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Published: 29 Oct 2012

We've written periodically in the last year about attempts to introduce routing and partitioning into storage area networks (SANs). Logically, it seems that both those capabilities will be as vital to building enterprise-wide storage networks as they have been to large-scale data networks. And we've been encouraged by attempts by Brocade, Cisco and McData to address different aspects of that problem, all the while suggesting that they'll be looking to standardize their approaches in the near future. So color me surprised when an executive at one of the big three switch manufacturers asked me recently what I could do to convince another vendor to cooperate in advancing switch interoperability. Everybody had been making such kissy-face noises recently that I'd been lulled into thinking they were playing nicely. But in fact, some of the children were pulling wings off flies while others colored within the lines. As I told the switch exec, I don't buy switches, so there's only so much I can do. And here it is: If you buy switches--especially top-of-the-line ones... Access >>>

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