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NetApp Brands Symantec SRM

Eight days after launching enterprise SAN systems designed to take Network Appliance deeper into more heterogeneous storage networks, NetApp today revealed its strategy for managing those systems. (See NetApp Scales Up.)

NetApp will re-sell and co-brand Symantec's CommandCentral Storage for heterogeneous SAN management. (See NetApp to Resell Symantec.) That's not earth-shattering news. NetApp has worked closely with Symantec and other independent SRM (storage resource management) vendors to make sure their products were compatable. But this is its first OEM SRM deal, and probably its only one, according to Dave Kresse, NetApp's GM of storage management.

Kresse says that with the FAS 6000 family of enterprise systems out, it is time for NetApp to have a branded SRM package -- even if it's not its own. "As we move into larger data enters, customers are looking for a broader set of capabilities, whether that means getting their switches, HBAs, or management capabilities from us," Kresse says. "We're very focused on [software development] in the data management space, but in the storage management space we've always been focused on partnering."

Typically, SRM products are designed to manage storage devices. In SANs, that can mean managing a range of different gear, though SRM is often limited to the vendor's own wares and those of selected partners. NetApp does have its own SRM package called Operations Manager (formerly Data Fabric Manager), which only manages NetApp storage. Kresse would be happy if that were the only SRM it had to sell.

"We're looking to create NetApp-specific data centers, but the reality of a large scale data center is that it is heterogeneous," he says.

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