A software developer's kit will be released next week for building cross-platform systems for backing up important network data.
The Network Data Management Protocol allows an administrator to control data during flows from disk storage arrays, stripped-down "filers," or tape libraries. An application, such as a backup software tool, written to the protocol can back up data between disparate storage management and database software.
The protocol has been submitted to the Internet Engineering Task Force as a draft and is moving toward standardization, according to PDC officials. The software kit can be downloaded off the protocol's Web site. Commercial developers must pay a $5,000 fee for using the specification in their products.