SNIA Opens Technology Center
- By Scott Bekker
The Storage Networking
Industry Association (SNIA)
today unveiled its Shared Storage Model at the
opening of the SNIA Technology Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The new
storage model and the center mark the latest efforts by the SNIA to create
industry standards for the growth of the storage industry.
A roadmap for the storage industry, the Shared Storage Model
includes a vocabulary that will enable vendors to better explain how their
products fit into the storage architecture. The model differentiates the
various solutions that comprise the storage industry, including the roles
played by storage applications, the underlying infrastructure, and the
At the SNIA Technology Center, storage and networking
product developers will be able to work together with application vendors,
system integrators, and service providers. The vendor-neural site includes a
neutral demonstration facility and test sites for self-certification. This will
enable vendors to test their storage components in an environment similar to
one they would experience at a customer site. The center will also offer
educational programs and symposiums.
The 14,000-square foot facility is expected to house
equipment from the SNIA, which currently includes 174 members spanning the
entire storage industry.
A not-for-profit organization, SNIA members include IBM,
Network Appliances, BMC Software, Compaq, EMC, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Sun
Microsystems, and Dell. – Jim Martin
Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.