Storage suppliers demonstrated products supporting the latest Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) at last week's Storage Networking World Europe 2005 show.
Companies including EMC and Sun unveiled standards-based data protection and management services based on SMI-S version 1.1, from the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA).
The SNIA Copy Services profile defines how SMI-S v1.1 enables data protection and management services through a standard set of configuration and monitoring capabilities for local and remote mirroring, snapshot and clone management.
By standardising these functions, storage administrators will have more agility in choosing devices and greater management control over their data protection infrastructure investments, the SNIA said.
Furthermore, the longevity of a system constructed to safeguard a data repository can be increased if the underlying technology is independent of the specific make of the underlying storage system.
Mark Carlson, chairman of the SNIA's SMI technical steering group said, "With a single set of SMI-S commands to operate the copy services functions, networked storage systems can be managed to support the life of stored information.