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Ground-breaking, multi-vendor effort will help yield customer “Best Practices” for storage security

July 17, 2002 – Mountain View, CA - The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) Board of Directors approved the charter for the formation of the Storage Security Industry Forum (SSIF) last week during a meeting in San Jose, CA. The forum is a customer- and market-focused vendor consortium dedicated to increasing the availability of robust storage security solutions. The forum will fulfill this mission by helping to identify best practices on how to build secure storage networks and promoting these standards-based solutions.

"Users of storage networks have identified security as one of their primary concerns. The Storage Security Industry Forum will enable SNIA members to collaborate in a vendor-neutral environment and create a focal point for industry and user interchange on secure storage networks," said Brad Stamas, Chairman of the SNIA.

The Storage Security Industry Forum will strive to assure that customers’ requirements are being met with existing solutions and standards, according to Mike Alvarado, the newly elected chairman of the forum. “The forum will conduct research and compile a database of the features, benefits, cost justification, ROI calculation methods as well as the best practices of storage security,” said Alvarado.

“This information will be disseminated to users and to SNIA’s industry partners. We believe that this new information will have a significantly positive effect on future best practices and can also be used to model the immediate deployment of even more secure storage networks. This is clearly in line with what customers are asking for.”

The forum, open to all SNIA member companies, held a preliminary formation meeting last month to review the draft charter and determine the scope of the forum’s work. Companies that have helped to launch the forum include Adaptec, Brocade, Computer Associates, Hewlett-Packard Company, IBM, Infinity I/O, JNI Corporation, McDATA, NeoScale Systems, QLogic, Seagate Technologies, Spectra Logic, and Zyfer.

Mike Karp, senior analyst at Enterprise Management Associates of Boulder, CO, agreed that the SNIA forum can serve an important role within the industry. “There is an increasing need for research that will help advance technologies in the storage security arena. SNIA vendor members and users working together to develop best practices will accelerate the adoption of sound storage security solutions.”

The SSIF joins other SNIA industry forums that act as interest groups within the association to enable member companies to collaborate and promote the development of specific storage networking technologies and solutions. More information about the SSIF and other SNIA forums can be found on the SNIA website at

http://www.snia.org/tech_activities

Storage vendors interested in joining the SSIF should contact Mike Alvarado at mike@neoscale.com.

About the SNIA

The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) is a not-for-profit organization, made up of over 300 companies and individuals worldwide spanning the entire storage industry. SNIA members share a common goal: to set the pace of the industry by ensuring that storage networks become efficient, complete and trusted solutions across the IT community. To this end the SNIA is uniquely committed to delivering standards, education and services that will propel open storage networking solutions into the broader market. For information, contact the SNIA at 650-949-6720 or via e-mail at
executivedirector@snia.org, or visit the SNIA web site at http://www.snia.org

Alternatively, contact the SNIA Europe on +33 1 47 49 06 23 or +33 1 34 58 46 72 or via e-mail at
euroinfo@snia.org, or visit the SNIA Web site at http://www.snia-europe.org

For additional information:

Rose Ross / Michele Osten

T: +44 (0)208 255 5225

E: rose@omarketing.co.uk

michele@omarketing.co.uk

Mike Alvarado

SNIA Storage Security Industry Forum

T: +1 (408)586-1358

E: mike@neoscale.com


Background information:

“Protecting data is a critical element of any CIOs role. Information is not only stored in the data centre but also across the networks. Establishing the best practices, adhering to legislation and corporate policies are steps to ensure that the most appropriate techniques and technologies are deployed. It is imperative that users are confident that their chosen suppliers are able to ensure that data is secure.”
Hamish Macarthur, analyst and co-founder,
Macarthur Stroud International – July 2002

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