To advance storage management interoperability, enterprise storage giants EMC and Hewlett-Packard (HP) have agreed to cross-license certain technologies, such as storage (APIs). The licensing will help both companies provide storage-management support for each other's products.
Under the agreement, EMC will license APIs to support the discovery and control functions of EMC Symmetrix and EMC CLARiiON storage systems. HP will license APIs to support discovery and control functions of the HP StorageWorks Virtual Array (VA) systems and the HP StorageWorks XP systems. The new agreement expands on a previous agreement between EMC and Compaq. Under that agreement, the companies shared APIs for EMC Symmetrix and EMC CLARiiON storage systems and Compaq StorageWorks Enterprise VA systems and StorageWorks Modular Array systems. Compaq merged with HP in May 2002.
In the past year, the storage industry has increased efforts to establish interoperability among vendors. Other initiatives in the industry include Common Information Model (CIM) and the technology code-named Bluefin, which uses Web-Based Enterprise Management (WBEM), Managed Object Format (MOF), and Common Information Model (CIM) to provide a common interface (i.e., API) for Storage Area Network (SAN) management.