SNIA has formed a new pressure group, the SNIA IP Storage Forum to "market and promote standards-based block storage networking solutions using IP networks",
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The development of storage area networks has, until now, been almost exclusively based on Fibre Channel infrastructure. However, using established Ethernet IP network technology avoids the need for infrastructure investment and allows users to draw on existing skills.
Fibre Channel currently offers better performance but there are some networked storage applications that do not need top-level performance. SNIA sees potential for IP-based storage networks for remote mirroring and back-up distributed Internet data centres, and storage service providers.