StorageTek and 3Com have introduced a cross certification scheme to target the lucrative storage area networks (SANs) market.
The aim is to develop a method of managing a mixed storage environment.
Within 30 days, the partners will announce joint products that combine 3Com's host bus adaptor and associated software with StorageTek's disk libraries and applications.
Supporting partners include the Clariion storage division of Data General, fibre channel fabric switching firm Brocade, and storage management software supplier SCH. Third-party storage products will be tested for compatibility with 3Com and StorageTek SANs at the storage firm's virtual intelligent storage architecture (Vista) interoperability lab.
Joan Wrabetz, StorageTek's vice president and general manager of the SAN operations business group, said: "The work at Vista interoperability lab proves our commitment to work with all vendors to speed the implementation of open, intelligent, and integrated SANs."
A SAN enables users to store, move and share data transparently anywhere on the network, and to manage it as if it were a single system. Tasks such as backup and recovery are offloaded from servers on the local area network and are undertaken by the SAN.
3Com expects that the market for fibre channel SANs will be worth $1.5 billion (#0.92 billion) by 2002.
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