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Vol. 1 No. 8 October 2002

Auto provisioning still a tease

Today, storage automation software can help you do more with limited resources. But most vendors concede that the really cool stuff - such as giving storage the smarts to detect and fix problems, retrieve different types of information and protect itself from unauthorized access - is still a work in progress, and it will be quite a while before automation makes good on its full promise. Standards everywhere At last count, there were a half-dozen would-be kings of the storage management standards world. The winner matters because it will mandate the ways in which storage ultimately becomes automated into the future. Separate initiatives are underway by IBM, EMC, Veritas, and Sun, and then there's the Common Information Model, (CIM) from the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA). Most analysts are betting on CIM as the ultimate winner in this wrestling match, because it's got the weight of multiple vendors behind it and thus doesn't seek to advance only one supplier's agenda. However, each company that says it supports ...

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