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Customer Support through Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning (February 2018)

Watson is a computer system capable of answering questions posed in natural language. The computer system was specifically developed to answer questions on the quiz show Jeopardy! (where it beat its human competitors) and is now being used in commercial applications.

NetApp is now using IBM Watson in Elio, a virtual support assistant that responds to queries in natural language. Elio is using Watson’s cognitive computing capabilities to analyze unstructured data by using natural language processing. It's an innovative and novel use of large quantities of unstructured data to help solve problems, on average, four times faster than traditional methods. In this webcast you'll hear how it all works.

Q&A blog from the webcast.

Multi-Cloud Storage: Addressing the Need for Portability and Interoperability (December 2017)

In a recent survey of enterprise hybrid cloud users, the Evaluator Group saw that nearly 60% of respondents indicated that lack of interoperability is a significant technology issue that they must overcome in order to move forward. In fact, lack of interoperability was chosen above public cloud security and network security as significant inhibitors.

In this webcast, John Webster, Senior Partner at Evaluator Group, dives into the findings of their research discusses enterprise hybrid cloud objectives and barriers with a focus on cloud interoperability within the storage domain and the SNIA’s Cloud Storage Initiative to promote interoperability and portability of data stored in the cloud.

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Cloud Object Storage and the Use of Gateways (September 2017)

The use of cloud object storage is ramping up sharply especially in the public cloud, where its simplicity can significantly reduce capital budgets and operating expenses. And while it makes good economic sense, enterprises are challenged with legacy applications that do not support standard protocols to move data to and from the cloud. Object storage is a secure, simple, scalable, and cost-effective means of managing the explosive growth of unstructured data. Enterprises have developed data strategies specific to the public cloud, improved data protection, long term archive, application development, DevOps, big data analytics and cognitive artificial intelligence to name a few. This webcast highlights the market trends toward the adoption of object storage and the use of gateways to execute a cloud strategy, the benefits of object storage when gateways are deployed, and the use cases that are best suited to leverage this solution.

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Containers and Persistent Memory (July 2017)

Containers can make it easier for developers to know that their software will run, no matter where it is deployed. This webcast, presented by the SNIA Cloud Storage Initiative and the SNIA Solid State Storage Initiative, discusses how persistent memory is a revolutionary technology, which will boost the performance of next-generation packaging of applications and libraries into containers. You'll learn:

  • What SNIA is doing to advance persistent memory
  • What the ecosystem enablement efforts are around persistent memory solutions
  • How NVDIMMs are paving the way for plug-n-play adoption into containers environments

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The State of Cloud Security (July 2017)

Standards organisations like SNIA are in the vanguard of describing cloud concepts and usage, and (as you might expect) are leading on how & where security fits in this new world of dispersed and publicly stored & managed data. In this webcast, SNIA experts Eric Hibbard and Mark Carlson discuss existing cloud and emerging technologies (such as the Internet of Things (IoT), Analytics & Big Data, and so on)  – and explain how we’re describing and solving the significant security concerns these technologies are creating. They discuss emerging ISO/IEC standards, SLA frameworks and security & privacy certifications. This webcast is of interest to managers and acquirers of cloud storage (whether internal or external), and developers of private & public cloud solutions who want to know more about security & privacy in the cloud.

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IP-Based Object Drives Now Have a Management Standard (April 2017)

The growing popularity of object-based storage has resulted in the development of Ethernet-connected storage devices, herein referred to as IP-Based Drives and subsystems supporting object interfaces and in some cases the ability to run localized applications. Typical scale-out storage nodes consist of relatively inexpensive enclosures with IP network connectivity, CPU, Memory and Direct Attached Storage (DAS). While inexpensive to deploy, these solutions become harder to manage over time.

To ease management of these drives, SNIA has approved the release of the IP-Based Drive Management Specification. This standard allows drive management to scale to datacenters and beyond, enabling automation and Software Defined Datacenters. In this webcast, you’ll hear from authors of the specification who discuss:

  • Major Components of the IP Based Drive Management Standard
  • How the standard leverages the DMTF Redfish management standard to manage Kinetic and other IP-Based Drives
  • Providing a standard management interface for drives that are part of JBOD or JBOF enclosures  

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Q&A blog from the webcast.

Developing Interoperable Cloud Encryption and Access Control (December 2016)

For the data protection needs of sharing health and other data across different cloud services, this webcast explores the capabilities of the Cloud Data Management Interface (CDMI) in addressing these requirements and shows implementations of CDMI extensions for a healthcare example. This webcast includes a demonstration of the results of testing at the SDC Cloud Plugfest for Encrypted Objects and Delegated Access Control extensions to CDMI 1.1.1. You’ll will learn and see:

  • New CDMI features (Encrypted Objects and Delegated Access Control)
  • Implementation experiences with new features
  • Live demo of healthcare-based example

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Containers: Best Practices and Data Management Services (December 2016)

Now that you have become acquainted with basic container technologies and their associated storage challenges in our Intro to Containers, Container Storage and Docker webcast, we take a deeper dive into what differentiates this technology from what you are used to with virtual machines.  Containers can both complement virtual machines and also replace them as they promise the ability to scale exponentially higher. They can easily be ported from one physical server to another or to one platform—such as on-premise—to another—such as public cloud providers like Amazon AWS.  In this webcast you'll hear “container best practices” and how to address the various challenges around networking, security and logging. We’ll also look at what types of applications more easily lend themselves to a microservice architecture versus which applications may require additional investment to refactor/re-architect to take advantage of microservices. We finish up with Docker case studies.

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Intro to Containers, Container Storage Challenges and Docker (October 2016)

Containers are the latest in what are new and innovative ways of packaging, managing and deploying distributed applications. In this webcast, we’ll introduce the concept of containers; what they are and the advantages they bring illustrated by use cases, why you might want to consider them as an app deployment model, and how they differ from VMs or bare metal deployments.

We’ll follow up with a look at what is required from a storage perspective when using Docker, one of the leading systems that provides a lightweight, open and secure environment for the deployment of containers. Finally, we’ll round out our Docker introduction by presenting the takeaways from DockerCon 2016.   

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Cloud Storage: Solving Interoperability Challenges (July 2016)

Cloud storage has transformed the storage industry, however interoperability challenges that were overlooked during the initial stages of growth are now emerging as front and center issues. This Webcast explains the major challenges that businesses leveraging services from multiple cloud providers or moving from one cloud provider to another face.

The SNIA Cloud Data Management Interface standard (CDMI) addresses these challenges by offering data interoperability between clouds. SNIA and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) have partnered to create a SNIA CDMI Conformance Test Program to help cloud storage providers achieve CDMI conformance. In this Webcast, you'll hear:

  • Critical challenges that the cloud storage industry is facing
  • Issues in a multi-cloud provider environment
  • Addressing cloud storage interoperability challenges
  • How the CDMI standard works
  • Benefits of CDMI conformance testing
  • Benefits for end user companies

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Cloud Object Storage 101 (July 2016)

Object storage is a secure, simple, scalable, and cost-effective means of embracing the explosive growth of unstructured data enterprises generate every day. This Webcast highlights the market trends towards the adoption of object storage, the definition and benefits of object storage, and the use cases that are best suited to leverage an underlying object storage infrastructure.

You'll hear:

  • How to accelerate the transition from legacy storage to a cloud object architecture
  • Understand the benefits of object storage
  • Primary use cases
  • How an object storage can enable your private, public or hybrid cloud strategy without compromising security, privacy or data governance

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Q&A blog from the webcast.

Data Protection and OpenStack Mitaka (June 2016)

This Webcast focuses on the data protection capabilities of the OpenStack Mitaka release, which includes multiple resiliency features. Join Dr. Sam Fineberg, Distinguished Technologist (HPE), and Ben Swartzlander, Project Team Lead OpenStack Manila (NetApp), as they discuss:

  • Storage-related features of Mitaka 
  • Data protection capabilities – Snapshots and backup
  • Manila share replication
  • Live migration
  • Rolling upgrades
  • HA replication

This Webcast is co-sponsored by two groups within SNIA: the Cloud Storage Initiative (CSI), and the Data Protection & Capacity Optimization Committee (DPCO). 

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Exploring the Software Defined Data Center (March 2016)

A Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) is a compute facility in which all elements of the infrastructure - networking, storage, CPU and security - are virtualized and removed from proprietary hardware stacks. Deployment, provisioning and configuration as well as the operation, monitoring and automation of the entire environment is abstracted from hardware and implemented in software.

The results of this software-defined approach include maximizing agility and minimizing cost, benefits that appeal to IT organizations of all sizes. In fact, understanding SDDC concepts can help IT professionals in any organization better apply these software-defined concepts to storage, networking, compute and other infrastructure decisions. This Webcast discusses:

  • How a SDDC leverages this concept to make the private cloud feasible
  • How we can apply SDDC concepts to an existing data center
  • How to develop your own software-defined data center environment 

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Mobile and Secure Healthcare: Encrypted Objects and Access Control Delegation (January 2016)

Healthcare privacy and data protection regulations are among the most stringent of any industry. In this Webcast SNIA Cloud Storage experts discuss how healthcare organizations can securely share health data across different cloud services.

Martin Rosner, Standardization Officer at Philips and David Slik, Co-Chair, SNIA Cloud Storage Technical Work Group explore how Encrypted Objects and Delegated Access Control Extensions to the Cloud Data Management Interface (CDMI) standard permits objects to freely and securely move between clouds and clients with enhanced security and auditability. You’ll learn:

  • Protecting health data from alteration or disclosure
  • How Cloud Encrypted Objects work
  • How Delegated Access Control works
  • CDMI for Electronic Medical Records (EMR) applications
  • Healthcare use cases for implementing securely sharing data in the cloud

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Privacy vs. Data Protection: The Impact of International Data Protection Legislation on the Cloud (November 2015)

Governments across the globe are proposing and enacting strong data privacy and data protection regulations by mandating frameworks that include noteworthy changes like defining a data breach to include data destruction, adding the right to be forgotten, mandating the practice of breach notifications, and many other new elements. The implications of this and other proposed legislation on how the cloud can be utilized for storing data are significant.

This Webcast covers:

  • "Directives” vs. “regulation”
  • General data protection regulation summary
  • How personal data has been redefined
  • Substantial financial penalties for non-compliance
  • Impact on data protection in the cloud
  • How to prepare now for impending changes

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Moving Data Protection to the Cloud: Trends, Challenges and Strategies (November 2015)

There are various new ways to perform data protection using the Cloud and many advantages of using the Cloud this way.   However, IT managers need to carefully study all the alternative approaches and the experiences of others (good and bad) to avoid the pitfalls, especially during the transition from strictly local resources to cloud resources.  In this live Webcast we will discuss:

  • Critical cloud data protection challenges
  • How to use the cloud for data protection
  • Pros and cons of various cloud data protection strategies
  • Experiences of others (good and bad) to avoid common pitfalls
  • Cloud standards in use – and why you need them

The short presentation will be followed by a panel discussion with audience participation.

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OpenStack File Services for High Performance Computing (September 2015)

How can OpenStack consume and control file services appropriate for High Performance Computing (HPC) in a cloud and multi-tenanted environment? Find out in this Webcast that examines two approaches to integration.

One approach is to have OpenStack manage the storage infrastructure services using Cinder, Nova and Neutron to provide HPC File system as a Service.

The second option uses Manila file services for OpenStack to control the HPC File system deployment and manage the exports etc. During this part of the discussion, we also look at the creation (in progress) of the Lustre Manila driver and the current progress on it.

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Expert Panel: Cloud Storage Initiatives (August 2015)

Where do we go next with cloud storage? What are the key challenges and latest developments? Find out in this Webcast where an expert panel will provide a sneak preview of key cloud topics that will be covered at the 2015 Storage Developer Conference (SDC). You'll hear

  • Mobile and Secure - Cloud Encrypted Objects using CDMI  
  • Object Drives: A new Architectural Partitioning  
  • Unistore: A Unified Storage Architecture for Cloud Computing  
  • Using CDMI to Manage Swift, S3, and Ceph Object Repositories  

You’ll learn how encrypted objects can be stored, retrieved, and transferred between clouds, how Object Drives allow storage to scale up and down by single drive increments, end-user and vendor use cases of the Cloud Data Management Interface (CDMI), and we’ll introduce Unistore - an innovative unified storage architecture that efficiently integrates heterogeneous HDD and SCM devices for Cloud storage systems. 

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Hybrid Clouds Part 2: A Case Study on Building the Bridge between Private and Public Cloud (June 2015)

There are significant differences in how cloud services are delivered to various categories of users. The integration of these services with traditional IT operations will remain an important success factor but also a challenge for IT managers. The key to success is to build a bridge between private and public clouds. This Webcast expands upon our earlier SNIA Hybrid Clouds Webcast where we looked at the choices and strategies for picking a cloud provider for public and hybrid solutions. Watch this Webcast to learn:

  • Best practices to work with multiple public cloud providers
  • The role of SDS in supporting a hybrid data fabric
  • Hybrid cloud decision criteria
  • Key implementation principles
  • Real-world hybrid cloud use case

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Hierarchical Erasure Coding: Making erasure coding usable (May 2015)

This Webcast covers two different approaches to erasure coding – a flat erasure code across JBOD, and a hierarchical code with an inner code and an outer code. This Webcast, part of the SNIA Cloud Storage Initiative’s developer’s series, compares the two approaches on different parameters that impact the IT business and provides guidance on evaluating object storage solutions. You’ll learn:

  • Industry dynamics
  • Erasure coding vs. RAID – Which is better?
  • When is erasure coding a good fit?
  • Hierarchical Erasure Coding- The next generation
  • How hierarchical codes make growth easier
  • Key areas where hierarchical coding is better than flat erasure codes

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Swift, S3 or CDMI - Why Choose? (May 2015)

When customers ask for support of a given API, can a vendor survive if they ignore these requests? A strategy many vendors are taking is to support multiple APIs with a single implementation. Besides the Swift API, many support the S3 defacto and CDMI standard APIs in their implementation. In this Webcast you'll learn:

  • What is needed for these APIs to co-exist in an implementation?
  • Basic operations are nearly identical between APIs, but what about semantics that have multiple different expressions such as metadata?
  • Best practices and tips to implementing multiple protocols in your cloud storage solution

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Hybrid Clouds: Bridging Private & Public Cloud Infrastructures (March 2015)

Every IT consumer is using cloud in one form or another, and just as storage buyers are reluctant to select single vendor for their on-premises IT, they will choose to work with multiple public cloud providers. But this desirable "many vendor" cloud strategy introduces new problems of compatibility and integration. To provide a seamless view of these discrete storage clouds, Software Defined Storage (SDS) can be used to build a bridge between them. This Webcast explores how SDS, with its ability to deploy on different hardware and supporting rich automation capabilities, can extend its reach into cloud deployments to support a hybrid data fabric that spans on-premises and public clouds. 

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LTFS Bulk Transfer Standard (February 2015)

LTFS (Linear Tape File System) technology provides compelling economics for bulk transportation of data between enterprise cloud storage. This Webcast provides an update on the joint work of the LTFS and Cloud Technical Working Groups on a bulk transfer standard that uses LTFS to allow for the reliable movement of bulk data in and out of the cloud, and mechanisms for verification, error handling and the management of namespaces. You'll hear:

  • LTFS standard mandate and history
  • LTFS adoption and use cases
  • LTFS bulk transfer to, from, and between clouds
  • Error handling and recovery
  • Security considerations

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OpenStack Manila (January 2015)

Manila is the OpenStack file share service that is now an officially incubated OpenStack program. Manila provides the management of file shares (for example, NFS and CIFS) as a core service to OpenStack. Watch this Webcast to hear:

  • Manila Overview
  • Key Manila Concepts
  • Architecture of Manila and its API structure
  • Vendor implementations: EMC, IBM, NetApp, Oracle, Red Hat and more
  • Manila roadmap & futures

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OpenStack Cloud Storage (January 2015)

OpenStack is maturing quickly and is the basis of multiple public and private cloud offerings. This Webcast discusses:  

  • Storage aspects of OpenStack including the core projects for block storage (Cinder) and object storage (Swift)
  • Emerging shared file service
  • Common configurations and use cases for these technologies
  • OpenStack Juno – new capabilities
  • Swift futures – Policies, Erasure Codes
  • New developments that enable advanced array features, QoS, new storage fabrics, and new types of drives

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Developer Tutorial: Introducing CDMI 1.1 (December 2014)

There has been significant adoption and innovation around the ISO standard Cloud Data Management Interface (CDMI). This Webcast dives into the details and:

  • Introduces CDMI 1.1 - the next major release of the CDMI standard
  • Provides an overview of new capabilities added to the standard
  • Explains major errata
  • Highlights what CDMI implementers need to know when moving from CDMI 1.0.2 to CDMI 1.1

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Object Storage 201 - Understanding Architectural Trade-Offs (October 2014) - Object-based storage systems are fast becoming one of the key building blocks for a cloud storage infrastructure addressing shortcomings of traditional file- and block-based storage for unstructured data and providing much-needed control over managing the tremendous growth of unstructured data.

An object storage system design must accommodate growth, flexible provisioning, support multiple geographies, and cope with failure. How the data on these systems is organized and managed is key to performance and SLAs.

In this Webcast, experts from the SNIA Cloud Storage Initiative discuss:

  • How object stores scale
  • Overview of consistent hashing vs. databases
  • Architectural choices for object stores
  • Real world performance and scalability

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Access the On-Demand Webcast Object Storage 101: Understanding the What, How and Why of Object Storage Technologies.

The State of Cloud Standards 2014: Interoperability, Portability, and Security (October 2014) - The cloud computing market continues to grow as rapidly as ever and yet, only a small portion of the true value of cloud has been realized. 

Interoperability, portability and security are some of the biggest roadblocks slowing down the advancement of the cloud. The ability to port data, applications and share cloud services across multiple environments, while ensuring data protection and transparency is on top of every organization’s wish list today. A standardized set of principles can assist these organizations in utilizing the offerings of the cloud to the fullest. 

In this roundtable discussion, hear about the current state of cloud standards, the latest developments and how these changes affect your organization and the industry as a whole. 

Getting Started with the CDMI CTP (May 2014) - As enterprises increasingly deploy cloud-based solutions, cloud interoperability has become a critical business issue, one that end users are requiring from cloud storage vendors. The SNIA Cloud Data Management Interface (CDMI) is an ISO/IEC standard that offers end users simplicity and data storage interoperability across a wide range of cloud solutions. The newly launched CDMI Conformance Test Program (CTP) tests for conformance against the specification, and provides purchasers of certified cloud storage solutions the assurance that these solutions meet CDMI interoperability standards. This  Webcast details the benefits of the CDMI CTP program and explains how any cloud storage vendor or ISV can begin the CTP process. You can also download a pdf of the Webcast slides.