Washington, D.C. — IEEE Computer Society proudly announces approval of the world’s first Storage System Standards. Four standards were approved June 21st for the IEEE Media Management System (MMS) describing its architecture, data model, core media management protocol, and drive management and library management protocols.
Based on the open source implementation of SGI’s OpenVault, these standards significantly extend and refine the OpenVault ideas. Users and implementers alike benefit by publication of these standards, which will enable the creation of interoperable, distributed, fully scalable, platform neutral and secure system products free from restrictive licensing. And by describing the IEEE MMS in multiple standards, which specify system and component behavior rather than content, a granularity of conformance is offered that permits products from the greatest number of vendors.
These first MMS standards herald other standards from the IEEE Computer Society’s Storage Systems Standards Committee (SSSC), and a listing of active projects may be viewed at http://www.ieee-sssc.org/projects.html . Additional information is available at the Storage System Standards Working Group (SSSWG) web site ( http://www.ssswg.org ). Among active IEEE projects are further MMS standards, a standard for ‘Data Mover’, a recommended practice for ‘Portable Tape Driver Architecture’, standards for ‘Common Tape Driver Semantics’ and ‘Common Format for Data on Tape’, and an overall ‘Guide for Storage System Design’ (a.k.a. the ‘Mass Storage System Reference Model’).
The SSSC actively collaborates with other formal standards groups and industry to produce successful standards and minimize effort. New collaborations and participation are eagerly sought, and those interested are encouraged to contact the SSSC or the SSSWG.
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