Vicom Systems, Inc. provides the Engine for the creation of network storage appliances. These appliances are not computers or server-based implementations. As an appliance should be, a Vicom enabled appliance is uniquely designed for reliability, ease of management, and speed. A collaborative partnership with the end-user, the distributor, and the OEM drive the development of Vicom's function-oriented appliances. Through this method Vicom enables automation, consolidation, and integration of storage resources and storage management for corporate data centers. The Engine uses a distributed and programmable platform to connect, transport, and monitor data storage among multi-vendor SAN islands and dissimilar SAN devices. The Engine amplifies adaptability and flexibility to ensure that customers receive the fastest delivery of dependable appliance solutions. This unique design allows Vicom partners to rapidly create paradigm shifting enhancements for storage services such as storage migration and disaster recovery and to solve critical data center problems within days thereby instituting real-time co-development with System Administrators, Channels, and OEMs.