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TeraCloud Floats Into the Open

Storage resource management vendor TeraCloud Corp. is driving further into the open systems market with SpaceNet 3.0, adding new automation features in a bid to stay competitive in the cutthroat SRM segment of the market (see TeraCloud's SpaceNet 3.0 Blasts Off).

The company says SpaceNet 3.0 offers more automation of storage management and monitoring. It's designed to cater to TeraCloud's target customers, most of which are faced with managing very large and very complex enterprise storage environments of 50 Tbytes or more, according to Robert Bingham, TeraCloud's VP of marketing. "One of the major challenges for customers is complexity," he says.

In addition, TeraCloud says it offers expanded "SAN and NAS support" in this version. But what exactly does that mean, you may well ask? (We did.) The company is a sketchy on details, but it seems that the only thing new here is that the software supports Network File System (NFS), the file protocol in Unix environments. TeraCloud is not ready to announce which specific NAS products the software supports.

TeraCloud, founded in 1991, has only been playing in the open-systems SRM space for a little more than a year: It launched the first version of the SpaceNet software for Windows, Unix, and mainframe environments in December 2001. Up until then, the company specialized in providing storage management software for mainframes. Last year, it scared up $5.5 million to fund its expansion into open systems (see TeraCloud Seeded With $5.5M).

SpaceNet 3.0 uses policy-based and event-driven automation, which can help administrators eliminate what TeraCloud calls mundane and repetitive tasks. A new configurable "dashboard" allows the administrator to show the portions of the company's storage environment that he or she is most interested in seeing. This, in turn, allows companies to cut back on both the time and the money they spend managing their storage environments, Bingham says, noting that the software also provides capacity-planning statistics.

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