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EMC Webs Up SAN Tools

With two Web-based enhancements to its ControlCenter software management platform today, EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC) claims it has taken a step closer to offering customers an automated, single interface for viewing and controlling all of their storage-related information (see EMC Takes ECC to the Web).

"Were automating the whole process," says Pat Cassidy, a marketing director at EMC. "We’re driving towards a single-pane-of-glass view."

But as usual, EMC's promise of storage management nirvana tends to work best if you've got only EMC hardware -- although the company says this will change later in the year.

The first of the enhancements to EMC's management platform is the template-driven, subscription-based SAN Architect. This tool aims to guide IT administrators through the design and modeling of SANs, thus reducing the risk and time associated with this process. It ensures that proposed changes are accurate and precise by modeling and validating hosts, host bus adapters, switches, and storage arrays.

"Having capabilities like this gives EMC the possibility of moving up the stack," says Enterprise Storage Group Inc. analyst Steve Kenniston. "They’re spelling out the interoperability matrix before it's rolled out."

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