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“Open Storage Management Now Available,” the SNIA tells Australian Storage Users

  • 25 August, 2004 15:16

<p>Sydney, Australia – August 25, 2004 – Delegates at this week’s Storage World event held in Sydney, heard how the challenges, complexities and escalating costs associated with deploying and managing multi-vendor storage environments should soon be a concern of the past, thanks to the efforts of the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA).</p>
<p>Addressing an audience of several hundred users, vendors and System Integrators at the event, which was co-hosted by the SNIA ANZ, Mr Ray Dunn, Chairman of the Storage Management Forum for the SNIA, explained the value proposition of the SNIA’s Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S). By creating a uniform standard interface for managing storage devices, SMI-S will help make storage simpler to implement and manage, ultimately leading to a greater uptake of Storage Area Networks (SANs), mixed systems and lower costs, Dunn explained.</p>
<p>“Independent research, users and even the attendees at the conference today are telling us that SAN implementation is being held up by the lack of interoperability between different vendors’ equipment and the huge costs involved in trying to manage the storage infrastructure. The overhead and complexity of storage has created agent proliferation and islands of data, just what a SAN is supposed to fix,” Dunn commented. “Now that we’ve reached the desired stage where vendors are incorporating the SMI-S standard into their products, a user can begin to select SAN components using standardised features for discovery, LUN mapping and masking and creating storage pools. This will help end users in their day to day operations.”</p>
<p>SMI-S v1.02 operates now on over 100 different storage devices from 14 of the industry leading companies including Brocade, EMC, Hitachi Data Systems, HP, IBM and Sun, providing a single point of management for SAN and storage array devices. A clear roadmap was announced by Dunn showing support for NAS and iSCSI protocols in version 1.1 due to be completed in 2005.</p>
<p>Several users such as Citibank and Brisbane City Council also addressed the audience discussing their experience with SAN implementations and overall management of data problems.</p>
<p>SNIA ANZ Vice Chairman, Andrew Manners, who also presented on local activities, said: “The value of the SMI-S is huge. For the first time in the industry, customers can purchase products built using a tested and standardised management interface which will aid in the deployment and management of multi-vendor storage environments. We urge users to seriously consider SMI-S as a requirement in current and future SAN purchases.”</p>
<p>The SNIA believes that the specification will be widely adopted in all new products by the end of 2005.</p>
<p>Dunn also discussed the work of the SNIA Data Management Forum in the area of Information Lifecycle Management (ILM), creating a new set of management practices based on aligning the business value of information to the most appropriate and cost effective infrastructure.</p>
<p>“Management of content is now strategically important to companies,” Dunn explained. “SMI-S is creating standardised models for managing data movement that will assist in creating interoperability for the elements of data management. What is needed are classification systems as well as policy driven engines to cause data movement to occur so that cost benefits can be realised.</p>
<p>The SNIA supports several programs directly for end users. One is the End User Council, EUC – an organisation for end users, by end users. Another is an organisation called “StorageNetworking.Org” created by the University of California at San Diego. “SN.org” is a web portal focused on end user storage networking issues and serves as a catalyst for starting local end user groups that meet to address storage related issues (abbreviated SNUG). The SNUG is an opportunity to create local programs that specifically offer education and other supportive activities that address storage issues.</p>
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<p>About the SNIA
The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) is a not-for-profit organisation, made up of more than 300 companies and individuals spanning virtually the entire storage industry. SNIA members share a common goal: to set the pace of the industry by 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. For further information, visit the SNIA Web site at http://www.snia.org.</p>
<p>For information about the SNIA ANZ, please e-mail to enquiries@snia.org.au or visit the SNIA ANZ Website at http://www.snia.org.au</p>

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