ADIC iPlatform supports for Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) standard without requiring external servers or software -
November 18, 2005 – Winnersh, Berkshire - Advanced Digital Information Corporation (NASDAQ: ADIC), the leader in Intelligent Storage solutions for the open system market, announced today that its flagship enterprise library, the Scalar i2000, has been certified by the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) under the Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) standard. ADIC has been a leader in driving SMI-S to include tape libraries, and the ADIC Scalar i2000 is the first tape library to announce this certification.
SMI-S support means that IT departments using any Storage Resource Management (SRM) tool that supports the specification’s tape library profiles can discover and manage their Scalar i2000 libraries in any location. SMI-S library support is designed to help users reduce the time required to manage data protection, to increase the overall reliability of backup, and to allow multiple vendors to supply a common, base level of support quickly and effectively. Third-party SRM solutions that provide SMI-S support for tape libraries today include EMC’s ControlCenter™, but other vendors are expected to extend SMI-S management to libraries in the future.
“Providing better management for backup is critical if we are going to continue to make data protection more reliable,” explained Steve Mackey, EMEA product director for ADIC. “ADIC is committed to bringing both tape and disk-based backup into the larger managed storage environment, and we are committed to using a standards-based approach whenever we can. With ADIC’s iPlatform libraries, SMI-S is not an afterthought and does not require external servers or software - it is built directly into the libraries’ control system.”
Mackey continues, “SMI-S is important because it gives everyone a common approach to basic management functions, and makes sure that all vendors can talk easily to each other. It also provides a foundation on which we can build the more advanced reporting, alerting, diagnostic, and analysis functions that ADIC continues to pioneer. All of our iPlatform library models, the Scalar i2000 enterprise library and the newly announced Scalar i500 for midrange environments, offer the benefits of integrated SMI-S support. We have already proven the value of this approach in the field with our customers, and we are now pleased to add formal certification.”
The Storage Networking Industry Association’s Storage Management Initiative was created to develop and standardise interoperable storage management technologies.
SMI-S allows storage vendors to target development efforts on a single standard interface so that end-users can reduce the total cost of ownership and more easily integrate resources from multiple suppliers. SMI-S is becoming common in management tools for disk and fabric resources; library profiles were added to the standard earlier this year.
ADIC announced integrated SMI-S support for its Scalar i2000 libraries in February 2005 and support for its new midrange platform, the Scalar i500, in November 2005. Together, these two library families provide scalable backup systems with a common management approach that range from a single tape drive and 36 tape positions up to 96 drives and nearly 3,500 tape positions.
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Advanced Digital Information Corporation (NASDAQ: ADIC) is a leading provider of Intelligent Storage solutions to the open systems marketplace. ADIC is the world’s largest supplier of automated tape systems using the drive technologies most often employed for backing up open system, client-server networks . The company’s data management software, storage networking appliances, and disk-based backup and restore solutions provide IT managers innovative tools for storing, managing, and protecting their most valuable digital assets in a variety of disk and tape environments. ADIC storage products are available through a worldwide sales force and a global network of resellers, OEMs and partnerships, including Apple, Dell, EMC, Fujitsu-Siemens, HP, IBM, and Sun. Further information about ADIC is available at www.adic.com
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