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Onaro Eyes Data Centers

Having achieved early traction with its SAN change management software, Onaro Inc. is looking to conquer the data center next.

Onaro CEO Shai Scharf says in the second quarter of 2005, the startup will roll out a product similar to its original SANscreen software, but aimed at the data center environment.

Our next product will go beyond the SAN,” Scharf says. “Not much beyond. It will be the same technology, but we’ll broaden it beyond the SAN to the data center.”

Onaro’s goal is to address a major headache that other SAN software vendors can’t solve -- how to prevent unseen problems when adding or changing equipment. SANscreen discovers devices and all their connections on a SAN, simulates planned changes to predict their impact, and logs and monitors changes after they’re made. It’s the first product of its kind, and won Onaro close to 20 customers and development partnerships with major storage vendors in its first six months of shipping product. (NOTE: Onaro is also listed in the Byte and Switch Top Ten Private Companies: Winter 2004, page 3.)

Scharf says Onaro’s next product will apply the SANscreen change management functions to data center gear, such as servers, switches, and cabling. He says that was the plan even before Onaro launched SANscreen last April (see Onaro Lifts Its Cover and Onaro Ships Change Manager).

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