The Network Data Management Protocol (NDMP) is a standard developed to address the interoperability of backup with multi vendor network attached storage (NAS). Less than a year ago some storage vendors worked with SNIA and created a technical Work Group (TWG) to further extend the NDMP standard through software development. Initial NDMP TWG members include: EMC, NetApp, Hitachi Data Systems, Pillar Data Systems and Sun Microsystems. The TWG membership made significant code contributions of the NDMPv3 reference implementation code base. The end result was to create a complete, robust software development kit (SDK) that can be used to to implement NDMPv4 of the standard.
The significance here is not so much the evolving protocol but rather multiple vendors, regardless of their business model, promoting open storage networking solutions for the industry. This collaboration through SNIA promoting not only open standards but open sourced software is what customers expect from all storage vendors today. The challenge is to get all of the storage vendors to contribute to the collaboration, contribution and evolution of open storage solutions.