EMC Updates ControlCenter Management Software

   EMC has enhanced its EMC ControlCenter family of management software to extend its capability to support third-party storage systems. The updated software can monitor, report, plan, and provision resources for Hitachi Data Systems, HP, and IBM storage systems as well as EMC systems. In addition to supporting additional vendors, the software now includes support for the Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) standard and integrates more tightly with systems management frameworks. "Today's announcement extends EMC's lead in the efficient monitoring, reporting, planning, and provisioning of storage across growing and increasingly complex heterogeneous environments. As a key component for enabling information lifecycle management, EMC ControlCenter will play a central role in helping customers improve asset utilization and end-to-end performance management while streamlining their IT operations," said Mark Lewis, executive vice president of open software at EMC.
   The tighter integration with systems management frameworks makes ControlCenter easier to use with enterprise management platforms. Users of BMC Software's PATROL, Computer Associates' Unicenter, HP OpenView, and IBM's Tivoli software will be able to issue commands from those products to ControlCenter applications, making it easier for those customers to use their enterprise management products to provision storage resources, for example. The new ControlCenter enhancements are now available from EMC.

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