Diogenes Analytical Labs Launches Storage Satellite™

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Unique storage monitoring and reporting service offers alternative to traditional storage resource management (SRM).

Diogenes Analytical Laboratories, known for its empirical and objective ratings of storage system quality and reliability, today launched an innovative Web-based storage monitoring and reporting service named Storage Satellite. It allows IT organizations to answer the "What is the status of my storage?" "Where is it deployed?" and "How much will I need in the future" questions about storage infrastructure from a highly graphical, single point of control. The product, which can be up and running in less than an hour, has a subscription price starting under $200 per month. Storage Satellite is based entirely on the SMI-S industry standard supported by the Storage Networking Industry Association. More details are available at http://www.storagesatellite.com.

"With the constantly changing storage environment of large-scale data centers, it's very difficult for a storage manager to keep track of utilization, growth and trends among diverse storage products," says Jerome Wendt, a storage engineer and analyst with more than 10 years of experience managing small, mid-size and large-scale data centers. "Just getting the basics of how much storage is available, how it's configured and what its growth trends are is a huge step in the right direction for many organizations."

The key differentiators for Storage Satellite are its easy installation and use, as well as its graphical display. The product's "virtual walk-through" shows storage managers the status of every disk device under Storage Satellite management without leaving their desks. Managers can see what's working, what's failing, and what needs attention. From a single screen, users get a picture of their storage environment from total site capacity down to individual disks and power supplies.

The current worldwide business climate is hypercompetitive, and no organization can afford to overlook storage optimize opportunities. Whereas traditional SRM products can offer insight to an organization's own operations, SRM doesn't identify where that organization deviates from, or exceeds, the industry norms. Storage Satellite's unique "Global Database" helps organizations benchmark operations to the industry and determine how best to improve their operations.

Storage Satellite is valuable for medium-scale data centers, as well. Daniel Likarish, lead faculty member for the Master of Science Computer Information Technology program at Regis University in Denver, Colo., attests to the advantage Storage Satellite offers over SRM: "Regis is a medium-size university with 15,000 traditional and adult learners. Our data center is managed by a small staff, so efficiency is critical. SRM applications are too heavy-weight for our needs, and something like Storage Satellite's Web-based access is ideal. Plus, the subscription model is very attractive," says Likarish, who also is president of the Colorado Front Range Storage Networking Users Group chapter of StorageNetworking.org.

Unlike SRM products that rely on proprietary application programming interfaces (API) and agents on every device, Storage Satellite is entirely standards-based, using SMI-S, and does not rely on device agents. Because of SMI-S, Storage Satellite delivers management consistency across almost every storage system on the market. As a Web-based application, functionality updates are available immediately to all subscribers.

Storage Satellite was developed in cooperation with Data Globility Initiative (DGI) of Corinth, Texas. "We are ecstatic to be working with Diogenes on this project," said JoOnna Silberman, president of DGI. "DGI is committed to the betterment and advancement of the information-based management and the collaboration on products and projects which we feel will assist the end user in achieving success and enhancing the storage-management capabilities of IT organizations. Storage Satellite and the SMI-S Standard exceed our criteria."

Storage Satellite is available on major platforms including: Hewlett-Packard, EMC, Sun, IBM, Hitachi Data Systems and Fujitsu-Siemens. It will be sold and supported in Europe by M. Jean-Michel Guillou and by Dr. Kevin McIsaac in Australia/South Pacific. Thirty-day free trial subscriptions are available by contacting Diogenes or the appropriate regional distributor.

About Diogenes Analytical Laboratories

Diogenes Analytical Laboratories, Inc., based in Colorado, was founded to help IT buyers reduce the inherent risk and uncertainty associated with technology purchases. In less than two years, Diogenes became known as the premier supplier of factual, experience-based product storage product information. Diogenes co-authors the Diogenes Labs - Storage magazine Quality Awards with Tech Target, Inc., that identifies and recognizes those products that excel in the data center. More information about the company can be obtained at http://www.diogeneslab.com.

About Data Globility Initiative

The Data Globility Initiative (DGI) is an organization and cooperative created to build relationships for the end-user community and to act as a communication gateway between the end user community and the technology suppliers, innovators and experts in the areas of storage management, data management and related security which impact information based management and the IT environment. For more information about DGI, go to http://www.dataglobility.com


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