Storage Vendors to Get SMI-S Stamp of Approval
In a major step toward solving interoperability within storage environments, at the Storage Networking World Conference on Tuesday the SNIA is expected to unveil a select list of hardware and software management vendors that are fully compliant with the SIn a major step toward solving interoperability within storage environments, at Storage Networking World Conference on Tuesday the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) is expected to unveil a select list of hardware and software management vendors that are fully compliant with the Storage Management Initiative-Specification (SMI-S). The participating vendors, including names such as IBM, Hewlett-Packard Co., Hitachi Data Systems Inc., EMC Corp., Sun Microsystems Inc., Veritas Software Corp., and Network Appliance (NetApp) Inc., to name just a few, have successfully passed Colorado Springs, Colo.-based SNIAs Conformance Test Program (CTP) by plugging into a common SMI-S interface and will implement the specification into their products. According to SNIA, the management interface can discover devices on a Fibre Channel storage area network (SAN). The next version of SMI-S, due roughly in one year, will support iSCSi over IP protocols and network attached storage (NAS), while also featuring security and policy management attributes, said Ray Dunn, chairman of the SNIAs Storage Management Forum and member of SNIAs Board of Directors.
SMI-S deals with storage arrays, switches and the fabric of storage. Dunn said the specification was created to combat the problem of removing the complexity of having each device in a networked storage Fibre Channel and SAN deployment operating its own management application interface.
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