Storage management for Sans will be simplified following the Fibrealliance's announcement of its interoperability project.
The group, which includes Gadzoox, Ancor Communications, McData, Vixel and EMC, has announced its plans to develop and implement common methods of managing heterogeneous fibre channel storage area networks (Sans).
At the moment each company has its own device management system. While they do not work together, they do have common technologies, like SNMP and Scsi. When the specifications are ready all the vendors will put the same technology management agents into each of their San devices. This way end users will be able to identify and manage multivendor San products from a single console.
Peter Coleman, Gadzoox's European technical manager, said: "The enhanced integration and functionality will really simplify storage management. It will also make it more cost effective because support will be much easier."
The alliance expects the specifications will be ready to submit to the Internet Engineering Task Force by the end of March. Interoperable products are expected to ship from June onwards. Coleman estimates that big companies will begin San deployments in about 12 to 18 months.
Insisting that the majority of devices are already interoperable, he continued: "There will be a lot of development work to be done over the next two to three years, on things like shared storage, for example, but a lot of issues have already been resolved, so there's nothing to stop companies who want the technology sooner than this."
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