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Desktop SRM Gets Second Look

As data proliferates and storage budgets don't, storage resource management (SRM) is moving from a big-company application to one that takes in smaller firms and departments.

The concern is twofold: First, small companies have often been left out of the SRM loop because products cost too much and are tough to implement. Second, it's getting more important than ever for companies to apply capacity planning and provisioning at the lowest common denominator in the storage hierarchy.

Veritas Software Corp. (Nasdaq: VRTS), for instance, is working to make storage management improve at the desktop. According to Michael Hakkert, a spokesman for Veritas, getting end users to better filter what's stored on the corporate network will help companies save storage costs.

Veritas provides desktop Windows 2000 and XP storage views in its StorageCentral SRM suite, but it plans to release new pricing, a simplified management console, and software tweaks that make the package more attractive to SMBs (small to medium-sized businesses) and departmental users. Hakkert says the new kit will be offered in the first quarter of 2005.

Veritas isn't alone. AppIQ Inc. is also planning a version of its StorageAuthority SRM tools specifically for SMBs, possibly for release next year. Like Veritas, AppIQ supports desktop views in its wares today, but sees room for improvements such as widening the scope of SRM to incorporate iSCSI devices as well as Fibre Channel ones, since IP SANs are proliferating in SMB environments.

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