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Storage Networking Standards: Recent Developments

David Black Download

Interoperability standards play a vital role in customer adoption and advancement of storage networking technologies and systems. Storage networking is based on a broad spectrum of standards (developed by multiple standards organizations) in areas such as Fibre Channel (INCITS T11), SCSI (INCITS T10), iSCSI (IETF), and storage management (SNIA, IETF). The current state and future direction of standards development can provide useful insights into technology developments. This tutorial covers storage networking standards and the role that the resulting standardized interfaces/functionality play in networked storage infrastructure. The tutorial presenter is a member of the SNIA Technical Council who is actively involved in development of many storage networking standards.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the important classes of storage networking standards, using specific examples to explain the functional role of each class.
  • Describe recent developments in important storage networking standards, and explain some of their implications for storage networking infrastructure.
  • Identify organizations responsible for specific areas of storage networking standardization.

eXtensible Access Method (XAM) Storage Development Kit (SDK)

Mark Carlson Download

The XAM Interface provides for the encapsulation of application data, application metadata, and storage services metadata. The XAM SDK is a software implementation of the XAM SDK, including a library, a reference implementation and tools to speed the implementation and adoption of the XAM API. This talk will detail the components of the XAM SDK and how we expect different stakeholders to benefit. The XAM SDK work is happening inside a new Technical Work Group (TWG) within the SNIA.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn what software is available in order to develop for and program to the XAM API
  • The benefits of SNIA Technical Work Groups
  • How to participate in the XAM Early Adoption Program.

Storage Grid: Relevance and Overview

Abbott Schindler Download

Storage infrastructures based on new architectures are emerging in the marketplace. The new architectures are built around Storage Grid. This session will explore what Storage Grid are, their basic elements, and how the industry is implementing them. Also, in an emerging world of Grid Computing, the tutorial will aid in understanding how storage, data, compute, and application can work together. Storage Grid will be compared to conventional storage in terms of business benefits and compatibility with existing storage environments.

  • Understand what storage grids offer
  • Understand how storage grids are starting to be implemented today
  • Understand how storage grids may impact storage environment evolution.

Virtualization I: What, Why, Where and How

Rob Peglar Download

Storage Virtualization is one of the buzzwords in the industry, especially with the increased acceptance of Storage Networks. But besides all hype, there is a lot of confusion, too. Companies are using the term virtualization and its characteristics in various and different forms. This tutorial describes the reasons and benefits of virtualization in a technical and neutral way. The audience will understand the various terms and will receive a clear picture of the different virtualization approaches. Links to the SNIA Shared Storage Model and the usage of the new SNIA Storage Virtualization Taxonomy will help to achieve this goal.

This tutorial is intended for IT Managers, Storage and System Administrators who have responsibilities for IT infrastructures and storage management tasks.

Storage Virtualization II: Effective Use of Virtualization

Rob Peglar Download

The second part of this tutorial builds on the first one, so the audience should have visited part I: ‘What, Why, Where and How?’ or already should have a basic understanding of this subject.

Storage Virtualization part II covers practical issues of block virtualization in order to make most effective use of it. Among other topics it describes the implementation step by step and aspects of availability, performance and capacity improvements. The material discusses the role of storage virtualization within policy-based management and describes its integration in the SNIA Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S).

Leveraging the Power of Compute and Storage Grids

Richard Jooss Download

As compute and storage resource requirements grow, enterprise IT users are redefining their server and storage infrastructure. An increasingly prevalent trend is to deploy large numbers of small servers and virtualize them, and to deploy modular storage, rather than large frame arrays, to serve core and departmental application workloads. Computing and storage grids are an emerging deployment topology designed to support this horizontal scaling need. Attendees will learn about the usage scenarios for grid computing in engineering test, core test and development, and production environments, and the best practices associated with multi-protocol grid deployments: Flexibly configuring and managing multiple and virtualized host operating environments, Provisioning storage, and Protecting data with advanced technologies such as software-based SAN boot.

Learning Objectives

  • Usage scenarios and models for grid computing in engineering test, core test and development, and production environments
  • Best practices associated with multi-protocol grid deployments: Flexibly configuring and managing multiple and virtualized host operating environments, Provisioning storage, and Protecting data with advanced technologies such as software-based SAN boot.
  • Technology update about emerging storage capabilities associated with thin provisioning, software-based SAN boot, and deployment with blade server environments.

Multipath Management API: Standards Based SCSI Multipathing Administration

Hyon Kim & Giri Basava Download

As storage networks have evolved, the support for SCSI multipath devices has become one of critical areas for storage management. An end SCSI device is typically configured with multiple paths within Fiber Channel(INCITS T10) or iSCSI(IETF) storage network in order to achieve load spread and failover among multiple paths to the device. This tutorial covers SNIA Multipath Management API(INCITS 412 -2006) which provides management interfaces to the standard capabilities defined in ANSI INCITS 408- 2005(SPC-3) standards. The API allows storage management applications to use common management interfaces for SCSI multipathing device administration across different transport technologies. An example implementation of the common interfaces is available as a sourceforge open source project.