Storage Industry Group Starts New Cloud Backup-Recovery SIG

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-07-21 Print this article Print

The Cloud BUR (Backup and Restore) SIG is a project of SNIA's Cloud Storage Initiative that promotes the adoption of cloud storage as a delivery model that provides on-demand storage billed only for what is used.

Nobody doubts that there is a lot more education needed in all business markets about the intricacies and attributes of cloud data backup/restore, archiving and disaster recovery.

To accomplish this, an influential industry group, the Storage Networking Industry Association, on July 21 announced the formation of a new Cloud Backup and Restore Special Interest Group to approach this problem.

The Cloud BUR (Backup and Restore) SIG is a project of SNIA's Cloud Storage Initiative that promotes the adoption of cloud storage as a model that provides on-demand storage billed only for what is used. Its main role is to educate the market about Cloud BUR benefits through use cases and to define requirements for future standards.

NetApp cloud czar Val Bercovici, chairman of the Cloud Storage Initiative, has been a key driver of this initiative.

"The Cloud BUR Special Interest Group will provide a platform for growth by defining the requirements for standards and delivering a pipeline of resources to industry participants that include vendors, service providers and end users," Bercovici said.

The new group will create best practices and conduct surveys to educate the industry through collaboration with end users, the channel, analysts and cloud BUR vendors, Bercovici said.

The new SIG will use cloud industry venues such as the SNIA Symposium, SNIA Storage Developers Conference, CSI CloudBurst, SNW USA, SNW Europe and other cloud-related industry events as well as online media to conduct webinars, seminars and podcasts to further industry awareness about Cloud BUR.

SNIA's Cloud BUR SIG will consist of standing committees on marketing, education, end-user liaison, channel relations, international relations and other topics.

Founding members of the Cloud BUR SIG include cloud backup and recovery platform vendor Asigra, which will chair the group; and wcloud backup platform and service providers NetApp, i365, CoreVault, TeraSky, EVS, Terremark Worldwide, HMK and Recovery Networks.

The new SIG has conversation pages on Twitter and Google Groups.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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