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Management Musings

Is integrated SAN management an unrealistic goal?

That question was raised by a recent panel discussion, in which four SAN managers said better management of storage networks was their priority, not fancy features like virtualization.

Consider the words of administrator Abdul Marani of Coca-Cola: We use McData SANavigator to manage our SAN and IBM Tivoli software to manage storage. I wanted to use an integrated tool but couldn’t find one.” [Emphasis added]

There's no lack of SAN management software. Plenty of suppliers offer backup, replication, and other applications. The trouble is, these packages are separate from programs that monitor storage networking gear, and more software's needed to configure the SAN to fit user needs – not to mention, to make it secure.

Can this change?

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