San Jose, CA - Sept. 19, 2000 -- The DAFS Collaborative, an industry group established to specify and promote the Direct Access File System (DAFS) protocol, today announced that its first Developers' Conference will be held at Research Triangle Park in North Carolina on October 19-20. This meeting follows a highly successful inaugural meeting held in San Jose last month.
At the August 25 Inaugural Meeting more than 100 representatives from 52 leading international technology companies reviewed the draft specification and formed Working Groups. John Palmer from IBM was named as the Working Group chairman, and Mark Wittle from Network Appliance, was named as the Technical Editor for the Specification. In addition, two co-chairmen were appointed to direct the activities of the DAFS Collaborative: Mitch Shults, Director of Business Development for Intel's Fabric Component Division, and David Dale, Industry Evangelist, from Network Appliance.
The companies represented at the meeting include: Adaptec, Agilent, BanderaCom, Brocade, Cisco, Compaq, ComVault Systems, Crossroads Systems, Dell, Earthlink Networks, EMC Corp, Emphora, Eurologic, ExaNet, Fujitsu, Giganet, Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi Data Systems, IBM, Intel, LSI Logic Storage Systems, MTI, Network Appliance, Oracle, Pathlight, Pirus Networks, Procon Technology, Qlogic, SANlight, Seagate, Sendmail, Solution-Soft, Spinnaker Networks, Storage Tech, Sun Microsystems, Sybase, Troika Networks, Veritas, Viathan, Vixel, and Zerowait Corp
"We are delighted at the enormous amount of interest we are seeing for this important initiative," said Werner Glinka, Executive Director of the DAFS Collaborative. "Many companies are viewing DAFS as enabling technology for the data center of the future."
"DAFS combines the performance advantage of direct-attached storage with the data-sharing and maintainability advantages of file access protocols," said Steve Kleiman, Chief Technology Officer at Network Appliance. "DAFS will be used as the basis for integrating the industry's best application software, compute servers, and storage systems into cohesive, massively scalable storage networks."