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Next-generation Interconnects: The Critical Importance of Connectors and Cables
Tuesday, October 19, 2021
10:00 am PT / 1:00 pm ET

Modern data centers systems consist of hundreds of sub-systems that are all connected with optical transceivers, copper cables, and industry standards-based connectors and cages. For interconnecting storage subsystems, two things are happening: Speeds are radically increasing making the maximum reach of copper wire interconnects very short and, at the same time, increasingly larger storage systems are expanding in size and much further apart. This is making longer reach optical technologies much more popular. However, optical interconnect technologies are more costly and complex compared to copper with a plethora of new buzz-words and technology concepts.

The rate of change from the huge uptick in data demand is accelerating new product developments at an incredible pace. While much of the enterprise industry is still on 10G/40G/100GbE speeds, the next generation optics groups are already commercializing 800G with 1.6Tb transceivers in discussion! Today, it’s all about power, cost, and upgrade paths.

In this SNIA Network Storage Forum webinar we’ll cover the latest in the impressive array of data center infrastructure solutions designed to address expanding requirements for higher-bandwidth and lower-power. This will include next-generation solutions leveraging copper and optics to deliver high signal integrity, lower-latency, and lower insertion loss to achieve maximum efficiency, speed, and density.

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Storage Technologies & Practices Ripe for Refresh: Part 2
Tuesday, June 22, 2021
10:00 am PT / 1:00 pm ET

In our second installment of our Storage Technologies & Practices Ripe for Refresh, we will cover older HDD device interfaces and file systems. Advice will be given on how to replace these in production environments as well as why these changes are recommended. Also, we will be covering protocols that you should consider removing from your networks, either older versions of protocols where only newer versions should be used, or protocols that have been supplanted by superior options and should be discontinued entirely.

Finally, we will look at physical networking interfaces and cabling that are popular today but face an uncertain future as networking speeds grow ever faster. 

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Digital Storage Stars in the Media and Entertainment Industry
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
10:00 am PT / 1:00 pm ET

Digital storage is a critical technology for professional Media and Entertainment (M&E). With the Covid-19 pandemic much M&E work went remote, enabled by cloud based services and private and public cloud storage. NVMe SSDs and emerging memories are assuming increased use in high resolution, high frame rate, high dynamic range video content workflows. Between 2019 and 2025, about a 3X increase is expected in the required storage capacity in the industry and a 3.4X increase in storage capacity shipped per year. Cloud storage capacity for the M&E industry will increase 13X between 2019 and 2025.

This webinar looks at the trends driving demand for digital storage in all parts of the M&E industry, with data from the 2020 Digital Storage in Media and Entertainment report from Coughlin Associates presented by Tom Coughlin, who also serves as the volunteer Education Chair for the SNIA Compute, Memory, and Storage Initiative.

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RAID on CPU: RAID for NVMe SSDs without a RAID Controller Card
Wednesday, September 9, 2020
4:00 PM CET | 3:00 PM GMT | 10:00 AM ET

RAID on CPU is an enterprise RAID solution specifically designed for NVMe-based solid state drives (SSDs). This innovative technology provides the ability to directly connect NVMe-based SSD’s to PCIe lanes and make RAID arrays using those SSD’s without the need for a RAID Host Bus Adapter (HBA). As a result, customers gain NVMe SSD performance and data availability without the need of a traditional RAID HBA.

This webcast will recall key concepts for NVMe SSDs and RAID levels and will take a deep dive into RAID on the CPU technology and the way it compares to traditional Software and Hardware RAID solutions. Learn more about this new technology and how it is implemented, and gain a clear insight into the advantages of RAID on the CPU.

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The Key to Value: Understanding the NVMe Key-Value Standard
Tuesday, September 1, 2020
10:00 am PT / 1:00 pm ET

The storage industry has many applications that rely on storing data as objects. In fact, it’s the most popular way that unstructured data is accessed. At the drive level, however, the devil is in the details. Normally, storage devices store information as blocks, not objects. This means that there is some translation that goes on between the data as it is consumed (i.e., objects) and the data that is stored (i.e., blocks).

Naturally, being efficient means that there are performance boosts, and simplicity means that there are fewer things that can go wrong. Moving towards storing key value pairs that get away from the traditional block storage paradigm make it easier and simpler to access objects.

What does this mean? And why should you care? That’s what this webinar is going to cover! This presentation will discuss the benefits of Key Value storage, present the major features of the NVMe-KV Command Set and how it interacts with the NVMe standards. It will also cover the SNIA KV-API and open source work that is available to take advantage of Key Value storage.

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Enterprise and Data Center SSD Form Factor (EDSFF) - the end of the 2.5-inch disk era?
Tuesday, August 4, 2020
11:00 am PT / 2:00 pm ET

Enterprise and Data Center SSD Form Factor (EDSFF) is designed natively for data center NVMe SSDs to improve thermal, power, performance, and capacity scaling. EDSFF has different variants for flexible and scalable performance, dense storage configurations, general purpose servers, and improved data center TCO.  At the 2020 Open Compute Virtual Summit OEMs, cloud service providers, hyperscale data center, and SSD vendors showcased products and their vision for how this new family of SSD form factors solves real data challenges.

Join this SNIA Compute Memory and Storage Initiative webcast where expert panelists from companies that have been involved in EDSFF since the beginning discuss how they will use the EDSFF form factor. OEMs will discuss their goals for E3 and the new updated version of the E3 specification (SFF-TA-1008)!  Hyperscale data center and cloud service providers will discuss how E1.S (SFF-TA-1006) helps solve performance scalability, serviceability, capacity, and thermal challenges for future NVMe SSDs and persistent memory in 1U servers.

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Uniting Compute, Memory, and Storage
Tuesday, June 2, 2020
11:00 am PT / 2:00 pm ET

Discover how the themes of computational storage, persistent memory, and solid state come together in a webcast from the new SNIA Compute, Memory, and Storage Initiative. We’ll explore how expertise in these three areas can help understand storage architectures, common solution areas, and their impacts on storage devices, systems, and software.

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Ethernet-attached SSDs—Brilliant Idea or Storage Silliness?
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
10:00 am PT / 1:00 pm ET

Several SSD and networking vendors have recently demonstrated ways to connect SSDs directly to an Ethernet network. They propose that deploying Ethernet SSDs will be more scalable, easier to manage, more performant, and/or lower cost than traditional storage networking solutions that use a storage controller (or hyperconverged node) between the SSDs and the network.

Who would want to attach SSDs directly to the network? Are these vendors brilliant or simply trying to solve a problem that doesn’t exist? What are the different solutions that could benefit from Ethernet SSDs? Which protocols would one use to access them? And how do Ethernet SSDs relate to computational storage? Join this SNIA Networking Storage Forum webcast to learn all this and more as SNIA experts discuss:

  • What are the appropriate use cases for Ethernet SSDs?
  • Why Ethernet SSDs could be appealing and more efficient
  • How Ethernet SSDs compare to other forms of storage networking
  • Different ways Ethernet SSDs can be accessed, such as JBOF/NBOF, NVMe-oF, and Key Value
  • How do Ethernet-attached SSDs enable composable infrastructures?

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How to Be a Part of the Real-World Workload Revolution
Tuesday, July 9, 2019
11:00 am PT / 2:00 pm ET

Real-world digital workloads often behave very differently from what might be expected. The equipment used in a computing system may function differently than anticipated. Unknown quirks in complicated software and operations running alongside the workload may be doing more or less than the user initially supposed. To truly understand what is happening, the right approach is to test and monitor the systems’ behaviors as real code is executed. By using measured data designers, vendors and service personnel can pinpoint the actual limits and bottlenecks that a particular workload is experiencing. Join the SNIA Solid State Storage Special Interest Group to learn how to be a part of the real-world workload revolution

Trends in Worldwide Media and Entertainment Storage
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
10:00 am PT / 1:00 pm ET

Join SNIA Solid State Storage Initiative Education Chair and leading analyst Tom Coughlin for a journey into the requirements and trends in worldwide data storage for entertainment content acquisition, editing, archiving, and digital presentation.

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