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Vol. 2 No. 3 May 2003

SNIA Members Plug Away at Management Spec

Storage Networking World, co-sponsored by the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) is always a big source of storage standards news. This year was no exception, with SNIA announcing that the Storage Management Interface Specification (SMI-S), formerly known as Bluefin, is now available for public review. At this rate, SNIA chairman Sheila Childs expects a preliminary spec this June, and a fully ratified standard this fall. The 600-page SMI-S document describes a plethora of nitty-gritty functional tasks such as array configuration, LUN masking, zone management, array snapshot and copy services, and tape library management, Childs says. "We've come a really long way," Childs says, who believes that we could start seeing products shipping by the end of the year. But SMI-S supporters aren't waiting around for ratification to show off their stuff. Nineteen companies participated in SNW's CIMSAN 2 demo, with 19 different CIM providers, 15 different management applications, and 152 "points of interoperability," between HBAs,...

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