EMC is making publicly available its Interoperability Support Matrices.
These documents detail the thousands of combinations of multivendor products and technologies EMC has fully tested and qualified to be interoperable with EMC information storage products.
Available at www.EMC.com, the matrices provide IT managers with a simplified tool for building open storage infrastructures backed by EMC's testing.
The documents also help end users cut through vendor claims and assess rationally the proven, practical interoperability offered by competing information storage suppliers.
The company's Australia and New Zealand managing director Paul Frith said EMC has invested some $2 billion in the equipment and expertise needed to achieve tested interoperability across a vast range of switches, servers, operating systems and other components, including non-EMC storage devices.
"It's difficult, it's expensive and there are no overnight solutions," he said.
"EMC's best-in-class testing environment enables its customers to avoid what would become a hugely complex, time-consuming task if they were to undertake the testing themselves. EMC's commitment to interoperability testing enables end-users to focus their resources on deploying reliable, flexible networked storage solutions that maximise the value of their IT investments.
Networked storage continues to become more central to IT infrastructure by driving down total IT costs through economies of scale, server consolidation and simplified management.
Worldwide, EMC estimates that end users are spending heavily and inefficiently - as much as $30 billion of their companies' own money - to ensure interoperability across networked storage environments.
"As end-users increasingly deploy networked storage as the foundation of information-centric environments, the size and scope of the interoperability challenge accelerates," Frith said. "But customers who rely on simplistic interoperability testing or industry standards alone pay a high price in terms of delayed IT deployment, added management costs and missed business opportunities."
Frith said this situation reveals a stark reality as IT managers need to optimise ROI.