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Published: 20 Oct 2012

Developing standards in the storage industry is like achieving consensus at the United Nations--it takes a while. The Extensible Access Method (XAM) Interface, which would define a single access method for archiving devices like EMC's Centera and Hewlett-Packard's (HP) Reference Information Storage System (RISS), is no exception. On the surface, XAM appears to have everyone's support. EMC, HP, Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), IBM and Sun Microsystems are all in the same camp. All agree that a single API--instead of proprietary APIs developed by each vendor--will grow the market much faster. Application providers will only have to write to one API and, more importantly, users will be able to move data from one archival device to another (from Centera to RISS or vice versa) without much hassle. Today, users would have to convert all of the data into the format of the new device, changing addresses and hashes and potentially compromising the integrity of the data in the process. Carl Follstad, manager of data management services at the University of Minnesota in ... Access >>>

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