The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) announced that its Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) has been designated an International Standard by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). SNIA officials hope the ISO's recognition of SMI-S will boost adoption of the management standard worldwide.
Matt Brisse, vice chair of the SNIA Executive Board and chairman of the SNIA standards committee, has high hopes for SMI-S on the international stage. "We believe this will help increase the adoption of SMI-S around the world. ISO standards are the de facto standards internationally and corporate policies sometimes mandate the adoption of ISO standards," says Brisse.
According to SNIA, more than 450 storage hardware and software products from 24 different companies have passed the SMI-S certification test program. SNIA is currently pushing SMI-S version 1.1 through the standards pipeline, with version 1.2 set to eventually follow the same course.CommVault has a new distribution agreement with Horizon UK to provide system integrators, resellers, and mutual customers in the UK and Ireland with the full suite of CommVault enterprise data management products and services.NEC's S1500 and S2500 storage systems are verified as compatible with QLogic SAN infrastructure, under the QLogic SANtrack Partner Program.
3PAR announced InServ Storage Server support for IBM High Availability Cluster Multi-Processing for AIX (HACMP).
US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) granted Panasas US Patent No. 7,155,464 for "recovering and checking large file systems in an object-based data storage system."
Wasabi Systems' Storage Builder product line, including solutions for IP-SAN and NAS, now has integrated support for RAID 6, further increasing reliability and protection from dual drive failures within a RAID volume. Wasabi has implemented full support for the AMCC 3Ware 9650SE SATA II RAID controller family. Separately, Wasabi announced full support for the Intel Storage System SSR212CC, a storage building block that provides up to 6TB of data storage in a 2U rack-mount form factor.Texas Memory Systems' RamSan-400 has obtained the IBM "Ready for IBM DB2" designation.FalconStor Software announced the delivery of enterprise-level continuous data protection (CDP) to Intel's small to medium-sized business (SMB) customers with FalconStor's CDP for SMB software and Intel's storage platform, the Intel Storage System SSR212CC. Separately, FalconStor has been selected by the Chinese Academy of Sciences' Computer Network Information Center (CAS/CNIC) as its partner to provide FalconStor's PrimeVault data-protection services throughout China.Kazeon has an alliance with Catalyst, a provider of litigation document review and extranet software, and CAAS, a legal and information risk management consulting company, to deliver an end-to-end e-discovery and records management solution.Promark Technology, a value-added distributor focusing on data storage and document imaging, will be offering the QStar product as part of its line card starting immediately.