Solid State Storage Initiative

Welcome to the Solid State Storage Initiative (SSSI), dedicated to fostering the acceptance and growth of Solid State Storage (SSS) in the marketplace.  To achieve those goals, SSSI provides education, performs market outreach, and influences / promotes standards. Work is ongoing within the SSSI in several areas

Solid State Data Recovery and Erase

A new Special Interest Group (SIG) has been formed on this important topic.  Click here for more information.


SSSI is leading the way in understanding and quantifying SSS performance.

SSDs behave very differently than HDDs, and standard HDD benchmarks will not provide a true picture of SSD performance. 

SSSI has developed substantial expertise in the area of SSD performance and behavior.  The SSS Performance Test Specifications were developed by the SNIA SSS Technical Work Group (TWG) and define how to measure SSD performance in a manner that is accurate, repeatable and enables comparison between different manufacturers’ products. 

Learn more about the SSD Performance Project here.

The SSS System TWG, building on the work of the SSS TWG, is developing a specification for measuring the performance of SSS systems.

A testing service based on the SSS Performance Test Specification is available.  Details on the service are available here. 

Non-Volatile Memory

A Non-Volatile Dual In-line Memory Module (NVDIMM) operates from DRAM with Flash as backup to create a high performance non-volatile storage device that plugs directly into the memory bus.  The SSSI NVDIMM Special Interest Group is shepherding this technology into the marketplace.  Their latest activity is an , now a SNIA Tutorial.


Non-Volatile Memory (NVM) features and performance are outgrowing the existing storage model.  NVM is evolving to be less like storage, more like memory.  The SNIA NVM Programming Model, developed by the NVM Programming TWG, defines new software programming models for NVM.   The model describes extensions allowing software to utilize NVM features and enables designers to develop APIs that take advantage of NVM features and performance. 



PCI Express (PCIe), the ubiquitous system bus, has evolved to become a storage device interface.  SSDs are able to take advantage of the high bandwidth of PCIe and are available in multiple form-factors.  The SSSI PCIe SSD committee provides guidance to the marketplace on PCIe SSDs. They also coordinate with other industry organizations involved in PCIe SSD activities to access additional expertise and to provide a broader industry perspective for our members.



For More Information



October 10, 2015  A Different Approach to Solid State Storage in the Cloud.  DCS Europe article written by SNIA Solid State Storage Initiative and Cloud Storage Initiative member Mark Carlson of Toshiba.


August 10, 2015 Storage Networking Industry Association Group Formed to Address Data Recovery and Erase Capabilities in Solid State.  Special Interest Group unites leading Solid State, Systems and Data Recovery companies to broaden industry support and knowledge to meet customer demands.

August 10, 2015 SNIA Showcases Innovative Solid State Storage Programs at Flash Memory Summit. The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) and its Solid State Storage Initiative (SSSI) today outlined the details of its participation in the Flash Memory Summit 2015 which will feature a variety of educational, training and networking opportunities for conference attendees.

May 26, 2015 - JEDEC Announces Support for NVDIMM Hybrid Memory Modules. JEDEC's JC-45 Committee has approved the first standards for support of “hybrid” DDR4 memory modules which are defined as modules that plug into standard dual in-line memory module (DIMM) sockets and appear like a DDR4 SDRAM to the system controller, yet contain non-volatile (NV) memories such as NAND Flash on the module. Features a quote from the Co-Chairs of the SSSI NVDIMM Special Interest Group. 

January 20, 2015 - SSSI co-sponsored the NVM Storage Industry Summit at the Sainte Claire hotel in San Jose.  Presentations may be downloaded here.

January 4, 2015 - The SNIA NVM Programming Technical Work Group received the 2015 Professional Storage Development Visionary Award at Storage Visions, the storage conference of the Consumer Electronics Show.  The Award was in recognition of the TWG work on creating next generation programming models. Accepting the Award on behalf of the TWG from Storage Visions founder Tom Coughlin is Paul Wassenberg, SSSI Chair. Congratulations!


January 4-5, 2015 - SSSI participated at the Storage Visions conference.  NVDIMM SIG members SMART Modular and Netlist demonstrated NVDIMM;  SSSI members Intel, Micron, and Samsung  displayed PCIe SSDs; and Sandisk displayed an UltraDIMM solution.  


November 11-13, 2014 - SSSI had a booth at the Open Server Summit in the Santa Clara Convention Center.  Featured were live demonstrations of NVDIMM applications and displays of NVDIMM and PCIe SSD solutions.

August 6, 2014 - SNIA NVM Programming Model Selected by Flash Memory Summit as a 2014 Best of Show Award Winner, recognized as the Most Innovative Flash Memory Enterprise Business Application

July 24, 2014 - New Solid State Programs Featured at Flash Memory Summit 2014. Non-Volatile NVDIMM SIG officially joined the SNIA Solid State Storage Initiative, demonstrating latest NVDIMM solutions in the booth, at a Hands-On Lab, and in educational conference sessions. A FMS Software Forum featured presentations on the NVM Programming Model

October 14, 2013 - SSSI Brings Six New and Improved Programs to Enhance SSD Understanding, including launch of the SSD Features Rating Project to better understand what users expect of SSDs and programming models to enable software to take advantage of NVM features

August 19, 2013 - At Flash Memory Summit 2013, SSSI released two new white papers on SSD Performance and PCIe 101, and two user guides on the PTS Test Specification and the Workload I/O Capture Program. Download them HERE

June 10, 2013 - SSSI webcast - How Many IOPS is Enough?, featuring the SSSI WIOCP project, on the SNIA BrightTalk Channel

May 29, 2013 - New Version Enterprise SSD Performance Test Specification Releasedby SNIA Solid State Storage Initiative; included in the release is information on the updated Reference Test Platform, and a SSSI endorsed SSD Testing Service

January 4, 2013 - The SSSI showcased new technical and educational work at the Storage Visions 2013 Conference

To read older SSSI news, visit our News Archive