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SRM Tools Tackle Virtualization

Announcements from Akorri and Tek-Tools this week mark a growing unity between virtualization and storage resource management (SRM).

Akorri
On Monday, Akorri announced an enhanced version of its BalancePoint software designed to work closely with virtualized storage as well as servers.

BalancePoint, which does not require any agents for monitored systems, gauges application performance of servers and storage from the end-user standpoint -- specifically via response time metrics. This monitoring is accompanied by analysis tools to help optimize data center setups, identify bottlenecks, and plan for future capacity and performance. The software has contained VMware server virtualization views since May 2007.

With this release, BalancePoint includes virtualized storage from IBM's SAN Virtual Controller and HDS's Universal Storage Platform V in its scope.

Akorri says it will add virtual storage devices from Incipient, EqualLogic, and 3PAR to its software within the next two months.

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