EMC has released new storage management software for small and midsized organizations that want to simplify and automate their network storage environments. Part of the company's Visual family of software, the EMC VisualSRM and EMC VisualSAN solutions feature centralized management capabilities, capacity utilization improvements, and the ability to automate Storage Resource Management (SRM) and Storage Area Network (SAN) management tasks. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

   EMC VisualSRM provides file-level reporting and supports Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, and Sybase databases. The company designed the product to easily integrate into application frameworks from BMC Software, Computer Associates (CA), IBM, HP, and VERITAS Software. VisualSRM lets storage administrators track and enforce capacity utilization and policy configuration for moving, deleting, compressing, and archiving files according to date thresholds and category-based storage management.

   EMC VisualSAN provides an interface that gives administrators information about storage devices across their networks. The product includes three modules: Visual Network Management, VisualSAN Configuration Management, and VisualSAN Performance Management. Visual Network Management monitors SAN devices and integrates the other modules. VisualSAN Configuration Manager reports storage system configuration changes. VisualSAN Performance Manager shows live and historical analysis of link statistics across a SAN. The product is designed for open SAN management and supports EMC CLARiiON. The company has pledged to support the upcoming Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) in VisualSAN after the specification is finalized.

   Both products are available now. VisualSRM starts at $2000, and VisualSAN starts at $6000.