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Software Management Melange

If you're expecting a storage management revolution, don't hold your breath. A slew of storage and data management software releases at Storage Networking World focused on more mundane aspects of storage, such as supporting broader platforms, operating systems, and storage media.

Tiered storage, including support for cheaper media such as SATA, was also a theme. Another requirement addressed by new product releases is adherence to new federal regulations that require data to be kept longer.

Announcements included new products and upgrades from Advanced Digital Information Corp. (Nasdaq: ADIC), Computer Network Technology Corp. (CNT) (Nasdaq: CMNT), Legato Software Systems Inc., and Atempo Inc.

ADICs new version of its StorNext Management Suite (SNMS) makes it easier to migrate data between high-performance RAID arrays and less expensive SATA drives. ADIC also added 64-bit Red Hat Inc. (Nasdaq: RHAT) Linux on Intel Itanium to the OS platforms it supports, and automatically replicates data to WORM (write-once, ready many) tape [ed. note: great acronym, folks!]. The upgrade reflects ADIC’s attempt to break out of the vertical markets its software has been limited to so far (see ADIC Banks on Disk).

Reflecting a new partnership with IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM), CNT released a suite of services software to provide better support for Tivoli Storage Manager (see CNT Enhances Tivoli Management). The new offerings include tools to help measure and analyze the data that needs to be backed up by TSM. CNT last month revealed IBM has contracted to buy $15 million worth of its products and services over five years (see CNT Earnings Surprise).

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