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BMC, Sequent, Datametrics And Interphase Join FibreAlliance.

The FibreAlliance Association of Fibre Channel vendors founded in February by storage systems vendor EMC Corp has gained four new members: BMC Software, Inc, Sequent Computer Systems Inc, Datametrics Systems Corp and Interphase Corp.

The four join 19 existing members of a group created as a result of EMC's frustration at the lack of progress on standards for Fibre Channel within the Storage Network Industry Association (SNIA). Last month the computer arm of German engineering conglomerate Siemens AG became a member (CI No 3, 690).

EMC formed the breakaway organization with 10 other companies in February this year to drive the standards process faster. To avoid clashes with the ongoing work of the SNIA, however, it vowed to submit all its standards proposals to an overseeing body, namely the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), which is also reviewing all the SNIA work.

An executive at another storage vendor noted that there are still no direct

competitors to EMC in the association, suspecting that, while it will submit to the IETF's arbitration, the dominant player in online storage will at least be seeking to nudge standards in the direction of its technology.
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Date:Jul 19, 1999
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