Technical Work Groups
SNIA's Technical Work Groups (TWGs) deliver information and standards that accelerate the adoption of storage networking. They support the SNIA mission, charting a course for the storage industry. If you are thinking about becoming a member of the SNIA, check out what our TWGs are doing. Benefits of joining a Technical Work Group include:
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Cloud Storage TWG
The Cloud Storage TWG acts as the primary technical entity for the SNIA to identify, develop, and coordinate systems standards for Cloud Storage. This group aims to produce a comprehensive set of specifications and drives consistency of interface standards and messages across the various Cloud Storage related efforts. The TWG also documents system-level requirements and shares these with other Cloud Storage standards organizations under the guidance of the SNIA Technical Council and in cooperation with the SNIA Strategic Alliances Committee.
Disk Resource Management TWG
The Disk Resource Management (DRM) Work Group is defining standard data and interfaces for the management of disk storage facilities, as well as creating guidelines for implementing well-managed storage solutions. Data and interfaces are provided in support of the following management disciplines - Asset Management, Capacity Management and Planning, Availability and Performance Management, Configuration Management, Policy-based Management and Event Management. The goal is to allow an application or administrator to obtain all pertinent storage-related information, via a standard and secure infrastructure.
Fibre Channel TWG
The Fibre Channel TWG designs, develops, and details a Fibre Channel SAN management architecture and related specification and guidelines to provide input to and design of new Fibre Channel standards or extensions to existing standards in support of improved Fibre Channel operations, management, security, or interoperability.
File Systems Management TWG
The File System Management (FSM) Technical Work Group is dedicated to developing and defining or promoting standards for file system related Management of products, such as Network Attached Storage, Host File Systems, cluster File Systems and SAN File Systems, and developing supporting educational materials . The work group acts as an organizing and coordinating entity for File System Management efforts. The primary function of the TWG is to ensure consistency of file standards and messages across the various file system related efforts.
Green Storage TWG
The Green Storage TWG acts as the primary technical entity for the SNIA to identify, develop, and coordinate technical matters related to energy and cooling of storage networking products. To be effective, standard metrics must be a realistic reflection of efficiency: work accomplished per energy expended, allowing a determination of clear costs for operations. We believe that a variety of types of storage work must be considered, and that several distinct 'figures of merit' will be needed. We believe that the SNIA is uniquely qualified, as an impartial forum with the right participants, to create useful metrics for users.
Hypervisor Storage Interfaces TWG
The HSI TWG's overall goal is the extension to and/or development of standard interfaces for storage interactions (including, but not limited to provisioning, management, control and I/O operations) with and through hypervisors (the term "hypervisor" is used here in the generic sense).
It will when possible leverage pre-existing standards and standards bodies. Since gaps do exist in the currently approved standards, and gaps may exist among the charters of the existing standards bodies, the purpose of this TWG is to identify those gaps, and either assist the appropriate standards body in closing those gaps, or when this avenue is not available, to close them with standards drafted by this TWG.
I/O Traces, Tools & Analysis TWG
The primary focus of the I/O Traces, Tools, and Analysis (IOTTA) TWG is to create a worldwide repository for storage-related I/O trace collection and analysis tools, application workloads, I/O traces, and best practices around such topics. That repository is located at http://iotta.snia.org
The IOTTA TWG is for those interested in the use of empirical data/metrics to better understand the actual operation and performance characteristics of storage I/O, especially as they pertain to application workloads. This includes not only storage vendors but also storage users as well as those within the academic community who are performing research related to storage I/O and storage devices.
Linear Tape File System (LTFS) TWG
The Linear Tape File System TWG was created for the purpose of developing SNIA Architecture related to the on-tape format for LTFS.
Long Term Retention TWG
The Long Term Retention (LTR) TWG is focused on the technical challenges of long term digital information retention & preservation, namely both physical ("bit") and logical preservation.
NDMP Software TWG
The NDMP Software TWG is a SNIA Software Development project which will create a set of code which implements current and future versions of the Network Data Management Protocol, an industry standard for network based backup of file servers. NDMP to date has been standardized by the NDMP organization at http://www.ndmp.org..
NVM Programming TWG
The NVM Programming TWG was created for the purpose of accelerating availability of software enabling NVM (Non-Volatile Memory) hardware. The TWG creates specifications which provide guidance to operating system, device driver, and application developers. These specifications are vendor agnostic and support all the NVM technologies of member companies.
The Security TWG provides architectures and frameworks for the establishment of information security capabilities within the storage networking industry, including that of stored information in heterogeneous environments. The focus of the Security Work Group is directed toward long-term security solutions, taking into account any security inherent in underlying transports or technologies.
SMI-S Core TWG
The SMI-S Core TWG is responsible for all the common profiles and spec clauses within the SMI-S specification that are not owned by other TWGs.
Solid State Storage TWG
The Solid State Storage Technical Work Group has been created for the purpose of developing standards related to system implementations of Solid State Storage technology.
Storage Media Library TWG
The Storage Media Library (SML) Work Group addresses issues with and opportunities for exploiting media libraries in a networked storage environment.
For additional information on SNIA Technical Work Groups please contact the SNIA Technical Council Managing Director, Arnold Jones, at email@example.com.