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London / Paris – 11th November, 2002 -- The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), an international organisation dedicated to delivering storage networking architectures, education, and solutions for the IT community, today announced the formation of the Storage Management Initiative (SMI) Forum. The SMI Forum is the fifth forum to be formed by the SNIA specifically to drive the adoption of technologies and interoperability, joining the Supported Solutions Forum, IP Storage Forum, DAFS Developers Forum, and Storage Security Industry Forum.

The role of the SMI Forum is to drive the broad adoption of SNIA and complimentary industry standards from which vendors can build interoperable management applications for multi-vendor storage networks. The Forum will initially focus on the promotion of SNIA's SMI Specification for Storage Area Network (SAN)-based storage management, based upon the Bluefin specification. The SMI Specification grew out of SNIA’s Storage Management Initiative, launched in August 2002, to ultimately solve one of the storage industry’s most challenging issues: management interoperability.

The specification will define how Common Information Model (CIM), Web-Based Enterprise Management (WBEM), and new SNIA-developed CIM component technologies interoperate. It is an object-oriented messaging interface specification that links distributed management applications with device management support. By conforming to the SMI Specification, companies will be able to develop their products to a single standard interface, eliminating the current requirement for developing to several proprietary interfaces. Multi-vendor SANs consisting of SMIS-enabled products will offer increased reliability and security, and be easier for end users to monitor and manage, ultimately leading to lower total cost of ownership.

The Forum will also support a number of activities the SNIA has launched to compliment the SMI specifications and technologies. These activities, targeted at storage companies and their customers, OEMs, and systems integrators, include the development of interoperability conformance tests, vendor plug fests and demonstrations, education, and professional certification.

"The SNIA recognises customer demands for more efficient, manageable storage network solutions and is focusing its efforts on the Storage Management Initiative to make truly open, interoperable storage networks a reality," said Sheila Childs, Chairperson of the SNIA Board of Directors. "The SMI Forum provides the resources to SNIA to expand and accelerate the success of the SMI and ultimately the storage networking industry as a whole."

The Forum, which has established a goal to have 60% of all vendors' products compliant with the SMI Specification by 2004, and 100% in 2005, is open to all members of the Association. Companies that have indicated their intent to participate in the SMI Forum include: Agile Storage, AppIQ, BMC Software (NYSE: BMC), Brocade (Nasdaq:BRCD), CommVault, Computer Associates Inc.(Nasdaq:SCAI), Cranialogic, Creekpath, EMC (NYSE:EMC) , Emulex Corp (NYSE:ELX), Fujitsu Softek, HP (NYSE:HPQ), Hitachi Data Systems, IBM Corporation (NYSE:IBM), INRANGE Technologies (Nasdaq:INRG), Intel (NYSE:INTC), InterSAN, Inc., LSI Logic Storage Systems, Inc. (NYSE: LSI), McDATA (Nasdaq: MCDT), Network Appliance (Nasdaq:NTAP), Storability Software, StorageNetworks (Nasdaq: STOR), Storage Technology Corp.(NYSE: STK), Sun Microsystems (Nasdaq:SUNW), VERITAS Software (Nasdaq:VRTS), and Vicom Systems.

The Forum will next meet at the SNIA Storage Summit conference in December when it is expected to elect a Forum Executive Committee comprised of Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer and Secretary.

"The ultimate value of the SMI is to allow end-users to reduce the cost of managing storage networks and to allow Integrators to construct larger more diverse multi-vendor SANs,” said Roger Reich, Chair of the SNIA's SMI Committee. "Additionally, the SMI programme will accelerate the development of storage management applications and streamline the ability for vendors to express their API’s in the industry.”

The initial Forum activities include the SNIA Storage Management Summit, December 3-5, 2002, in Colorado Springs, CO, at the SNIA Technology Center. Details on this event may be found on the SNIA web site at


More information about SMI Forum may be found at

About the SNIA

The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) is a not-for-profit organization, made up of over 300 companies and individuals spanning virtually the entire storage industry. SNIA members share a common goal: to set the pace of the industry by ensuring that storage networks become efficient, complete, and trusted solutions across the IT community. To this end the SNIA is uniquely committed to delivering standards, education and services that will propel open storage networking solutions into the broader market. For information, contact the SNIA Europe on +33 1 47 49 06 23 or via e-mail at or visit the SNIA-E web site at

About the SNIA Technology Center

The SNIA Technology Center is an advanced classroom and laboratory facility for end users, storage integrators, and SNIA members to test and integrate enterprise storage systems, platforms, and applications utilising networked storage infrastructures. The facility, located in Colorado Springs, CO, showcases the development and testing of advanced networking storage technologies that require interoperability of multi-vendor storage products. For further information, contact the SNIA Technology Center on +1 719 884 8902 or via email at, or visit the web site at


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