McDATA Delivers  SMI-S

Open interface gives customers and partners access to McDATA fabric intelligence

McDATA Corporation (Nasdaq: MCDTA/MCDT), a leading provider of storage networking solutions, today announced the availability of its Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) Interface, delivering a Common Information Model (CIM) provider for McDATA Intrepid directors and Sphereon fabric switches. McDATA’s SMI-S Interface is certified as SNIA-CTP v1.1 compliant. It can be utilised by third party management applications with an SMI-S certified client to discover, monitor and configure McDATA devices and will immediately be leveraged by HP's SMI-S client and in future by IBM and others.

"McDATA is among the first switch vendors to release an SMI-S provider, demonstrating our ongoing commitment to delivering open, standards-based products. End users are the ultimate beneficiaries of SMI-S compliant solutions with improved manageability, security and network reliability," said Wayne Morris, senior vice president of worldwide marketing, McDATA.

"Purchasing decisions today are influenced by interoperability and system manageability, so the majority of organisations prefer to deploy solutions that are based on open standards," said Frank Harbist, vice president, storage software, StorageWorks Division, HP. "HP System Insight Manager and HP Storage Essentials support McDATA’s SMI-S standards-based interface to allow customers to seamlessly create and integrate multi-vendor environments and enable switch-level monitoring and configuration. Customer can benefit from the greater return on investment that results from improved network visibility and simplified infrastructure management."

McDATA SMI-S Interface Release 1.0 provides an SMI-S-based integration platform where third party applications can leverage the network and fabric intelligence of Enterprise Fabric Connectivity Manager (EFCM). "We plan to integrate IBM TotalStorage Productivity Center with McDATA environments utilising SMI-S," said James Gruener, Tivoli Storage Market Manager, IBM. "Such an integration would be directed at giving customers enhanced ability to manage their SANs from the application to the spindle and everything in between."    

The Storage Networking Industry Association’s Storage Management Initiative was created to develop and standardise interoperable storage management technologies. SMI-S allows storage vendors to target development efforts on a single standard interface so end-users can lower the total cost of ownership as management, integration of resources and interoperability improve network-wide.

"The SNIA-CTP program continues to evolve through the cooperation of vendors like McDATA, and others developing tests for fabric and switches for SMI-S v1.1 conformance testing," said Ed von Adelung, chairman of the SNIA Storage Management Forum. "These new tests are an integral step in bringing standards conformance to the marketplace and offering end users more flexible choices in their selection of products—choices that offer management interoperability to address the complexity of managing storage in the data center."

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