The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) has extended the number of seats on its Board to allow the appointment of representatives from system integrators and storage users.
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The Association said in a statement today that "This was a policy intended to ensure SNIA not only addresses the requirements of the major vendors, but can also take into account the needs of the broader market, and a wider representation of the storage community. There are plans to extend SNIA's outreach even further into the end user community so that the views of the users themselves are also taken into account when planning educational and marketing activities on behalf of the industry."
Chairman of SNIA ANZ, Jacob Van der Eyk said the move was made in response to members' requests.
"The feedback I received from the membership last year was that they wanted the organisation to be more representative of the market," he said.
"Extending the Board in this way means we are now better equipped and resourced but more importantly we have now given a voice to a broader community. Their influence will help balance our strategy and ensure our programmes cater for the differing types of membership and a broader extent of end users across the region."
The Board of Directors for 2007 comprises:
- Bert Noah - Acer
- Jacob Van der Eyk - Chairman, CA
- Adrian Sharkey - Alphawest
- Ronnie Altit - Dimension Data
- Clive Gold - Vice Chair, EMC
- Ross Harper - Treasurer, HDS
- Greg Hutton - Secretary, HP
- Chris Russell - IBM
- Craig Tamlin - Quantum
- Craig Scroggie - Symantec
- Scott Campey - Clonnaugh