Network-Based Storage Software to Get Standard
T11.5 is developing a standard for how servers and storage interact with network-based software.T11.5, the governing body responsible for setting the future of management interfaces for Fibre Channel, is now developing a standard for how servers and storage interact with network-based software. Such a standard would be useful because of the recent trend among storage vendors to build management software inside storage networking switches directly, or connected to the network through appliances. "The API should allow them to port their applications between platforms in a straightforward manner," rather than writing different versions for each switch vendor, said Bob Snively, T11 chairman and a principal engineer at Brocade Communications Systems Inc., in San Jose, Calif.
The new specification, expected to be complete by June 2004, is called Fabric Application Interface Standard, Snively said. It will translate for such functionality as destination changes, data replications, semi-automated backup and hierarchical storage management, he said.