Managing the Dynamic Datacenter

Datacenter Automation

Subscribe to Datacenter Automation: eMailAlertsEmail Alerts newslettersWeekly Newsletters
Get Datacenter Automation: homepageHomepage mobileMobile rssRSS facebookFacebook twitterTwitter linkedinLinkedIn


Datacenter Automation Authors: Liz McMillan, Pat Romanski, Elizabeth White, Automic Blog, Glenn Rossman

Related Topics: The Hoffman Agency

News Feed Item

APTARE Tackles Storage Capacity Management Challenge With Major New Release of Its Flagship StorageConsole Software

Company Evolves Its Backup Reporting Solution to Deliver a Complete Storage Reporting Platform Featuring Web 2.0 Architecture

CAMPBELL, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 08/20/07 -- APTARE, Inc., a leading provider of Web-based storage reporting and management software, today announced a new release of its enterprise storage management software that expands the company's core backup reporting expertise into the realm of storage capacity management reporting.

With the release of APTARE StorageConsole Platform 6.5, APTARE is bringing its reputation for easy-to-use backup reporting and depth of predictive analysis capabilities to one of the storage world's most thorny problems: how to accurately track storage capacity utilization and predict future needs.

"With storage growing at 50-60 percent per year and utilization rates hovering at alarmingly low percentages, it's imperative for enterprises to deploy solutions that can discover and provide a realistic view of their storage environment, from primary storage through backup to disk or tape," said Bob Laliberte, an analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group.

"APTARE's StorageConsole provides the best of both worlds with a seamless, easy-to-use graphical interface that provides centralized visibility into the storage backup and capacity management environments. The APTARE platform leverages Web 2.0 architecture to enable collaborative information sharing, including the ability to access detailed reporting from browser-enabled handhelds for mobile, on-the-go forecasting and analysis, anytime, anywhere," continued Laliberte.

APTARE StorageConsole 6.5 provides a "cross-domain" solution that integrates backup reporting and storage capacity management into a single console optimized to help enterprises improve storage utilization and reduce costs. The new software gives administrators easy access to the status of their backups, detailed insight into their different storage environments, and the ability to run comprehensive reports to check on storage capacity and utilization.

"The top request we've heard from CIOs is this: 'We really like how APTARE approaches backup reporting -- Can you build us a better tool to manage storage capacity and utilization as well?,'" said Richard Clark, president and CEO of APTARE. "It's clear that customers are not getting the help they need to address the pain points that the explosion in data growth has created. Existing methods are too expensive and deliver only a thin veneer of functionality."

"With APTARE StorageConsole 6.5, we're giving customers the robust reporting features they want at an attractive price to take the guesswork out of managing and maximizing capacity and utilization of their storage networks," concluded Clark.

The challenge of managing the data deluge cuts across all industries, from financial institutions, to Internet companies and healthcare providers. APTARE StorageConsole Platform 6.5, based on a patented Web 2.0 architecture, delivers a centralized storage reporting portal to IT managers looking for an effortless, enterprise-quality solution from backup to storage capacity management.

The APTARE StorageConsole Platform 6.5 supports two applications:

-- The new APTARE StorageConsole Capacity Management application, which gives storage administrators immediate insight into the variance between allocated and used storage, and provides predictive analysis to make future forecasting easier and more reliable

-- A new version of the APTARE StorageConsole Backup Management module, which now includes support for HP Data Protector and Symantec Backup Exec 11D backup environments

In addition to these two applications, APTARE has made a major upgrade to the enterprise storage management platform itself. The APTARE StorageConsole platform, which serves as the development foundation for its products, makes use of new Web 2.0 features -- such as "drag and drop" reports, tabbed browsing and report collaboration -- to provide effortless access to reports and customization of how users view and organize the information they need.

The updated platform lets administrators distribute dashboards or reports to other key stakeholders via e-mail with PDF, CSV or HTML files. Any report or dashboard can be automatically e-mailed or saved to a directory on a schedule set by the user. With the APTARE StorageConsole platform, users also have access to the most popular reports right out of the box. This simplifies training and allows new users to benefit immediately from the productivity advantages, including easily customizable reports that provide information in the user's preferred manner.

Both APTARE StorageConsole applications are offered as a managed service because of the underlying Web-based architecture of StorageConsole. Managed service providers are able to easily install the software and offer storage reporting services to their customer base in the form of storage health checks and ongoing management.

New Tool to Assess Capacity and Utilization and Forecast Future Storage Needs

APTARE StorageConsole Storage Capacity Management gives storage administrators visibility into their storage capacity from their storage arrays to their hosts and from the hosts back to the storage arrays. Storage administrators can now immediately view the variance between allocated and used storage, as well as run predictive analysis that provides future forecasting of storage needs.

Expanded Real-time, Detailed Backup Reporting

The APTARE StorageConsole Backup Management application is the latest release to the company's flagship backup reporting product. The solution has been upgraded to include support for HP Data Protector backup software. Users can now get real-time, detailed reporting and management of their backup environments. APTARE already provides the industry's deepest reporting capability for the following environments: EMC Legato NetWorker, IBM Tivoli Storage Manager and VERITAS NetBackup and BackupExec.

Pricing and Availability

APTARE StorageConsole Backup Management and APTARE StorageConsole Storage Capacity Management will be available at the end of September 2007, directly through APTARE, its Alliance Reseller Partner resellers, and through worldwide partners, including Hitachi Data Systems (NYSE: HIT). The products are also available as a service through APTARE's authorized managed service providers. For specific pricing information, please e-mail sales@aptare.com or call (866) 927-8273.

About APTARE

Headquartered in Campbell, California, APTARE is a provider of Web-based reporting and management applications that simplify the optimization of complex enterprise storage environments. APTARE StorageConsole®, the company's application platform, is a Web-based portal that gives IT administrators and executives a centralized, real-time view of their storage environment through interactive dashboards. Using APTARE StorageConsole applications, enterprises increase management effectiveness, maximize storage utilization, and reduce costs. The software is sold direct and through a large base of resellers and managed services organizations. For more information, please visit www.aptare.com.

Image Available: http://www2.marketwire.com/mw/frame_mw?attachid=560500

Press contacts:

Tony Wessels
APTARE, Inc.
+1 (408) 871-9899
Email Contact

Kristin Uchiyama
The Hoffman Agency
+ 1 (408) 975-3075
Email Contact

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.