Legato Brings SRM to the Web

Legato Systems Inc. became the latest company to Web-enable storage resource management. To that end, the storage management software vendor last month shipped Legato (www.legato.com) GEMS Storage Resource Manager (SRM) and Legato GEMS SRM for Exchange.

Legato GEMS SRM products help customers manage complex on-line storage resources and perform proactive, preventative maintenance with the aim of avoiding storage-related downtime.

Legato GEMS SRM automatically monitors and reports on all physical storage resources -- such as disks, RAID systems -- and logical storage resources -- such as partitions, file systems, directories, files folders -- from intranet Web sites.

Legato GEMS SRM for Exchange provides reports, alerts, trends, and policies needed to manage capacity, consumption, and availability unique to Exchange Server storage. GEMS SRM for Exchange delivers a comprehensive view of the entire Exchange storage topology, and helps simplify the management of Exchange mailboxes, mailbox quotas, public folders, and users.

George Symons, vice president of product marketing and management at Legato, says his company’s storage resource manager also enables business growth planning and optimal deployment of SANs and backup technologies. It can also be used to ensure the availability of critical applications.

GEMS SRM and SRM for Exchange work by automatically scanning the enterprise storage environment, collecting data points on capacity, consumption, availability, and configuration. This information, stored on a Microsoft SQL Server database, provides alerts, reports, policies, and historical data that help IT efficiently detect and solve application and storage-related problems.

Legato claims GEMS SRM differs from other management tools in two important respects. First, GEMS SRM can manage an entire network's storage resources, not just those of a specific server or application. Second, SRM manages more than a simple process, such as backup or archiving. It focuses on analyzing, configuring, and optimizing all storage processes and resources.

According to Legato, by simplifying the existing storage environment customers can more easily deploy storage area networks and network attached storage solutions. Further, as storage proliferates, so does the need to manage it.

According to market research firm Dataquest Inc. (www.dataquest.com), the market for storage resource management will reach $1.2 billion by 2002.

Paul Mason, vice president at IDC (www.idc.com), agrees that the storage resource market will be important in the next few years.

"With the continued proliferation of data on all platforms, and the critical need to keep it available around the clock, organizations are looking for solutions that give them an enterprisewide view of their storage environment and alert them to potential problems," Mason says.