Cloud Storage Technologies Initiative

Educate - Influence - Standardize

The SNIA Cloud Storage Technologies Initiative (CSTI) is committed to the adoption, growth and standardization of storage in cloud infrastructures, including its data services, orchestration and management, and the promotion of portability of data in multi-cloud environments.  



Member activities are designed to:

  • Educate vendor and user communities on cloud storage, data services and orchestration
  • Support and promote cloud business models and architectures such as OpenStack, Software Defined Storage (SDS), Kubernetes, and object storage
  • Understand requirements (such as scale-out) from Hyperscalers and incorporate them into updated standards and programs
  • Support and promote storage technologies for cloud infrastructure providers

If you are interested in cloud storage technologies, the CSTI invites you to join our growing list of members.


Learn more at our CSTI Infographic

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 from one cloud service to another.

2022 CSTI Leadership

Alex McDonald - CSTI Chair

Michael Hoard - CSTI Vice Chair

Mark Carlson - Cloud Storage TWG Co-Chair

David Slik - Cloud Storage TWG Co-Chair