categorises data and defines category-based storage management policies that match the most appropriate and cost-effective storage media to the information stored on it. VisualSRM is distributed in Australia by Express Data.
RRP: From $6000.
PowerQuest V2i Protector is a disaster recovery solution designed to provide system administrators with the ability to recover a Windows 2000 server from hardware, software or user errors in minutes rather than hours. The V2i Protector captures and restores the system’s data (operating system, applications, firewalls, job specific data) as an image rather than as files. PowerQuest separates the hard drive of the main server into two — the system volume and the data volume. The system volume captures the operating system and applications. The data volume captures the company specific data, that is the jobs and files the company has created. PowerQuest V2i Protector complements other back-up and recovery methods such as tape backup. It can also function as the sole solution for businesses that have not invested in other backup and recovery solutions. It supports Windows 2003, Windows 2000, and Windows NT servers. The V2i Protector is distributed in Australia by ACA Pacific.
RRP: $1895 (per licence).
Designed to reduce the complexity and cost of mid-size SAN environments, EMC’s VisualSAN provides administrators with a single view of all devices across their storage networks and delivers advanced network, performance and configuration management capabilities. The VisualSAN management suite includes three modules: VisualSAN Network Manager is the base VisualSAN application for monitoring independent SAN devices. It serves as a common interface for integration of other modules. VisualSAN Configuration Manager allows administrators to capture the state of a SAN configuration at a point in time for comparison, historical reference, change management, asset management, and replication of a specific SAN topology. VisualSAN Performance Manager provides live and historical analysis of link statistics across a SAN. VisualSAN is distributed in Australia by Express Data.
RRP: From $6000.