Hewlett-Packard has introduced a development program which offers technical and marketing support to company partners working to make their products compliant with the Storage Management Interface Specification (SMI-S).
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SMI-S aims to foster interoperability among storage management products from multiple suppliers.
The specification is expected to be finalised shortly by the Storage Networking Industry Association.
In addition to HP, suppliers backing SMI-S include Computer Associates International, EMC, IBM, Sun Microsystems and Veritas Software.
HP's SMI-S Developers Program, free to the company's partners, is intended to jump-start the development of SMI-S-compliant storage management applications that will the be able to interoperate with HP's storage arrays.
HP is now shipping the pre-release SMI-S 1.0 interfaces with its StorageWorks Disk Array XP and VA products.
A software development kit offered to program participants includes early versions of array providers and device management software, supplementary documentation and sample code.
Companies who have signed up for the program include Veritas, BMC Software, AppIQ and CReekPath Systems.
Stacy Cowley writes for IDG News Service