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CNT Extends SAN Management

Computer Network Technology Corp. (CNT) (Nasdaq: CMNT) says two new management software products will help enterprises get control of multisite SANs.

The vendor says inVSN Storage Network Manager gives a graphical SAN view, monitors the status and degradation of SAN gear, and pinpoints problems with storage applications running over various SAN-exension links.

CNT has based inVSN on management products previously sold with its Fibre Channel directors and SAN extension gear. The vendor has combined functions in these existing tools with capabilities formerly offered in its consulting services. The end result is something CNT thinks the market is ready for at last -- namely, an in-depth management system just for SANs, one that gives a detailed view of their performance over MANs and WANs.

It's an approach that CNT and analysts say hasn't quite been carried off before. There are plenty of so-called management frameworks from Computer Associates International Inc. (CA) (NYSE: CA), Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ), and IBM Tivoli, which claim to add SAN gear to the kit they can bring under their management umbrellas.

Then there are so-called point products, such as eHealth SAN from Concord Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: CCRD), which monitors the performance of SAN devices and links.

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