The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) hopes to accelerate the growth and adoption of the Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) with a new initiative. The SNIA has launched the SMI-Lab5 program at the SNIA Technology Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with the objective of strengthening the SMI-S storage management standard. The SMI-Lab5 succeeds the SMI-Lab4, which successfully spurred widespread industry adoption of the SMI-S management standard. The lab initiative lets storage vendors get together and test their solutions with each others' products and with the SMI-S.
According to the SNIA, the SMI-Lab5 will concentrate on three key goals. The first is to provide a testing environment for the upcoming release of SMI-S 1.1. The new release will add support for health and fault management, performance monitoring, security and volume management, and more Network Attached Storage (NAS) management profiles. The second goal is to improve SCSI testing capabilities with an eye toward increasing support for Internet SCSI (iSCSI)-based storage networks. The third goal is to demonstrate SMI-S's appeal in global data center environments by highlighting the specification's support for managing both local and remote storage resources.