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Storage ORGs

This page lists storage industry trade associations which have been mentioned in's news pages.

See also:- storage history

Storage focused trade associations & sites

Xccela Consortium Working to promote the Xccela Bus as an open-standard digital interconnect and data communications bus suitable for volatile and nonvolatile memories as well as other types of ICs.

AIT Forum Advanced Intelligent Tape Forum is an industry consortium of hardware and software vendors that was formed in 1999 to advance the adoption of AIT drive and format technology as a premiere industry standard.

ASNP Association of Storage Networking Professionals

Blu-ray Disc Association Supports high capacity (up to 50GB) optical disks.

CE-ATA Consumer Electronics ATA standards group developing an interface for handheld disk market with software compatibility to ATA. Founded Sep 2004.

CompactFlash Association The CFA is a non-profit, mutual-benefit corporation that maintains and promotes the CompactFlash™ and CF+™ specification as a worldwide, small form factor, removable card standard.

DAFS Collaborative A group of companies that have joined together to create, review, and submit a proposal for the new Direct Access File System (DAFS) protocol specification.

Data Management Institute Was created to establish a new discipline within the IT field: Data Management.

DAT Manufacturers Group DDS/DAT tape alliance.

DISK/TREND Legacy storage market research data from 1977 through 1999

DVD Forum Trade association focused on DVD

DVD+RW Alliance seeks to develop and promote a universally compatible, rewritable DVD format.

Fibre Channel Industry Association Trade association focused on Fibre Channel.

Gen-Z Consortium Gen-Z was formed in 2016 to develop an open standard interconnect for high-speed, low latency, memory-semantic access to data and devices. This has applications in memory fabrics and DIMM wars.

Green Data Project Launched Sep 28, 2007 - is focused on managing electronic data in order to reduce electrical power demands in corporate IT.

Green Grid Launched Feb 2007 - is a consortium of information technology companies and professionals seeking to lower the overall consumption of power in data centers around the globe.

HDSA The High Density Storage Association's charter is to promote storage technologies that incorporate electro-mechanical automation, multi-drive connectivity and multi-media availability.

Hybrid Storage Alliance The Hybrid Storage Alliance is an international group dedicated to communicating the benefits of hybrid hard drive / flash technology to computer makers and end users.

IDEMA International Disk Drive Equipment and Materials Association

International Recording Media Association The International Recording Media Association is the advocate for all recording media and is the industry forum on worldwide trends and innovations.

JEDEC JEDEC is the leading developer of standards for the semiconductor industry.

iVDR Information Versatile Disk for Removable usage. The SATA connected modules include a standard content protection system.

LTO Linear Tape-Open (LTO) technology was developed jointly by HP, IBM and Seagate to provide a clear and viable choice in an increasingly complex array of tape storage options.

Memory Stick The Memory Stick platform Web site allows users to learn more about connectivity with Memory Stick media, its technology and the available compatible products on the market.

MMCA The MultiMediaCard Association is the open standard memory card organization, promoting worldwide adoption of a postage-stamp size, removable storage card designed especially for mobile phones and digital imaging.

MSP Partners is a vendor alliance formed to provide solution providers a comprehensive source of Managed Service Provider education

NAID National Association for Information Destruction is an international trade association for companies providing information destruction services.

National Data Awareness Project The NDAP will help businesses of all sizes develop a systematic approach to evaluating their current data protection and DR capabilities, look for weak spots in those existing plans and choose the optimal data protection products, technologies and services to minimize or eliminate their exposure to potential data loss.

NVM Express The NVM Express specifications (first released on March 1, 2011) provide a standard framework for PCIe-based SSDs with headroom for the next decade.

ONFI Open NAND Flash Interface - working group

OpenFabrics Alliance a not-for-profit organization dedicated to expanding and accelerating the adoption of RDMA (Remote Direct Memory Access) technologies for server and storage connectivity.

OSTA OSTA (Optical Storage Technology Association) is an international trade association dedicated to promoting use of writable optical technology for storing computer data and images.

PASIG Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group launched Oct 2007 to look at permanent archiving technologies for libraries and government.

QBM Alliance Is an international alliance of companies aimed at positioning Quad Band Memory (QBM) technology as an industry standard to succeed DDR (Double Data Rate).

RAID Advisory Board Trade association focused on RAID.

Recordable DVD Council RDVDC objectives are industry outreach at major trade shows, information exchanges and discussions among Council members about technology, market, key devices, etc. in order to expand the recordable DVD products which comply with the recordable DVD standards (DVD-RAM, DVD-R, DVD-RW) specified by the DVD Forum.

SCSI Trade Association Trade association focused on SCSI.

Serial Attached SCSI Working Group aim is to lead the industry in defining a new serial point-to-point enterprise device attach interface, leveraging the SCSI protocol set.

SATA-IO Formed in September 2004, SATA-IO is the International Organization that owns and manages Serial ATA specifications as open industry standards.

Evolved from the Serial ATA Working Group with this agenda... The Group's companies are cooperating to develop the Serial ATA storage interface specification for the next-generation computing platform as a replacement for today's Parallel ATA physical interface.

SigmaRAM Consortium Founded in July 1999, the SigmaRAM Consortium is an industry group of leading SRAM suppliers who joined together to set open standards for a new breed of synchronous SRAM targeted primarily at the networking and telecom markets.

Small Form Factor Special Interest Group SFF-SIG is an international organization that leads a broad industry effort to create and promote standards for small form factor computers, controller boards and I/O modules.

SNIA Storage Industry Networking Association

SSD Alliance founded in Q4 2007 to develop compatibility standards for flash SSDs.

the SSD Form Factor Working Group Editor:- October 28, 2010 - there's another new ORG for SSD form factors .

Among other things - it will make over 2.5" SSDs with PCIe interfaces. Perhaps it should have been called - the "we think OCZ is a jumped up upstart" group. Because OCZ started talking about this idea publicly first - but it's not part of the club (yet).

Storage Performance Council The SPC is the only industry standards organisation that defines and promotes storage benchmarks as well as disseminates objective, relevant and verifiable performance data and related test tools to the computer industry and its customers.

Storage Bridge Bay Working Group Founded March 2006 by Dell, EMC, Intel and LSI Logic.

Storage Products Association founded 2013 to ensure the interests of rotating magnetic storage drive makers under threat from SSDs

the Storage Systems Research Center at the University of California, Santa Cruz has research projects in archival storage, and reliability in file and storage systems. "leading the way to the new storage frontier" since 1998. This includes an international list of user groups. Founded in March 2002, the 10-Gigabit Small Form-factor Pluggable (XFP) Module Group is an industry association dedicated to technology and standards development for ultra-small form factor, 10 Gb/s communications modules for 10 G Fibre Channel, 10 G Ethernet etc.

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"You need compatibilities and similarities to create a new data storage ecosystem - but you need differences and competitors to make it a true market."

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Controllernomics - is that even a real word? Memoryfication? PIM, NVMeoF, pSLC etc
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new ORG founded to ensure future of rotating magnetic storage
Editor:- August 13, 2013 - Today a new storage org was launched to conserve and nurture the interests of rotating magnetic hard drives and hybrids. Founder members of the Storage Products Association are HGST, WD, Seagate and Toshiba.

Among other things - the SPA's faqs page says "the SPA will seek to clarify how hard drive technology, solid-state technology and variations of these technologies may be combined to effectively meet the needs of a growing storage requirement."

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Bus focused sites
1394 Trade Association The 1394 Trade Association was founded in 1994 to support the development of computer and consumer electronics systems that can be easily connected with each other via a single serial multimedia link.
PCMCIA Personal Computer Memory Card International Association. PCMCIA cards.
PICMG PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group
PCI Special Interest Group Trade association. PCI cards.
Group IPC PMC cards.
IBTA InfiniBand Trade Association
SATA-IO Serial ATA International Organization
Trusted Computing Group TCG is designing a framework for trusted storage
SPARC International Branding organization for licensing SPARC trademarks.
SPARC Product Directory SPARC manufacturers, resellers, servers, add in cards and peripherals. The "SPARC® Bible".
USB Universal serial bus trade organization - standards and compatible products
VMEbus International Trade Association VITA's directory includes VMEbus cards and PCI cards.
other ORGS to watch
Blade Systems Alliance is an independent, not-for-profit organization of blade servers manufacturers, software suppliers, users, system integrators and other interested parties.
Business Continuity Institute promotes the highest standards of professional competence and commercial ethics in the provision and maintenance of business continuity planning and services.
Ethernet Alliance founded in 2006 to promote industry awareness, acceptance, and advancement of technology and products based on both existing and emerging IEEE 802 Ethernet standards and their management.
FSA FSA is the voice of the global fabless business model.
The Open Group a vendor-neutral and technology-neutral consortium, and parent body for ICSC, which aims to drive software standards for InfiniBand.
RapidIO standard for interconnecting chips on a circuit board or backplane at greater than ten gigabits per second
SIA The Semiconductor Industry Association
10 Gigabit Ethernet Alliance The 10 Gigabit Ethernet Alliance was organized to facilitate and accelerate the introduction of 10 Gigabit Ethernet into the networking market.
ISMA Internet Streaming Media Alliance
SPEC Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation manages independent benchmarking standards for servers and storage.