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Published: 16 Oct 2012

What if there was a piece of software that knew all about your EMC storage, Brocade switches and Sun hosts? What if it presented the same face for EMC, Hitachi Data Systems, Sun, IBM, and Hewlett-Packard storage? That's what the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) Storage Management Initiative (SMI) is promising, and current products are delivering. But what if that software also knew how to present storage on those arrays, and how to configure zoning and LUN masking, too? That's something to write home about, and that's what a number of companies are working on as we speak. @exb Managing arrays Newer storage management applications abstract disk subsystem functions, using APIs or SMI standards that hide the complexities of each vendor's arrays. @exe Hiding behind a mask As I discussed in my Storage October column, (see "Vendor independence: Are the trade-offs worth it") managing a heterogeneous storage environment can be tricky. It's hard to comprehend the diverse storage landscape, and every model has its own interface, terminology and quirks. ... Access >>>

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