Storage heavyweights banded together this week to promote common standards for storage area networks (SANs) in a bid to make the technology more widely accepted on the marketplace.
Leading suppliers, including EMC, IBM, Compaq, Hewlett Packard, Storagetek, and Sun Microsystems, said they planned to work with the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) to build open interfaces for SANs.
While each will support the initiative to different degrees, they will jointly submit prioritised work efforts for the SNIA?s consideration.
Nigel Ghent, EMC UK's marketing director, said: ?This is simply about customer demand. EMC recognises that customers have a pressing need to deploy heterogeneous SAN devices.?
Jonathan Eunice, analyst at Illuminata, said that, while cooperation was desirable in some areas, it was essential in the networking arena.
?The storage suppliers have realised that people weren?t buying their products because they didn?t work together. If they don?t cooperate, its only their own money that they?re losing,? he said.
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