EMC's release of ControlCenter 6.0, the latest iteration of its storage management system, is a milestone, the vendor says.
"This is probably the biggest ControlCenter announcement we've had in several years," says Jon Siegal, senior product marketing manager at EMC.
What emerges as he describes the product is good news indeed for the 7,000 existing EMC customers using ControlCenter. For the first time, support of VMware is built into the management system, instead of having to be manually configured. EMC has enhanced this integral capability with a full menu of storage-to-virtual machine management functions.
"I'm very excited to see what they are doing," says Lori A. Motzko, Windows system manager at SHPS Inc., a healthcare services company. While she's only seen a demo so far, she plans to adopt the latest ControlCenter software in order to manage VMware machines. "Adding a VMware agent makes a huge difference," she says. If EMC can't control the storage underlying VMware ESX, reports on overall storage are off, she says.
ControlCenter 6.0 also features a unified interface for at least two reporting tools that previously worked as separate entities. These are EMC ControlCenter StorageScope, which monitors and reports on multivendor SANs, NAS, CAS, and switches; and StorageScope File Level Reporter, which did a similar job of reporting on files. Now, just one StorageScope does it all.