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Aperi Appears Amid Questions

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Storage Networking World -- A group of companies led by IBM plans to create an open-source, software-based platform for storage management applications. But the announcement raises more questions than it answers. And at least one major storage player claims not to have been invited to join.

At the Storage Networking World conference here today, IBM took the wraps off Aperi, a group that plans to develop products for managing storage devices based on common open-source software code.

The idea is to create software that would allow vendors to write value-added apps for various hardware platforms without having to recreate code for every application.

IBM plans to donate all of its standards-based management software -- including the part that supports the Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) created by Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA).

IBM says the SNIA work is in another realm from this open-source group. "SMI-S is an industry standard, not a collaboration. It doesn't provide a framework to actually manage open source and deliver products on top of it," says Laura Sanders, VP of IBM's TotalStorage Products and Solutions group.

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