Computational Storage – Driving Success, Driving Standards
Tuesday, October 26, 2021
10:00 am PT / 1:00 pm ET

SNIA develops a wide range of standards to enhance the interoperability of various storage systems.  With new technologies like computational storage, standards do not exist. As companies develop solutions, questions arise.  Should computational storage have standards for recommended behavior for hardware and software?  Should an application programming interface be defined?

At SNIA, over 250 volunteers answered yes, and new work is being defined both within SNIA and in collaboration with other industry standards bodies. Join leaders of the Computational Storage Technical Work Group as they discuss how they define and develop standards with input from many different companies and users, what they perceive as important today and moving forward, and how you can participate.

NVMe-oF: Discovery Automation for NVMe IP-based SANs
Thursday, November 4, 2021
10:00 am PT / 1:00 pm ET

NVMe® IP-based SANs (including TCP, RoCE, iWARP) have the potential to provide significant benefits in application environments ranging from the Edge to the Data Center. However, before we can fully unlock NVMe IP-based SAN’s potential, we first need to overcome the NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF™) discovery problem. This discovery problem, specific to IP based fabrics, can result in the need for Host administrators to explicitly configure each Host to access each of the NVM subsystems in their environment. In addition, any time an NVM Subsystem interface is added or removed, the Host administrator may need to explicitly update the configuration of impacted hosts. This process does not scale when more than a few Host and NVM subsystem interfaces are in use. Also, due to the de-centralized nature of this process, it also adds complexity when trying to use NVMe IP-based SANs in environments that require a high-degrees of automation.

For these and other reasons, several companies have been collaborating on innovations that simplify and automate the discovery process used with NVMe IP-based SANs.

During this session we will explain:

  • NVMe IP-based SAN discovery problem
  • The types of network topologies that can support the automated discovery of NVMe-oF Discovery controllers
  • Direct Discovery versus Centralized Discovery
  • An overview of the discovery protocol

Object Storage: Trends, Use Cases
Tuesday, November 16, 2021
10:00 am PT / 1:00 pm ET

Storing objects has become commonplace. Object storage provides bulk and undifferentiated storage for unstructured data like photos, video & audio, DNA sequences, files, backups, and it can even protect against ransomware. Object access is also simplified because there are no built-in hierarchies or filesystems of objects, and no devices to manage that look like disks.

So, what’s new? Object storage has traditionally been accomplished in the software stack and is now being accomplished directly on the media. In this presentation, we’ll highlight how this is happening and discuss:

  • Object storage characteristics
  • The differences and similarities between object and key value storage
  • Security options unique to object storage including ransomware mitigation
  • Why use object storage: Use cases and applications
  • Object storage and containers: Why Kubernetes’ COSI (Container Object Storage Interface)?