Vendor group forms cloud storage initiative.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, www.snia.org) 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 ) has announced the formation of the Cloud Storage Initiative (CSI CSI Crime Scene Investigator
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The CSI will coordinate and deliver educational materials for cloud storage vendors and user communities. The organisation also plans to perform market outreach highlighting the virtues of cloud storage.
The group is developing a single specification as part of its efforts. The Cloud Data Management Interface (CDMI CDMI Commercial Driving Mechanical Institute (Midland, Michigan) ) will be an application programming interface to which vendors can write management software that will allow interoperability between heterogeneous cloud storage offerings, according to Wayne Adams, SNIA's chairman emeritus.
"Part of the challenge with cloud is where does the data live? And how are you able to manage it once it's in the cloud Refers to the operation taking place within a network. See cloud. , and can you get it back in the same format that you now have," said Mark Carlson, a SNIA Technical Council member said. "There's this idea of how portable is my data that once I get it out there can I get it back in a format that can be ingested by another vendor?"
Carlson said the CSI will focus on disseminating information about technology to build both public cloud service, such as Amazon's S3 service, and private cloud architectures in data centers. CSI published cloud storage cases and requirements for cloud storage in June.
The CSI will complement the technical innovation and de velopment from the SNIA Cloud Storage Technical Working Group , which has more than 140 members representing over 50 commercial vendors, service providers and educational institutions. The CSI will aid the Technical Working Group in bringing specifications and technical developments to international standards development organisations.
For example, the CSI will promote and deliver a new cloud storage tutorial to be unveiled at Storage Networking World Storage Networking World (commonly called SNW) is a for data storage professionals in the United States. Sponsored by Computerworld and the Storage Networking Industry Association, SNW is held twice each year. this week. It is also releasing a joint white paper with the Open Grid Forum The Open Grid Forum (OGF) is the community of users, developers, and vendors leading the global standardization effort for grid computing. It was formed in 2006 in a merger of the Global Grid Forum and the Enterprise Grid Alliance. (OGF) focused on cloud storage for cloud computing all developed by the working group.
"It's both encouraging and timely to see this new initiative from SNIA," said Simon Robinson, research director of storage for research firm The 451 Group. "It's gratifying grat·i·fy
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2. to see this co-operative effort around standards and education, since those are two of the current impediments to fast adoption as technologies mature and become integrated into more vendor offerings."
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