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IBM, Others to Create Open-Source Programs

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Pushing the "open source" idea deeper into computing, several companies led by IBM Corp. are teaming up to develop programs for letting big businesses uniformly manage their increasingly vast warehouses of data.

Generally, each storage vendor supplies its own data-management software, sometimes making it hard for companies to seamlessly move the information around and integrate it with their businesses.

Aperi's roster aincludes such leading hardware and software companies as Cisco Systems, Inc., Computer Associates International Inc., Brocade Communications Systems Inc., Network Appliance Inc., McData Corp., Fujitsu Ltd. and Engenio Information Technologies Inc.

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