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SAN Software Takes Center Stage

PHOENIX -- Storage Networking World -- SAN vendors that rolled out systems with great fanfare last year are now getting around to delivering software to manage them.

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS)
and Sun Microsystems Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW)
were among the vendors announcing software enhancements at the Storage Networking World conference here today. Hitachi added tiered storage management for its SAN systems, and Sun enhanced the software for its StorEdge 6920 midrange system (see Hitachi Beefs Up Software and Sun Upgrades Midrange SAN Software ). Engenio Information Technologies Inc. and 3PAR Inc.

also announced software for their SANs (see Brocade Enhances Multiprotocol Router). Replication and management features show up in several of the announcements.

Hitachi announced Tiered Storage Manager as part of its HiCommand software management suite. The idea of Tiered Storage Manager is to make it easier to move volumes among different tiers. Hitachi also enhanced its Replication Monitor to allow customers to manage its copy and replication functions under one interface.

The news is only part of Hitachi's ongoing push on the software front, which began when it brought out Tagmastore enterprise SAN as part of its Universal Storage Platform last September (see Hitachi Struts Mr. Universal). Last week HDS announced its intent to rebrand CommVault Systems Inc.s data protection suite and offer backup reporting and monitoring from Aptare Inc. (see Hitachi, CommVault Strike OEM Deal and HDS to Work With Aptare).

Now, Hitachi must pull all these applications and its own overall management software together (see HDS Expands Software, Services). And there's more to integrate: Hitachi also has an OEM deal with AppIQ Inc. for storage resource management software. And last week the company announced its entry into the NAS business, which means it must address file management as well as block management (see NAS Up Next for Hitachi).

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