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SNIA Releases First Sofware With SDK

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) announced today at the SNIA 2008 Summer Symposium that it has approved the eXtensible Access Method (XAM) version 1.0 specification and released a working draft of the associated XAM Software Development Kit (SDK). The XAM specification is now being prepared for ANSI and ISO accreditation and is expected to be integrated into storage products by Fall 2008 and into applications by early 2009.

The July working draft of the XAM SDK is available for download today and will provide Independent Software Vendors (ISVs), storage vendors and operating system vendors a preliminary version of the tools they need to develop and test the latest XAM specification. The initial release of the XAM SDK will include a C XAM Library with a Java Native Interface (JNI) Wrapper; a Java version of the XAM Library; a Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) VIM and a Reference Vendor Interface Module (VIM). The latest version of the XAM SDK can be accessed here at

The availability of a preliminary version of the SNIA’s first software suite, the XAM SDK, marks a significant step forward for both the association and the XAM specification in helping to resolve the barriers associated with accessing data 5 minutes, 50 years or 100 years from now,” said Vincent Franceschini, Chair of the SNIA. “With reference data expected to account for more than half of all corporate data in the next few years, the XAM specification will help fulfill the market needs for a standard that enables information independence for applications and storage needed for long-term digital information retention requirements.”

Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA)