EMC has released a new version of its EMC ESN Manager software. Based on the WideSky storage-management middleware that EMC launched late last year, the software can now manage both EMC and non-EMC storage environments. ESN Manager is part of EMC's AutoIS strategy, which aims to provide management tools for multivendor Storage Area Networks (SANs).

The new version of ESN Manager adds support for Compaq StorageWorks Arrays and EMC CLARiion Storage Systems, as well as switch management for multivendor switches. The software supports switches from Brocade, EMC, and McDATA. Previous versions supported only EMC Symmetrix storage systems and server-based storage resources.

EMC has qualified other devices (e.g., IBM ESS "Shark," Hewlett-Packard--HP--XP 512, Hitachi Data Systems--HDS--Lightning 9900, SUN StorEdge 9900 arrays, and Storage Technology tape devices) for the ability to coexist in the mixed-vendor SANs that ESN Manager handles. According to EMC, this qualification ensures the side-by-side operation of these platforms in the same centrally managed SAN and lets users quickly and easily manage groups, or zones, of logically networked storage devices.

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