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SNIA Releases NDMP Software for NAS File Servers and Appliances.

Association Makes Significant Progress with Two Additional Software Projects

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, Calif. -- The Storage Networking Industry Association An association of producers and consumers of storage networking products, whose goal is to further storage networking technology and applications. The Storage Networking Industry Association, or SNIA  (SNIA (Storage Networking Industry Association, San Francisco, CA, An organization devoted to the advancement of mission critical storage systems. Founded in 1997, its goal is to determine the standards that must be developed to allow hosts and storage systems to interact via ), today announced the effort to produce Network Data Management Protocol (NDMP (Network Data Management Protocol) An open standard for backing up data in a heterogeneous environment. Developed by Network Appliance and IntelliGuard Software, NDMP uses a common data format which is written to and read from drivers for the specific disk and ) Software has culminated in the membership approval for its public release. At the 2009 Storage Developer Conference, the Association has also detailed its significant progress with the eXtensible Access Method (XAM XAM Extensible Access Method (SNIA) ) Software Development Kit (SDK (Software Developer's Kit) See developer's toolkit and Windows SDK.

SDK - Software Developers Kit (or "Software Development Kit").
) and the new Cloud Data Management Interface (CDMI CDMI Commercial Driving Mechanical Institute (Midland, Michigan) ) software effort for cloud storage Cloud storage (also known as Cloud computing or Cloud services) is a model of networked data storage where data is stored on multiple virtual servers, generally hosted by third parties, rather than being hosted on dedicated servers. .

"Over the past year, we have made great progress across each of our software development efforts and we now have sustained momentum from our global membership to contribute to and use the software from these technical programs," said Mark Carlson, SNIA Technical Council Member. "SNIA Technical Work Groups and the software development processes encompass continuous testing, implementation plugfests, hands-on demonstrations and in-depth code reviews to achieve adoption and quality of the standards and software. The combination of these software activities and the public availability of the software contributes to consistent implementation of SNIA standards, shorter times to market as part of commercial vendor offerings and improved interoperability amongst the industry offerings."

The first software to be approved by the SNIA membership for public use is the Network Data Management Protocol (NDMP) Software, which has been developed by the SNIA NDMP Software Technical Work Group. NDMP is a standard protocol for managing backup and restore of Network Attached Storage (NAS (1) See network access server.

(2) (Network Attached Storage) A specialized file server that connects to the network. A NAS device contains a slimmed-down operating system and a file system and processes only I/O requests by supporting the popular
) file servers and appliances. The NDMP software has progressed through the in-depth peer review process, the Intellectual Property review and several interoperability testing activities. The SNIA NDMP Software implements the Version 4 NDMP industry standard for network-based backup of file servers. The software can be downloaded from for free.

The draft release of the XAM SDK, which implements the XAM V1.0.1 specification is available for free download at This SDK provides Independent Software Vendors (ISVs), storage vendors, operating system vendors and in-house development teams the software libraries and tools they need to develop and test the XAM V1.0.1 specification, which has been submitted to INCITS INCITS INternational Committee for Information Technology Standards  for ANSI (American National Standards Institute, New York, A membership organization founded in 1918 that coordinates the development of U.S. voluntary national standards in both the private and public sectors. It is the U.S. member body to ISO and IEC.  and ISO (1) See ISO speed.

(2) (International Organization for Standardization, Geneva, Switzerland, An organization that sets international standards, founded in 1946. The U.S. member body is ANSI.
 accreditation. XAM is suited for a wide range of applications including digital preservation, electronic health records and patient health images and e-discovery.

The SNIA has launched the development of a software reference implementation for the SNIA Cloud Data Management Interface (CDMI). A draft release is available for download on the SNIA Cloud Storage Web site: The SNIA CDMI, based on the SNIA Information Resource Domain model, is an application interface to create, retrieve, update and delete data elements to and from the cloud. CDMI is suited for both public and private clouds, and can overlay existing cloud interfaces without compromising features or performance. For more information on SNIA's Cloud Storage activities, please visit and join the Cloud conversation at and at

John Webster, principal analyst at Illuminata added, "I've seen the SNIA has taken some of its best practices from its specification and standards development efforts and applied them to software in a very wise way. The industry will benefit greatly if the SNIA is able to work across its membership to provide the building block software to help with data management and cloud storage."

About the SNIA

The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) is a not-for-profit global organization, made up of some 400 member companies spanning virtually the entire storage industry. SNIA's mission is to lead the storage industry worldwide in developing and promoting standards, technologies, and educational services to empower organizations in the management of information. To this end, the SNIA is uniquely committed to delivering standards, education, and services that will propel open storage networking solutions into the broader market. For additional information, visit the SNIA Web site at
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