The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) reorganised itself, changing the name of the SNIA IP Storage Forum and expanding its remit.
The new forum will be called the SNIA Ethernet Storage Forum with the aim of improving the adoption of Ethernet-connected storage networking. The forum will be split into two special interest groups; the iSCSI SIG will focus on continuing the IP Storage Forum agenda by explaining the features, and benefits of iSCSI , while the new NFS SIG will deal with NFS-enabled NAS technology. In future, the Forum is also looking to set up special interest group focused on the CIFS/SMB protocol.
Member companies of the iSCSI SIG include Compellent, Dell, HP, Intel, Microsoft, NEC, NetApp and Sun, while the founding members of the NFS SIG include EMC, NetApp, Panasas and Sun
Explaining the change in emphasis, David Dale, SNIA Ethernet Storage Forum chair said "The Forum was chartered only to promote IP-based SAN technologies - iSCSI, FCIP and iFCP - and we were constantly being asked by IT professionals why we don't cover other Ethernet-based storage, such as NAS. The change in charter is largely in response to those requests, together with increasing market demand for Ethernet-connected storage, and continued vendor support."