Tivoli takes aim at storage

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Third-party companies pledged their support to Tivoli at the conference.

ASP 2ndWave will bring Tivoli's products to customers via the Internet.

Compaq Computer will sell, support, and outsource Tivoli Enterprise products.

Crossroads Systems combined its Fibre Channel storage router with Tivoli Storage Manager during a product demo.


Storage vendors tackle management issues-- Dan Neel

At next week's SAN Conference 2000 in San Jose, Calif., nearly 100 dedicated storage vendors from Adaptec to XIOtech will convene to demonstrate both hardware and software SAN solutions.

The key focus of the conference will be SAN management across what are commonly multivendor networks, according to officials.

TrueSAN Networks, one of the sponsors of the conference and a major player in SAN testing and deployment, will demonstrate its first SAN appliance at the show, the SAN Engine, officials at the San Jose, Calif.-based company said.

Designed for complete storage domain management, the SAN Engine is a mixed hardware/software solution that plugs right in to a Brokade or McData network switch, allowing a single operator to view the entire network storage array as one virtual storage system, according to Tom Isakovich, CEO of TrueSAN Networks. The SAN Engine provides "anytime, anywhere SAN Management," he added.

Ancor Communications, a Minnesota-based fibre management component builder for SANs, will demonstrate a working 64-port Fibre Channel director, the SANbox-64. The Ancor solution can be doubled to port 128 interconnects and still appear as a single point of information to the SAN management system.

To simplify the connection of a SAN to the main network, APCON, of Portland, Ore., will give the first West Coast demonstration of its Fibre Optic Patch Panel, which manages connections between networks to provide easier point-to-point connectivity.

Organizers of the conference see today's SANs at a stage much like that of LANs 10 years ago, with the need to define architectures, standardize components, and simplify management being the core necessities.

 
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