EMC and IBM Extend Cooperation

EMC and IBM Extend Cooperation
   Industry giants EMC and IBM have announced that they've agreed to extend their interoperability and compatibility efforts for storage systems, servers, and software. Through cooperation, the companies aim to make installing both EMC and IBM products in heterogeneous storage environments easy for users.
   The agreement includes a framework for the exchange of programming interfaces. The framework will work with the upcoming Storage Management Initiative Specification. (SMI-S, a standard that will ease interoperability among storage management software, is expected to be an official Storage Networking Industry Association--SNIA--architecture by year-end.) The companies will also work together to support servers, storage products, and software products in heterogeneous environments.
   In addition, IBM has licensed interfaces for its TotalStorage Enterprise Storage Server (ESS) to EMC. The interfaces will enable Peer-to-Peer Remote Copy (PPRC), Extended Remote Copy (XRC) functions, FlashCopy, Multiple Allegiance, and Parallel Access Volumes (PAVs).

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