SNIA focuses on IT users, elects board
While continuing to develop standards, the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) recently stepped up its efforts to involve end users. "We`re forming a customer advisory council to bring the IT community into SNIA and advise us on what we should be focusing on," says Larry Kranz, newly-elected SNIA chairman. "Our focus has changed from vendor-oriented to IT-oriented."
Kranz says that, based on user feedback, the most pressing concerns in the storage area network (SAN) arena are management, security, interoperability, and backup/restore. He estimates that the advisory council will consist of about a dozen representatives from the IT community.
At the recent Storage Net-working World conference and exhibition, co-sponsored by SNIA, about 80 of the 400+ attendees were IT personnel. The next show is scheduled for April 11-13 in Palm Desert, CA. For more information, visit www.snia.org. Storage Networking World also includes Storage Networking University tracks, designed to educate IT managers about SANs.
SNIA recently elected an executive committee and board of directors.
The executive committee includes:
Larry Kranz, SNIA chair (and senior technologist at EMC)
Clod Barrera, vice chair (director of storage systems strategy at IBM)
Gary Phillips, secretary (manager of storage software, engineering and technology at Compaq Computer)
Scott McIntyre, treasurer (business line manager for storage networking at Legato Systems)
Four members of last year`s board of directors were re-elected, including Kranz, Barbara Bardach (senior director of strategic relations at Convergent Systems), Brenda Christensen (vice president of marketing and sales at Troika Networks), and Brad Stamas (senior strategist at StorageTek).
New to SNIA`s board of directors are Gary Phillips, Kumar Malavalli (vice president of technology at Brocade Communications), and Dona Stever (director of advanced technology at Highground Systems).
SNIA is a non-profit organization consisting of more than 110 companies. The group`s goal is to develop standards and to deliver education and services for the storage networking market.