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Published: 19 Oct 2012

There may come a day when an array's snapshot or mirroring functionality will work with any storage management application right out of the box. At least, that's the promise of the Storage Networking Industry Association's (SNIA) Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) 1.1. "The goal of the SMI for 2005 was that all storage types would be managed by SMI-S, and we've achieved that," says Ray Dunn, chair for SNIA's Storage Management Forum and industry standards marketing manager at Sun Microsystems. Device types already managed by SMI-S include arrays, switches, tape libraries and host bus adapters. "Now that we can see all these devices," Dunn says, "the next thing is to move up the stack and begin to talk about providing storage services." Examples of services the SMI wants to tackle include copy and security services, and policy-based management. At an SMI Lab Plugfest this month, several SMI members, including EMC, Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi Data Systems, IBM and Sun were slated to try out SMI-S 1.1's copy services code, the initial ... Access >>>

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