SMI-S EXTENDED FOR NAS
The Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) standard will extend its network-attached storage (NAS) focus in Release 1.1. The SMI-S object model will include NAS objects such as file systems, directories, and related constructs and will add new methods of configuring file systems, exporting, mounting shares, and performing copy operations (snapshots and backup). Other key capabilities to be addressed include more client functionality within NAS environments. SMI-S is being developed by the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), at www.snia.org.
CISCO, IBM TEAM ON iSCSI
Last month, IBM became the first storage vendor to offer Cisco's MDS 9000 IP Storage Services Module. The two companies believe the new blade, which supports both iSCSI and FCIP, will stimulate storage area network (SAN) adoption in mid-tier markets—specifically, in workgroups and remote offices. Cisco and IBM were the original developers of the iSCSI specification, which was ratified as a standard by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) earlier this year. More recently, Microsoft began shipping free iSCSI software drivers (see cover story in this issue).
START-UP TACKLES iSCSI ERROR RECOVERY
PyX Technologies, in El Cerrito, CA, claims to be the first vendor with iSCSI software that meets the IETF standard for Error Recovery Level Two (ERL2), which is the highest level of iSCSI error recovery. The software supports both initiators (clients) and targets (servers). PyX has signed one OEM, Database Appliances (www.database appliances.com), which is using the software in a backup product, and is wooing other OEMs and resellers. According to PyX, other iSCSI vendors offer zero error recovery. The Linux-based software was introduced earlier this month at the LinuxWorld conference. For more information about the company, go to www.pyxtechnologies.com.
FCIA ANOUNCES BOARD MEMBERS
The Fibre Channel Industry Association's new board members include Skip Jones (QLogic), Dave Allen (LSI), Tom Hammond-Doel (Vixel), Mark Hamel (Hewlett-Packard), Rich Ramos (Xyratech), Art Edmonds (Hitachi Data Systems), Gordy Lutz (Seagate), and Bob Williamsen (McData). www.fibrechannel.org.
HOW TO MANAGE DLT
Quantum recently introduced its DLTSage management software, which provides storage administrators with a view of their SDLTtape resources. Quantum claims that the software enables adminis- trators to better manage, predict, and proactively prevent storage systems errors. The software will ship with the SDLT 600 tape drive later this year but is currently available as a download for existing Super DLTtape products at www.quantum/dltsage.