Today, the SSI Forum, originally Server System InfrastructureSM Forum, has assigned the copyright of the SSI Forum specifications to the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA).  The SSI Forum leadership came to the realization that in the past 20 years, SSI Forum has served its purpose of addressing ecosystem challenges in traditional server system architecture and the need to meet evolving requirements of modern data center and Cloud infrastructure. Since the SSI Forum has concluded its charter and mission, the SSI Forum board of directors considered various organizations SSI Forum members can collaborate with to complement existing specifications, continue innovation and enable new opportunities.

Established in 1998, SSI Forum led the server industry group that drove server infrastructure standards to enable market opportunities. Until 2010, the SSI Forum created standards for server power systems, rack-mount server chassis, power control and management, and other components and services that standardize the interoperability and simplify the build of server solutions. The initiative delivered more than 17 specifications and whitepapers addressing market needs.

In 2010, SSI Forum extended its standardization specifications to add blade-based server and micro-server standards to address the IT Industry and server ecosystem challenges then. Those standards were again successful in enabling then growing opportunities in a broad scale, for component vendors, System Integrators, and IT departments to benefit from what multi-node server technologies can deliver.

About SNIA

SNIA’s mission is to lead the storage industry in developing and promoting vendor-neutral architectures, standards and educational services that facilitate the efficient management, movement, and security of information.

Within SNIA, the SNIA SFF Technology Affiliate (SFF TA) Technical Work Group (TWG) develops technical specifications for storage media, storage networks, and pluggable solutions that complement existing industry standards work that encompass cables, connectors, form factor sizes and housing dimensions, management interfaces, transceiver interfaces, electrical interfaces, and related technologies.  These specifications enable technology vendors to procure compatible, multi-sourced products and solutions.

In addition, the SNIA Solid State Storage Initiative (SSSI) offers collaboration, leadership, advocacy, networking and visibility opportunities for its members on the latest technology developments in Persistent Memory and solid state technologies.

SSI Forum Member Opportunity 

Working with SNIA will be a great opportunity for SSI Forum members to build on the existing work and foster innovation, form new initiatives for the future data center servers.

As part of this agreement, the following benefits are being made available to all SSI Forum members (current and past) that are not already SNIA members, with the objective of continuing to offer a collaboration platform for the future form factors that will benefit and lead the storage and server industries:

  • All SSI Forum Members are offered a non-voting membership to SNIA, Solid State Storage Initiative (SSSI) and SFF Technology Affiliate with no membership fees through November 30, 2019.  Non-voting members can upgrade to a voting membership at any time during this period by agreeing to and paying the difference between then prevalent SNIA non-voting and voting membership dues.  This offer of membership in SNIA is being made available effective immediately – those qualified and interested should apply for membership before September 1, 2018.
  • SSI Forum members who accept such offer must follow all SNIA membership procedures, including without limitation completing and agreeing to abide by SNIA’s customary requirements for membership (apart from the mentioned membership fees). Application for SNIA membership according to these terms can be found here.
  • SNIA will also post as reference the final SSI Forum specifications so they continue to be available for former members on a publicly accessible website for the next 5 years.  The specifications can be found here.

If you have any questions regarding the process for joining the SNIA community as a member, please email and reference SSI Forum membership.