"Vendors have no control of the ASNP," boasted chairman and founder Daniel Delshad. "The response to our first round of meetings demonstrates that we fill a great need in the storage industry from the user perspective."
"There is a groundswell of frustration among storage users as you can't get a straight answer from many of the vendors," agreed Tom Giannetti, a Southern California chapter member, and director of IT at Home Depot. "If each company insists its product is the best and that the others are no good, how can you decide what to buy?"
"Most standards organizations fail to receive enough user input and the people on the committees typically don't work day-to-day with storage," said Shirley Tseng, an ASNP member and a consultant with Infinite Global Infrastructures, a company involved in satellite networks as well as NASA ground networks. "Also, the standards groups tend to be heavily vendor influenced."