(pronounced as separate letters) Short for Storage Management Initiative Specification
, an interface
standard that enables interoperability
in both hardware
between storage products from different vendors that an enterprise
would use in a SAN
environment. The interface provides common protocols
and data models that storage product vendors can use to ensure end user manageability of the SAN environment.
Based on the CIM and Web-Based Enterprise Management (WBEM) standards, SMI-S adds common interoperable and extensible management transport, automated discovery, and resource locking functions.
SMI-S was developed by the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) in 2002.