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Published: 20 Oct 2012

Standards effort undermined I ADMIT IT--I really like standards. It's not quite an obsession, but I see the specter of standards looming with more and more discussions about storage products. And it truly is like a specter, with the ghostly presence of standards hovering around such important issues as storage network management and product interoperability. Standards make life easier for both users and vendors. For users, the pros are plain to see: avoiding vendor lock-in, getting the right tool for the right job and having all the pieces of the puzzle fit to form an organized, manageable picture. For vendors, standards are a harder sell for all the same reasons; however, having a bunch of grumpy, dissatisfied customers struggling to make their storage shops run efficiently is a pretty compelling reason to jump on the standards bandwagon. And most vendors have done that, riding along on the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) vehicle toward the stated goal of developing standard specs so that everyone's products can play well together. Sounds ... Access >>>

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