Sun Microsystems has added a platform expert group to its industry-wide initiative to develop open specifications between storage applications.
Project StoreX, which is supported by Gadzoox, Storagetek, Veritas and Oracle, aims to develop a set of base platform specifications for storage systems and applications to talk to each other. The result will enable system administrators to use a consistent interface to manage all devices and applications. The time needed to carry out tasks should also be shortened because the applications will be able to link together instead of being in separate islands requiring different logins.
Said Ravi Pendekanti, Sun's product line manager, said: "Today's storage products are point solutions based on proprietary technology. StoreX' base platform will be based on open specifications and the benefit will be interoperability between various applications."
The platform expert group will be led by Guy Bunker, chief scientist at Veritas and Bill Connor, technology architect for distributed systems at Sun. They will be supported by individuals from Ancor Communications, Fujitsu, Hitachi Data Systems, Legato and Storagetek.
The first draft specification is expected between September and October this year.
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