Are we really open?
By kgibson on Apr 20, 2005
Yes,we are very serious about open standards and we are actively driving creation of new open storage management standards. The forum for this is the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) at http://www.snia.org
When we created native multipathing for Solaris, we recognized that there was no standard way to monitor and manage multipathing so we initiated creation of a SNIA MP-API as part of the OS-Attach Technical Workgroup in SNIA. Sun engineer Paul von Behren has served as editor for this API which is now nearing final draft. You can download a copy from the SNIA website here:
In addition to putting an iSCSI driver into Solaris, we have also been participating in SNIA's IP Storage Technical Workgroup since its inception. This workgroup is chartered to define standard solutions for management of IP based storage networks. Sun storage engineer John Forte is helping edit the iSCSI Management API (IMA), a set of C programmatic interfaces for host based management of iSCSI initiators and discovery of iSCSI storage devices. Sun will be providing the Solaris version of IMA later this year. This same SNIA workgroup has also played a key role in defining the SMI-S iSCSI profiles that enable CIM based management of iSCSI initiators and storage. A draft of this spec is also available at:
In addition to creating the specs for the open APIs, we have gone the next step to make our API implementation available as open source projects. See the Source Forge project for the MP-API here:
See the sourceforge project for IMA here: