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Storage Vendors Get Behind Interoperability Standard
A day after pulling out from an IBM-led open storage management initiative, Sun Microsystems joined other top-tier storage vendors in renewing their pledge to interoperability through the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA).
Sun, Hewlett-Packard, EMC, Hitachi Data Systems and Symantec on Thursday said they will work together to push the SNIA's Storage Management Initiative specification (SMI-S) as a common industry standard for storage management.
SMI-S is aimed at enabling storage hardware and software from multiple vendors to interoperate in storage networks by developing new specifications and programming interfaces for a Web services framework for advanced storage management.
In October, IBM, Sun, Network Appliance and other vendors teamed up on a project called Aperi to develop an open-source storage software management platform. While the Aperi group said it would work with the SNIA to develop storage management standards, others in the industry disputed the need for a separate initiative.
With Sun's departure, Aperi has the look of an IBM-focused project. Participants include mainly IBM technology partners, such as Fibre Channel switch vendors Brocade Communications, Cisco Systems and McData, all of which sell switches through IBM sales channels. Others include Network Appliance and Engenio Information Technologies, which have OEM relationships with IBM; CA, which brings its storage software to IBM mainframe environments; and Fujitsu.