The Storage Networking Industry Association says its Cloud Data Management Interface specification—the first industry-developed open standard specifically for data storage as a service—has been designated an international standard by the Joint Technical Committee, a joint effort of the International Organization for Standardization and the International Electrotechnical Commission.

“There is strong demand for cloud computing standards, and to see one of our most active consortia partners contribute this specification in such a timely fashion is very gratifying,” Karen Higginbottom, chair of International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Joint Technical Committee 1 (JTC 1), said in a statement. “The standard will improve cloud interoperability and is a great result of the cooperation that exists between JTC 1 and SNIA.”

The use of the its Cloud Data Management Interface (CDMI) standard by cloud computing and cloud storage providers enhances the types of storage services they can offer to customers, and allows interoperability and portability between service providers, SNIA says.

CDMI provides both a data path and control path for cloud storage and standardizes a common interoperable data exchange format for securely moving data and its associated data requirements from one cloud to another. The standard is applicable to public, private and hybrid deployment models for storage clouds.

The CDMI standard and a CDMI Reference Implementation (CDMI RI) are developed by the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) Cloud Storage Technical Work Group (TWG), which includes more than 230 members from more than 60 organizations around the world.




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