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Management Muddle

5:55 PM -- Sun has quit Aperi, in the latest round of an ongoing storage standards melodrama -- er, make that "comedy of errors." (See Sun Withdraws From Aperi.)

Aperi, in case you've forgotten, was IBM's answer to other storage standards, and it caused a minor tradeshow kerfuffle among suppliers last fall when key players like HP and EMC didn't climb aboard. (See Aperi Appears Amid Questions.)

IBM reports that Aperi's current members are Brocade, Cisco, CA,
Emulex, Fujitsu, IBM, LSI Logic, McDATA, and NetApp.

Sun's alternative to Aperi is to focus on the SNIA. The company's press release states: "Sun believes the storage industry requires a concerted and standards-based effort that can only be achieved through a governance model provided by the SNIA."

Unfortunately, not everyone agrees. Despite the good work that's being done, vendors still have not embraced standards in any meaningful way for centralized, cross-product storage management. Byte and Switch guest columnist, Jon William Toigo, described the situation in a column earlier this year:

    Storage techs working behind closed doors have done their darndest to deliver a storage management paradigm that could work across heterogeneous infrastructure. Along the way, however, they... have been forced to dumb down the whole effort of uniform cross-platform management to avoid goring the sacred cows of the big iron vendors. (See Remaining Relevant for more.)
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