Media releases are provided as is by companies and have not been edited or checked for accuracy. Any queries should be directed to the company itself.

The SNIA Receives Proposed New Storage Interface Standard From Industry Consortium

  • 16 January, 2006 14:28

<p>Interface simplifies application ISVs integration work with storage</p>
<p>Sydney, Australia – January 16, 2006 -- The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) announces that it has received and reviewed a proposed new specification for an application/storage interface from a consortium of leading storage industry providers.</p>
<p>The proposed standard, titled eXtensible Access Method or X-Access Method (XAM), is intended to provide an interface for the longevity and mobility of reference information that is independent from any specific storage system technology, vendor solution, or the location of a storage system or data. Reference information – data that changes infrequently once written – is commonly recognised to be growing at an exponential rate each year.</p>
<p>“There is significant user and industry interest in a methodology such as XAM that would allow for long term archiving, access and management of scalable stores of reference information,” said David Black, co-chairman of the SNIA’s Fixed Content Aware Storage – Technical Work Group (FCAS-TWG). “Simultaneously with this growth,” Black added, “there is a need for timely access to this data for business and regulatory reasons and for this data to be location-independent, facilitating transparent media and technology refresh cycles in long-term archives.”</p>
<p>The X-Access Method initiative began in October 2004 as a collaborative project between the IBM and EMC Corporations. They were eventually joined in this consortium by HP, Hitachi Data Systems and Sun Microsystems. In September 2005 the XAM consortium formally presented the proposed standard to the SNIA. Once it was officially received by SNIA, it was passed to the FCAS-TWG for review of the XAM contribution. The FCAS-TWG is the technical working group charted by SNIA to develop standards around ‘fixed-content aware storage’ including the XAM-Interface.</p>
<p>After its initial review, the FCAS-TWG unanimously voted to use the XAM contribution as a basis for the development of a Fixed Content API to help with the long term archiving of data which is a key component in Information Lifecycle Management (ILM).</p>
<p>The FCAS-TWG sees the possible implementations of the XAM consortium contribution to be several types of interfaces between applications and storage systems that coordinate metadata to achieve interoperability, storage transparency, and automation for ILM-based practices, long term records retention, and information assurance (security).</p>
<p>There are a number of benefits to customers that have been identified by the FCAS-TWG in conjunction with SNIA’s Data Management Forum (DMF) about the potential of what is tentatively called the XAM-Interface (XAM-I). XAM-I is an application-level interface coordinating information metadata between various applications and fixed content aware storage systems between applications and storage systems.</p>
<p>This interface will simplify the work that ISVs will need to do to build and deliver solutions and applications requiring information to be archived for various reasons. It will also make it easier for end-users to store, archive and automate their storage migration which is a critical problem for electronic archives which require storage media migrations every 3-5 years as a compliance or best-practices requirement.</p>
<p>About the SNIA</p>
<p>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. For additional information, visit the SNIA web site at, or in ANZ</p>
<p>PR Contact:
Rob Stirling
Markom Marketing
+61 2 9977 8922</p>
<p>SNIA Contact:
Garry Barker
+61 2 9498 8055</p>

Most Popular



Victorinox Werks Professional Executive 17 Laptop Case

Learn more >



Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Latest Articles


PCW Evaluation Team

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?