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SNIA Enables Standards-Based Data Management and Protection Services

  • 08 September, 2005 13:31

<p>New SMI-S v1.1 Reviewed at Storage Networking World, Sydney</p>
<p>Sydney, Australia - September 8, 2005 – The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) today reported on the advanced features for standards-based data protection and management services based on the new version of the Storage Management Initiative-Specification (SMI-S), version 1.1, as discussed at Storage Networking World (SNW) Australia.</p>
<p>Mr Larry Krantz Chairman Emeritus of SNIA USA and Chairman of International together with Mr Garry Barker Chairman SNIA ANZ, discussed the roadmap for SMI-S and how vendors are demonstrating and proving the latest functionality. The event, the first SNW for ANZ, was well attended by over 200 storage delegates and 1600 visitors to the exhibition. It was supported by most major storage vendors.</p>
<p>The new SMI-S v1.1 functionality includes; support for the SNIA Copy Services profile, and support for storage tape libraries. Together they deliver real business value to IT users by providing data management and protection services based on SMI-S standard functions. The SMI-S was supported by all delegates and other expert speakers such as IDC’s Graham Penn who said that all future storage acquisitions by enterprises should mandate storage compliance.</p>
<p>The SNIA Copy Services profile defines how SMI-S v1.1 enables data protection and management services through a standard set of configuration and monitoring capabilities for local and remote mirroring, snapshot and clone management. By standardising these functions, storage administrators will have more agility in choosing devices and greater management control over their data protection infrastructure investments. Furthermore, the longevity of a solution constructed to safeguard a data repository can be increased if the underlying technology is independent of the specific make and model of the underlying storage system.</p>
<p>“With a single set of SMI-S commands to operate the copy services functions of conforming storage devices, networked storage solutions can be managed holistically to support the life of stored information on succeeding generations of storage devices,” said Mark Carlson, Chairman of the SMI Technical Steering Group. “SMI-S Copy Services is the first open standard for managing data availability and movement across heterogeneous devices at the physical device and storage block level.”</p>
<p>Functions that were discussed at SNW ANZ include: controlling the configuration of the data source; mapping an appropriate copy target; setting an appropriate synchronisation state; as well as monitoring the copy process for job completion and reporting errors. These functions apply to creating remote mirrors and snapshots, as well as modifying them and deleting the replicated objects when appropriate. In addition, Copy Services will be included in the next SNIA Conformance Testing Program (SNIA-CTP) test suites for SMI-S v1.1, available later this month.</p>
<p>SMI-S v1.1 also improves data protection and management by introducing standards-based management of storage media library functions in tape libraries.</p>
<p>Solutions implementing SMI-S v1.1 offer end users increased data protection, expanded multi-vendor storage support and reduced training costs through standards-based management. Vendors will also witness reduced development efforts resulting from a single, standards-based management interface for multi-vendor replication, as well as faster time to market in support of new devices. SMI-S v1.1 builds on SMI-S v1.0.3 features that support HBA, switch, and array configuration and management.</p>
<p>About the Storage Management Initiative – Specification (SMI-S)
The SNIA Storage Management Initiative (SMI) is creating and driving to broad adoption a highly functional and interoperable management interface for multi-vendor storage networking products. By enabling and streamlining the integration of large and diverse multi-vendor storage networks, the initiative will be able to expand the overall market for storage networking technology. For further information visit the website at</p>
<p>About the Storage Management Forum (SMF)
The mission of the SMF is to drive a common and interoperable management foundation for storage networks. The SMF focuses on establishing the environment for developing the SMI-Specification (SMI-S) and on promoting multi-vendor storage management interoperability for the products created by member companies.</p>
<p>About the SNIA</p>
<p>The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) is a not-for-profit organisation, made up of more than 300 companies and approximately 5,500 individuals spanning virtually the entire storage industry. SNIA members share the common goal of advancing the adoption of storage networks as complete and trusted solutions. To this end, the SNIA is uniquely committed to delivering standards, education and services that will propel open storage networking solutions into the broader market. For additional information, visit the SNIA web site at</p>
<p>About SNW ANZ</p>
<p>This is the first year of SNIA ANZ’s own storage event held in Australia with support from major storage vendors such as HP and Sun, Acer, APC, Brocade, Hitachi Data Systems, IBM, Imation, Quantum and Sony. This event brings world class speakers from the analyst and user community together with vendor technologists, to present to attendees the latest and best in storage networks and solutions. It will be held at Darling Harbour in Sydney from September 6th to 7th. Visit for more details.</p>
<p>Media Contact</p>
<p>Rob Stirling
Phone +61 2 9977 8922</p>

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