A group of IT companies announced a new open source community, The new group, named Aperi aims to produce storage software that will solve cross-platform problems and will give customers greater flexibility and more choices for deploying open-standards-based storage infrastructure software.
Aperi (from the Latin word “to open”) will include IBM Corporation, Sun Microsystems, Brocade Communication Systems, Cisco Systems, Computer Associates International, Engenio Information Technologies, Fujitsu Limited, McDATA Corporation, Network Appliance.
IBM, Sun and the other partners will be the first to donate a portion of its storage management technology to the group, other organizations will have the option.The goal is to produce storage software that solves cross-platform interoperability problems.
Aperi observed that the storage industry have focused on establishing standards, but not on a solution for managing storage devices. Aperi will be managed by an independent, non-profit, multi-vendor organization, will work together to evolve the platform, which will be available free-of-charge and will build a software upon existing open storage standards including the Storage Networking Industry Association’s (SNIA) Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S).
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