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The SNIA ANZ Welcomes Three New Members

  • 06 November, 2003 15:21

<p>Countdown to Board Election</p>
<p>Sydney, Australia – November 6, 2003 – The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) ANZ today officially announced Acer, Brocade and Cisco Systems® as the latest companies to join the association, boosting its total membership numbers to seventeen.</p>
<p>Acer, Brocade and Cisco® join the eleven current Voting members: Computer Associates, EMC, Hitachi Data Systems, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Imation, LEGATO Software, Network Appliance, Quantum SSG, Sun Microsystems and VERITAS Software and Non-Voting members: Infinity I/0, Iomega and Markom Marketing.</p>
<p>Bert Noah, Director of the Enterprise Systems Group at Acer, said: “The SNIA represents most key players within the storage community globally and our inclusion is testament to Acer’s commitment to storage. We look forward to taking an active role in helping the SNIA take the storage networking message to the market.”</p>
<p>Graham Schultz, Alliance Manager at Brocade, commented: “The SNIA has developed into a major force in the industry, with a strong program of standards development and a marketing effort that has succeeded in communicating the benefits of storage networking to a broad cross section of the user community. Brocade is fully committed to participating in the SNIA and supporting its many activities worldwide.”</p>
<p>Cisco Australia and New Zealand Director of Service Provider Sales, Gerard Lithgow, said: “The market for Storage Area Networking is growing strongly in Australia as organisations are required to keep and manage ever increasing amounts of information in a cost efficient manner. Cisco is excited to be part of the SNIA, an association at the heart of the industry.”</p>
<p>Commenting as Chairman of the SNIA ANZ and Product Marketing Manager for EMC, Mark Heers said: "We’re delighted to welcome Acer, Brocade and Cisco to the SNIA ANZ. Following the Board election later this month and the launch event early December, we will be working hard towards achieving our initial objectives and will appreciate the involvement and support of three such well respected storage companies.”</p>
<p>The SNIA ANZ Board of directors will be elected from the existing membership at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 21st November 2003. The call for nominations is now open and members wishing to put individuals forward for Board positions have until midnight on 14th November to submit their applications.</p>
<p>Companies interested in joining the SNIA ANZ can visit the website at: www.snia.org.au or email to: membership@snia.org.au for further information.</p>
<p>The SNIA ANZ will be holding its official launch event on the morning of December 4th 2003.
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<p>About the SNIA
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. SNIA members share a common goal: to set the pace of the industry by ensuring that storage networks become efficient, complete and trusted solutions across the IT community. To this end, the SNIA is uniquely committed to delivering standards, education and services that will propel open storage networking solutions into the broader market.</p>
<p>For information about the SNIA ANZ, please contact the Secretary at +61 2 9977 8922 or via e-mail at enquiries@snia.org.au or visit the SNIA ANZ Website at http://www.snia.org.au</p>
<p>About Acer Computer Australia
Established in 1990, Acer Computer Australia has 300 employees, a head office in Sydney and sales and service offices in Melbourne, Perth, Canberra, Adelaide, Brisbane and Hobart. Uniload, an award winning build-to-order facility located in Sydney, enables Acer to efficiently deliver high-quality customised systems such as ultra powerful multimedia desktop computers, ultra portable notebooks and industry-leading servers directly to its customers.</p>
<p>In line with its commitment to the Australian market, Acer made a property investment of approximately A$20 million in Homebush Bay, where the head office building is located. These premises include a 1,200-sqm-assembly plant, which has a current capacity of 24,000 PCs per month and a 3,000-sqm-warehouse facility.</p>
<p>Acer is a world leading PC manufacturer, with a strong commitment to total customer satisfaction. Acer continues to strengthen its reputation as an industry leader by consistently delivering high-quality products and services. According to Gartner Group’s Dataquest Quarterly Statistics Program March 2003, *Acer was the number three PC brand for desktop and notebook PCs in Australia and the fastest growing brand, recording 140% year-on-year growth for 2002.</p>
<p>Acer and the Acer logo are registered trademarks. Other product/brand names are trademarks and registered trademarks of their respective companies</p>
<p>About Brocade
Brocade offers the industry's leading intelligent platform for networking storage. The world's leading systems, applications, and storage vendors have selected Brocade to provide a networking foundation for their SAN solutions. The Brocade SilkWorm family of fabric switches and software is designed to optimise data availability and storage and server resources in the enterprise. Using Brocade solutions, organisations can simplify the implementation of SANs, reduce the total cost of ownership of data storage environments, and improve network and application efficiency. For more information, visit the Brocade Web site at www.brocade.com or contact the company at info@brocade.com.</p>
<p>About Cisco Systems
Cisco Systems is the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet. News and information is available at http://www.cisco.com</p>
<p>Address:
Storage Networking Industry Association Australia New Zealand Ltd
ACN: 105 913 335
PO Box 259
Manly NSW 1655</p>
<p>Press &amp; Analysts:
Alex Murphy
Account Manager
Markom Marketing
+61 2 9977 8922
alexmurphy@markom.com.au</p>

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