SNIA Announces ISO Acceptance of Latest Updates to Its Storage Management Initiative Specification

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SMI-S is Now Incorporated into over 1,000 Storage Products

News Summary:

  • International approval of updates to the SMI-S v1.5 specification will drive adoption and implementation.
  • The addition of 50 new profiles brings significant improvements and functionality, increasing the rapid deployment of interoperable storage networks.

Colorado Springs, Colo. (September 17, 2015) – The Storage Network Industry Association’s (SNIA) Storage Management Initiative (SMI) today announced that the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) have accredited the SMI Specification version 1.5 (SMI-S v1.5). The standard is designated as ISO/IEC 24775.

SMI-S v1.5 contains important new storage management functionality and the new ratification will further standardize and streamline storage management functions and features into a common set of tools that address the day-to-day tasks of the IT environment. SMI-S is now incorporated into over 1,000 storage products, allowing management application developers to support devices from multiple vendors quickly and reliably because they “look and behave alike.”

New Features of SMI-S v1.5:

  • Supports additional types of storage connectivity, as well as capabilities offered by newer storage networking devices
  • Addresses operational requirements such as power monitoring
  • New functionality for block storage devices includes support for replication, thin provisioning and refinements for how block storage is made available from multiple storage devices
  •  NAS device functionality, which now brings improvements in the way file storage is managed and shared.
  • Improvement on how storage networking fabrics can be managed and shared
  • New functionality for hosts includes support for additional types of host bus adapters and for host-based RAID storage
  • The addition of over 50 new profiles to SMI-S 1.5

“The accreditation of SMI-S v1.5 by ISO and IEC adds another important standard to our international lineup,” said Chris Lionetti, Chair of the Storage Management Initiative. “These tools allow companies to manage a broad range of international products in a consistent way without losing time resolving protocol and API variations. This allows lower development and testing costs, shorter time to market and greater IT and end-user satisfaction.”

SMI-S experts will be presenting at the upcoming Storage Developer Conference on Monday, September 21, 2015 in Santa Clara.

About the SMI
The Storage Networking Industry Association’s (SNIA) Storage Management Initiative (SMI) was launched in 2002 for the creation, continuous development, and promotion of a highly-functional interoperable management standard interface for multi-vendor storage networking products. It includes the SMI Specification (SMI-S), the SMI Conformance Test Program, and the SMI-Lab - an ongoing series of industry-wide collaborative plugfests that aim to accelerate the development and implementation of SMI products Further information about the SMI and how to participate can be found at

About SNIA
The Storage Networking Industry Association is a not-for-profit global organization, made up of member companies spanning the global storage market. SNIA’s mission is to lead the storage industry worldwide in developing and promoting standards, technologies, and educational services to empower organizations in the management of information. To this end, the SNIA is uniquely committed to delivering standards, education, and services that will propel open storage networking solutions into the broader market. For more information, visit