SNIA expands mission and vision

The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) unveiled an expanded mission and vision. Unveiled on the association's 10 year anniversary, the SNIA also launched new branding, which includes a Web site redesign and a new logo in support of the association's forward-looking mission and vision. 

SNIA India was formally launched in Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai and Pune and now holds membership strength of over 87 members. Owing to its good performance, it has recently been awarded independent status by SNIA international board. 

The SNIA's expanded mission is to lead the storage industry worldwide in developing and promoting standards, technologies, and educational services to empower organizations in the management of information. Some of the past efforts that are driving this effort include the development of its Management Frameworks Technical Working Group and associated Reference Architectures, the efforts of the SNIA Data Management Forum, and the technical development of the forthcoming eXtensible Access Method (XAM) specification. Underlying the mission are three supporting vision statements that will help the association deliver value back to the industry: 

  • Being a trusted advisor across all business segments and the recognized authority in storage technologies in support of information management

  • Being a catalyst for the development of information technologies and storage standards

  • Establishing a strong international presence to address the needs and requirements of the local storage and information management marketplace

"We have made significant strides in executing on our previous set of strategic imperatives by developing IT standards and educational programs that support the industry by making storage networking easier to understand and simpler to implement. We are now looking forward to expanding on that mission by embracing storage and information technology," said Vincent Franceschini, Chairman, SNIA. He added, "Further, as we celebrate 10 years of working with the industry to promote the acceptance, deployment, and confidence in storage technologies, we've seen the storage industry landscape evolve to move up the stack and play a larger, more prominent role in the overall IT industry. To support that evolution, we are unveiling new branding that represents our expanded mission and vision for the future. It's an exciting confluence of events for the SNIA." 

The expanded mission and vision and new branding build on a 10-year foundation of success for the Association that includes many achievements since its inception. Several of these include: 

  • The development of the Storage Management Initiative Specification-   (SMI-S) and the eventual adoption of the standard by the International    Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) as well as 45 vendors implementing the standard in 300 products worldwide

  • Reaching more than 10,000 professionals with vendor-neutral education and certification programs

  • The globalization of the association in Australia-New Zealand, North America-Canada, China, Europe, India, Japan and South Asia

  • Launching or working with state-of-the-art technology centers, like those in Colorado Springs, Beijing, Bangalore, and Tokyo to help spur new technical development, innovation, and    collaboration throughout all parts of the industry

  • Co-owning and producing with Computerworld the leading storage    conference for the last eight years

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