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Aperi's Seeds of Revolution

When last I exhaled, I was ranting about the stagnant state of cross-platform storage management. You know what I am talking about: the ability to equip applications with storage provisioning and protection services that data requires over its useful life. (See Strange Fascination With Aperi.)

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Vendors also don't see cross-platform management to be in their best interests. The Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) effort pushed by the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), as well as the efforts of many platform-agnostic” management software vendors, to realize cross-platform management Nirvana were hobbled at the outset for just this reason.

Predictably, I got some pushback from management software vendors on this point. Many argued that they were quite platform-agnostic and managed storage at the logical unit number (LUN) level across every major array vendor in the market, and a lot of the smaller ones as well. I am not arguing that.

Everyone can see a LUN, of course. LUNs are outside of the hardware guy’s ability to control; they are SCSI artifacts. But viewing storage from the LUN level doesn’t get us where we need to be if we are really going to manage storage itself.

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