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Compaq Outlines Strategy for Storage Management Solutions
SANworks Software Empowers Customers to Manage InformationHOUSTON, March 7, 2002
Compaq Computer Corporation
"Customers are providing positive feedback on our software strategy every day," said Compaq's storage chief Mark Lewis. Lewis, vice president and general manager, Compaq Enterprise Storage Group, affirmed plans for broadening the SANworks heterogeneous storage management portfolio that further simplify administration of storage assets, reduce IT overhead costs and empower customers to manage their information more efficiently.
The Compaq storage management architecture is designed to manage anyone's storage on anyone's server. "Compaq was the first company to present a centralized, integrated vision for open SAN management and deliver solutions against it," Lewis said. "Compaq leads the industry in heterogeneous device support. By consolidating storage management, Compaq offers customers simplicity, improved service levels and investment protection for their changing business needs."
This visionary thinking produced significant market firsts, including:
Compaq enterprise storage solutions increase the value of customers' IT investments by providing a modular, Web-centric approach. Historically, management based on storage arrays or servers was limited in a homogeneous distributed environment. Compaq delivers a true network model with a focus on heterogeneous device management through an appliance-centric approach, independent of the number or type of storage arrays and servers in the SAN. Benefits are realized by moving management functionality into the network where customers will ensure scaling for growing storage environments.
Recent Product Highlights SANworks Network View 2.0
Designed to simplify the management of heterogeneous storage networks, this appliance-based tool provides automated device discovery, graphical topology mapping, advanced device monitoring and performance management. With the addition of heterogeneous storage management, customers now have the ability to discover, visualize, monitor and report on Compaq and third-party disk arrays. Key status and performance information is available at critical points throughout the SAN, helping reduce total cost of ownership by enabling more effective device utilization and improved performance.
"Network View is a total storage infrastructure management tool," said Todd Warnock, manager of Technology Services at Resource Bancshares Mortgage Group (RBMG). "I can monitor all of my storage networked devices and at the same time analyze performance metrics, allowing me to optimize my SAN configuration for the highest level of data throughput."
Released in December 2001, Network View 2.0 is the first Compaq offering to include support for EMC Symmetrix arrays, leveraging APIs from Compaq's recent cross-licensing agreement with EMC.
Recent Product Highlights Virtualized Storage Management Solutions for Exchange 2000 & SQL Server 2000
Virtualized Storage Management for Exchange 2000 and Virtualized Storage Management for SQL Server 2000 extend Compaq's leadership in deploying Microsoft Exchange 2000 and Microsoft SQL Server 2000 environments by delivering maximized availability through rapid recovery and online storage growth capabilities.
More than 50 percent of scheduled application downtime can be attributed to storage management activities.(3) This downtime is reduced or eliminated with this solution. Through the integration of SANworks™ Virtual Replicator V3.0 and customizable scripts, customers can manage growth and enhance recoverability of their Exchange or SQL Server systems. By using a snapshot of their respective environment, customers can resume full operation of their Microsoft environment in minutes. This solution increases the level of data protection by providing an additional rapid recovery alternative to restoring from tape. Additionally, dynamic online storage growth can be achieved without downtime, compared to more than one hour of downtime using standard volume growth practices.
"By partnering with companies like Compaq, the Worldwide Prime Integrator for Exchange 2000, we are able to deliver highly beneficial storage solutions for our customers," commented Kevin McCuistion, group product manager, Exchange, Microsoft Corporation. McCuistion added, "The Virtualized Storage Management for Exchange 2000 by Compaq StorageWorks solutions take advantage of Compaq's highly scalable and easy-to-manage storage systems and management software, in addition to their expertise in designing, deploying and managing Exchange 2000 infrastructures. These StorageWorks solutions by Compaq provide a great way for customers to maximize the availability of their Exchange 2000 environment."
"Compaq is the industry's network storage pioneer," Lewis said. As the world's largest storage provider and the first company to envision storage as a utility service though ENSA, Compaq combines management of the most acclaimed storage architecture with management of heterogeneous SAN components, empowering information for its customers.
About Compaq Enterprise Storage
Compaq, the number one global storage solutions supplier, is the leader in the development and delivery of the enterprise SAN. Recognized for its vision and ability to execute, Compaq is committed to driving radical simplification and investment protection for enterprise and SMB customers. By continuing to extend its Enterprise Network Storage Architecture (ENSA) in key areas such as virtualization, automation, universal network storage and life cycle data management, Compaq enables customers to efficiently manage complex, mixed storage environments. More information on StorageWorks and SANworks solutions is available at www.compaq.com/storage.
Founded in 1982, Compaq Computer Corporation is a leading global provider of information technology products, services and solutions for enterprise customers. Compaq designs, develops, manufactures and markets information technology equipment, software, services and solutions, including industry-leading enterprise storage and computing solutions, fault-tolerant business-critical solutions, communication products, personal desktop and notebook computers, and personal entertainment and Internet access devices that are sold in more than 200 countries directly and through a network of authorized Compaq marketing partners. Information on Compaq and its products and services is available at http://www.compaq.com.
1 Based on the ENSA strategy announced in 1998.
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