CA release targets storage area network management

CA release targets storage area network management



Saniti's 2-D diagram of a SAN shows tape and disk storage, servers and connections. It manages multivendor SANs through CA-Unicenter TNG.



By Patricia Daukantas

GCN Staff

Computer Associates International Inc. is releasing an open application to manage the growing crop of storage area network products under its freely available CA-Unicenter TNG Framework.

Dubbed Saniti, for storage area network integrated technology initiative, the new software component will be part of future versions of the Unicenter TNG cross-platform enterprise management suite that CA gives away with many of its other software products. About 5 million copies of the framework are in use.

SANs connect storage devices to dedicated servers and let enterprise administrators manage storage offline, reducing the impact of backup and maintenance on LAN users.

Yogesh Gupta, CA's senior vice president for product strategy, said the tremendous growth of SAN technology over the past 18 months spurred the company to develop software tools for managing SANs' Fibre Channel storage devices, hubs, bridges and switches.

'Most of the vendors in this marketplace have come from a storage-centered perspective, and being storage vendors, they've been trying to deal with the storage problem. The network side has not yet been dealt with,' Gupta said.

Discovery process

The Saniti addition lets Unicenter TNG Framework discover and monitor the performance of heterogeneous storage components in a SAN, Gupta said. The frame displays a two- or three-dimensional view of the SAN configuration.

In developing Saniti, CA consulted with manufacturers of SAN components and trade groups such as the Storage Networking Industry Association and the Fibre Channel Alliance. Saniti works with hardware from Advanced Digital Information Corp. of Redmond, Wash., Compaq Computer Corp., Dell Computer Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co. and Siemens Computer Systems, among others.

Gupta said agencies are showing great interest in storage management because of the growing volume of public information they distribute over the Internet.

CA demonstrated Saniti at the recent CA-World trade show in New Orleans. SAN-enabled copies of Unicenter TNG Framework became available at the end of July on CA's Web site, at www.cai.com, and on the sites of partner companies. Current users of the framework application can download the Saniti patch and integration tools for third-party SAN products.

In other news, CA announced that future versions of Unicenter TNG, including Unicenter TNG Framework, will support the OpenLinux operating system from Caldera Systems Inc. of Orem, Utah.

CA will distribute free copies of the OpenLinux version of the framework, and Caldera will bundle the framework and its management application programming interfaces with OpenLinux.Both companies will sell the bundled products on their Web sites.

Contact Computer Associates at 516-342-5224.

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