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Vol. 2 No. 11 January 2004

Brocade XPath Technology standard

@exb How XPath works @exe With current storage management applications running on hosts or array subsystems, system and storage administrators must provision and manage storage at the many endpoints that represent the initiators and targets in the storage area network (SAN). Obviously, managing those entities from a common connect point would reduce the cost of administrative overhead and licensing. The first enabler to network-based management is a recently proposed standard that's being managed by the T11.5 task group within the T11 technical committee. The Fabric Application Interface Standard (FAIS), which is still in its development phase, will attempt to deliver by mid-2004 an API framework for implementing storage applications on a SAN. Brocade Communications Systems Inc. has jumped out in front of the standards process by submitting its XPath Technology to the T11.5 committee for adoption as an FAIS standard. This is technology that Brocade acquired with Rhapsody Networks in late 2002. Brocade wants to recruit ...

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