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IBM's Tivoli Tightens Its Laces

IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM) is promising to better integrate the pieces of its Tivoli storage management suite -- and make them more intelligent and "self-managing" -- in product releases slated for the second quarter of 2003.

The new lineup includes upgrades to Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) backup and restore software; Tivoli SAN Manager; and Tivoli Storage Resource Management (TSRM), which IBM picked up from its acquisition of startup TrelliSoft last year (see IBM Snaps Up TrelliSoft).

Broadly speaking, the Tivoli storage software will become more integrated members of the group's systems management platform. The storage software apps will be able to feed various parameters, such as capacity, performance, and availability information, into the common Tivoli Enterprise Data Warehouse using XML-formatted data. In addition, its SRM and SAN Manager will send event information to the Tivoli Enterprise Console (TEC) to better correlate the root causes of problems.

"Storage needs to be part of the overall systems management solution," says Michael McCarthy, director of market management for Tivoli's storage unit. He notes that the company's internal research revealed that 18 percent of enterprise users have a dedicated storage management team.

Tivoli also expects to demonstrate progress on turning storage management standards into a reality. TSRM will support the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA)'s Storage Management Interface Specification, based on the Common Information Model (CIM). That will allow the software to use CIM to provision and monitor IBM Enterprise Storage Server (a.k.a. Shark) arrays, which now support native CIM interfaces (see IBM's Shark Gets Bluefin, The Common Code, HDS Chants CIM Song, and Standards: Needed 'Em Yesterday).

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