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The SMI Forum, an initiative of the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), is to help vendors build interoperable storage management applications and create multi-vendor storage networks.
The forum has established a goal of making all storage vendors' products SMI Specification (SMIS)-compliant by 2005.
SMIS, formerly known as Bluefin, is a set of object-based application programming interfaces (APIs) that enables the discovery, monitoring, and management of storage devices, and is a subset of the CIM and Web-Based Enterprise Management (WBEM) standards.
Hitachi's support of these open standards for data storage and management is an extension of its own TrueNorth initiative.
Other companies have said they will begin shipping products based on the CIM and WBEM standards, including IBM, Sun and Veritas.