EMC to Offer CIM-Enabled Products
EMC will roll out CIM-enabled versions of its hardware and software, across many of its product lines.EMC Corp. on Thursday announced details of its Common Information Model and Bluefin roadmaps, and said its opening its WideSky storage management middleware to developers. CIM is an evolving industry standard for making storage products all speak the same language to each other; Bluefin is an implementation specification. WideSky is EMCs proprietary translator between its products and third-party products, which are then managed through EMCs ControlCenter application. EMC will begin rolling out CIM-enabled versions of its hardware and software, across many of its product lines, in mid-2003, said spokesman Mike OMalley, in Hopkinton, Mass.
Critics warn that even if CIM succeeds, it still only manages Fibre Channel storage, not the numerous other storage technologies. Also, its evolution is being slowed by the politics within the Storage Networking Industry Association, they said. That means WideSky will still be needed, EMC executives have said.