CA has introduced new versions of its storage resource management software for mainframe and distributed systems to help customers manage storage environments and address data protection and compliance objectives.
CA SRM provides management for the distributed side, while CA Vantage SRM is for the mainframe side. Both products operate under a common user interface, enabling customers to visualize and manage their storage infrastructure from a single point of control.
And while each has newly added features, "probably, the number one thing that is most important here is that it is a synchronized release of both of the products," Stefan Kochishan, director of mainframe product marketing at CA, tells 5 Minute Briefing. "It underscores our commitment to continuing to simplify and unify the release cycles" he notes, so customers can streamline acquisition and deployment of the software within their toolkits.
CA SRM r 11.7 provides centralized management of Unix, Linux, NetWare, and Windows-based storage resources across the enterprise-allowing IT staff to more effectively and efficiently allocate capacity, monitor usage, define and enforce policies, and troubleshoot problems.
The new version reduces complexity by easing the management of environments with large numbers of virtual server instances through detailed reports about storage capacity associated with virtual hosts. It also features new management tools that help IT staff better utilize existing physical storage assets through simplified storage virtualization.
CA Vantage SRM r12 sp2 automates major storage management operations, including critical monitoring and analysis tasks and corrective actions across the IBM z/OS storage environment. It helps enable continuous job processing by predicting and preventing out-of-storage conditions. Additionally, the new release adds audit functions to enable IT staff to quickly pinpoint data sets that are not being backed up in accordance with corporate policies. This, states Kochishan, "is a significant boost to data security, compliance, and productivity because it automates the process of identifying the exposures." For more information, go to the CA website.