The Storage Networking Industry Association is coming down under.
The association, a non-profit organisation with membership from most major players in the storage networking industry, is to set up an Australian and New Zealand branch later this year.
IDC Australia storage analyst Graham Penn says there will be benefits for end users, though SNIA is principally a vendor organisation.
“What it offers is training and education; most of the benefits for users will be around SNIA events.”
There will be three categories of membership: voting, costing $10,000 and involving rights to put links on the ANZ SNIA website; general, at $2500; and individual, at $150.
Ground work towards setting up an Australasian branch has been going on for a year and the US parent body gave its consent for a branch in this part of the world in July.
As well as education, SNIA is involved in developing IEEE standards relating to storage networking.