STATEMENT OF INTENT.IT departments want open, heterogeneous storage systems. In response to this demand, the Storage Networking Industry Association An association of producers and consumers of storage networking products, whose goal is to further storage networking technology and applications. The Storage Networking Industry Association, or SNIA (SNIA (Storage Networking Industry Association, San Francisco, CA, www.snia.org) An organization devoted to the advancement of mission critical storage systems. Founded in 1997, its goal is to determine the standards that must be developed to allow hosts and storage systems to interact via ) is taking definite steps to ensure that storage networks are open, complete, efficient and trusted solutions across the IT community. The SNIA is also committed to delivering standards, education, and services that will propel pro·pel
tr.v. pro·pelled, pro·pel·ling, pro·pels
To cause to move forward or onward. See Synonyms at push.
[Middle English propellen, from Latin open storage networking solutions into the broader market. In order to win the trust of the IT community and propel storage networking, the SNIA is focusing on the following critical technical issues:
The SNIA will accelerate debate in storage networking technology through the solicitation solicitation
In criminal law, the act of asking, inducing, or directing someone to commit a crime. The person soliciting another becomes an accomplice to the crime. The term also refers to the act of obtaining bribes, as well as to the crime of a prostitute who offers sexual of proposals to be presented in rigorous technical tracks at SNIA conferences. By issuing industry-wide calls for papers and offering refereed papers and conference proceedings, the SNIA will serve as a forum for the best thinking in the industry. The Technical Council (TC) will review all proposals to assure the highest level of technical quality. In addition, the TC, the CTO (Chief Technical Officer) The executive responsible for the technical direction of an organization. See CIO and salary survey. and the SNIA's Technical Programs Director, supported by the SNIA's working groups, will develop a technical roadmap and deliver storage networking architecture, standards and APIs that will assure interoperability The capability of two or more hardware devices or two or more software routines to work harmoniously together. For example, in an Ethernet network, display adapters, hubs, switches and routers from different vendors must conform to the Ethernet standard and interoperate with each other. in logical progressions without duplication duplication /du·pli·ca·tion/ (doo-pli-ka´shun)
1. the act or process of doubling, or the state of being doubled.
2. of effort.
Delivery Of Standards
To deliver standards quickly and efficiently, the SNIA is developing a comprehensive technology road map. As such the SNIA will:
* Determine standards (protocols & (APIs) necessary for a complete storage system to operate.
* Work to establish a clear and concise framework that will not duplicate, but enhance the work of other standard bodies.
* Establish priorities.
* Establish timelines and milestones.
True interoperability will be difficult to achieve. The SNIA is well aware that standards do not equal interoperability. As such, the SNIA will take responsibility to promote a culture where true interoperability will be recognized within the network storage industry. To ensure the technical integrity of standards as well as the promotion of interoperability, the SNIA will create an arduous ar·du·ous
1. Demanding great effort or labor; difficult: "the arduous work of preparing a Dictionary of the English Language" Thomas Macaulay.
2. review process for all proposals submitted to the organization. The review process will be conducted by the TC, the CTO, and the Technical Programs Director, and will require a minimum of two working implementations before any submission is considered to be of full standard stature. Of course, work in process can be viewed by member companies to point the way for their implementations.