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Published: 17 Oct 2012

Tying the mainframe into the SMI standard The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) describes its Storage Management Initiative (SMI) as an industrywide effort to "develop and standardize interoperable storage management technologies and aggressively promote them to the storage, networking and end-user communities." In fact, the scope is a bit narrower than that. Currently, the SMI project is focused on standards for software managing Fibre Channel-attached storage area networks (SANs) holding data from distributed platforms such as Windows and Unix. While there has been some discussion of including mainframe platforms in the SMI initiative, there is currently no plan to do so, SNIA officials say. "There is nothing going on in the technical working groups including the mainframe," says Ray Dunn, marketing chairman for the Storage Management Forum. "There may be some mainframe guys looking at SMI and wondering what it's about, but they haven't brought those questions to us so far." Dunn says SMI hasn't pulled the mainframe into the standards drive ... Access >>>

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