SNIA Announces First Storage Management Compliant Software

   The Storage Network Industry Association (SNIA) has announced the products that have passed the organization's compliance testing for the first version of the Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S). The association set up a SNIA Conformance Testing Program (SNIA-CTP) to determine compliance with the new storage-management standard. "For the first time ever, end users will be able to select storage management products with SMI-S conformant interfaces, which will help make their storage simpler to implement and manage. We believe SMI-S will ease the day-to-day routines of storage management and that the specification will be widely adopted in all new products by the end of 2005," said Ray Dunn, chairman of the SNIA Storage Management Forum.
   More than 100 products from 14 companies have been certified to work with SMI-S. The companies that have certified products are Brocade Communications Systems, Computer Network Technology (CNT), Dell, EMC, Hitachi Data Systems, HP, IBM, LSI Logic Storage Systems, McDATA, Network Appliance (NetApp), QLogic, Silicon Graphics, StorageTek, and Sun Microsystems. Products that pass the SNIA-CTP will carry an official logo and are listed on SNIA's Web site.
   The association also announced the SMI-S 1.0.2 standard specification has entered a technical review that will result in it becoming an ANSI standard by this summer.

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