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Network Appliance Adds SRM to NAS Devices

Network Appliance Inc. teamed with HighGround Systems Inc. to deliver automated storage capacity and performance monitoring solutions for Network Appliance’s network attached storage (NAS) devices.

Network Appliances’ NetApp file servers, also known as “filers,” are specialized storage appliances that attach directly to a network to provide access to stored data. HighGround’s Storage Resource Manager (SRM) is an automated storage reporting, event management and forecasting solution for Windows NT, Unix, Linux, and Microsoft Exchange. The companies are planning to certify the solution for Windows 2000 as well in the near future.

With SRM added to NetApp systems, NetApp filers will appear in SRM’s view of the enterprise storage infrastructure. Administrators will be able to centrally monitor the capacity, utilization and performance of logical NetApp partitions, the raw capacity of physical partitions, and device status and availability through SRM’s Web console.

Management statistics from NetApp filers will be collected in SRM’s database, creating a knowledgebase of storage intelligence that persists through IT staff changes.

Finally, IT managers will be able to roll out new applications faster and plan the purchase of additional NetApp filer capacity more accurately by using SRM’s space utilization, user consumption and application profiling trends.

SRM only drill down into such details for NetApp filers, but other vendor's NAS devices will show up in SRM.

Contact Network Appliance, (408) 822-6000, www.netapp.com.

Contact HighGround, (508) 460-5152, www.highground.com.

About the Author

Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.

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