Eclipse Foundation OKs Aperi Storage Management Project

The Eclipse Foundation, an open source community committed to the implementation of a universal development platform, has approved the creation of the Aperi Storage Management Framework Project.

The Aperi Project, which was proposed in June, will give customers more choices for deploying open-storage infrastructure software based on an industry-standard framework developed by the open source community.

A Community of Storage Vendors

Aperi is a community of 10 storage industry vendors — Brocade Communication Systems, Cisco Systems, CA, Emulex, Fujitsu, IBM, LSI Logic, McData, Network Appliance and Novell — that is working to build and evolve a common, open platform for managing all brands of storage systems.

Aperi members are collaborating with the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) to drive existing standards and develop new ones while carrying out open source software development under Eclipse. The Aperi framework will comply with the Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) so that vendors that have invested resources in creating SMI-S compliant storage offerings will see their investments increase further with the Aperi framework.

By providing a tested implementation of SMI-S, which standardizes storage management technologies for storage hardware interfaces, Aperi will drive greater industry support and wider adoption of SMI-S.

No More ‘Rip and Replace’

“One of the SNIA’s goals is to define and promote the adoption of storage industry standards, such as the widely implemented Storage Management Initiative Specification,” said Wayne M. Adams, chair, SNIA Board of Directors. “Eclipse’s Aperi Project will further advance the adoption of SNIA’s SMI-S, benefiting the entire storage industry and IT community. Furthermore, the SNIA and Aperi will define plans to collaborate on new storage standards, standards testing programs and storage interoperability programs.”

Eclipse provides a universal development platform, component model and extensibility framework for tools integration. The Aperi project will create an open source framework that provides standards-based storage management software, making it easier for customers to choose from a greater range of storage products and eliminate the need to “rip and replace” existing solutions.

It also lowers the total cost of managing storage technology and reduces training requirements for storage operations teams. Developers will be able to access code and immediately begin collaborating with thousands of other developers worldwide who are using, refining and adopting the Aperi framework.

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