Are there any industry standards for managing intelligent enclosures
Yes – SES, which stands for SCSI ENCLOSURE SERVICES, is the ANSI standard by which Fibre Channel-attached subsystems adhere to. SCSI enclosures “speak” SAF-TE, which stands for SCSI Accessed Fault Tolerant Enclosures.
The SES specification has a great deal of intelligence, which allows for not only reporting health, but changing fan speeds, manipulating the LEDs, and controlling audible alarms. SAF-TE is a rather dumb interface that reports the most basic information in more of a pass/fail form.