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News release – 2012 Number 17

IEC and ISO recognize SNIA cloud computing data management interface as International Standard



Geneva, Switzerland, 2012-10-24 – The IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission), the world’s leading standards body in electrotechnology, and the ISO (International Organization for Standardization), through the Joint Technical Committee JTC 1: Information Technology, have announced that the SNIA (Storage Networking Industry Association) CDMI (Cloud Data Management Interface) specification has been recognized as an International Standard.



Designated ISO/IEC 17826, this is the first industry-developed open standard specifically for data storage as a service of cloud computing.

"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," said Karen Higginbottom, Chair of IEC/ISO JTC 1. "The standard will improve cloud interoperability and is a great result of the cooperation that exists between JTC 1 and SNIA."


Michael Hogan, of NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) and co-chair of NIST's public Cloud Computing Standards Roadmap Working Group, stressed the importance of the international voluntary consensus standards to the U.S. Government stating, "A high priority to further USG cloud computing technology adoption is the availability of international voluntary consensus-based standards for interoperability, performance, portability, security, etc. We're glad to see the JTC 1 PAS Transposition process working as intended to quickly gain consensus and approval of an international voluntary consensus standard."

The use of the CDMI standard by cloud computing and cloud storage providers enhances the types of storage services they can offer their customers and allows interoperability and portability between service providers. Based on a RESTful HTTP protocol, 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 cloud to cloud. The standard is applicable to public, private and hybrid deployment models for storage clouds.

The CDMI standard and a CDMI RI (Reference Implementation) are developed by the SNIA Cloud Storage TWG (Technical Work Group) which today includes more than 230 members from more than 60 different organizations around the world. The SNIA CSI (Cloud Storage Initiative) promotes the standard to advance the adoption and educates the IT communities about cloud storage. CSI member companies represent a variety of segments in the IT industry and include Basho Technologies, CA Technologies, Cisco Systems, Cleversafe, EMC, Evaluator Group, Hewlett Packard, Hitachi Data Systems, Huawei, IBM, LSI Corporation, Mezeo Software, NetApp, Oracle, Scality, Sepaton, SpectraLogic, SwiftTest, Terremark Worldwide, XIO, Xyratex, and ZTE Corporation.


Mark Carlson and Alex McDonald, co-chairs of SNIA's Cloud Storage Initiative, added, "Recognition by the IEC and ISO community is confirmation that the many thousands of hours put into development of CDMI by SNIA member volunteers has produced a high quality international specification on which vendors and customers can depend. We are pleased storage vendors and cloud providers have already announced implementations and we expect recognition as an IEC and ISO standard will further accelerate adoption."


For more information on the CDMI standard please visit the SNIA web site


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News release 2012-17

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