The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) announced last week that a group of storage companies plans to contribute new technology aimed at advancing standards-based Storage Area Network (SAN) management (see first URL below). The technology, code-named Bluefin, uses Web-Based Enterprise Management (WBEM), Managed Object Format (MOF), and Common Information Model (CIM) to provide a common interface (i.e., API) for SAN management. Bluefin will include security, locking, and discovery, as well as provide identity, classification, monitoring, and the ability to control physical and logical resources across the enterprise using a common communication transport.
Bluefin was first demonstrated in early form at Storage Networking World in April 2002. Companies contributing to the Bluefin specification are BMC Software, Brocade Communications Systems, Computer Associates (CA), Dell, EMC, Emulex, Gadzoox Networks, Hewlett-Packard (HP), Hitachi, IBM, JNI, Prisa Networks, QLogic, StorageTek, Sun Microsystems, and VERITAS Software. The contributing companies and SNIA are creating a transition plan to address incorporating the specification into SNIA technical and marketing activities. SNIA expects to complete the plan in July 2002.