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Sunbelt W2Knews™ Electronic Newsletter
The secret of those "who always seem to know" - Over 500,000 Readers!
Thu, Oct 2, 1997
Oct. 2, 97 New Product Downloads!
  This issue of W2Knews™ contains:
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<<< NTools E-NewsFlash >>>[tm] October 2, 97
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Hi NT-ers, 

As you all know, the press lately has been excited about the 
two new products from Highground Systems: Storage Resource
Manager and Media Mirror. We have them NOW avalable for 
download! Let me first give a bit of an overview of this 
new business partner of Sunbelt Software.

HighGround Company Overview:

HighGround is building part of NT 5.0 under contract for 
Microsoft. The piece HighGround is building is NT Media
Services(NTMS), which will be a standard way for disc,
tape, optical, and library unit vendors to "plug in" to
NT; and for ISVs (application developers) to write to a
standard API to access these devices (storage resources).

On top of this standard, HighGround is creating a new
class of applications (referred to as Storage Resource
Management(SRM) applications) to monitor and manage the
PHYSICAL STORAGE RESOURCES, enterprise wide. This type
of functionality has existed on the mainframe for decades,
but HighGround is the first to implement it in a network
context and bring it to NT.

The HighGround applications monitor and manage the
removable media in the enterprise, including tapes, optical,
and CD ROM pieces of media.

These SRM applications are independent of and complimentary
to the traditional "Data Mover" applications such as backup
/restore, HSM, archive, and document image management.
Popular Data Movers which have embraced the NTMS standard
and the HighGround SRM Applications include Legato, Seagate,
Cheyenne, HP, IBM, Stac, Spectralogic and others.


WHAT NEW PRODUCTS ARE NOW DOWNLOADBLE?

1) STORAGE RESOURCE MANAGER (SRM)

- Have you lost control about all disks space available, how
much is used, and who is using it, domain wide? 
- Do you know in real time what your most vulnerable files are?
- Have you identified which disks are going to crash shortly?
- Is managing domain wide storage becoming a major headache?

SRM helps you to simplify management of your networked storage
resources. It starts with disks and in later versions will also
manage all other media. SRM pretty much boils down to: "Storage
management... as sexy as it gets". You should _definitely_ have
a look at this product. 

SRM is the first in a family of Web-based applications that
makes managing networked storage resources easier and more 
efficient. SRM automatically reports and analyzes via a browser 
interface the storage information across your Windows NT domain, 
and provides you consolidated views of your storage resource 
layout, configuration, capacity, utilization, disk health(!), 
and more. SRM will fit snugly into Win NT 5.0's Microsoft
Management Console, where you will live as an NT 5.0 System 
Manager.

SRM supplies the information you need to pro actively manage
storage resources, and makes Windows NT a safer place for your 
mission-critical applications and databases.

SAVES TIME: SRM centralizes management of storage resources:
The explosive adoption of Windows NT as an application, database, 
and file server has increased the amount of mission-critical 
data stored on your Windows NT domains. The storage resources 
that protect this data are now widely dispersed, making them 
less visible and harder to manage. Often, just knowing what 
storage resources you have is a challenge. Storage Resource 
Manager automatically discovers the storage resources on your 
Windows NT domain, and brings you a big-picture view of your 
distributed resources through your favorite Web browser. 

With Storage Resource Manager, you can proactively manage 
your storage resources through a single, consolidated interface.
It shows for instance the "top users of space" which helps you 
to identify who is taking up the most space on the whole domain, 
or on a single computer.

SAVES MONEY: reduces Total Cost of Ownership:
Your NT System Management team is almost per definition under
staffed. It is hard to get people that know this stuff, and 
they are expensive. In the mean time, _you_ are responsible!
Downtime costs money, and so does keeping watch over all the 
storage resources on your network. Storage Resource Manager 
shows you how your storage is being used, and allows you to 
balance the storage resources on your network for maximum 
utilization without having to add difficult to find staff.

Dynamic reports via the Web on your physical disks, partitions, 
and computers reveal how much space you have, how it is 
configured, and how it is apportioned. Reports on oldest 
files, largest files, largest directories, and disk space 
consumption sorted by file size help you decide what to 
delete and what to archive, what to keep on-line, and what 
to move to secondary storage. 

Storage Resource Manager enables you to optimize the storage 
you already have and cost- justify the new resources you need.

DECREASES DOWNTIME: Mission-critical applications and data are 
just that - critical. Downtime is simply not an option. SRM 
increases data availability by giving you the information you 
need to act before problems arise.

 Defect reports help you troubleshoot disk health before a 
crash takes a server down in the middle of the day.
 Consumption reports identify which computers, disks, and 
partitions are running out of space before users lose data 
and work time.
 Vulnerable file reports identify the largest modified files 
that haven't been backed up before you're asked to recover them.

REDUCES ADMINISTRATION:
Learning new, complex systems management tools can be daunting, 
and can demand more time than you have to give. SRM's Web interface 
makes managing your storage resources as fun and easy as browsing 
your favorite web site. Bookmark the most important reports for 
quick and easy access, or use Storage Resource Manager's dynamic 
links to drill down from high-level overviews to fine-grained 
details. SRM uses the latest Intranet technologies, such as Active 
Server Pages, Java, JavaScript, HTML, Microsoft Internet Information 
Server, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator/Communicator, 
and Internet Database Connector, for only one reason: to make your 
job easier. 

Where to get it? http://www.sunbelt-software.com/highsrm.htm


THE SECOND DOWNLOADABLE PRODUCT IS

MEDIA MIRROR

- Ever had to pull an all-nighter because of a bad backup tape?
- Finding that copying backup tapes is a hassle?

Avoid Data Loss -- Look into Media Mirror:
In a nutshell, what does it do? It allows you to create a virtual
tape drive out of two or more identical physical drives. The backup 
you make will be written to all drives simultaneously. It's
basically RAID 1 for tape drives. Media Mirror gives you fault 
tolerance for your backups and allows you to send tapes off site
for disaster recovery without the hassle of having to make copies.

Media Mirror is the first in a series of media-based Storage 
Resource Management applications from HighGround that improve 
backup and recovery reliability, management, and performance. 
Media Mirror's simultaneous replication technology brings 
fault tolerance to your Windows NT backup and recovery. It protects 
these mission-critical operations from common media or tape drive 
failures. Media Mirror's sophisticated N-way mirroring works with 
most popular backup applications, your native Microsoft Windows NT 
Backup application, and most standard tape drives to ensure data 
availability.

DELIVERS BACKUP /RESTORE FAULT TOLERANCE:
Fault tolerance means security and when it comes to protecting 
mission-critical data, this level of assurance is essential. For years, 
RAID systems have provided fault tolerance and high availability for 
on-line data. Media Mirror now delivers this same fault tolerance 
for tape backup. Media Mirror simultaneously creates media replicas 
(mirrors) during normal backup operations. If a bad drive or a faulty 
piece of media is encountered, Media Mirror enables the backup to 
succeed by continuing to write to the other mirrored drives. Media 
Mirror works during recoveries, too. And, by allowing the backup 
and recovery application to perform mirrored reads, Media Mirror 
provides for reliable data restoration as well.

ENABLES DISASTER RECOVERY:
Disaster recovery procedures are required in mainframe data centers, 
but are often overlooked in Win NT networks.
Media Mirror makes it easy to carry out Disaster Recovery procedures 
for the increasing amounts of mission-critical data stored on NT 
servers and workstations. When your backups are complete, simply 
store one of your mirrored copies on site for high availability, and 
send another copy to another office or another location for disaster 
recovery. Media Mirror enables you to recover data in the event of a 
disaster without resorting to out-of-band backups or manual copy 
operations.

SUPPORTS N-WAY MIRRORING:
The only limit to Media Mirror's mirroring capabilities is the number 
of drives and media you have. You can configure mirrors with as many 
drives as you need to have confidence that your backups and recoveries 
will succeed.

EASY TO USE:
An intuitive user interface complete with wizard-based configuration 
makes using Media Mirror a snap. Media Mirror installs in minutes, 
and automatically configures itself to work with popular backup and 
recovery applications. The mirrored drive looks just like any other 
Windows NT tape drive, a familiar Explorer-style tree displays mirror 
configurations, and all errors and messages appear in both Media Mirror 
and the Windows NT Event Log.

MAINFRAME CLASS TOOL:
Media Mirror includes a set of powerful tools to configure and control 
the media used by backup and recovery operations:
 Media Compare verifies that the media in mirrored drives are 
identical and ready for mirroring.
 Quick Erase provides a fast and easy way to prepare media for 
mirrored backups.
 Mirror Repair walks you through the steps needed to recover 
from media or drive failures, and enables the next backup or 
recovery operation to complete with fault tolerance.
 Media Copy replicates media from a master copy.
. Comprehensive, graphical on-line help is available for all of these 
tools.

Have a look at the Media Mirror Webpage and find out which hardware 
devices are already supported! You can also download the eval copy 
NOW from our website at: http://www.sunbelt-software.com/highmm.htm


That's all for this NewsFlash! As you can see, Sunbelt Software 
gets you the _best_ products, from _one_ source, with mainframe 
quality tech support.

Warm regards,

Stu Sjouwerman

(email me with feedback: [email protected])