An excellent introduction to SMI-S here from Jeff Goldner.
Click here to read Introduction to SMI-S
A great piece here from Jeffery Snover on Standards based storage management in Windows Server 8.
Click to read Windows Server 8: Standards-Based Storage Management
The 2012 Plugfest dates have now been announced.
Download the membership brochure: SMI Membership Brochure 2013
The SMI provides storage vendors with the ability to target development efforts on a single standard interface. This results in improved time-to-market, delivery of product, and increased quality of solutions by dramatically reducing the need to develop and/or integrate disparate and proprietary interfaces.
End users implementing products that conform to the SMI Specification (SMI-S) will see benefits that include: increased reliability, security, and manageability that will result in lowering the total cost ownership. Efficiently managing multi-vendor storage networks and tis resources is a key concern for both end users and integrators. The central value proposition for networked storage is its ability to integrate multi-vendor, enterprise resources that can be shared and more efficiently utilized.
SMI-S defines a method for the interoperable management of a heterogeneous Storage Area Network (SAN), and describes the information available to a WBEM Client from an SMI-S compliant CIM Server and an object-oriented, XML-based, messaging-based interface designed to support the specific requirements of managing devices in and through SANs.
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Current IT trends in Technologies such as server virtulization are offering additional reasons to deploy shared storage. Yet, nearly 50% of storage deployed is still DAS.This presentation will outline reasons to move to shared storage and will focus on how iSCSI offers an ideal solution for SANs both large and small.