SNIA Cloud Data Management Interface Specification Earns

SNIA Cloud Data Management Interface Specification Earns ISO/IEC
Designation as an International Standard 
Designation to Accelerate Industry Adoption and Implementation 
SANTA CLARA, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 10/16/12 --  SNW Fall 2012 -- The
Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) today announced that
its Cloud Data Management Interface (CDMI) specification, the first
industry-developed open standard specifically for data storage as a
service as part of cloud computing, has been designated an
International Standard (IS) by the Joint Technical Committee 1 (JTC
1), a joint effort of the International Organization for
Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical
Commission (IEC) for the purpose of standardization in the field of
Information Technology. The specification received the necessary
support from participating National Members under the JTC 1 Publicly
Available Specification (PAS) Process and has been designated ISO/IEC
17826. 
"There is strong demand for Cloud Computing standards and to see one
of our most active consortia partners contribute this specification
in such a timely fashion is very gratifying," said Karen
Higginbottom, Chair of ISO/IEC JTC 1. "The standard will improve
cloud interoperability and is a great result of the cooperation that
exists between JTC 1 and SNIA." 
Michael Hogan, of the National Institute of Standards and Technology
and co-chair of NIST's public Cloud Computing Standards Roadmap
Working Group, stressed the importance of the international voluntary
consensus standards to the U.S. Government stating, "A high priority
to further USG cloud computing technology adoption is the
availability of international voluntary consensus-based standards for
interoperability, performance, portability, security, etc. We're glad
to see the JTC 1 PAS Transposition process working as intended to
quickly gain consensus and approval of an international voluntary
consensus standard." 
The use of the CDMI standard by cloud computing and cloud storage
providers enhances the types of storage services they can offer their
customers and allows interoperability and portability between service
providers. Based on a RESTful HTTP protocol, CDMI provides both a
data path and control path for cloud storage and standardizes a
common interoperable data exchange format for securely moving data
and its associated data requirements from cloud to cloud. The
standard is applicable to public, private and hybrid deployment
models for storage clouds. 
The CDMI standard and a CDMI Reference Implementation (CDMI RI) are
developed by the SNIA Cloud Storage Technical Work Group (TWG) which
today includes more than 230 members from more than 60 different
organizations around the world. The SNIA Cloud Storage Initiative
promotes the standard to advance the adoption and educates the IT
communities about cloud storage. CSI member companies represent a
variety of segments in the IT industry and include Basho
Technologies, CA Technologies, Cisco Systems, Cleversafe, EMC,
Evaluator Group, Hewlett Packard, Hitachi Data Systems, Huawei, IBM,
LSI Corporation, Mezeo Software, NetApp, Oracle, Scality, Sepaton,
SpectraLogic, SwiftTest, Terremark Worldwide, XIO, Xyratex, and ZTE
Corporation. 
Mark Carlson and Alex McDonald, co-chairs of SNIA's Cloud Storage
Initiative, added, "Recognition by the ISO/IEC community is
confirmation that the many thousands of hours put into development of
CDMI by SNIA member volunteers has produced a high quality
international specification on which vendors and customers can
depend. We are pleased storage vendors and cloud providers have
already announced implementations and we expect recognition as an
ISO/IEC standard will further accelerate adoption." 
Well regarded in the industry, SNIA standards provide an array of
benefits to both vendors and end users. Vendors gain the benefits of
quicker time to market, reduced costs, and greater customer
acceptance than if each company were to attempt to create its own
unique process for every technical interaction, while end users of
products that comply with SNIA standards enjoy greater
interoperability, reduced training, and ultimately lower total cost
of ownership. 
Ben Woo, Managing Director of Neuralytix, a New York City-based
strategy consultancy specializing in the information industry, added,
"Standards from industry consortia such as SNIA are absolutely key to
removing the roadblocks that customers are seeing in cloud computing.
CDMI makes it not only possible for customers to move data from one
cloud to another, it makes it secure and easy. Adoption of the CDMI
standard by Cloud Storage service providers should pick up
significantly now that ISO and IEC have adopted it." 
The standard will be available for purchase from the ISO Store
website when JTC 1 completes its administrative and publication
processes. For more information on the CDMI standard please visit the
SNIA web site at http://www.snia.org/cdmi. 
About the SNIA Cloud Storage Initiative
 The SNIA Cloud Storage
Initiative (CSI) fosters the growth and success of the market for
cloud storage for vendors, service providers, and users. Members of
the CSI work together to advance the adoption of the SNIA Cloud Data
Management Interface (CDMI) standard, educate the IT communities
about cloud storage, perform market outreach that highlights the
virtues of cloud storage, and collaborate with other industry
associations on cloud storage technical work. CSI member companies
represent a variety of segments in the IT industry and include Basho
Technologies, CA Technologies, Cisco Systems, Cleversafe, EMC,
Evaluator Group, Hewlett Packard, Hitachi Data Systems, IBM, LSI
Corporation, Mezeo Software, NetApp, Oracle, Scality, Sepaton,
SpectraLogic, SwiftTest, Terremark Worldwide, XIO, Xyratex, and ZTE
Corporation. For more information on SNIA's Cloud Storage activities,
visit www.snia.org/cloud and get involved in the conversation at
twitter.com/SNIACloud or http://groups.google.com/group/snia-cloud. 
About the SNIA
 The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) is
a not-for-profit global organization, made up of some 400 member
companies spanning virtually the entire storage industry. SNIA's
mission is to lead the storage industry worldwide in developing and
promoting standards, technologies, and educational services to
empower organizations in the management of information. To this end,
the SNIA is uniquely committed to delivering standards, education,
and services that will propel open storage networking solutions into
the broader market. For additional information, visit the SNIA web
site at http://www.snia.org. 
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Contact:
Dan La Russo
Ogilvy Public Relations for the SNIA
Mobile: 720-840-8254
Email: dan.larusso@ogilvy.com