Storage/Solid State/Storage Management

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Consumerization of IT - What is Right for Your Organization?
Marty Foltyn

Consumerization is a reality in enterprises today.   Is your staff weighing the pros and cons of integrating social media, and how to propose an implementation strategy – if at all? How will consumer practices and issues like BYOD (bring-your-own-device) affect the workplace?  As an executive, do you have the knowledge you need to advise, recommend and approve?  In this interactive session, we'll discuss  how consumerization is affecting your IT operations, strengths and shortcomings of approaches, and best practices for moving forward in with a strategy that works for your organization.  Examine how companies have attempted to implement a strategy and policy in their organizations and better understand their successes, common pitfalls, and roadblocks.  Learn how to define a strategy, and gain tips and techniques to get started.

Learning Objectives

  • Gain understanding in Tiering fundamentals and benefits.
  • Understand the trends in automated tiering.
  • Gain insight in Tiering best practices and in Tiering resources.

What's Old is New Again - Storage Tiering
Ashar Baig, Kevin Dudak

The SNIA defines tiered storage as “storage that is physically partitioned into multiple distinct classes based on price, performance or other attributes.”  Although physical tiering of storage has been a common practice for decades, new interest in automated tiering has arisen due to increased availability of techniques that automatically promote “hot” data to high performance storage tiers – and demote “stale” data to low-cost tiers.    Topics will include:  • Fundamentals of Storage Tiering  • Levels of granularity in tiering  • Achieving optimal placement of data.    • Recent innovations in logical and virtual tiering techniques  • Using the cloud as a tier

Learning Objectives

  • Overview of the security challenges facing the consumer
  • Introduction to the tenets of the Trusted Computing Group, especially the integration of security into the computing infrastructure
  • Description of the TCG/SED technology, as a relevant example of trusted computing

Software Defined Storage - the New Storage Platform
Anil Vasudeva


The runaway success of Virtualization lay in software driven provisioning the pooled resources to optimally meet the workload requirements for an efficient data center. Software defined Datacenter takes the next step of driving storage services of data protection and storage efficiencies techniques such as encryption, Compression, Snapshots, Deduplication, Auto-tiering etc. to become an efficiently integrated and dynamically active system and not merely a passive keeper of data.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the concepts and benefits of virtual solutions.
  • Learn the general steps for building a complete virtual solution in a box.
  • Examine performance tuning, performance acceleration with caching, troubleshooting options, and deployment scenarios.

SNIA NVM Programming Model
Paul Von Behren

Recent advances in Non-Volatile Memory (NVM) technologies blur the line between storage and memory, creating a disruptive change to the way software is written. The new SNIA NVM Programming Model describes behavior provided by operating systems enabling applications, file systems, and other software to take advantage of new NVM capabilities. This tutorial describes how the programming model addresses NVM extensions for existing devices (such as SSDs) and persistent memory (such as NVDIMMs).  It also describes the differences between software written for block storage (SSDs, disks) and persistent memory and the potential benefits of adapting software for persistent memory.

William Radke

All-Flash Arrays have to overcome two key obstacles  when trying to gain acceptance as storage systems which  can be utilized across a wide number of use cases in the  data center. First, they must be durable and secondly, they  must be cost effective. The challenge is that one of the  most common methods for increasing durability, overprovisioning,  actually increases the cost of the All-Flash  Array. While valuable, this technique needs to be used  sparingly so the All-Flash Array can achieve price parity  with the hard disk-based enterprise solid state storage  systems they are hoping to replace.

Learning Objective

  • This presentation delineates how Software Defined Storage is evolving, the role of open computing and interplay with software defined datacenters and the impact of software defined storage on future architectures in enterprise data centers and cloud mega-data centers