In a hotly contested race, HP OpenView Storage Area Manager (SAM) retained the Best Storage-Management Tool award that it laid claim to last year. In addition to its capacity management and performance management capabilities, SAM offers storage access control and lets you manage the network storage infrastructure. The product's three-tier architecture consists of the management server; the Java-based client GUI, which you can install on multiple client workstations to allow distributed access to the management server; and agents on the managed devices.

Designed to deliver value from Direct Attached Storage (DAS) while letting the organization evolve into storage networks, OpenView SAM lets your business seamlessly and effortlessly scale up and out by adding storage capacity regardless of the storage or host vendor. OpenView SAM acts as a central console, providing storage network status and event monitoring through an easy-to-read topology map that displays devices and the physical and redundant connections between them. Color-coded icons identify devices that are experiencing problems.

2nd Place — VERITAS Storage Foundation for Windows
VERITAS Software
3rd Place — Symantec VolumeManager