SolarWinds has updated its storage performance and capacity management software with enhanced monitoring of EMC arrays, simpler charting and reporting the ability for IT administrators to customize monitoring equipment with their own LUN groupings.

The company said Thursday that the latest version of Storage Manager provides deeper visibility and enhanced manageability across the application stack.

Storage Manager can now automatically compile configuration information from EMC’s FAST VP bjects such as disk groups, virtual pools, tiers, policies, and storage groups. It also provides trending and forecasting of thin pools on VMAX. IT staff can now also use it to align storage with applications, organizations or business requirements through user-defined logical unit number (LUN) grouping. There’s also improved reporting and charting.

In addition to EMC arrays, Storage Manager also works with storage area network systems from NetApp, IBM, Dell and Hitachi Data Systems. It monitors performance and isolates hotspots while also mapping virtual machines to physical storage, automating storage capacity planning and reporting.

Storage Manager pricing starts at $2,995 and includes the first year of maintenance.

“Advanced technologies like solid-state disk (SSD), automated data tiering and thin provisioning are critical to maintaining storage performance and capacity, but vendor-specific management solutions don’t always keep up with changing technology or the evolving needs of IT Pros,” Chris LaPoint, SolarWinds’ vice-president of product management said in a statement. “This latest update provides IT Pros with the ability to organize LUNs into groups that make the most sense for their operations and monitor EMC with advanced technology in the SolarWinds Storage Manager console, streamlining storage management and continuing to help simplify daily storage management tasks.”

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