CA has launched storage software that it claims can reduce the cost of administration while also improving data protection.

The company's Storage Resource Management (SRM) r 11.7 offers users centralised management of Unix, Linux, NetWare, and Windows storage resources that, CA said, made it easier for storage administrators to manage large numbers of virtual servers, allocate capacity, enforce policies, and troubleshoot. According to CA, the software also has tools that enable users to better use physical assets via storage virtualisation.

CA's new Vantage SRM r12 SP2 automates storage management operations, namely monitoring and analysis, and takes corrective actions for an IBM z/OS storage environment, according to the company. The product also boosts data protection and compliance with new features that IT can use to locate data sets not being backed up according to corporate policies.

Both products are accessible via a common UI for managing storage resources from a single console, CA said.

CA's launch follows close on the heels of HP who last week released a range of StorageWorks Enterprise Virtual Arrays, consolidation and virtualisation services, with the message that IT shops should buy now to prepare for economic recovery.