Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has announced its appointment as the exclusive certification services and test provider for the Cloud Data Management Interface (CDMI).
Issued by the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), the CDMI Conformance Test Program indicates products offered by cloud vendors support standards to ensure interoperability for end-users. TCS will provide its CDMI Conformance Assurance Solution to help cloud storage vendors ensure their products comply with SNIA's CDMI specifications, according to a statement released by the Indian outsourcing giant.
"The ever-growing demand for cloud storage solutions, coupled with the rapidly evolving number of products on the market, necessitates industry standardization," it said. "The CDMI standard is applicable to all types of cloud--private, public, and hybrid--allowing IT departments and end-users the freedom to operate between multiple clouds with an industry approved standard for data storage, migration, and security."
TCS noted that while the SNIA specification resolves this need, cloud storage vendors might find it challenging to ensure compliance. If carried out internally, rigorous testing by skilled staff is required, and this will drive up the cost of product development and delay launches, it said.
The outsourcing vendor said its CDMI compliance service will test cloud storage products to ensure adherence to the SNIA specification as well as identify issues that require fixing. Its appointment now as SNIA's "only" certification services and test provider will allow cloud storage vendors to bring their products faster to market, TCS said.
David Dale, SNIA's chairman, said in the statement: "When it comes to cloud storage, we are seeing vendors increasingly adopt the SNIA CDMI standard because end-users want to control the destiny of their data and ensure hassle-free data access, data protection, and data migration from one cloud service to another."
A not-for-profit global organization, SNIA aims to develop and promote technologies as well as industry standards related to information management. It released the CDMI standard for cloud storage in April 2010 with the goal to make it easier for companies to move data between public and private clouds.
TCS CTO K. Ananth Krishnan said: "Our strategic cloud platforms in India and across the globe cater to a broad range of customer needs, while the TCS CDMI Conformance Assurance solution helps cloud storage customers across industries and different types of cloud architecture. We have the capability to deliver the certification and test services as per SNIA standards and are happy to be their trusted partner in their CTP program"