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Why Xiotech is Important

by Administrator on September 14, 2010

Just realized that I haven’t shared a link to a Xiotech segment posted earlier this summer on C-4 Project.org site and cross posted on ESJ.com.  My bad, especially since I have been referring to Xiotech in such glowing terms of late.

This video helps you to understand why. 

While Xiotech has a lot going for it at the hardware level, what really gets me going is the management software approach they have adopted.  The controllers of the new Emprise rigs have a REST protocol stack on them that enables you to monitor and configure and troubleshoot and do virtually anything else you need to do…from your iPAD or iPhone or any other Web Services enabled device.  The video clip on ESJ shows this functionality in action.

Xiotech on an iPAD

Managing storage on your iPAD

But wait, there’s more.

The W3C REST management paradigm isn’t just for hardware from Xiotech.  Those guys have published all of the code openly for use by partners (and competitors even!) to similarly enable their devices and wares for unified management via an open, standards-based approach. Customers can write their own apps, too. 

Look, SMI is an old dog at this point, taking way too much time to engineer into products.  Web Services and REST take just a few weeks to implement and do a better job of unifying management of storage, and potentially network and servers as well, in a common way.  Learn more about the Xiotech approach and download specs and sample code at CoreTeXDeveloper.com.  Here are a couple of teasers.

LINK 1 An example app

LINK 2  The CorTeX API Specification

Guys (and gals), this is one of the most important developments in storage management that I have ever seen.

{ 1 comment… read it below or add one }

kkrems September 17, 2010 at 12:13 pm

I’ve had opportunities to develop client side applications for both SMI-S and the Xiotech Cortex API. I created a proof of concept with the Xiotech ReSTful web service implementation in under two weeks for a tradeshow without having any prior knowledge of Xiotech’s Cortex technology.

Because SMI-S is controlled by the largest hardware vendors, SMI-S does not have the ability to be nimble and make significant changes to reduce total costs at its later stage in life. It would be interesting to gauge costs associated to Xiotech’s ReST implementation and a typical SMI-S provider development effort.

Knowing some of the team at Xiotech, I would assume that not only did they learn from their pasts but were also given an opportunity to make changes that minimize costs and maximize time. That speaks volumes for a company that in general wants to make things easier. What? Xiotech also has this ReSTful web service embedded? How many SMI-S providers are embedded or in fact proxy?

Hats off to Xiotech and agree that it’s an important shift in storage management.

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