Storage Management Initiative (SMI)
The SNIA's Storage Management Initiative (SMI) unifies the storage industry to develop and standardize interoperable storage management technologies and aggressively promote them to the storage, networking, and end user communities.
SMI gathers and prioritizes industry requirements that help guide SNIA Technical Work Groups to cooperatively develop the Storage Management Initiative Specification - SMI-S - the international storage management standard implemented in over 500 products.
Member-driven and vendor-neutral, the SMI promotes multi-vendor storage managment interoperability through:
SMI-S Technical Specification -SMI-S is an international standard implemented in over 500 products. SMI-S standardizes and streamlines storage management functions into a common set of tools.
Swordfish -An easy-to-use customer-centric interface developed by SNIA's SSM TWG to manage storage and related data services
SMI-Lab -Housing millions of dollars worth of SMI-S enabled equipment, the SMI-Lab enables members to accelerate the development and implementation of SMI-S products and to pass the SMI-S Conformance Test Program (SMI-S CTP).
SMI-S Conformance Test Program (CTP) -Products that pass the SMI-S CTP are validated to conform to a particular version the SMI-S. Companies whose products pass have the right to display the the CTP "mark."
Technical Work Groups -Technical Work Group cooperatively guide development of the SMI-S.
The Advantages of the SMI-S Technology
The adoption of standards that evolve from the SMI-S increases the rapid deployment of interoperable storage networks, expanding vendors' addressable markets. It also allows them to focus on developing value-added functionality at a level higher than protocol interconnectivity
Management application developers can support devices from multiple vendors quickly and reliably because they 'look and behave alike'. Development and testing costs drop; time to market shortens; IT and end user satisfaction increase; and ultimately, cost benefits result.
SMI-S is based on the Web Based Enterprise Management (WBEM) architecture and the Common Information Model (CIM), which was pioneered by the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF).
Why is SMI important for the Storage Industry?
SMI-S provides storage vendors with the ability to target development efforts on a single standard interface. This results in improved time-to-market, delivery of product, and increased quality of solutions by dramatically reducing the need to develop and/or integrate disparate and proprietary interfaces
End users implementing products that conform to the Storage Management Inintiative Specification (SMI-S) will see benefits that include: increased reliability, security, and manageability that will result in lowering the total cost ownership. The central value proposition for networked storage is its ability to integrate multi-vendor, enterprise resources that can be shared and more efficiently utilized.