SNIA Technical Projects

The following list provides an overview of the current SNIA technical projects.

The SNIA occasionally makes available public review draft copies of some of the technical work being developed.

If you are interested in participating in any of the following projects and your company is already a SNIA Member, then just sign up for your free login account.  If your company is not a SNIA Member please see about joining so that you can start participating.  To find out additional information about a particular project contact Arnold Jones, SNIA Technical Council Managing Director at


Cloud Data Management Interface (CDMI)

The Cloud Data Management Interface defines the functional interfce that applications will use to create, retrieve, update and delete data elements from the Cloud. As part of this interface the client will be able to discover the capabilities of the cloud storage offering and use this interface to manage containers and the data that is placed in them. In addition, metadata can be set on containers and their contained data elements through this interface. This interface is also used by administrative and management applications to manage containers, accounts, security access and monitoring/billing information, even for storage that is accessible by other protocols. The capabilities of the underlying storage and data services are exposed so that clients can understand the offering.

Emerald™ Power Efficiency Measurement Specification

The purpose of the SNIA Emerald™ Power Efficiency Measurement Specification is to provide a reproducible and standardized assessment of the energy efficiency of commercial storage products in both active and idle states.

Swordfish Scalable Storage Management API Specification

The Swordfish Scalable Storage Management API ("Swordfish") uses RESTful interface semantics and a standardized data model to provide a scalable, customer-centric interface for managing storage and related data services.
TLS Specification for Storage Systems

Solid State Storage Performance Test Specification

The SNIA is developing methods enabling manufacturers to set, and customers to compare, the performance specifications of Solid State Storage (SSS) devices, which are evolving with the state of the technology. This specification defines a set of device level tests and methodologies to enable comparative testing of Solid State Storage (SSS) devices.

Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S)

SMI-S defines a method for the interoperable management of a heterogeneous Storage Area Network (SAN), and describes the information available to a WBEM Client from an SMI-S compliant CIM Server and an object-oriented, XML-based, messaging-based interface designed to support the specific requirements of managing devices in and through SANs. Developer support for SMI-S is available through the SNIA SMI-S Google group.


CDMI Reference Implementation

The CDMI Reference Implementation is a SNIA Software Development project that implements the Cloud Data Management Interface (CDMI).


I/O Traces & Tools and Analysis (IOTTA) Repository

The I/O Traces, Tools and Analysis (IOTTA) TWG has created a worldwide repository for I/O trace collection and analysis tools, application workloads, I/O traces of workloads, and best practices around such topics. The repository is located at