The Storage Management Initiative (SMI)

The Storage Management Initiative (SMI) is a SNIA group that unifies the storage industry to develop and standardize interoperable storage management technologies and aggressively promote them to the storage, networking, and end user communities.

Watch this short video for an introduction to SMI.

The SMI drives the SNIA activities in the following areas:

Technical Working Group Support – SMI provides funding and technical writing resources to Technical Working Groups (TWGs) that develop the SMI-S technical specification in the SMI TWG and SNIA Swordfish specification in the SSM TWG. 

Storage Management Lab Program (SM Lab) – accelerates the development and implementation of SMI-S and Swordfish-based Client and Provider products from SNIA member companies in a collaborative environment. It also provides important feedback for specification authors. SM Lab plugfests are held several times each year to ensure interoperability of implementations. 

SMI-S Conformance Test Program (SMI-S CTP) – manages and develops test suites that validate conformance to the SMI-S specification. SMI-S CTP is an integral step towards bringing third party standards conformance to the marketplace.

Education – SMI strives to educate the industry about storage management technologies through published articles, blogs, webcasts, Wikipedia pages, social media posts and news items and by supporting developer groups.

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