The SIG's proposed roles include being a forum for discussion of cloud storage technology and services, developing educational content, bringing customer requirements and concerns to the attention of the industry, and promoting standards such as the Cloud Data Management Interface (which was developed by SNIA).
SIG membership is open to all current SNIA ANZ members, but a $300 annual fee will be levied on full corporate members.
"SNIA ANZ perceives intense interest in cloud storage among members and the wider computing infrastructure community," said SNIA ANZ chair Monique McIntosh. "It makes a lot of sense for SNIA ANZ to recognise that interest with a SIG."
"End-users keep telling the SNIA ANZ board that they like the idea of cloud storage, but feel they need to approach it cautiously. Creating this SIG will mean SNIA ANZ can deliver the guidance they need," she added.