The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) announced the formation of the Data Management Forum (DMF). The DMF will focus on defining, implementing, qualifying and teaching improved methods for the protection, retention and life cycle management of data. Targeted for IT professionals, this unique, cooperative initiative is dedicated to education, as well as defining and building data protection and management capabilities in data centers.

In a related move, the Enhanced Backup Solutions Initiative (EBSI) concurrently announced its agreement with the SNIA to incorporate the EBSI within the DMF. EBSI was an independent initiative designed to promote a similar mission to that of the DMF, and the organizations have decided to join forces for maximum effect.

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