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EMC unveils new version of ControlCenter

Ability to customize reports is among application's improved features

HOPKINTON, Mass. — EMC Corp. said the next version of its ControlCenter storage resource management software will be released at the end of June.

Acting as a complement to VMware VirtualCenter, ControlCenter 6.0 offers customers extensive support for VMware Infrastructure 3 software with what the company calls significant improvements in flexibility and customization for SRM reporting.

“Virtual infrastructure provides simplified IT management for data centres of any size. But VMware Infrastructure customers also tell us they want to surround their virtualized environments with diagnostic tools that provide complete end-to-end visibility to account for the physical infrastructure,” said Brian Byun, VMware’svice-president of global Partners and solutions at VMware. “EMC ControlCenter enables our joint customers to simply and effectively manage storage resources in mixed virtual and physical environments.”

ControlCenter 6.0 offers comprehensive support for VMware Infrastructure, including discovery, problem management, compliance, change management, provisioning, and reporting of VMware ESX Server host and guest servers – fully enabling SRM in virtual environments.

EMC ControlCenter complements VMware’s VirtualCenter software by providing end-to-end storage relationship information ─ from a VMware ESX server host to the physical array devices. Users can view properties, capacity and usage information for a VMware ESX server host and corresponding virtual machines. The solution discovers individual VMware ESX Server guests ─ including guest name, OS version and IP address ─ and reports the capacity of virtual disk files and raw storage devices mapped to each virtual machine guest. ControlCenter 6.0 also enables users to provision, mask and zone storage to VMware ESX server hosts.

ControlCenter 6.0 also offers customers significant improvements in flexible and custom reporting from the previous version. For example, the new Query Builder feature within EMC StorageScope software provides open access to a centralized reporting repository as well as customized reporting. Additionally, ControlCenter 6.0 now brings ControlCenter StorageScope and ControlCenter StorageScope File Level Reporter (FLR) together, providing a single interface and infrastructure for enterprise-wide and file-level reporting.