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Tivoli Makes Big SAN Play

At its annual user conference, Tivoli Systems Inc. unveiled a flurry of storage network products and partnerships aimed at giving IT managers the tools they need to integrate their storage networks into their enterprise-management systems:

Tivoli Storage Manager 4.1 offers the ability to offload large volumes of data from a LAN. New or enhanced features include automated network backup, tape resource sharing, network-free rapid data recovery, LAN-free and multithreaded data transfer, adaptive differencing, and integration with EMC Corp.'s TimeFinder.

Tivoli will also extend SAN management to NetView through a new SAN Extension ToolKit. The toolkit allows NetView users to centrally manage storage networks, LANs, and WANs from the NetView Console. According to Troy Pladson, VP of strategy, marketing, and business development, this will let system administrators streamline network device management from routers, hubs, switches, PCs, workstations, notebooks, and storage-network hardware from the NetView open-systems environment.

Tivoli also revealed a partnership with Compaq in which Compaq Services will sell, support, and outsource Tivoli Enterprise technology management solutions. As a result, Compaq will train more than 300 consultants in the company's Professional Services group on Tivoli products.

EMC and Tivoli will work together to integrate Tivoli Storage Manager with EMC's Symmetrix Storage systems and software, including EMC TimeFinder.

2ndWave Inc. will be the first application service provider to offer full functionality of Tivoli enterprise management, network management, storage management, and help-desk management products as a service over the Internet.

Crossroads Systems Inc. has combined Tivoli Storage Manager with its Fibre Channel storage router to perform server-free backup. Customers realize enhanced backup performance by freeing service and LAN cycles for other business tasks.

"Because of these initiatives, we are able to provide full network systems management as well as full end-to-end storage management," Pladson says.

John Webster, senior analyst with Illuminata, says that while the announcements strengthen Tivoli's network system management and storage-network offerings, it may not make a big splash beyond Tivoli customers. "This [toolkit] is good news for existing NetView users, but may not mean much to companies not using NetView or those who choose to continue to manage storage as a separate item from their network systems-management tools."

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