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Enterprise Storage Management (ESM) FAQ Revision 2004/06/23 - Part 1/1

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From: (Will Spencer)
Subject: Enterprise Storage Management (ESM) FAQ Revision 2004/06/23 - Part 1/1
Approved: news-answers-request@MIT.EDU
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Summary: This posting contains a list of Frequently Asked Questions (and their
answers) about Enterprise Storage Management (ESM).

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Archive-Name: comp-arch-storage/enterprise-storage-management-faq
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Last-Modified: 2004/06/23
Version: 2004/06/23

Welcome to the Enterprise Storage Management (ESM) FAQ: 
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Enterprise Storage Management (ESM).

The Enterprise Storage Management (ESM) FAQ is on the World Wide Web at

The contents of the Enterprise Storage Management (ESM)
FAQ include:


What industry standards are utilized in storage management?

The standard for SAN management, as defined by SNIA is the Storage Management 
Initiative Specification (SMI-S).

In it's draft form, SMI-S was codenamed Bluefin.


What standards does SMI-S rely on?

- CIM Specification
- CIM Operations over HTTP 
- CIM Schema 
- Unified Modeling Language (UML) 
- Service Location Protocol (SLP) 
- Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) (RFC1945, RFC2068) 
- An Extension to HTTP: Digest Access Authentication (RFC2069) 
- Transport Layer Security Protocol (TLS) (RFC2246) 
- Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) 
- The Directory: Public-key and attribute certificate frameworks (DER encoded X.509) 
- Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (MIME) Part One: Format of Internet Message Bodies (RFC2045) 
- PKCS #12: Personal Information Exchange Syntax Standard 


What is WideSky?

WideSky is an initiative from EMC to get its proprietary management software to
run on other vendors' storage systems.

WideSky technology is integral to EMC's ControlCenter family of storage 
management products. WideSky is open to software developers via the EMC
Developers Program.


How is most storage managed today?

Because storage management standards are fairly new, most storage is managed
today utilizing one or more of the following technologies: 

- telnet 
- Proprietary thick-client management software applications 


What RFC's relate to storage management?

The most directly relevant RFC is RFC 2837: Definitions of Managed Objects
for the Fabric Element in Fibre Channel Standard.

A draft RFC proposing a standard Fibre Channel Management MIB is currently
being reviewed.

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