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AppIQ, Take Two

Startup AppIQ Corp. next week plans to debut the third version of its standards-based SAN management software suite -- now called StorageAuthority -- that packs in a number of new features, including file-based storage resource management (SRM).

Calling the product release "kind of a relaunch of the company," AppIQ says the new version is the first integrated SAN management tool in the industry that's able to monitor a customer's storage environment from applications all the way down to the spindles. [Ed. note: Raises my goosebumps just thinkin' about it!] In addition to its SRM module, the new version provides rule-based provisioning capabilities and supports additional devices, including for EMC Corp.'s (NYSE: EMC) storage systems and SAN switches.

But does the new version really push AppIQ ahead of the pack, as the company claims? AppIQ, based in Burlington, Mass., will surely need all the enhanced features it can gin up if it hopes to pick up traction in what is surely one of the most contentious -- and crowded -- areas of the storage market.

At least one of AppIQ's early customers, The Weather Channel, still believes the hype.

"It's kind of a super-tool to manage everything," says Kevin Gungiah, director of systems administration at The Weather Channel, based in Atlanta. He's now beta testing version 3.0 of AppIQ's software. "We're seeing more functionality with it, more application-type capacity and performance management," he says. "I'm currently liking the tool a lot." [Ed. note: Does he predict a 70% chance of satisfaction?]

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