EMC SRM Suite Tackles Virtual Storage Management
Cloud and storage giant EMC has released its Storage Resource Management (SRM) suite, consisting of the company’s ProSphere, Storage Configuration Advisor and Watch4net platforms.
SRM is designed to deliver application and storage management for cloud-based environments . The suite provides performance, capacity and configuration management for a good selection of EMC arrays, including VMAX, VNX, VPLEX, Isilon and DataDomain, in addition to select third-party storage arrays for both file and block.
The suite also features real-time reporting for visibility into resources and function dependencies from the applying to the host, all the way down to the storage array, storage service alignment to analyse storage workload trends for you to align storage tiers to application service levels, Fully Automated Storage Tiering for Virtual Pools (FAST VP) optimisation, service-level compliance to assist manage and reply to service-level deviations through custom thresholds and dashboards across heterogeneous storage, and the power to analyse application performance through trending and threshold notifications and correlate these with storage metrics.
“The EMC SRM suite helps customers continue to remodel themselves into cloud-enabled businesses simply and cheaply. Companies have to make sure that the acceptable service levels are being brought to a variety of applications, regardless of rapidly growing, changing and complicated IT environments,” Bob Laliberte, a senior analyst with IT analytics firm Enterprise Strategy Group, said in a prepared statement. “With the SRM suite, EMC helps businesses understand the large picture of ways storage impacts their applications – a critical ability for any company with highly virtualised/cloud environments.”
The SRM suite gives insight into virtualised IT infrastructure layers by providing visibility into the physical and virtual relationship, that can help reduce complexity at a time when organisations are struggling to address swiftly rising data storage needs. In step with a June 2011 report from IT research firm IDC, data managed by enterprise data centres will grow 50 percent, and the selection of files will grow by 75 percent.
“The combination of those three products will let us have an entire 360-degree view of our storage infrastructure. ProSphere has given us great insight into our current storage environment capacity and function. Adding Storage Configuration Advisor will let us have a stronger hold on storage changes and assist us in applying recommended standards,” Johan Marais, a storage and virtualisation administrator with Discovery Holding, an EMC customer, said in a press statement.
“Completing the answer with Watch4net will give us sight into application health and function all of the thanks to the storage layer allowing us to stick to stricter SLAs [service-level agreements],” he said.
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