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Will HP Help Standards Surge?

As the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) prepares to ratify the industrys first storage management standard, Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ) claims its new developers program will push more companies to jump onboard (see HP Launches SMI-S Program).

The company launched the developers program this week, maintaining that it will help facilitate the adoption of SNIA's Storage Management Interface Specification (SMI-S), an industry standard that defines a common interface for identifying, classifying, monitoring, and controlling physical and logical storage resources.

"We’ve been tracking the SMI-S development from the beginning,” says Phil Kemp, a product marketing manager at HP. "Our customers are asking us to solve heterogeneous management problems in their environments... HP is very committed to the open industry standards."

Many in the storage industry, which has been plagued by interoperability problems, have been pining for a single management standard for some time. After more than a year in the making, it appears that SMI-S, which SNIA unveiled in April and is expected to ratify in early September, could finally be on the threshold of mass adoption (see Storage Standards Solidify and SNIA Puts the Pieces Together).

SNIA is aiming for 40 percent of all storage to be managed by SMI-S by the end of next year, with the goal of covering all storage by the end of 2005.

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