Document by Valdis Filks, Gene Ruth (thank you) from Gartner
SRM and storage area network tools enable customers to manage shared storage environments. These fully featured, integrated and user-friendly tools are offered as solutions ranging from the holistic to the specialist, for customers with a broad range of maturity levels and requirements.
Storage Resource Management
Storage resource management (SRM) products provide data collection and automation agents that consolidate and operate on information from multiple platforms supporting storage management tools on multiple OSs, storage products, storage area network (SAN) and network-attached storage (NAS) devices. Key functions include capacity reporting/analysis, performance reporting/analysis, capacity/performance management automation, storage provisioning, storage management product integration, application and database integration, and hardware integration.
SRM solutions often integrate with network and system management offerings to enable SRM products to externalize events to other management products. Integration with device resource and replication management products, as well as media management products, should include launching hardware configuration utilities from the SRM console, collecting/reporting agent information and integrating logical-level data.
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