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SNIA Joins Green Grid

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) announced today that it has formed an alliance with The Green Grid. The SNIA and its Green Storage Initiative (GSI) plan to work with The Green Grid in developing and promoting standards, measurement methods, processes and technologies to improve overall data center energy efficiencies.

Tackling the challenges associated with energy efficiency and green computing will require collaboration across all areas of the IT industry,” said Vincent Franceschini, Chair of the SNIA. “Storage plays an important role in power and energy efficiency within data centers and business computing ecosystems. With that, the SNIA’s Green Storage Initiative is dedicated to applying the technical and educational expertise of the storage industry to the broader view of the data center to collaborate, develop and find more energy efficient solutions for the IT industry.”

In a separate release:

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) announced today that the eXtensible Access Method (XAM) specification and Software Development Kit (SDK) are on-track for mid-2008 public availability and are driving software collaboration across the industry enabling the development of a single standard. XAM provides a framework for standards-based information independence for applications and storage systems. As such, XAM will deliver storage transparency to end users, along with the ability to assure information immutability to meet long-term digital information retention requirements.

The XAM Initiative and associated specification development efforts continue to progress and build momentum. Fifty companies, which include storage vendors, application developers and academia, are participating in the initiative and its two associated Technical Work Groups. The XAM specification version 1.0 release schedule is on track, and the SNIA plans to gain member approval for the specification in mid-2008 followed by its submission for ANSI and ISO accreditation. Additionally, the development of the XAM SDK has accelerated and is on track for mid-year availability for licensing to the industry.

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