FDMI™ - File Data Management Interface

Data management is a hugely important aspect of storage, and yet interoperable standard approaches to perform it have been slow in coming.  A few frameworks have become widely used, with DPMI for backup probably leading the pack.  Emerging initiatives such as IRODS hold promise to bring order to rule oriented data management and middleware.  Others such as DMAPI for HSM have seen success but limited adoption, with a few vendors supplying applications and strict interoperability requirements.