Webcasts On Demand

Webcast: The Scale-Out File System Architecture Overview
Thursday, February 28, 2019
10:00 am PT / 1:00 pm ET

This presentation will provide an introduction to scale-out-file systems and cover: general principles when architecting a scale-out file system storage solution; hardware and software design considerations for different workloads; storage challenges when serving a large number of compute nodes, e.g. name space consistency, distributed locking, data replication, etc.; use cases for scale-out file systems; and, common benchmark and performance analysis approaches

Webcast: Networking Requirements for Hyperconvergence
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
10:00 am PT / 1:00 pm ET

In this webinar, we’re going to take a look behind the scenes, peek behind the GUI, so to speak. We’ll be talking about what goes on back there, and shine the light behind the bezels.

Webcast: File vs. Block vs. Object Storage
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
5:00 am ET / 10:00 am GMT

In this webcast, we will compare three types of data access: file, block and object storage, and the access methods that support them. Each has its own set of use cases, and advantages and disadvantages. 

Webcast: What NVMe™/TCP Means for Networked Storage
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
10:00 am PT / 1:00 pm ET

In this webinar, the lead author of the NVMe/TCP specification, Sagi Grimburg, and J Metz, member of the SNIA and NVMe Boards of Directors, will discuss: what NVMe/TCP is and how it works, trade-offs, expectations, what network administrators should know, technologies that can make NVMe/TCP work better, and more!

Webcast: Virtualization and Storage Networking Best Practices
Thursday, January 17, 2019
10:00 am PT / 1:00 pm ET

With all the different storage arrays and connectivity protocols available today, knowing the best practices can help improve operational efficiency and ensure resilient operations. VMware’s storage global service has reported many of the common service calls they receive...[more]

Webcast: Networking Requirements for Scale-Out Storage
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Webcast - 10:00 am PT / 1:00 pm ET

Scale-out storage is increasingly popular for cloud, high-performance computing, machine learning, and certain enterprise applications. Join this webinar to learn about scale-out storage solutions and what workloads they can address, how your network may need to evolve to support scale-out storage, and network considerations to ensure performance for demanding workloads

Upcoming Webcast: FCoE vs. iSCSI vs. iSER
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Webcast - 10:00 am PT / 1:00 pm ET

The “Great Storage Debates” webcast series continues, this time on FCoE vs. iSCSI vs. iSER. Like past “Great Storage Debates,” the goal of this presentation is not to have a winner emerge, but rather provide vendor-neutral education on the capabilities and use cases of these technologies so that attendees can become more informed and make educated decisions.

One of the features of modern data centers is the ubiquitous use of Ethernet. Although many data centers run multiple separate networks (Ethernet and Fibre Channel (FC)), these parallel infrastructures require separate switches, network adapters, management utilities and staff, which may not be cost effective.

Multiple options for Ethernet-based SANs enable network convergence, including FCoE (Fibre Channel over Ethernet) which allows FC protocols over Ethernet and Internet Small Computer System Interface (iSCSI) for transport of SCSI commands over TCP/IP-Ethernet networks. There are also new Ethernet technologies that reduce the amount of CPU overhead in transferring data from server to client by using Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA), which is leveraged by iSER (iSCSI Extensions for RDMA) to avoid unnecessary data copying.

That leads to several questions about FCoE, iSCSI and iSER:

  • If we can run various network storage protocols over Ethernet, what differentiates them?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of FCoE, iSCSI and iSER?
  • How are they structured?
  • What software and hardware do they require?
  • How are they implemented, configured and managed?
  • Do they perform differently?
  • What do you need to do to take advantage of them in the data center?
  • What are the best use cases for each?

Join our SNIA experts as they answer all these questions and more on the next Great Storage Debate.

Webcast: Everything You Wanted To Know...But Were Too Proud To Ask - Storage Controllers
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Webcast - 9:00 am PT / 12:00 pm ET

Are you a control freak? Have you ever wondered what was the difference between a storage controller, a RAID controller, a PCIe Controller, or a metadata controller? What about an NVMe controller? Aren’t they all the same thing?

In part Aqua of the “Everything You Wanted To Know About Storage But Were Too Proud To Ask” webcast series, we’re going to be taking an unusual step of focusing on a term that is used constantly, but often has different meanings. When you have a controller that manages hardware, there are very different requirements than a controller that manages an entire system-wide control plane. From the outside looking in, it may be easy to get confused. You can even have controllers managing other controllers!
Here we’ll be revisiting some of the pieces we talked about in Part Chartreuse [https://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/663/215131], but with a bit more focus on the variety we have to play with:

  • What do we mean when we say “controller?” 
  • How are the systems being managed different?
  • How are controllers used in various storage entities: drives, SSDs, storage networks, software-defined
  • How do controller systems work, and what are the trade-offs?
  • How do storage controllers protect against Spectre and Meltdown?

Join us to learn more about the workhorse behind your favorite storage systems.

Webcast: File vs. Block vs. Object Storage
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Webcast - 10:00 am PT / 1:00 pm ET

When it comes to storage, a byte is a byte is a byte, isn’t it? One of the enduring truths about simplicity is that scale makes everything hard, and with that comes complexity. And when we’re not processing the data, how do we store it and access it?
 
In this webcast, we will compare three types of data access: file, block and object storage, and the access methods that support them. Each has its own set of use cases, and advantages and disadvantages. Each provides simple to sophisticated management of the data, and each makes different demands on storage devices and programming technologies.
 
Perhaps you’re comfortable with block and file, but are interested in investigating the more recent class of object storage and access. Perhaps you’re happy with your understanding of objects, but would really like to understand files a bit better, and what advantages or disadvantages they have compared to each other. Or perhaps you want to understand how file, block and object are implemented on the underlying storage systems – and how one can be made to look like the other, depending on how the storage is accessed. Join us as we discuss and debate:

  • Storage devices
    • How different types of storage drive different management & access solutions
  • Block
    • Where everything is in fixed-size chunks
    • SCSI and SCSI-based protocols, and how FC and iSCSI fit in
  • Files
    • When everything is a stream of bytes
    • NFS and SMB
  • Objects
    • When everything is a blob
    • HTTP, key value and RESTful interfaces
  • Altogether
    • When files, blocks and objects collide

 

Webcast: Storage Performance Benchmarking: Workloads
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Webcast - 10:00 am PT / 1:00 pm ET

Presenters: Mark Rogov, Dell EMC, Chris Conniff, Dell EMC, Tim Lustig, Mellanox

Abstract:

Benchmarking storage performance is both an art and a science. In this 5th installment of the SNIA Ethernet Storage Forum’s “Storage Performance Benchmarking” series, our experts take on optimizing performance for various workloads. Attendees will gain an understanding of workload profiles and their characteristics for common Independent Software Vendor (ISV) applications and learn how to identify application workloads based on I/O profiles to better understand the implications on storage architectures and design patterns. This webcast will cover:

  • An introduction to benchmarking storage performance of workloads
  • Workload characteristics
  • Common Workloads (OLTP, OLAP, VMware, etc.)
  • Graph fun!

Spend Valentine’s Day with us. We think you’ll “love” this webcast!

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