Storage Management for Customers and End Users

This section of the website is dedicated to providing customers and end users with information focused on Storage Management technology and implementation.

The Storage Management Initiative (SMI) was created by the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) to develop and standardize interoperable storage management technologies:

  • To enable and streamline the management of multi-vendor storage networks
  • To leverage the development of powerful management application
  • To provide a common management application programming interface for storage vendors to utilize in the development of new products

SMI oversees the development of the Storage Management Initiative – Specification
(SMI-S), which is now a US and international standard.

Why SMI-S for Storage End Users?
End users deploying products that conform to the SMI Specification (SMI-S) see benefits that include: multi-vendor interoperability, increased reliability, security and manageability that will result in lowering the total cost of ownership. Efficiently managing multi-vendor storage network resources is a key concern for both end users and integrators. The central value proposition for networked storage is its ability to integrate multi-vendor, enterprise resources that can be shared and more efficiently utilized.

Increased Flexibility/Freedom of Choice

• Storage management applications can manage multi-vendor environment

• Visibility of entire storage network from a single application
• No need to purchase individual management applications for each device
• Enables active management of devices from multiple vendors

Reduced Management Costs

• Reduced complexity
• Auto-discovery, topology mapping
• Single interface for managing devices from multiple vendors
• No need to train admins on multiple interfaces

For more information:

  • Read about SMI-CTP, the conformance test program for SMI-S; passing CTP indicates that products support SMI-S and have demonstrated conformance
  • View a  flyer on Managing Storage with SMI-S.