Storage Management Software

Storage Management Software Overview

What is Storage Management Software?

Storage Management Software (sometimes Data Storage Management Software) gives a unified overview of managed arrays to ease and facilitate control of the individual arrays and the entire data center, private cloud, or the virtualization services for which they're being used. Storage management solutions also help backup storage systems and aid in disaster recovery. As businesses use more storage solutions, a storage management solution becomes necessary for supporting all of them from a single software for visibility and management.

A common use of storage management software is to optimize storage usage, so less important data, or data that doesn’t need high performance storage can be moved to cheaper storage options. In this way, storage management software options help businesses make their storage solutions more affordable over a long period of time.

Storage Management Software Features & Capabilities

Storage Management solutions provide a variety of features, some of the most common are as follows:

  • Data management

  • Storage Provisioning

  • Storage Solution backup

  • Storage Solution Visibility

  • Virtualization and replication

Storage Management Software Comparison

When purchasing a storage management software, you should consider the following aspects of each option:

  1. Supported Storage Systems: Some storage management software options are built to support vendor specific storage tools. If all of your storage solutions are provided by one vendor, you should see if that vendor also offers a storage management solution. In contrast, if your storage architecture is highly varied, be sure to select a tool that can support your architecture.

  2. Analytics features: Many storage management software options provide visibility into your storage solutions and analytics on their performance, while others focus more exclusively on storage optimization. If your business values analytics and visibility, be sure to choose a storage management software that provides sophisticated analytics options.

  3. Virtualization options: Most storage management tools offer support for virtual drives, but many are specialized in that area. If your business virtualizes a large amount of storage, you should choose a storage management software that specializes in virtual drives.

Storage Management Software Pricing

Storage management software pricing is highly dependent on what features are included in the product. Additionally, many storage management tools are included in larger suites of products that either provide storage, or support monitoring systems. Despite this variance, businesses should expect to pay at least $300 per year for a storage management tool.

Storage Management Products

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Arcserve Backup
24 ratings
7 reviews
Arcserve Backup is a storage management solution from Arcserve, formerly of CA Technologies before Arcserve's divestiture (July 2014). It utilizes magnetic tape storage backup as part of its storage management offering.
Cisco UCS Manager
37 ratings
5 reviews
Cisco UCS Manager supports the entire Cisco UCS server and Cisco HyperFlex Series hyperconverged infrastructure portfolios. It enables server, fabric, and storage provisioning as well as, device discovery, inventory, configuration, diagnostics, monitoring, fault detection, auditing, and statistics c…
SolarWinds Storage Resource Monitor (SRM)
8 ratings
5 reviews
SolarWinds Storage Resource Monitor is a data center performance monitoring solution from Austin-based company SolarWinds. It features a unified data storage management system with end-to-end monitoring and automatic capacity forecasting.
3 ratings
4 reviews
Cyberduck is an open source libre server and cloud storage browser for Mac and Windows developed by Iterate, with support for FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, Amazon S3, OpenStack Swift, Backblaze B2, Microsoft Azure & OneDrive, Google Drive and Dropbox.
15 ratings
4 reviews
Foglight is a database performance management suite from Quest, with modules to perform cloud analytics, network performance monitoring and virtualization management, scaling to a broad, cloud / virtualization focused IT infrastructure monitoring solution.
NetApp ONTAP System Manager (formerly OnCommand System Manager)
11 ratings
3 reviews
NetApp ONTAP System Manager (formerly under the OnCommand brand) is a data storage management offering.
AWS Storage Gateway
8 ratings
2 reviews
AWS Storage Gateway hybrid cloud storage connects on-premise resources to the AWS Cloud and integrates with AWS storage and archiving services to create a backup and recovery solution.
Paragon Hard Disk Manager
0 ratings
2 reviews
Paragon Software headquartered in Irvine offers Paragon Hard Disk Manager, a storage management solution for physical and virtual drives, and disaster recovery framework solution for businesses of all sizes.
Rocket Servergraph
0 ratings
1 review
Rocket Servergraph enables users to automate daily backups and get prioritized real-time alerts on server capacity across data environments. The vendor emphasizes Servergraph’s ability to simplify audit and compliance reporting, including customizable reporting by geography, application, etc.
1 rating
1 review
WekaIO headquartered in San Jose offers their file system and storage management platform, for multiple storage workloads, supporting AI and computationally intensive workloads and applications.
1 rating
1 review
Dell EMC VPLEX aims to maximize the returns on investments in all-flash infrastructure or hybrid arrays by providing continuous availability to business-critical workloads. VPLEX also creates a flexible storage architecture designed to gives IT teams the agility they need to respond to rapid busines…
Netvault Backup
Netvault Backup is backup and recovery software from Dell, based on technology obtained via that company's acquisition of BakBone Software in 2011.
HP Storage Essentials
HP Storage Essentials is a storage management offering.
IntelliMagic Vision for SAN
IntelliMagic Vision's AI-driven analytics platform analyzes the performance health of all your multi-vendor SAN components on a daily basis and translates the outcome into intuitive dashboards and rated charts. The vendor promises it automatically identifies issues in the making before they can i…
IBM Storage Insights
IBM Storage Insights is a storage management application designed to support capacity planning, increase storage utilization, and provide performance monitoring.
NEC offers HYDRAlock supporting data storage management with compliance modes of write-once, read many (WORM) administration.
Rocket Arkivio
Rocket Arkivio data management solutions enable tiered storage, optimized backup, file system reporting, compliance, and archiving for unstructured data. Rocket Arkivio Autostor software helps you automate storage management and optimize backup processes so you can get your data under control and r…
NetApp Element Software
NetApp's Element Software is a storage management application designed to simplify data management at scale for NetApp HCI and SolidFire, scale storage infrastructure and automate storage allocation.
NetApp OnCommand Workflow Automation
NetApp's OnCommand Workflow Automation is offered for users to construct, customize, publish, and activate a broad range of storage workflows. It is designed to make it easy to quickly create simple or complex workflows. Storage administrators can create storage workflows for frequent tasks and make…
StarWind NVMe-oF Initiator OEM
StarWind NVMe-oF Initiator OEM enables users to introduce end-to-end NVMe-oF storage connectivity to their Microsoft Windows customers. With StarWind, the user's customers get NVMe-oF connectivity with no need to upgrade every host with proprietary rNICs or wait for a native OS functionality to appe…
The Lustre file system is an open-source, parallel file system that supports many requirements of high performance computing (HPC) simulation environments.
Amazon FSx for Lustre
The open source Lustre file system is designed for applications that require fast storage. Amazon FSx for Lustre is designed to make it easy and cost effective to launch and run the high-performance file system. Use it for workloads where speed matters, such as machine learning, high performance com…
Amazon FSx for Windows File Server
Amazon FSx for Windows File Server provides fully managed, reliable, and scalable file storage that is accessible over the industry-standard Server Message Block (SMB) protocol. It is built on Windows Server, delivering a wide range of administrative features such as user quotas, end-user file resto…
NetApp ONTAP Data Management Software
NetApp's ONTAP Data Management Software is a storage and data management and protection solution. ONTAP 9 allows users to build an intelligent hybrid cloud that is the foundation of a NetApp Data Fabric that spans flash, disk, and cloud. Flexibly deploy storage on a choice of architectures—hardware …
IBM Storage for Red Hat OpenShift
IBM Storage for Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform provides the infrastructure foundation and storage orchestration for a full-platform on-premises hybrid multicloud environment that supports CSI. IBM now supports CSI for its block and file storage families so you can improve container utilization…

Frequently Asked Questions

What businesses benefit the most from storage management software?

Storage management solutions are most popular with mid-sized businesses and larger enterprises, but storage management solutions are beneficial for any business using multiple storage solutions, particularly virtualized storage. The more complex the storage architecture, the more a business can benefit from a storage management tool.

Do all storage management solutions support all storage options?

Most storage management options offer support for the most common storage types, including physical and virtual drives. Some storage management solutions specialize in supporting specific tools, for example, some focus exclusively on managing virtualized storage. Some options also support only storage options from a particular vendor.

Do storage management solutions replace the need for a disaster recovery tool?

There are a few management solutions that provide sophisticated disaster recovery features and may be able to replace a dedicated disaster recovery tool. For most storage management solutions, a disaster recovery tool should still be used to secure valuable data.