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CIM-SAN program expands with new participants and functionality

Mountain View, CA – March 10th, 2003 – 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 Storage Management Initiative (SMI) has reached the next phase in its effort to bring forth an interoperable storage networking standard with the CIM-SAN-2 Developers Demonstration Program.

The SNIA Technical Work Groups, having completed their initial review of the Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-Specification) document, have begun their meticulous testing cycle as part of the newly formed Storage Management Forum (SM-Forum) sponsored CIM-SAN-2 Developers Demonstration Program. This implementation and testing cycle enables the specification to rigorously exercise management applications in heterogeneous storage-networking environments. The six-month long Developers Demonstration Program includes a series of plugfests and public demonstrations, which focus specifically on refining and tuning the technical progress of the CIM/WBEM-based SNIA SMI-specification. Having successfully completed the first plugfest at the SNIA Technology Centre in February 2003, the SM-Forum Developers Program is preparing for the first public demonstration of CIM-SAN-2 capabilities at Storage Networking World (SNW) in April in Scottsdale, Arizona, with the staging of the second plugfest today at the SNIA Technology Centre.

“As the SNIA guides the SMI-specification through its development lifecycle, we are following a prescribed, aggressive, robust process on the road to becoming a recognised public standard,” said Jerry Duggan, chair of the SM-Forum Interoperability Committee. “The significant investment of time, resources and finances from our members, coupled with customer demand for expanded capabilities of storage management technologies, required the SNIA to place the SMI-Specification on the fast track. The SNIA Storage Management Initiative plans to deliver a standard specification by the end of 2003.”

Leveraging the success and support of the CIM-SAN-1 demonstration at Fall SNW 2002, the SM-Forum members have accelerated the enhancement and functionality of CIM-SAN-2 by incorporating new security, discovery and management features resulting in maximum network efficiency. The following new features will be available with CIM-SAN-2:

Array volume creation – creating logical volumes in arrays and virtualisers and making them available for use by hosts

Array LUN masking – a security function that controls visibility of logical volumes to hosts

Array snapshot & mirror control – creating, splitting and synchronizing snapshots and mirrored Volume

Fabric topology & zoning discovery – facilitates the discovery of how devices are connected to switches and their zoning parameters.

“SNIA SMI-specification-enabled products will offer end users the freedom and flexibility to install interoperable management solutions based on their specific business needs and allow them to purchase and construct more diverse multi-vendor storage area networks (SANs) with confidence,” said John Webster, senior storage analyst and co-founder of the Data Mobility Group. “With strong vendor and end user cooperation and high demand for storage management interoperability, the SM-Forum has the necessary backing to achieve its goal to make the SMI-specification – and what it represents in terms of delivering standards-based product to the marketplace – a reality in 2003.”

To complement the CIM-SAN Developers Demonstration Program, the SNIA Technology Centre is hosting a six-month-long virtual plugfest that provides software clients with access to industry-leading storage solutions in order to further develop high levels of storage management compatibility and interoperability.

“Advancing the SMI-specification with CIM-SAN-2 illustrates the efficient progress within the SNIA to bring trusted, reliable storage management solutions quickly to customers,” said Larry Krantz, chairman of the SNIA SM-Forum. “This is a key milestone in the development process of this highly technical work that confirms the SNIA’s commitment to facilitating the delivery of interoperable, heterogeneous, storage networking standards.”

Companies that have indicated their intent to participate in the CIM-SAN-2 Developers Demonstration Program include: AppIQ, Brocade (Nasdaq: BRCD), Cisco Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO), CommVault Systems, Computer Associates International Inc.(NYSE: CA), CreekPath Systems, EMC (NYSE: EMC), Fujitsu Softek, Hitachi Data Systems, HP (NYSE: HPQ), IBM Corporation (NYSE: IBM), INRANGE Technologies (Nasdaq: INRG), LSI Logic Corporation, Inc. (NYSE: LSI), McDATA (Nasdaq: MCDT), Network Appliance (Nasdaq: NTAP), QLogic Corporation (Nasdaq: QLGC), StorageTekâ (Storage Technology Corp.:NYSE: STK), Sun Microsystems (Nasdaq: SUNW), and VERITAS Software (Nasdaq: VRTS).

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SNIA Europe

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About the Storage Management Initiative (SMI)

The SNIA Storage Management Initiative (SMI) is creating and driving to broad adoption, a highly functional and interoperable management interface for multi-vendor storage networking products. By enabling and streamlining the integration of large and diverse multi-vendor storage networks the initiative is able to expand the overall market for storage networking technology. For further information visit the website at http://www.snia.org/tech_activities/SMI

About the SNIA Technology Centre

The SNIA Technology Centre 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 utilizing 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 Centre at (719) 884-8902 or via email at tcd@snia.org, or visit the web site at
http://www.snia.org/tech_center

About the SNIA Storage Management Forum (SM-Forum)

The Storage Management Forum (SM-Forum) is driving the first common and interoperable management backbone for storage networks called the SNIA Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S). By sponsoring plugfests, educational events, compliance testing, and certification programs, the SM-Forum works to promote the broad adoption and proliferation of a single standard management interface for multi-vendor storage networks. For more information visit
http://www.snia.org/smforum


About the Storage Networking Industry Association Europe (SNIA-E)

The Storage Networking Industry Association is a not-for-profit organisation made up of more than 300 companies and individuals worldwide spanning virtually the entire storage industry – end users, vendors and resellers. 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 +33 1 34 58 46 72 or via e-mail at euroinfo@snia.org, or visit the SNIA Web site at http://www.snia-europe.org


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