Feeds

Standards ahoy! Bluefin and CIM products out next year

Storage industry really is working together. Honest

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Application security programs and practises

The Register's new Enterprise Storage Channel

Hitachi, IBM, Sun and Veritas today jointly promised to deliver interoperable tools for managing storage - and products to manage - during 2003.

It is an effort to reassure customers that they really are serious about SNIA's storage management standards. But will it succeed? The vendors have realised many listeners don't trust them when they talk about standards. Recent announcements about API swaps and reverse-engineering, for example, have left people believing that standards-based storage interoperability is still years away, according to Tom Butler, Hitachi US product planning and marketing veep.

"API swaps are only valuable in the short term," he says. "We want to say we're not betting the future on swapping APIs - those proprietary exchanges are only a Band-Aid that breaks as soon as one company changes its product."

Butler admits that Hitachi is as guilty as any, having struck API deals with IBM in the past, but he says it is now nailing its flag to the SNIA mast. Like its comrades, it will support three key SNIA standards: the common information model (CIM), Web-based enterprise management (WBEM) technology, and the storage management initiative (SMI) specification formerly known as Bluefin.

"These four companies are betting their storage management strategies on CIM," he says. "There is no formal commitment or organisation involved, but we are giving rough timescales. We want people to know we are working on these standards."

He adds that all four companies will participate in a plug-fest at the Storage Networking World show in Orlando later this month, demonstrating their storage management products working together. ®

Related stories

HP plays API swaps with Hitachi
HP and IBM swap APIs in managed storage move
Bluefin caught by SNIA, renamed SMI

Eight steps to building an HP BladeSystem

More from The Register

next story
Sysadmin Day 2014: Quick, there's still time to get the beers in
He walked over the broken glass, killed the thugs... and er... reconnected the cables*
SHOCK and AWS: The fall of Amazon's deflationary cloud
Just as Jeff Bezos did to books and CDs, Amazon's rivals are now doing to it
Apple fanbois SCREAM as update BRICKS their Macbook Airs
Ragegasm spills over as firmware upgrade kills machines
Amazon Reveals One Weird Trick: A Loss On Almost $20bn In Sales
Investors really hate it: Share price plunge as growth SLOWS in key AWS division
EU's top data cops to meet Google, Microsoft et al over 'right to be forgotten'
Plan to hammer out 'coherent' guidelines. Good luck chaps!
US judge: YES, cops or feds so can slurp an ENTIRE Gmail account
Crooks don't have folders labelled 'drug records', opines NY beak
Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage
Still doing 'forensics' on the caching layer – Beeb digi wonk
Manic malware Mayhem spreads through Linux, FreeBSD web servers
And how Google could cripple infection rate in a second
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.