The SNIA Cloud Storage Initiative (CSI) has had a rebrand; weâ€™ve added a T for Technologies into our name, and weâ€™re now officially the Cloud Storage Technologies Initiative (CSTI).
That doesnâ€™t seem like a significant change, but thereâ€™s a good reason. Our old name reflected the push to getting acceptance of cloud storage, and that specific cloud storage debate has been won, and big time. One relatively small cloud service provider is currently storing 400PB of clientsâ€™ data. Twitter alone consumes 300PB of data on Googleâ€™s cloud offering. Facebook, Amazon, AliBaba, Tencent â€“ all have huge data storage numbers.
Enterprises of every size are storing data in the cloud. Thatâ€™s why we added the word â€œtechnologies.â€ The expanded charter and new name reflect the need to support the evolving cloud business models and architectures such as OpenStack, software defined storage, Kubernetes and object storage. It includes data services, orchestration and management, understanding hyperscale requirements and the role standards play.
So what do we do? The CSTI is an active group that publishes articles and white papers, speaks at industry conferences and presents at highly-rated webcasts that have been viewed by thousands. You canÂ learn more about the CSTIÂ and check out the InfographicÂ for highlights on cloud storage trends and CSTI activities.
If youâ€™re interested in cloud storage technologies, I encourage you to consider joining our group. We have multiple membership options for established vendors, startups, educational institutions, even individuals. Learn more about CSTI membership here.