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The Grand SAN Plan

Earlier this week, the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) announced a plan to help users avoid the agonies of building and
operating multivendor storage area networks (see SAN Standards Advance).

The scheme, called the Supported Solutions Forum (SSF), aims to do two
things:

First, establish a library of multivendor storage network designs for
common user requirements that have already been tested by the vendors. The
idea is that this will help users avoid a lot of time and hassle in
designing, building, and testing their own multivendor networks.

Second, give users a single point of contact for trouble-shooting, so theyre less likely to find themselves caught between vendors blaming each other for
problems.

So, should we enthusiastically hail this breakthrough in storage networking interoperability? Or does SNIA's grand plan rate a shrug?

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