After about a year in formation the Australian and New Zealand chapter of the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) is official.
The local group got the go-ahead last month from the full board of SNIA USA, permitting the local steering committee to register the not-for-profit organisation and start fee collection from potential members.
A local steering committee started some 12 months ago to guide the formation process, with vendor, user, reseller and education membership now open. Fully paid up members will elect a board mid-October with a launch event planned in early November.
The interim board consists of EMC's Mark Heers, HP's Andrew Manners, Imation's Peter Glover and Markom Marketing's Rob Stirling.
A SNIA ANZ spokesperson, who declined to divulge the current membership list, said there will be three levels of membership: individual, general and voting, each with different fees and privileges, with a membership recruitment drive to start shortly.
The fee structure will be $10,000 for voting level which entitles members to links on SNIA ANZ Web site and discounts to its events; general level membership is $2500 and individual membership at $150.
More information will be available in two weeks outlining founding membership names, and setting local objectives and plans.
The Storage Networking Industry Association is a not-for-profit organisation made up of more than 300 companies and individuals worldwide spanning virtually the entire storage industry. It aims to set the pace of the industry by ensuring that storage networks become efficient, complete and trusted solutions across the IT community.