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If all hardware vendors adopted this approach, you could have a toolkit of features and functions that could work on a variety of hardware platforms. Of course, Web services won't erase the essential differences among hardware platforms or wipe out the need for APIs, but it could make managing heterogeneous systems much easier due to similar interfaces and functionality.
So maybe a relatively old set of standards, like those for Web services development, will replace some of those new storage standards even before they have a chance to be fully implemented. Web Services for Storage (WSS) ... sounds pretty good.
New faces in Storage
The Hot Spots column now features alternating analysts Lauren Whitehouse and Bob Laliberte. Ashish Nadkarni shares Best Practices with long-time column anchor Jim Damoulakis. And our end-page column, Storage Bin, long manned by the irrepressible Steve Duplessie, is in its "2.0" version and the stomping ground for Tony Asaro.
Welcome to these new writers and thanks to their predecessors, Jon Oltsik, Brian Babineau, Stephen Foskett and Steve Duplessie.
This was first published in November 2007