Standardization is the last line of defense for many enterprise firms in the battle against vendor lock-in; however, the time taken to formulate product standards, for the early adopters, is risky. We asked Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) Australian and New Zealand vice chairman Clive Gold about how standards, and standard-based products, free enterprise firms from being locked into using proprietary technologies for years to come.
Despite advances in storage technology, IT managers are still concerned about their ability to secure data, ensure it's available to valid users, track who uses it and manage it effectively, said attendees at the Storage Networking World Conference
Keeping data secure, tracking who uses it and managing it in a way that maintains backup windows and keeps information available to customers -- especially after an interruption in service or a disaster -- are among the top issues for IT executives, according to users who took part in a panel discussion yesterday at Storage Networking World.
The goal of SNIA Canada will be to inform users about storage trends and offer certifications based on training courses covering such topics as storage networking foundations, Fibre Channel and IP storage.