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The Storage Management Initiative (SMI) is an initiative created by the SNIA to develop and standardize interoperable storage management technologies and aggressively promote them to the storage, networking and end-user communities. The technical foundation of the Storage Management Initiative is the Storage Management Initiative - Specification (SMI-S). The SMI-Specification standardizes and streamlines storage management functions and features into a common set of tools that address the day-to-day tasks of the IT environment.

SMI Initiative may also support protocols (e.g. CIM-XML, WS-Management, etc...) and profiles (e.g. Indication, Profile Registration Profile, Access Points, etc...).

Initiative Version Protocol Autonomous Profiles Component Profiles
SMI 1.3.0 CIM-XML (Mandatory)
WS-Management (Optional)
  • Indication
  • Object Manager Adapter
  • Profile Registration Profile
  • Access Points
  • ATA Initiator Ports
  • Block Server Performance
  • Block Services
  • Block Storage Views
  • Copy Services
  • Device Credentials
  • Disk Drive Lite
  • Disk Sparing
  • Erasure
  • Extent Composition
  • FC Initiator Ports
  • FC Target Ports
  • Health
  • Indication
  • iSCSI Target Ports
  • Job Control
  • Location
  • Masking and Mapping
  • Multiple Computer System
  • Physical Package
  • SAS Initiator Ports
  • Software
  • Storage Element Protection
  • Storage Server Asymmetry
  • Volume Composition