HP will integrate AppIQ's storage resource management (SRM) suite with its own Systems Insight Manager server management platform, the company has announced.

HP joins Hitachi Data Systems, Sun and Silicon Graphics, which have signed similar agreements with AppIQ over the past year to repackage the StorageAuthority SRM suite. However, AppIQ head Ash Ashutosh said the agreement with HP is more wide-ranging and calls for a much tighter integration with HP's systems management platform.

Eric Craig, managing director of the technology division at Continental Airlines, said having an integrated view into his entire hardware environment could reduce the number of storage administrators he needs by handing systems oversight off to operator-level employees.

"The more I can streamline my tool set and the fewer interfaces I have to handle, the more I can take operator-level skill sets and throw them into watching these kinds of tools," he explained. He oversees a 150TB storage-area network that is mostly HP, along with some Network Appliance and Sun systems.

The Storage Essentials SRM suite - HP's moniker for the AppIQ software - will be available at the end of March to 50,000 Systems Insight Manager users for $2,000 to $60,000, depending on the installation.

The suite marks HP's first combined server and storage management application. The SRM suite will be integrated into Systems Insight Manager by the end of this year.

The integrated system will deliver basic SAN management, as well as modules for a variety of tasks, such as storage provisioning and application infrastructure monitoring across the ProLiant, Integrity and HP 9000 server lines and HP's storage-array lines.

While Storage Essentials will offer management of EMC, Hitachi, Sun and IBM storage systems at a basic discovery and provisioning level, Craig said he isn't interested in heterogeneous SAN management, because it's too complex and lacks adequate security.

"What I'd like to see is a tool that allows me to look at throughput in a particular I/O channel, let me know if that I/O channel is saturated or what my average read rate times are and what my cache hit rates are," he said. "Those tools would be good to have for fine-tuning some of my high-performing applications."