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Published: 16 Oct 2012

Eighteen months ago, the Storage Networking Industry Association announced the formation of the Supported Solutions Forum, then a consortium of six vendors that would work together to put together--and support--interoperable, tested configurations of SAN products. @exb Recent Funding to Storage Companies Venture capitalists whipped out their checkbooks for a plethora of storage-related companies this fall. Here is the rundown on who got what. @exe Since then, unfortunately, "we've made progress, but not as much progress as we'd like," says Phil Mills, Supported Solutions Forum (SSF) Chair, and senior technical staff at IBM, publishing a grand total of five supported solutions. Why the slow progress? "I think one of the impediments of the SSF was that we created solutions that we thought the industry needed, and in actual fact, they didn't exactly match what the industry needed," says Mills. Case in point: SSF's first solution qualified two SAN solutions--one for McData, and one for Brocade switches--where arrays from Compaq, EMC, HDS, and IBM are in separate... Access >>>

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