Storage Products Association

How to Join SPA

The SPA welcomes all interested parties to join the organization and to promote and contribute to expanding the awareness and understanding of storage solutions. There are three (3) membership classes: Sponsor; Principal; and Associate. (See Benefits Table below.)

Sponsor Members
From the SPA's bylaws (Article 3.3) Voting Members (Sponsors & Principals) must satisfy one of the following qualifications:

  1. be an enterprise that is in the business of manufacturing, licensing, servicing, or selling data storage related technologies, products or services, with a focus on (i) HDD, SSD, or SSHD, or (ii) other non-volatile memory subsystems; or
  2. be engaged in research or publication related to HDD, SSD, or SSHD technologies, products or services, or other non-volatile memory subsystems; or
  3. be a provider of consulting services related to HDD, SSD or SSHD technologies, products or services, or other non-volatile memory subsystems; or
  4. be an enterprise that incorporates HDD, SSD, or SSHD technologies, or other non-volatile memory subsystems in their products or services.

In addition, a Voting Member shall agree to and comply with the Membership Agreement, and pay the dues, fees and other assessments imposed by the Board of Directors from time to time.

Associate Members
From the SPA's bylaws (Article 4.2) Associate Members must satisfy the following qualifications:

  1. supports the purposes of the Corporation;
  2. timely pays all dues and assessments established from time to time by the Board of Directors;
  3. executes a Membership Agreement; and
  4. fulfills all other membership qualifications as required by the Board of Directors

The Application Process
Please review the following documents:

and complete and submit:

Benefits Table
 

 
  Membership Classes
  Sponsor Principal Associate
LEADERSHIP
  Board Seat Eligible    
  Eligible to server as Officer       X       X       X
  Voting Privileges       X       X  
  Working Group/Committee Leadership       X       X  
PARTICIPATION in PROGRAMS
  Serve on an Advisory Committee       X       X Invitation Only
  Working Group/Cmt Membership       X       X Invitation Only
  Storage Industry Research Pay-to-Play
Define Req's
Pay-to-Play
(after Sponsors)
Pay-to-Play
(after Principals)
  Projects Pay-to-Play Pay-to-Play
(after Sponsors)
Pay-to-Play
(after Principals)
  Attend Member Meetings       X       X       X
  Access to Members' Only Website       X       X       X
  Access to Open Org. Email Lists       X       X       X
MARKETING & PROMOTION
  SPA Sponsored Activities       X   Qualified  
    • Speaking Opportunities       X After Sponsors  
    • Trade Show Participation       X
Pay-to-Play
      X
Pay-to-Play
 
    • Conference Passes       X
Pay-to-Play
If participating  
    • Editorial/Analyst Meetings       X
Pay-to-Play
If participating  
    • Contributed Article Opps       X       X  
  List Storage-related Press Releases on SPA website       X       X  
  List Name & Logo on SPA website & use of SPA logo       X       X       X
  Promotion in collateral, including SPA website and link to member's home page       X       X       X
ANNUAL DUES $15,000 $9,500 $3,500
Edu & NP $0

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