The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) India, the apex storage networking industry body, has announced its plans to expand its education initiative through the appointment of select technical education institutes and universities in the country as its education franchise partner.
SNIA said, the disk storage systems in India are growing at 68.8% CAGR from 4 Petabytes (PB) in 2003 to 56 PB in 2008. The external storage market in India is expected to hit $300 million mark in terms of value and about 160,000 TB in terms of volume by 2010. The availability of trained storage networking professionals is not in accordance with the growth the industry has witnessed in the recent past and this has been a serious impediment for industry's growth in general. SNIA India aims to address this issue by making its curriculum and courses available at education centers of repute. SNIA India has prepared a detailed charter for the same, which defines certain qualifying criteria for an institute or university to be selected as its franchise partner.