Storage costs look likely to be slashed as Cisco, IBM and seven other industry big-hitters have joined forces to create an open source standard for storage management.
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The goal of the group, called Aperi (Latin for 'to open'), is to create common storage systems that can manage different suppliers' systems.
Customers will be able to run their storage network more efficiently and reduce costs, as it eliminates the need to upgrade storage management software following hardware and application changes.
Aperi will co-operate closely with the already established Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), dedicated to establishing a new storage management software standard.
EMC, Hewlett-Packard and Symantec were noticeably absent from the Aperi line-up, but the group hopes to encourage storage vendors to join.