SOURCE: Storage Networking Industry Association

Storage Networking Industry Association

October 16, 2012 09:01 ET

SNIA Announces SMI-S Conformance Test Enhancements

SNIA Releases Version 1.5 of the Conformance Tests for SMI-S

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwire - Oct 16, 2012) - SNW Fall 2012 -
News Summary:

  • Thin Provisioning functionality is now tested to assist with the virtualization of today's cloud centric data centers.
  • CTP v1.5 introduces testing for component diagnostics such as fans and sensors.
  • CTP v1.5 introduces testing for remote storage replication known as Replication Services.

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The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) announced today the availability of the Conformance Testing Program (SNIA-CTP) for the Storage Management Initiative Specification version 1.5 (SMI-S v1.5). The SNIA-CTP for SMI-S v1.5 introduces enhancements and expanded storage functionality tests, including testing for thin provisioning functionality, component diagnostics and remote storage replication, known as Replication Services. The test is designed to validate array, fabric and host SMI-S implementations for interoperability and conformance to the SMI-S. Since SNIA-CTP's inception, the test suite has validated more than 1,000 storage hardware products managed by conforming SMI-S implementations such as storage resource management (SRM) applications.

"We first introduced SNIA-CTP in March 2004, and since that date have introduced iterative versions of the test suite to validate conformance of SMI enabled products," said Don Deel, Storage Management Initiative chairman. "This version of the CTP increases ROI for each company's conforming products by reducing interoperability issues at customer sites and continues to be an integral step towards bringing third-party standards conformance to the marketplace. SNIA-CTP for SMI-S v1.5 is globally important since it has been submitted for accreditation as an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standard."

INDUSTRY SUPPORT FOR THE SNIA-CTP FOR SMI-S v1.5

EMC
"EMC believes in running the SNIA CTP Certification suite during its product development to provide the EMC SMI partner ecosystem with a qualified process for ensuring high product performance. The certification also provides customers with confidence and investment protection in VMAX and VNX storage environments, ensuring that we are consistently meeting our customers' needs while working effectively with our partners with an open, mature SMI standard. By participating in this conformance testing process, EMC can proactively validate SMI specification features and accelerate proven interoperability that delights IT customers."
- Wayne Adams, senior director of standards, EMC Corporation

HDS
"Hitachi Data Systems embraces and contributes extensively to open standards such as SNIA's SMI-S. We work with customers and competitors on the common ground such organizations provide. With this announcement, our customers now benefit from increased management interoperability through SNIA's expanded conformance testing programs and by conforming to international ISO standards."
- Hu Yoshida, vice president and chief technology officer, Hitachi Data Systems

HP
"Organizations integrating virtualized environments into private or hybrid clouds can face significant challenges with security, performance as well as management of multiple, heterogeneous computing platforms and storage devices. HP conforms to SMI-S 1.5 standards so our clients can be confident of the solution's full interoperability, which reduces internal testing and enables them to achieve faster return on investment from their infrastructure."
- Peter Manning, director, converged management, Storage, HP

For more information on SNIA-CTP, please visit http://www.snia.org/ctp. For more information about SMI, please visit http://www.snia.org/SMI.

About the SNIA
The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) is a not-for-profit global organization, made up of some 400 member companies spanning virtually the entire storage industry. SNIA's mission is to lead the storage industry worldwide in developing and promoting standards, technologies, and educational services to empower organizations in the management of information. 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 http://www.snia.org.

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