Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S)

The Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S)  is a standard that has been developed by the SNIA Storage Management Initiative (SMI), its “Member Companies,” and the SNIA’s Technical Working Groups (TWGs) in association with additional standards and technical bodies strategically aligned with the SNIA.


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SMI-S standardizes and streamlines storage management functions and features into a common set of tools that address the day-to-day tasks of the IT environment. Read more about published versions of SMI-S. The latest publicly released version of SMI-S is the SMI-S V1.6 SNIA Technical Position.

Features and Functionality of SMI-S

Initially providing a foundation for identifying the attributes and properties of storage devices, SMI-S now also delivers services such as discovery, security, virtualization, performance, and fault reporting. SMI-S addresses storage management related to:

Hardware Devices: SMI-S Providers

  • FC Switches
  • Arrays (FC and iSCSI)
  • NAS Devices
  • Tape Libraries
  • Host Profiles (including HBAs)

  SMI-S Clients (software)

  • Configuration Discovery
  • Provisioning and Trending
  • Security
  • Asset Management
  • Compliance and Cost Management
  • Event Management
  • Data Protection

SMI-S Participating and Conformant Companies

SMI Member Companies

SMI-S Conforming Provider Companies

SMI-S Conforming Client Companies

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For more information on SMI-S, contact Tom Mancuso, Senior Program Manager, SMI.

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