IBM Supports Multi-Vendor Storage Software Technology Milestone

IBM Guides "Bluefin" Software Specification Development

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ARMONK, N.Y - 22 May 2002: IBM, the leading proponent of open and interoperable storage software standards, today supported the introduction of a new technology that is expected to provide an industry-wide management solution for interoperable storage area networks (SANs).

Code-named "Bluefin," the technology was developed with technical contributions from IBM and employs Common Information Model (CIM) and Web Based Enterprise Management (WBEM) technology to discover and manage resources in a multi-vendor SAN through common interfaces. When implemented in products, Bluefin technology will improve the usefulness of storage management applications, and provide management interoperability in heterogeneous SANs. Bluefin has been presented as a technology contribution to the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA).

"IBM is committed to guiding the development of truly open and interoperable software technologies like the Bluefin specification that can help customers unlock the potential of their storage networks," said Brian Truskowski, vice president of technology and strategy for IBM Storage Systems Group. "We as an industry need to ensure that robust open standards become an integral part of real products that provide customers with the interoperability they need, and not just a promotional tool to shield proprietary vendor initiatives."

IBM's Storage Systems Group intends to incorporate the Bluefin specification into its recently-introduced Storage Software Roadmap, enabling its Storage Tank™ SAN-wide file system and storage virtualization engine to extend the concept of SAN interoperability beyond basic system identification and monitoring to more comprehensive and efficient management capabilities.

IBM's commitment to the Bluefin specification also extends to its storage management software products from Tivoli. As such, Tivoli's storage management offerings, which are part of its full systems management suite, are expected to integrate Bluefin in the near future.

"Tivoli storage has always supported the benefits storage interoperability and open APIs provide, since the inception of our first storage management software product in the early 1990s," said Brenda Zawatski, Vice President, Tivoli Storage, IBM Software Group. "The Bluefin specification from SNIA will enable storage management software vendors like Tivoli to bring value to customers through added choices and investment protection that proprietary vendor interfaces can not provide."

IBM's current and future storage software products will support interoperability in heterogeneous SANs by rapidly integrating and implementing Bluefin and other evolving standards for management of storage systems which are based on CIM.

In addition to fostering the continued development and fruition of the Bluefin specification, IBM also intends to participate in upcoming SNIA interoperability events that help customers observe and understand the anticipated benefits of the technology. IBM currently supports multiple industry-wide efforts aimed at creating a common set of storage software standards and has been a long-standing supporter of CIM, since it was first showcased to the industry in an IBM-supported SNIA demo in October 1999.

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