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HP Sticks to SRM Guns

By now, the benefits of open standards for storage software are clear, especially when it comes to storage resource management (SRM) applications. (See Users to SNIA: Help Us Manage.)

But there's a disagreement over who can best lead the way in developing open-source software for SRM. Last week, in an announcement that opened a hornet's nest among storage vendors, IBM loudly entered the arena with its Aperi open source initiative. (See Aperi Appears Amid Questions.) Today, the other shoe dropped, as Hewlett-Packard said it will not back off the open development program AppIQ began shortly before HP acquired the startup last month. (See AppIQ Unifies SAN and HP Chomps AppIQ & Peregrine.)

When HP bought AppIQ for an undisclosed price, which industry sources place in the $250 million range, one of its primary intentions was to create an industry-standard platform for storage management. Many people in the indusry see IBMs Aperi initiative as a broadside attack on HP, as IBM and partners wage their own war for dominance in open-source management code.

HP’s response to Aperi? Let the best developers win.

“You have to remember, open source is not open standards, and open source does not mean free or low cost to a customer,” says Ash Ashutosh, AppIQ founder and new CTO of HP storage management software.

“You still have to go build a solution. The question is, What does work? One works, and the other...we don’t know yet!”

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