Data Locality

SMI-S support

SMI-S (Storage Management Initiative Specification) is a standard created by the Storage Network Industry Association (SNIA) that was designed to regulate management of storage devices from multiple vendors. Simple and unified management for entire storage infrastructure – that’s where SMI-S provider comes into play.


Most companies spend significant money and time on managing various storage solutions. The main reason hides in complicated and non-centralized management since every hardware and software vendor provides its proprietary administration tools to work with its own solutions.

Typical management scheme of the heterogeneous storage devices


StarWind SMI-S provider helps companies to reduce their money and time expenses. IT teams get simplified management thanks to the single “pane of glass”. Storage resources with desired performance, resiliency, and availability characteristics are now provisioned easily according to the predefined policies. This is achieved with StarWind SMI-S provider that seamlessly integrates into System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) or OpenStack.

StarWind’s approach to the management of a heterogeneous storage infrastructure


SMI-S eliminates the need for any 3rd party management software and significantly simplifies the overall storage infrastructure administration. StarWind SMI-S provider integrates StarWind storage management layer into the SCVMM or OpenStack. Thanks to SMI-S support, most operations are performed from a single and well-known console, serving to automate the environment operations.

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