SNIA Unveils “Bluefin” Storage Management Spec

The long-awaited, much-tinkered-with specification for ensuring easier
management in disparate storage hardware and software was released to the
public Tuesday by the Storage Networking Industry
Association
(SNIA).

Introduced was version one of the
Storage Management
Initiative Specification
(SMI-S Version 1.0), which was called Bluefin
for more than a year while it was undergoing rigorous testing and
development by such industry stalwarts as IBM, HP and EMC.

SMI-S backers hope to use the open standard API to eventually integrate
large, diverse multi-vendor storage networks to create more opportunities in
the multi-billion-dollar storage networking market.

The public review period, during which SNIA encourages vendors to gain
implementation experience, will last for 45 days. The news follows SNIA’s commencement of a second round of plug-in tests, called CIM-SAN-2, which is expected to last six months.

Under the auspices of the CIM-SAN-2 program, the Storage Management Forum
will be demonstrating a heterogeneous multi-vendor storage network based on
the public version of SMI-S Version 1.0 through Thursday at SNW 2003.
Moreover, 19 storage vendors will be showcasing
SMI-S their products’ interoperability through the spec at
the show.

“The CIM-SAN-2 demonstration, assembled at SNW, is a heterogeneous
multi-vendor storage network for vendors to cooperatively exercise SMI-S as
it is being written,” said Jerry Duggan, CIM-SAN program manager. “We have
20 providers, supplying device instrumentation using SMI-S, and 18 clients,
or storage management applications consuming information from SMI-S
providers, with over 150 points of interoperability so far.”

According to Roger Reich, chair of the Storage Management Initiative
Committee in SNIA, the group has set a goal for all storage networking
products to use the SMI-S standard in 2005.

Clint Boulton
Clint Boulton is an Enterprise Storage Forum contributor and a senior writer for CIO.com covering IT leadership, the CIO role, and digital transformation.

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