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SMI-S Conformance Testing

by Hu Yoshida on Apr 12, 2010

Today, SNIA announced the first vendors to demonstrate their commitment to management interoperability by passing the Conformance Testing Program (SNIA-CTP) provider suite for the Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) version 1.4. These vendors included Brocade, EMC Corporation, HP, Hitachi Data Systems, and Hitachi Ltd. As other vendors pass the conformance testing they will be listed on the SNIA-CTP website. This version of SMI-S 1.4 includes thin provisioning, remote copy services, host Redundant Array of Independent Disk (RAID) controllers, virtual fabrics, and partitioned fabric switches.

In my last blog I talked about SMI-S and the commitment that storage vendors have made to interoperability through SMI-S. We recognized some of the engineers who worked so hard to develop the specifications. As important as the development of the specifications are, the proof of commitment comes in the conformance testing. One of the engineers I blogged about last week was Steve Quinn who received the SMI Distinguished Leader award for chairing the SMI Technical Steering which oversees the development of SMI-S. Steve was also recognized for his contributions as the chair for the SMI Conformance Committee which oversees the conformance testing. This new version of the test suite introduces test results, reporting enhancements, and expanded storage functionality tests to ensure tested functionality meets end-user goals.

Steve is a good example of the type of engineer that vendors have committed to this effort. Steve has been with Hitachi Data Systems for almost 15 years. He was one of the architects for the Hitachi Device Manager which is the core component of the Hitachi Storage Command suite. He received a patent on some of the technologies that went into Device Manager. He has been involved with SMI-S development since the early days of the Bluefin Project, back in 1999-2000, helping to create new profiles, taking ownership of existing profiles, providing feedback  to other authors, and contributing to architectural discussions on all aspects of SMI-S. Unlike other authors he has also been involved in testing our SMI-S implementation in SMI lab plugfests, working with our ISV’s and partners to ensure that Hitachi Data Systems SMI-S implementation works well with client applications.

Ten years ago there was a lot of skepticism in the user community, as to whether storage vendors could work together on interoperability. Thanks to SNIA, the contributions of storage vendors, and committed individuals like Steve Quinn, interoperability is becoming a reality.

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Comments (2 )

Steven Ruby on 15 Apr 2010 at 3:07 pm

looking forward to the 7.0 release of “Device Manager”.

Barbara Benom on 25 Apr 2010 at 8:09 pm

In his own quiet way Steve Quinn can move mountains, so it doesn’t surprise me that he has achieved these recent awards.

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