EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Xiotech Corporation today announced Virtual View, a new add-on for its ICON Manager user interface that dramatically simplifies storage monitoring, management and provisioning tasks in virtual environments. Virtual View, designed for users of Xiotechs Emprise 7000 and Magnitude 3D® 4000 storage systems, enables administrators to manage storage in their VMware infrastructure environments from a single interface. Users can have a global view of the three storage layers (array, VMware ESX and virtual machine) from a single console and then automate configuration across all layers. As a result, storage management becomes faster and easier with less risk of misconfigurations.
The Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis just began implementing VMware Infrastructure 3 and is backing up all of its storage on a Xiotech storage system. Scott Ladewig, networking and operations manager, Information Services, at the school, has tested Virtual View and plans to add the plug-in next month.
Virtual View does in three steps and one console what normally takes us dozens of steps across three management systems, said Ladewig. We currently have a back-and-forth, time-consuming process to set up storage for new virtual servers. With Virtual View we will be able to do everything within ICON Manager. I expect we will be able to complete storage provisioning tasks in a few minutes rather than the hour or more it currently takes us.