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Published: 30 Oct 2012

I've been complaining about the lack of standards in this space forever, or so it seems. It boggles my mind to think that smart, hard-working people like yourselves will put up with stuff that either doesn't work as it should or doesn't work at all. I figured you'd demand standards, if for no other reason than to make sure that if stuff is going to break, it will fail consistently. I recently spoke at the Storage Networking Industry Association's Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) conference. That's the industry's storage management standards play. I yelled at them. I begged them. I've been asking the industry to create real standards for the right reasons for years. This time, I came with ammo--I came with your wallets. Let's start with the facts. We polled large-scale storage area network (SAN) shops (figuring that if they had SANs, then they already felt the pain of having no standards) where more than 60% had two to 10 SANs, 14% had one and 24% had more than 10 SANs. Here's what we found: Eighty-nine percent of respondents said industry ... Access >>>

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