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EMC Intros Storage-Management Software

EMC Corp. today unveiled storage-management software that could remove much of the manual processes from laborious storage administration. The company also revealed programs and partnerships with other vendors to assure stable Internet infrastructures.

The new storage management software, called EMC ControlCenter, is a group of modules for all aspects of storage infrastructure administration and management. The modules include monitoring, configuring the storage environment to meet changing business requirements, such tuning as load balancing of resources to ensure high performance, and planning for future capacity. Most importantly, ControlCenter will automatically detect problems, determine the best solutions, and execute fixes without any human assistance. EMC says a typical configuration of ControlCenter will cost between $100,000 and $200,000, and some of the modules are available now.

According to James B. Rothnie, EMC's senior VP and chief marketing technical officer, ControlCenter will quickly pay for itself, especially because of its ability to map through the complexity of storage networks when an application isn't performing well. "Corporate database administrators typically take days manually tracking application problems down to the raw devices at the other end of storage networks," Rothnie says. Now, EMC's Enterprise Storage Network administrators "are a few mouse clicks away from the underlying mechanisms."

The new programs include EMC Proven E-Infostructure, a validation and cooperative-marketing arrangement under which EMC will validate information availability, scalability, and management of its Internet-focused customers. EMC also beefed up a partnership with Oracle under which the two vendors will devote money and resources to a new Oracle business unit, called the EMC Strategic Business Unit. It will help companies configure and implement stable Internet infrastructures.

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