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Published: 30 Oct 2012

Standards or product development?   SURPRISE, THERE'S A new standards-making group on the storage scene. Just what we need, right? I'm all in favor of standards. When they address real hardware/software issues and are universally accepted, they make life easier for storage managers and storage cheaper to make and buy. But while we're waiting for dramatic developments to roll out of existing standards outfits such as the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), instead we get another standards organization. The new Storage Bridge Bay (SBB) Working Group was formed to promote a standard spec for the electrical and mechanical interfaces between a drive array's backplane and a controller component. The principal SBB standard-bearers are Dell, EMC, Intel and LSI Logic, with approximately nine other companies comprising the current membership roster. In a curious twist, those key movers and most of the new group's other members are also SNIA members. But despite their active SNIA memberships, this new standards-setting squad isn't part of SNIA. It's like a ... Access >>>

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