BY HEIDI BIGGAR
In Colorado Springs earlier this month, the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of its 14,000-square-foot Storage Networking Technology Center, adding to the growing list of testing/interoperability facilities industry-wide.
Nearly two years in the planning, the technology center will serve as a development, testing, and educational facility to drive the evolution of storage standards and promote the interoperability of storage networking technologies in a vendor-neutral atmosphere.
"It's not just an interoperability lab; it's also a multi-purpose facility," claims Dona Stevers, SNIA chair and spokesperson. The center will be host to a variety of activities, including training sessions, symposiums, and plugfests.
Stevers says SNIA is working cooperatively with other standards bodies and interoperability facilities and will continue to differentiate itself from those groups by focusing on the application, rather than the protocol, level.
SNIA's Storage Networking Technology Center will be host to many activities, including training sessions, symposiums, and plugfests.
At the opening, vendors representing all facets of the storage industry-hardware, software, and networking-demonstrated a variety of existing and emerging technologies. Themes included host bus adapter APIs, switch interoperability, storage management, IP storage, storage over WANs, storage service providers and application service providers, and SCSI Extended Copy.
As for plans to expand beyond the vendor community, Stevers says that's definitely on the agenda, but not until later this year. "End users will be able to use the facilities, but the idea is on the back burner for the next six months," she says.