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SMI-S for the Storage Area Network (SAN) Management
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Computing, Department of Communication Systems.
2014 (English)Student thesis
Abstract [en]

The storage vendors have their own standards for the management of their storage resources but it creates interoperability issues on different storage products. With the recent advent of the new protocol named Storage Management Initiative-Specification (SMI-S), the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) has taken a major step in order to make the storage management more effective and organized. SMI-S has replaced its predecessor Storage Network Management Protocol (SNMP) and it has been categorized as an ISO standard. The main objective of the SMI-S is to provide interoperability management of the heterogeneous storage vendor systems by unifying the Storage Area Network (SAN) management, hence making the dreams of the network managers come true. SMI-S is a guide to build systems using modules that ‘plug’ together. SMI-S compliant storage modules that use CIM ‘language’ and adhere to CIM schema interoperate in a system regardless of which vendor built them. SMI-S is object-oriented, any physical or abstract storage-related elements can be defined as a CIM object. SMI-S can unify the SAN management systems and it works well with the heterogeneous storage environment. SMI-S has offered a cross-platform, cross-vendor storage resource management. This thesis work discusses the use of SMI-S at Compuverde which is a storage solution provider, located in the heart of the Karlskrona, the southeastern part of Sweden. Compuverde was founded by Stefan Bernbo in Karlskrona,Sweden. Just like all others leading storage providers, Compuverde has also decided to deploy the Storage Management Initiative-Specification (SMI-S) to manage their Storage Area Network (SAN) and to achieve interoperability. This work was done to help Compuverde to deploy the SMI-S protocol for the management of the Storage Area Network (SAN) which, among many of its features, would create alerts/traps in case of a disk failure in the SAN. In this way, they would be able to keep the data of their clients, safe and secure and keep their reputation for being reliable in the storage industry. Since Compuverde regularly use Microsoft Windows and Microsoft have started to support SMI-S for storage provisioning in System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM), this work was done using the SCVMM 2012 and the Windows Server 2012.The SMI-S provider which was used for this work was QNAP TS- 469 Pro.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 79 p.
Keyword [en]
Storage Management Initiative-Specification (SMI-S), Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), Storage Network Management Protocol (SNMP), Storage Area Network (SAN) management.
National Category
Computer Science Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-6125Local ID: diva2:833551
0764354242Available from: 2015-04-22 Created: 2014-05-19 Last updated: 2015-06-30Bibliographically approved

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