One Fish, Two Fish, Redfish, Swordfish: Part 1

A Solution to Simplify Storage Array Struggles
Patrick Strick

A New Industry Standard for Storage System Management

Do you manage storage arrays from multiple vendors? How about arrays from the same vendor? Either way, you’re probably using different models in each management and monitoring tool, which makes it hard to optimize your IT operations. Well luckily, Swordfish can help.

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Swordfish is the Storage Management Initiative’s (SMI) newest project to consolidate, ensure interoperability, and resolve compatibility issues across storage systems. Swordfish is the new industry standard for storage system management. It targets the storage consumer, administrator, and operations team in an IT organization.

ScienceLogic is driving the development of Swordfish to support your use cases, and ensure the data you need is easily accessible. As lead product manager for ScienceLogic’s Storage and VMware solutions, I also chair the SMI Lab within the Storage Network Industry Association (SNIA). Working on this new project helps me ease implementation and support compatibility by implementing improved storage solutions from ScienceLogic paired directly with Swordfish.

Out with the Old, in with the New

You may have heard of Swordfish’s predecessor, SMI-S (Storage Management Initiative Specification). Work on SMI-S started in 2000, and became a part of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in 2007. The IT world has changed quite a bit since then. While SMI-S has evolved and is broadly used today, the underlying framework is showing its limitations.

The key area where things have changed is the introduction of converged and hyperconverged systems. In these systems, compute and storage components work together in a packaged solution (converged) or in a single platform (hyperconverged). To handle this convergence, we built Swordfish as an extension of Redfish.

Redfish is another modern Application Programming Interface (API) and is the replacement for Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) in the server management space. Redfish was created by the same group of companies that created IPMI. It’s already available on the lights out management devices from most of the major server vendors. Both Redfish and Swordfish are REST APIs that use JSON to format data. This means they are easy to program against and can scale from a single system to a large cluster or cloud-scale environment.

Stay Tuned for Part 2

Our second blog post in this series adds a technical lens to the mix. You’ll see how important Swordfish is to ease your storage array struggles, and how it supports the use cases and data you need.

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