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Vol. 1 No. 8 October 2002

What are they thinking?

What are they thinking? There's a certain level of paranoia among storage vendors and I think it's starting to affect me. Here's what I'm paranoid about: How come, just when the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) is announcing standards for open storage management, big vendors are busy signing agreements to swap proprietary APIs? Why does this make me paranoid? Because I fear that companies like HP/Compaq, IBM, and Hitachi Data Systems may be hedging their bets on open management. EMC, of course, is clearly doing that with WideSky. Their argument: Customers need it now - and who knows when CIM/Bluefin/acronym of the month will be ready? Customers needed it two years ago. Where were you guys then? But here's the real mystery. Many of the champions of standards say, in effect, "Who knows when standards will be mature?" To which I say, "You do!" We're not talking about the IMF, the U.N., Saddam Hussein, or the IRS. This is a small circle of big companies - what's the hold up, guys? The stock answer lately has been: "...

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