Some experts question the integrity of ICTP, which is made up primarily by the same companies seeking to be certified. Certification will cost up to $10,000 per product, with discounts likely for SNIA members and those that test in volume, Jerman said. Full disclosure will not be required; test-takers will control which results are announced to the public. "I ... wouldnt mind seeing [the results]. If youre going to sign up for one of those projects, you should put it on the line," said Jim Davis, chief technology officer of WBEM Solutions Inc., the Pinehurst, N.C., company that takes its name from the DMTFs Web-Based Enterprise Management standard, of which the original CIM is a part."We all know the vendors arent going to subject themselves to honest-to-God, apples-to-apples testing, certainly not without control over the results," said analyst and customer advocate Jon Toigo, in Dunedin, Fla. Companies that create tool kits focused on CIM and SMI-S are gaining traction nevertheless. AppIQ will upgrade its Solutions Suite 1.7 to Version 2.0 this month, according to CEO Dave Lemont, in Burlington, Mass. The new version has discovery and visualization, asset management and chargeback, scenario advisers, policy-based automation, historical trending, and development tools, Lemont said. The company stands out for being CIM- centric. "If it doesnt have CIM, well translate it," he said. Another product, AppIQ for File Systems, will launch in September. The product is based on the as-yet-unannounced, recent acquisition of Helmetta, N.J., startup XStormTech Inc., Lemont said. In addition to the end-user product, AppIQ develops CIM tools for most of the industrys major players, he said. WBEM Solutions will soon launch Java and C-language server products, Davis said. J WBEM Server 1.0 will be available this quarter, and C WBEM Server is due next quarter, he said. The C version uses less memory; both will cost $50 per license, he said.
"I agree; I need to know whether its done on the first try or not," said Gungiah, of The Weather Channel.