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Vol. 4 No. 1 March 2005

SMI-S has legs

The Storage Management Initiative specification (SMI-S) is gaining ground. The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) lists more than 100 devices from 17 array, switch and host bus adapter vendors that comply with SMI-S 1.0. "We're pretty amazed," says Jerry Duggan, SNIA SMI committee chair. "This speaks to the exploding combinatorial matrix of what [a vendor] needs to support." More devices should support SMI-S as the latest version gets ratified. Recently released for vendor review, SMI-S 1.1 adds support for NAS, iSCSI and tape libraries, as well as deeper array integration, and advanced zoning and provisioning services. In particular, Duggan notes that tape libraries "are finally getting some good momentum." ADIC was the first to announce an SMI-S 1.1-compliant library, its Scalar i2000. With it, Duggan says, SMI-S management apps can see "beneath the surface" of the tape library and recognize the internal drives and media. All this SMI-S activity pleases storage management software providers like SRM vendor ...

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  • SMI-S has legs

    SMI-S support gaining ground

  • Midmarket yearns for remote replication

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  • Spotlight on midrange arrays

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  • Securing IP SANs

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  • Buzzword: SPAID

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    How SRM products can help you discover capacity that isn't accessible to an array.

  • First Look: Archivas ArC

    Archivas' ArC software is a highly scalable archiving application that can store fixed content as WORM data while still providing quick access to files.

  • NAS heads: Gatekeepers for enterprise storage

    A NAS head can aggregate disk capacity on storage systems, making it easier to share files and usedisk space efficiently. NAS head capabilities vary, so understanding product features and your requirements is crucial.

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