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Will you favor standards-based storage?

Will You Favor Standards-based Storage?

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Will You Favor Standards-based Storage?

What are your hopes for SMI-S?
Will you require SMI-S support of your future storage purchases?
What part of the storage infrastructure is most in need of standards?

Many storage vendors are busy building in the Storage Networking Industry Association's Storage Management Interface Specification, (SMI-S, a.k.a. Bluefin) to their products. This month, we tried to gauge storage managers' interest in SMI-S, and the jury is still out. Overall, more storage managers had high hopes (rating of 4 or 5) for SMI-S than low hopes (rating of 1 or 2): 34% to 31%. At the same time, an overwhelming majority will not require SMI-S support of future storage purchases. Arrays and software emerged as infrastructure pieces most in need of standards. As one reader wistfully put it: "It would be nice not to have three different applications to manage my SANs from three different vendors!"
This was last published in June 2003

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