SNW in Dallas was very educational and fun - an excellent show and there are some informative Infosmack interviews in the works that people might want to check out.
The Cloud Storage Initiative is developing the means to create and transfer metadata for data stored in the cloud. This is a huge deal because it promises to alleviate one of the largest concerns about cloud storage, which is portability of data among different cloud storage service and IAAS providers.
The Green Storage Initiative introduced a new power efficiency program called SNIA Emerald, which is providing power consumption measurements for storage. There are many challenges involved with this sort of work and I give the folks working on this at SNIA a lot of credit for making progress through such a thorny topic. SNIA Emerald is an excellent example of how SNIA is providing leadership for the entire storage industry.