SNIA Tutorials are educational materials developed by vendors, training companies, analysts, consultants, and end-users in the storage networking industry.  They are intended to present technical and business issues covering Information Technology in a fair and unbiased manner, and designed to give a consensus view of particular topics, from the viewpoint of the entire industry or a significant segment (i.e. IP Storage). 

Developed by SNIA member participants, all SNIA Tutorials are peer-reviewed by members of the SNIA. Submissions are typically, but not exclusively, submitted by SNIA members, including vendors, training companies, analysts, consultants, and end-users. Given the technical education nature of these sessions, some topics may be covered in multiple, successive sessions with increasing complexity. Organized by track, SNIA Tutorials are vendor-neutral and are designed to give a consensus, industry view of particular topics of contemporary concern to the industry and its customers. Tutorials are jointly owned by the SNIA and the author and are produced, branded, and delivered by the SNIA. 

SNIA Regional Affiliates are actively encouraged to develop and submit their non-tutorial presentations to become SNIA branded, copyright protected, peer-reviewed tutorials. SNIA Tutorials are presented and used throughout the world by SNIA and its Regional Affiliates in Europe, Japan, China, South India, and Brasil. 

SNIA Tutorials are often requested at other IT industry events, and have been delivered at venues including SNW, SNIA’s owned and produced Storage Developer Conference (SDC), plus Networld+Interop, Linux World/NGDC, Infrastructure Management World, Storage Visions, ARMA, Storage Expo, Cloud Expo Asia, Cloud World Forum, and many other events. Note that the event does not have to be exclusively focused on storage! All requests for presentations of SNIA Tutorials at other venues should be made via email to the speak@snia.org.

Technology Areas

  • Big Data
  • Cloud Technologies
  • Data Protection and Data Management  including long term retention and data preservation
  • File Systems and File Management (NFS, CIFS, Object)
  • Green Storage
  • Networking and Convergence
  • Security
  • Storage/Solid State Storage/ Storage Management
  • Virtualization/Applications


  • Big Data and Data Analytics: methodologies, frameworks, protocols, and systems
  • Persistent Memory - educating storage developers on this new technology
  • SMR Technology - educating storage developers on this new technology
  • Big Data and Data Analytics methodologies, frameworks, protocols, and systems
  • Cloud Storage strategies, process, practice, and security
  • Convergence, Consolidation, and Virtualization of infrastructure, storage devices, and servers
  • Green Storage: conservation/minimization of resources associated with storage
  • Methods and techniques associated with information preservation and retention
  • Storage Management best practices for both users and implementers
  • Industry trends of interest to Executives within manufacturers, users, or implementers
  • Storage security best practices, standards, legal implications, and emerging requirements
  • Future Directions for storage and networking technologies

Track Managers

The volunteer "Track Managers" (a.k.a. “Track Chairs”) oversee their own area of interest (e.g. Data Protection and Management). Track Managers are appointed by the SNIA Tutorial Chair in conjunction with the SNIA Education Committee. The appointment is based on demonstrated competency in developing and delivering their own SNIA Tutorial, and on their demonstrated ability to provide useful review comments and guidance to others. The Track Manager is expected to be a secondary source of conflict resolution, if the Tutorial author(s) cannot resolve an issue.

Tutorial Chair: Joseph White, Dell Corporation
SNIA Education Director:  Michael Meleedy, SNIA

Tracks & Track Managers

Big Data: Marty Foltyn, BitSprings Systems
Cloud Technologies: Alex McDonald, NetApp
Data Protection & Management: Thomas Rivera, Hitachi Data Systems
File Systems and File Management: SW Worth , Microsoft
Green Data Center: SW Worth, Microsoft
Networking: Joseph White, Dell
Professional Development: David Deming, Solutions Technology
Security: Gianna Dagiau, Consultant
Storage/Solid State/Storage Management:  Marty Foltyn, BitSprings Systems, and David Deming, Solutions Technology
Virtualization/ Applications: Anjan Dave, LSI


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