The IBM-run Eclipse Foundation has created a new open source project to develop storage management software.

The Aperi Storage Management Framework Project will move into its implementation phase, said its IBM director Brenda Haynes. Aperi's sub-website is up and running, and all materials are available to the community, she said.

"Our goal is to deliver to customers the capability to have an Aperi framework that provides a basic storage manager infrastructure for heterogeneous storage management," Haynes said. Before the end of the year, IBM will upload code that can be used either directly by users or incorporated into products by vendors, Haynes said. That website will also let people submit enhancements, report problems and get documentation, she said.

Mike Milinkovich, executive director of the Eclipse Foundation, said: "The Aperi Project will simplify the management of storage environments and increase interoperability through a standards-based, open source software framework."

Aperi was seen by some as conflicting with the Storage Networking Industry Association's (SNIA) Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) to develop an industry standard for storage management. But the announcement vowed that Aperi members would collaborate with the SNIA and its framework would comply with SMI-S.