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"The Door is Open" for Aperi Open Source Storage Initiative

EMC and HP Missing, But Welcome to Join

IBM led a conference call regarding the formation of a new open source storage platform initiative, to be known as Aperi. Founding members of this initiative also include CA, Brocade, NetApp, and others. Notably absent during the call were EMC, HP, and Sun Microsystems, although it was announced that Sun will be joining the initiative.

The new initiative, which apparently grew out of discussions within member companies of the Storage Network Industry Association (SNIA), but which will not be directly associated with the SNIA, still lacks a board of directors or a timeline. Company representatives said the first code will be available "in 2006," but could not be more specific.

Regarding the notable absence of EMC and HP, company representatives during the call said, "The Door is open, the door is open to any company that wants to join us."

There was also a lack of specificity about how this project will encompass both Storage Area Networks (SANs) and Network-Attached Storage (NAS), the two competing methods for deploying enterprise storage today. The SAN market, led by EMC, remains much larger, but NAS has a faster growth rate with solutions by market leader NetApp setting the standard. The major computing platform vendors--IBM, HP, and Sun--each try to be leaders in each category, and a new company, Pillar Data Systems, is promising a universal management solution.

Yet the worlds of SAN and NAS remain distinct, with specific management problems associated with each. Whether Aperi will offer something that resides above (or below) traditional storage management software, or does indeed produce some sort of universal storage management solution is a story that will play out as the Aperi board is formed, code starts to be written, and feedback is received from the vendor and user communities.

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Enterprise Open Source Magazine News Desk 10/25/05 01:40:01 PM EDT

"The Door is Open" for Aperi Open Source Storage Initiative. Representatives from member companies in the newly forming Aperi open source storage platform initiative maintained that all companies within the storage arena were contacted about joining, and that the 'door is open' for major companies such as EMC and HP to join.

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