However, in an attempt to retain customers and establish a stronghold over the marketplace, vendors are ensuring that by and large their products are not interoperable with that of their competitors in the marketplace. This is to encourage and almost leave customers with no choice but to opt for the same suite of products. This is dissuading potential customers from making a huge investment on any one particular product range.
While vendor lock-in is definitely a key roadblock to the large scale deployment of storage virtualization technology, open source platforms provide an apt solution to deployment and development threats associated with this challenge.
"Open source platform would not only enable unique and novel techniques to be embedded with existing technologies, but would also create a field of a competitive multi-vendor community with huge potential interest from the end-user community," explains Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Arvind Arun. "Open source platform can considerably reduce the condition of vendor lock-in and cost considerations and can thereby enable rapid adoption of virtualization."