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SNIA steps up solid-state storage drive

Posted: 24 Sep 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:storage solid-state? SNIA SSSI? initiative formation?

The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) announced the formation of the Solid State Storage Initiative (SSSI), which will serve to foster the growth and success of the market for solid-state storage in both commercial and consumer environments.

As a collective initiative of industry leaders committed to becoming the recognized authority for storage made from non-volatile, solid-state memory devices, the SSSI will coordinate and conduct education efforts for the vendor and user communities, perform market outreach highlighting the virtues of solid-state storage and further the development of standards specific to the technology.

"The industry is closely monitoring the growth of solid state storage drives as well as making predictions about this technology's future," said Vincent Franceschini, chair of the SNIA. "SNIA has created the SSSI to propel the solid state technology in the storage industry. Drawing from the experience and expertise of its existing and new SNIA members, the new initiative will work to advance the knowledge and acceptance of solid state storage by evaluating and contributing to the standards necessary for industry-wide adoption, as well as through education, training, and best practices."

The SSSI is responsible for coordinating and managing all activities within the SNIA related to solid state storage, including those for education, technical development, business development, marketing and implementation. In addition, the SSSI will collaborate with other organizations and initiatives to further the dialogue on solid-state storage as well as leverage the SNIA International organization to promote solid-state storage on a global scale.

"It's both encouraging and timely to see this new Initiative from SNIA," said Mark Peters, analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group. "With the various implementations of solid-state technologies poised to make a significant impact on the storage market over the next few years (in terms of I/O rather than capacity), it's gratifying to see this cooperative effort around standards and education, since those are two of the current impediments to fast adoption as the technologies mature and become integrated into more vendor offerings."

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