What is SMI-S Provider?

SMI-S (Storage Management Initiative Specification) is a standard developed by the Storage Network Industry Association (SNIA) that is intended to facilitate the management of storage devices from multiple vendors in storage area networks (SANs). An SMI-S provider is a software component produced by or for a particular storage product or family of products.

SMI-S PROVIDER

Benefits

Manage and Add new devices

SMI-S defines common attributes for each component in a SAN. The specification is platform-independent and extensible. This makes it possible to add new devices to a SAN with a minimum of difficulty.
SMI-S can allow SAN managers to oversee all aspects of a network from a single point.

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How it works?

  • It implements an HTTP server, it can parse XML requests, and it knows how to control those specific devices which usually have their own unique management interfaces.
  • The provider can be embedded in the firmware or operating system of the device itself.
  • It can exist as a standalone application running on a general purpose computer operating system. This model is called a “Proxy” provider.