IBM and other storage vendors have teamed up to form an open source storage software organisation.
The body, called Aperi, will see companies work together to develop free storage software to manage different suppliers’ systems. The move promises to make it easier for users to manage disparate storage systems.
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The other companies backing Aperi are Brocade, Cisco Systems, Computer Associates, Engenio Information Technologies, Fujitsu, McData and Network Appliance.
All the vendors will contribute code to the effort, with IBM making the first move and donating some of its storage infrastructure management technology.
Aperi is being modelled along the same lines as the open source Eclipse Foundation, which makes it easier for suppliers and other developers to integrate and extend different products by producing common development tools.
Eclipse was originally set up by IBM and spun out of the company last year to become an independent body with growing industry support.