Onaro enhances storage change management capabilities

Onaro Inc., a storage change management vendor, next week is expected to announce several new enhancements to its Onaro SANscreen Foundation software suite.

Onaro will announce SANscreen Performance Insight and SANscreen Replication Assurance, as well as enhancements to it SANscreen Foundation.

SANscreen Foundation is the base of Onaro's products -- it allows the storage administrator to visualize, verify and perform root cause analysis before making changes to the storage-area network (SAN). SANscreen Foundation also lets the storage administrators audit SAN changes and report and analyze the service delivery to assist in chargeback for the use of storage resources.

SANscreen Performance Insight provides the storage administrator with visibility into SAN performance from an application perspective. It can tie the over- or under-utilization of a storage port back to an application and can relate changes in performance to specific configuration changes.

Glen Gambal, manager of data center operations for JetBlue in Garden City, N.Y. is using SANscreen Performance Insight.

"It manages the utilization of the SAN to the application so you can see how things are allocated, how they are utilized in certain areas, or how you want to allocate storage to get a more efficient SAN environment," says Gambal. "Before using SANscreen, we were doing it manually. We had a lot of man hours maintaining the SAN and allocating storage."

SANscreen Replication Assurance verifies from an application level that all the volumes are being replicated as required.

Gambal is hoping to use SANscreen Replication Assurance to monitor the replication of data between his location in New York and Salt Lake City for disaster recovery.

SANscreen Foundation also improves trend analysis reporting. With Service Analytics, storage administrators can view time to fix service violations, the amount of violations and port and storage capacity. The software now supports EMC Enterprise Control Center and has a more scalable engine, which lets it process tens of thousands of bits of information.

SANscreen Foundation starts at $185 per port. Pricing for SANscreen Performance Insight starts at $70 per port. Pricing for SANscreen Replication Assurance starts at $8,000 per array.

This story, "Onaro enhances storage change management capabilities" was originally published by Network World.

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