Feeds

Standards ahoy! Bluefin and CIM products out next year

Storage industry really is working together. Honest

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

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

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Docker's app containers are coming to Windows Server, says Microsoft
MS chases app deployment speeds already enjoyed by Linux devs
'Hmm, why CAN'T I run a water pipe through that rack of media servers?'
Leaving Las Vegas for Armenia kludging and Dubai dune bashing
'Urika': Cray unveils new 1,500-core big data crunching monster
6TB of DRAM, 38TB of SSD flash and 120TB of disk storage
Facebook slurps 'paste sites' for STOLEN passwords, sprinkles on hash and salt
Zuck's ad empire DOESN'T see details in plain text. Phew!
SDI wars: WTF is software defined infrastructure?
This time we play for ALL the marbles
Windows 10: Forget Cloudobile, put Security and Privacy First
But - dammit - It would be insane to say 'don't collect, because NSA'
Oracle hires former SAP exec for cloudy push
'We know Larry said cloud was gibberish, and insane, and idiotic, but...'
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.