Storage/Solid State/Storage Management


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Object Storage Systems: The Underpinning of Cloud and Big Data Initiatives
Mark O'Connell


Object storage systems have risen to prominence in the storage industry and underlie both public and private cloud offerings.  This talk will cover the needs of a cloud based storage system, why traditional approaches are insufficient to meet this challenge, the basic paradigms and architectures of object storage systems, how the architecture of an object storage system addresses the needs of cloud based storage, and challenges of using object storage systems vs traditional IT systems.  Additionally this talk will compare and contrast the major object storage systems in use today, including Amazon’s S3, Microsoft’s Azure, EMC Atmos, the OpenStack Swift initiative and others.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand why cloud storage requires a different architecture from traditional IT infrastructure. 
  • Understand the unique benefits of object storage technologies. 
  • Understand the strengths, weaknesses, and differences between the major object storage technologies in the marketplace.

Realities of Solid State Storage
Esther Spanjer

Solid State storage promises to transform the capabilities and economics of the "performance" segment of enterprise storage, and a myriad of different vendor implementations of solid state have arrived on the scene. Early implementations simply replace some HDDs in enterprise arrays with SSDs, but is one-for-one replacement of disks really the most effective way to utilize SSDs? New approaches for accelerating array performance with Solid State have arrived, ranging from SSD caching, SSD tiering, and/or creating entire Volumes/LUNs from Solid State. This tutorial will compare the performance, reliability, endurance, and cost properties of different SSD approaches, illustrate the impact of SSD properties on typical enterprise I/O workloads, and give users a roadmap for how to think about Solid State influencing their future storage architecture.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the fundamental structure of flash memory cells 
  • Explain how that affects how enterprise storage built on flash behaves 
  • Help users understand what kinds of questions to ask of suppliers selling flash based storage for enterprise class applications.

What You Should Know About SSS
Marty Czekalski

What You Should Know About Solid State StorageThis session will appeal to Data Center Managers, Development Managers, and those that are seeking an overview of Solid State Storage. It’s comprised of excerpts from SNIA Solid State Tutorials and other sources. It touches on the highlights of the driving factors behind Solid State Storage, it’s performance, endurance, interfaces, and future directions.