Cloud Storage Initiative

Educate - Influence - Standardize

The SNIA Cloud Storage Initiative (CSI) is committed to the adoption, growth and standardization of cloud storage and cloud data services. We seek to promote interoperability and portability of data stored in the cloud. Member activities are organized around the following objectives:

  • To educate vendor and user communities on cloud storage
  • To support & promote cloud business models and architectures such as OpenStack, Software Defined Storage (SDS) and object storage
  • Collaborate with other industry associations

CSI leads as a global, industry-neutral authority on storage in cloud environments. Whether you are interested in public clouds, private clouds or hybrid clouds, the CSI is interested in hearing from you and invites you to join our growing list of members.

Cloud Data Management Interface (CDMI)

The SNIA Cloud Data Management Interface (CDMI) is an ISO/IEC standard that enables cloud solution vendors to meet the growing need of interoperability for data stored in the cloud.  The CDMI standard is applicable to all types of clouds – private, public and hybrid. There are currently more than 20 products that meet the CDMI specification.

CDMI provides end users with the ability to control the destiny of their data and ensure hassle-free data access, data protection and data migration form one cloud service to another.

CDMI Conformance Test Program (CTP)    

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Building on SNIA’s proven track record of validating industry standards compliance, there is now a CDMI Conformance Test Program (CTP) available. The CDMI CTP validates a cloud product’s conformance to the CDMI standard and offers assurance that the standard has been properly implemented and that data stored will be transportable to any other conformant implementation.

Cloud solution vendors who pass the CDMI CTP certification can display the official SNIA CDMI CTP logo on their product and include it on responses to RFPs. For more information on the CDMI CTP, check-out our FAQ document.

To get started with CTP Certification, or for more information, please submit this form.


  • Cisco Systems
  • IBM
  • Lenovo
  • NetApp
  • Philips
  • Red Hat
  • Tata Consultancy Services
  • Toshiba
  • Veritas

(As of October 2016)

2016 CSI Governing Board

Alex McDonald - Cloud Storage Chair

Mark Carlson - Cloud Storage Co-Chair, Cloud Storage TWG Co-Chair

David Slik - Cloud Storage TWG Co-Chair