SOURCE: SolarWinds


May 05, 2010 08:00 ET

SolarWinds Releases the Industry's Only Free Multi-Vendor Storage Monitoring Tool

SAN Monitor Provides Real-Time, At-A-Glance Insight Into the Performance of Disk Arrays and SAN Devices, Continues SolarWinds' Commitment to Offering Valuable Functionality, Free of Charge

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - May 5, 2010) -   SolarWinds® (NYSE: SWI), a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software to more than 93,000 customers worldwide, announced today the availability of its 15th free tool, SolarWinds SAN Monitor. The latest addition to the company's free tool line-up is a first in the Storage Resource Management space and offers IT professionals real-time, critical storage performance metrics from a desktop dashboard. 

"We pride ourselves in giving the people that manage networks valuable functionality for free through our free tools. And now, we are excited to expand that commitment through a new free tool in the storage space," said Josh Stephens, SolarWinds' Head Geek and Vice President of Technology. "As enterprises of all sizes move toward virtualization, the need for visibility into SAN performance is increasingly important. Whether your focus is on optimizing SAN performance or optimizing virtualized systems that leverage storage area networks, our free SAN monitor is easy to use and gives you the critical visibility you want."

SAN Monitor provides the visibility to help prevent application and server performance issues by identifying performance bottlenecks with disk I/O and latency. With SAN Monitor, IT professionals can monitor storage array performance quickly and easily and drill down into Logical Unit Number ("LUN") inventory details using a slick desktop dashboard and track storage asset information.

SAN Monitor highlights:

  • Quickly and easily monitor Dell, SUN and IBM SAN storage subsystems (see supported models)
  • Gain at-a-glance insight into storage performance and I/O latency
  • Organize LUNs by size, busiest LUNS or under-utilized LUNs
  • Drill down into LUN inventory details, including LUN size, physical disks, RAID type, total IOPs, IO response time and more
  • Easily track storage asset information, including array name, model, manufacturer, serial number, firmware version, number of controllers, number of disks (allocated and spare), and total raw capacity

Users can download SAN Monitor today and start monitoring quickly with a familiar interface that looks and operates exactly like other SolarWinds free tools.

For a long-term storage monitoring solution with alerting, reporting and capacity analysis, users should trial SolarWinds Storage Profiler, which is free for 30 days and, with its disk-based licensing, offers a low entry-level price at $2,995 for multi-vendor storage monitoring.

Storage Profiler delivers a comprehensive view into the performance and capacity of all storage arrays through a single pane of glass. It can be used with SolarWinds Virtual and Server Profiler to map physical and logical storage to the guest OS, applications and virtualized environment, to keep a sharp eye on the entire IT environment -- from applications and logical connections to the actual physical infrastructure.

Additional Resources
SolarWinds SAN Monitor
Monitor Your Storage System with Our Free SAN Monitor
SolarWinds Storage Profiler
SolarWinds Virtual and Server Profiler

About SolarWinds

SolarWinds (NYSE: SWI) provides powerful and affordable IT management software to more than 93,000 customers worldwide -- from Fortune 500 enterprises to small businesses. Focused on the real-world needs of IT professionals, SolarWinds products are downloadable, easy to use and maintain, and provide the power, scale, and flexibility needed to manage today's complex IT environments. SolarWinds' growing online community, thwack, is a gathering-place for problem-solving, technology-sharing, and participating in product development for all of SolarWinds' products. Learn more today at

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