Quantum has announced StorageCare Vision, extending its line of intelligent data management solutions. StorageCare Vision works together with Quantum’s iLayer tape automation system management and StorageCare Guardian backup system remote monitoring application to automate the management of a customer’s entire data protection environment, including disk and tape systems, through a single user interface. 

or IT departments, the new tool offers increased data availability and uptime by automating and centralizing status monitoring, capacity utilization reporting, alerting and diagnostics across a user’s global backup infrastructure.
“According to TheInfoPro's Wave 9 Storage Study, Fortune 1000 organizations name managing complexity as a key storage pain point, particularly in relation to integration and responsive reporting issues,” says Robert Stevenson, MD of storage research for TheInfoPro.
“Most of these issues stem from the fact that these enterprises work with an average of eight separate vendors to fulfill their storage needs and they have to ensure that each technology integrates seamlessly with the others − a very tedious and time consuming task.
"End users are looking for more comprehensive solutions, such as Quantum's StorageCare Vision, which allows an end user to monitor their Quantum systems, SAN switches and backup applications from one screen and help optimize management of the entire heterogeneous data protection environment.”
Quantum’s StorageCare Vision enables customers to more effectively manage their data protection infrastructure across distributed environments, especially in remote or branch offices where data protection processes and IT support is limited. Quantum disk backup systems and automated tape libraries can be linked via a single, global management console to allow centralised visibility across tiers of backup, restore, archive and disaster recovery processes.
The StorageCare Vision application is easy to install and delivers results instantly after deployment. Key benefits include:
* Simplified Monitoring and Management – provides centralized, end-to-end management of Quantum disk systems and tape libraries, as well as popular SAN switches and backup software applications;
* Increased Backup Data Availability – reports immediately on the success of backups and aggregates event reporting for faster troubleshooting, minimizing costly downtime; and
* Optimised Backup Infrastructure – delivers valuable performance metrics via hundreds of packaged reports or customised ones that help administrators increase utilization, identify bottlenecks, balance resources and manage growth.
“Quantum is committed to providing customers the highest level of management and serviceability across their data protection environments,” says Tony  de Sousa, CEO of Quantum Africa.
“For years, customers have benefited from our system-level intelligence and remote monitoring capabilities. The introduction of StorageCare Vision delivers a complementary tool that extends visibility across the data protection infrastructure to proactively control and simplify backup, recovery and archive management through a single pane of glass.”
StorageCare Vision is available now through Quantum and its distribution partners. It runs on Windows 2000/2003 Server and supports Solaris, Linux, AIX and HPUX operating systems and several popular software packages, such as EMC Legato NetWorker, Symantec Veritas NetBackup and Backup Exec, and Tivoli Storage Manager.
Supported systems include Quantum’s DXi-Series disk backup and replication family featuring data de-duplication, DX-Series disk-based backup systems and appliances, Scalar iPlatform tape libraries, and PX-Series tape libraries, in addition to popular switches from Cisco, Brocade and McData.