HP, EMC, Hitachi Data Systems, Sun, and Symantec are coordinating their efforts to create Industry-Standard Storage Management. The partnership will help the companies develop the new technology more quickly, efficiently, and inexpensively.
The companies have plans to offer resources, code, and staff so that the project can be finished quickly. Although the venture will be expensive, consumers and companies will eventually benefit from the cost-efficient system the companies create.
According to Wayne M. Adams, chairman of the SNIA board of directors: "SMI-S has been very successful to date in providing a standard way to discover, model and provision storage devices, so increased SNIA member commitments to enhance the specification with more advanced management functions and create a reference implementation of the specification will serve all SMI-S developers and implementers. The commitment from these SNIA member companies, and other SNIA members who will join this effort, will further propel SMI-S to meet the needs of ILM, data protection, grid computing, and interoperable storage management applications."
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Submitted by Joshua Feinberg