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Aperi Storage Community To Propose Open Source Project To Eclipse

Fujitsu, IBM And McDATA To Contribute Software Code To Storage Industry Effort

The Aperi community of storage vendors announced it has proposed an open source project to the Eclipse Foundation, home to open source communities. This is the latest step in Aperi's efforts to give customers more choices for deploying open storage infrastructure software -- based on an industry-standard platform developed by the open source community.

Aperi also announced that Novell has joined the community, bringing the total number of Aperi members to 10 companies. Novell joins other industry leaders including Brocade Communication Systems, Cisco Systems, CA, Emulex, LSI Logic, Fujitsu Limited, IBM, McDATA, and Network Appliance.

Formed in October 2005, Aperi -- derived from the Latin word for "to open" -- is an open source community of leading storage industry vendors working to give organizations greater flexibility in the way they manage their storage environments and improve their access to stored information -- regardless of what storage hardware or software they are using. Members of the Aperi community are working together to build and evolve a common, open platform for managing all brands of storage systems, which will be available free-of-charge. The open source collaboration model -- which has already been used to accelerate adoption of industry standards around datacenter automation and Web services -- has proven itself to be an effective way to bring open standards to different systems and achieve a non-proprietary technology environment.

To advance the development of the Aperi framework, Fujitsu, IBM and McDATA today announced they intend to contribute storage management software code to the Eclipse Aperi project. IBM plans to contribute more than one million lines of code from its TotalStorage Productivity Center software to the proposed Eclipse project.

The Aperi platform will provide a range of benefits to customers that grapple with storage complexity and staff shortages and lack a standard way to manage information through its lifecycle. By using open, standards-based storage systems and management software, customers can choose from a greater range of storage products and eliminate the need to "rip and replace" storage management software. This lowers the cost of managing storage technology and reduces training requirements for storage operations teams.

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