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Vol. 2 No. 12 February 2004

The great divide: mainframe and open-systems storage

In the enterprise storage world, users have made it crystal clear that they're tired of being required to train storage administrators to use different storage management tools for different servers, storage area networks (SANs) and arrays--none of which interoperate well. And finally, the vast majority of vendors have heard them. They've pledged support for industry efforts such as the Storage Networking Association's Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) standard that may actually deliver standard interfaces and data semantics, allowing storage managers to use a single set of tools to manage storage on any platform. Well, just about any platform. Even though a large chunk of the most important enterprise data still resides there, the mainframe is on the outside looking in when it comes to most discussions of heterogeneous storage management. Standards initiatives such as SMI-S are--at least for now--ignoring the mainframe. And with a few notable exceptions, vendors aren't investing much time and energy to ...

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