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THE SNIA STORAGE MANAGEMENT INITIATIVE UNVEILS STORAGE STANDARD

SNIA Releases First Version of SMI-S, Showcases Storage Management Products, Launches Interoperability Conformance Testing at SNW

Phoenix, AZ – 15th April 2003 – The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) achieved a major milestone in storage management standards today with the public unveiling of the first version of the SNIA Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S Version 1.0). With this announcement the SNIA takes a giant step in directly addressing IT users’ concerns for greater simplicity and flexibility in storage management. This SMI achievement makes the specification document available for public inspection and advances the storage industry toward a single storage management standard (http://www.snia.org/smi/tech_activities/smi_spec_pr/spec).

“The public release of the SMI-S is a significant accomplishment for the SNIA technical work groups, and we’re pleased to have the opportunity to offer it to the public for review and SMI-S based storage management product development,” said Mark Carlson, chairman of the SMI Technical Steering Committee. “We are soliciting minor comments during this 45-day public review period and are encouraging vendors to gain implementation experience with the current draft.”

“This SNIA standardisation includes all major vendors, with the promise of simplifying the ability of multiple vendors’ offerings to interoperate,” said Roger Reich, chair of the SMI Committee. “The SNIA has set a goal that all new storage networking products will utilise the SMI-S standard in 2005. Today’s milestone demonstrates that the SNIA is accelerating down the path to making this goal a reality.”

In addition to the public release of the SMI-S at Storage Networking World (SNW) this week in Phoenix, Arizona, the Storage Management Forum (SMF) will sponsor the CIM-SAN-2 Developers Demonstration which showcases a heterogeneous multi-vendor storage network based on the public version of SMI-S Version 1.0. Nineteen storage vendors are actively implementing SMI-S and are demonstrating their products’ interoperability at the conference.

“The CIM-SAN-2 demonstration, assembled at SNW, is a heterogeneous multi-vendor storage network for vendors to cooperatively exercise SMI-S as it is being written,” said Jerry Duggan, CIM-SAN program manager. “We have 20 providers, supplying device instrumentation using SMI-S, and 18 clients, or storage management applications consuming information from SMI-S providers, with over 150 points of interoperability so far.”

Highlights of the demonstration include the public unveiling of the new SNIA Interoperability Conformance Testing Program (ICTP). Initial versions of the ICTP are actively being used to validate conformance of participating storage products with the SMI-S in the CIM-SAN-2 demonstration. Attendees will be able to see and discuss the test program as well as examine the master test suite while observing the testing of storage arrays.

“The ability of vendor products to pass ICTP conformance testing will provide end users with assurances that vendors are serious about providing management interoperability in product offerings,” said Jim Norton, ICTP program manager.

“The SNIA’s SMI represents more than the specification for Storage Management,” said Larry Krantz, chair of the SMF. “The Storage Management Initiative is focused on making the specification a reality by introducing programs for rapid adoption. The SNIA has made conformance testing, education, and plugfest events top priorities in the organisation to ensure the specification is rapidly and accurately interpreted and implemented. This collaborative effort is a key step in advancing the specification and enabling vendors to confidently begin implementing the SMI-S into their products.”

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NOTES FOR EDITORS:

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 Storage Management Forum (SMF)

The Storage Management Forum (SMF) 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 SMF 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/smi

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 sites at www.snia-europe.org and www.snia.org

The SNIA is co-founder of Storage Networking World EuroStorage event, to be held in Cannes, France from 3-6 June 2003. EuroStorage is a vendor-neutral source of information and delivers well-founded knowledge. The conference provides objective answers to strategic and critical questions. Storage Networking World is an established forum, which demonstrates the possibilities as well as the limits of storage-technology to the business audience. Last year, Storage Networking World EuroStorage attracted more than 700 delegates. For more information please visit EuroStorage on-line at www.snweurope.com


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