The SNIA XAM Initiative drives the adoption of the eXtensible Access Method (XAM) specification. The Initiative builds and serves a XAM community that includes storage vendors, independent software and application developers, and end-users to ensure that the specification fulfills market needs for a reference-data interface standard.
These needs include interoperability, information assurance (security), storage transparency, long-term records retention and automation for Information Lifecycle Management (ILM)-based practices. For more detail on "Why XAM" review the papers and documents in the 'Knowledge Center'.
The XAM Initiative is a fee-based activity for SNIA members to conduct programs to achieve these goals. The Initiative is structured with a governing board and dedicated committees. There are many opportunities for leadership roles on the board and committees to develop the market, develop conformance and interoperability programs, develop and deliver education, and showcase solutions to the marketplace.
Here are some typical examples of how XAM as a standard access method and metadata container benefits storage vendors, application developers, and the end-user community. Much more is available on this topic in the Solutions Guide section of this website.
A major challenge of cloud storage is data classification and data migration between heterogeneous storage and application vendors in the cloud. Due to its metadata management capabilities, the XAM specification has the potential to become the next generation Data Storage Interface for Cloud Storage as well.
To learn more about XAM, please go to the SNIA XAM Initiative.