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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.

Green Eggs and XAM

Jered Floyd Download
SNIA's new XAM standard is incredibly important to your business; you need to know what it is and how to use it so that you can start planning implementation. Come learn how XAM will benefit you:   


§    Interoperability: Apps can work with any XAM System, Information can be migrated and shared

§    Compliance: Integrated record retention and disposition metadata   

§    ILM Practices: Framework for classification, policy, and implementation;  

§    Migration: Ability to automate migration process to maintain long-term readability   

§    Discovery: Application-independent structured discovery avoids application obsolescence

SNIA Software and XAM

Mark Carlson, Zoran Cakeljic Download

In 2006, the SNIA expanded its thought leadership role in the industry by undertaking sizeable and impactful Software Initiatives in addition to their traditional storage centric role. The intent is for the SNIA to be a catalyst in the development of software standards to speed the market adoption of new technologies that benefit the end user. These benefits include vendor independence, software portability, interoperability and improved manageability.  The eXtensible Access Method (XAM) is the first Software Initiative formed to oversee the development of this standardization effort between applications that generate fixed content and the storage platforms that store it in accordance to the specification developed by the Fixed Content Aware Storage (FCAS) TWG. Recently, the SNIA Technical Council approved the formation of the XAM  Software Development Technical Working Group (XAM SDK TWG) to develop common software for XAM Specification(s) to support adoption,  implementation and deployment of the standard.    This tutorial will update you on this important new endeavor within the SNIA, how software development will be pursued and brought to market and specifically how the XAM standard access method benefits vendors, software developers and the end user community.


Learning Objectives


§    How software development will be pursued and brought to market

§    How the XAM standard access method benefits vendors,  software developers and the end user community

Virtual Storage Networks

Scott Kipp Download

This presentation covers virtualization techniques used in storage networking to increase utilization and manageability.  The presentation is based on the FCIA book Fibre Channel Advances and the graphics from the presentation are from the book.


Learning Objectives


§    To discuss N_Port_ID Virtualization, Virtual Channels and Virtual Fabrics as they have been standardized in T11 Fibre Channel Interfaces Comiittee. 

§    To explore Inter-Fabric Routing as the new layer 3 architecture for Fibre Channel.  This new technology enables communication between devices in remote

   and possibly distant fabrics.

§    To investigate Wide Area Networking technologies that map Fibre Channel on to SONET, ATM, IP and GFP networks.


Storage 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).

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 are and what they offer

§              Understand how storage grids are starting to be implemented today

§              Understand how storage grids may impact storage environment evolution