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Users to SNIA: Help Us Manage

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Storage Networking World -- Storage professionals feel burdened by repetitive, mundane management tasks, and they're looking to standards for help.

In a panel discussion Wednesday afternoon, four enterprise storage architects who also belong to the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) shared their management headaches and asked the audience to do the same. The goal was to review and provide input to SNIA's ongoing Storage Managment Initiative (SMI).

"How can I get an hour of my day back?" asked Chris Wilson, a storage architect for MCI Enterprise Hosting, who also sits on the SNIA End User Council. He says he's looking to reduce the time he spends configuring systems and users.

Wilson is also keen to consolidate multiple management systems and enable them to share information -- the main goal of the SNIA Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S), which has been gaining ground in product implementations, including ones from leading storage vendors. (See SNIA Demos SMI-S.)

Since MCI Hosting takes on a range of customer products, getting this kind of control over various management interfaces is key. "Each customer may have its own box, or may have different vendors, models from different OEMs, and each with separate configuration management," he said.

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