Aussie SNUGs travel at slugs pace

Aussie SNUGs travel at slugs pace

Lack of volunteers delays the start of several user groups across the country

Despite the high level of interest shown during last year's Storage Network World in the formation of Storage Network User Groups (SNUGs) across Australia, only one such group has been established.

The first and only group, Queensland SNUG, was formed after the SNW show in Sydney in September. It is headed by Naveen Sharma from Griffith University. Rob Sterling from SNIA Australia, along with assistant director of StorageNetworking.Org, Allen Springer, were expected to serve as the founders for the NSW SNUG, scheduled to have held its inaugural meeting last November. However, this has yet to eventuate. Plans for a Victorian branch have also stalled.

SNIA chairman, Jacob Van Der Eyk, said things were progressing slower than expected but claimed all was going well. Like Queensland, the two groups will most likely emanate from a university.

This was yet to be finalised, he said, as discussions were still ongoing.

He said the SNUGs were dependent on people in the storage community taking on roles and getting the groups off the ground.

"User groups only work if you get one or two dynamic people that passion and momentum into it," he said.

The main role of SNUG is to conduct face-to-face meetings with local users to discuss their mutual challenges, exchange information, and interact with technology experts. The meetings are open to anybody involved in storage.

SNUGs worldwide are controlled by the StorageNetworking.Org through the University of California. Although run independently of SNIA, Van Der Eyk said they work closely with the groups to offer assistance.

Griffith University' Sharma said only of couple of meetings had been held in Brisbane so far, but he too had suffered a setback.

"Two of the people that were eager to do something in the SNUG have left their companies," he said.

Sharma plans to kick-start the SNUG again and meet every quarter rather than bimonthly as had been the plan. "A bi-monthly is difficult with the size of Brisbane," he said.

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