The Storage Networking Industry Association's (SNIA) latest step toward creating industry-wide standards to simplify management and ensure interoperability of networked storage environments is called “Bluefin.” "Today's complex, multivendor networked storage environments require software that can manage and access data no matter where it resides in the network," said Mark Bregman, executive vice president of product operations, VERITAS Software. "The Bluefin specification has the potential to dramatically change the way software and hardware interact, increasing the manageability of all the components of the enterprise data center. VERITAS Software's and other vendors are assuming a leading role in establishing the Bluefin effort leverages its expertise in managing information across every major networking device, hardware platform and operating system." The Bluefin technology standard announced Wednesday by the SNIA emerged from application programming interfaces (APIs) and management tools developed by SNIA member companies.

The SNIA recognizes the significant amount of resources and effort from each of the contributing companies in the development of Bluefin and is pleased to have the opportunity to evaluate the specification to incorporate as part of SNIA's technical work," said Arnold Jones, technical director of the SNIA.

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