BY LISA COLEMAN
Hoping to promote removable storage technologies such as tape and optical libraries, the non-profit High Density Storage Association (HDSA) was launched last month. Manufacturers, resellers, and end users will have a resource for storage education, training, and interface and connectivity issues for automation products, multi-drive connectivity, and multi-media availability.
Garnering interest from 32 companies-including four tape library manufacturers-so far, the association expects to attract at least 50 storage vendors, says Rich Harada, executive director and founder of HDSA, and a storage consultant. "This association can get manufacturers' and resellers' messages across to a broader audience through a series of projects that will be designed by end users," he says.
HDSA is also chartered with identifying interoperability, connectivity, and compatibility issues.
A technical working group will also be launched. The group will determine specifications for interface and connectivity issues related to SCSI, SCSI over Internet Protocol, network-attached storage, and storage area networks. For more information, visit www.highdensity.org.