ISO and IEC Adopt SNIA's SMI-S for Storage Networking Standard

The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) announced that its Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) has been designated an International Standard by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). This designation is expected to further accelerate the already widespread adoption of the standard by storage vendors and IT users in all markets worldwide.

“The recognition of SMI-S by ISO and IEC is clear evidence that the specification has become visible among the worldwide storage community as a key to helping increase storage interoperability and decrease management complexity. It is also evidence of SNIA’s growing reputation for producing high quality standards,” said Vincent Franceschini, chair of the SNIA. “SMI-S was created to develop interoperable storage management technologies, and its ratification as an international standard signifies the impact it can have on a global level to achieve these goals.”

The SNIA has worked to drive the global adoption of SMI-S through a wide array of activities hosted by SNIA Regional Affiliates in Australia-New Zealand, North America – Canada, China, Europe (EMEA), India, Japan and South-Asia. The SNIA is also a co-owner of Storage Networking World conferences that take place in China, Germany, Australia and the U.S. where educational activities such as tutorials, Hands-on-Labs, Solution Center demonstrations and plugfests have built an international coalition of vendors and users that are implementing SMI-S.

“Continued progress toward the establishment of standards benefits end users by decreasing their interoperability pain points, and the processing of SMI-S as an ISO/IEC International Standard marks a significant step forward for the future development of storage standards,” said Wendy Betts, Distributed Storage Manager for Hewitt Associates and chair of the SNIA End User Council (EUC). “Global enterprises are deploying storage networks in increasingly large numbers to support their worldwide infrastructure, and SMI-S is allowing users to centrally manage their multi-vendor, multi-geography networks through a standard interface.”

The SNIA was supported in the ISO/IEC standardization effort by partnering with the International Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS), whose T11 Technical Committee assisted with the submission of the specification to the ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee, JTC 1, Information Technology. After processing by the JTC 1 subcommittee SC 25, Interconnection of Information Technology Equipment, SMI-S was successfully voted as an International Standard on 28 November 2006. It is expected to be published before the end of the first quarter of 2007 as ISO/IEC 24775, Information Technology – Storage Management.

“Adoption of SMI-S as an ISO/IEC International Standard is a key milestone that is likely to increase market confidence. It also demonstrates the flexibility of IEC and ISO in recognizing consortia commitment and contributions to standards.” said Gabriel Barta, Technical Officer for SC 25 in IEC.”

The SNIA recently announced it is continuing to expand SMI-S with new capabilities in an effort to meet the global IT users’ needs and vendor requirements for rapidly evolving storage technology. Support for such storage capabilities as host-based controllers, storage enclosures, support for file system quotas, volume protection and consistency management for snapshot and replication management support are expected to be included in future releases of the SMI-S standard. So far, SMI-S has been implemented in more than 450 products tested for conformance with the standard.

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About the SNIA
The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) is a not-for-profit global organization, made up of more than 460 member companies and close to 7,000 active individuals spanning virtually the entire storage industry. SNIA members share the common goal of advancing the adoption of storage networks as complete and trusted solutions. 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.

About ISO
ISO is the world’s leading developer of voluntary, consensus-based International Standards. There are more than 16,500 current ISO standards and related documents that specify the requirements for state-of-the-art products, services, processes, materials and systems, and for good conformity assessment, managerial and organizational practice.

About the IEC
The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) is the global organization responsible for developing and publishing international standards and specifications for all electrical, electronic and related technologies. The membership consists of more than 60 participating countries, including all the world’s major trading nations and a growing number of industrializing countries. Its standards are used in more than 100 countries as the basis for national rules and standards.