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Compaq Clarifies WideSky Position

"We are not a member of the WideSky program, we never have been, and we do not believe it is in the best interest of our customers," Sorenson says.

Last month we reported that Compaq was a supporter of WideSky, EMC's storage management middleware API. Not so, says Mark Sorenson, Compaq vice president of storage software and solutions.

"We are not a member of the WideSky program, we never have been, and we do not believe it is in the best interest of our customers," Sorenson says.

True, Compaq and EMC swapped APIs into their respective arrays, enabling Compaq software to manage EMC arrays, and vice versa.

But Sorenson says that the API swap was only done to tide Compaq over until SNIA ratifies CIM. IBM, Hitachi Data Systems, and Sun have recently voiced their support for the storage management standard.

EMC, let it be known, also says it will support CIM. James Rothnie, CTO, admits that WideSky may ultimately become obsolete if CIM comes to fruition. But he points out that it may not and is unlikely, in any event, to be that useful in the next few years.

"EMC is betting that standards will take a long time to materialize," making WideSky immediately attractive, says Michael Zisman, IBM general manager for storage software. IBM, meanwhile, is "betting that standards are at the tipping point," Zisman says.

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Dig Deeper on Primary storage devices

EMC's Mark Lewis defends reverse engineering

Mark Lewis spent a fair amount of time commenting on EMC and its storage strategy when he was head of storage at Compaq and later Hewlett-Packard. Now that he's in the EMC camp as the company's chief technology officer, he admits his position has changed -- but he says his position has shifted only because the Hopkinton, Mass.-based company's direction has changed.

EMC has continued its quest for the brass ring in storage management with its "Chapter Two" announcement regarding AutoIS last week. The company unleashed eight new or newly beefed-up software tools for storage management last week, most of which included management support for storage arrays from competing vendors.

Lewis sat down with SearchStorage.com prior to the announcement to explain how he sees this new strategy of cooperation playing out.

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