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August 6, 2015

Call for Nominations for SNIA Board of Directors and Technical Council

SNIA’s Call for Nominations for SNIA Board of Directors and the SNIA Technical Council position elections is now open. Go directly to the Nomination Application here. Deadline for receipt of applications is August 31st. Elections are in September with results announced during the SNIA Members Meeting Conference Call on October 8th.

Keynotes Added to SDC Agenda

Storage Developer Conference (SDC) 2015 on September 21–24, 2015 in Santa Clara, CA is quickly approaching. Check out the new keynote speakers recently added to the SDC agenda:

Donnie Berkholz, Research Director, 451 Research

Gleb Budman, CEO Backblaze

Bev Crair, VP and GM, Storage Group, Intel

Richard McDougall, Big Data and Storage Chief Scientist, VMware

Andy Rudoff, of the SNIA NVM Programming TWG, Storage Architect at Intel

Laz Vekiarides, CTO and Co-Founder, ClearSky Data

SDC is designed for storage technologists at all levels. This year’s conference has a focus on exploring disruptive technologies such as Persistent Memory, Object Drives, and SMR Drives.

SNIA Offers One–Day Primer Sessions

This year, Storage Developer Conference (SDC) is introducing a new program as a feature to the 2015 conference. This program will be the Pre–conference Primer Sessions which will be held during the afternoon on Sunday, September 20th. These sessions are designed to give attendees an overview of important storage technologies including Persistent Memory, Cloud and Interop, and Data Center Infrastructure. Attendance is included for SDC registrants and $49 for those who are not registered for SDC. View the agenda and registration information here.

Data Storage Security Summit

Registration is now open for the Data Storage Security Summit taking place on September 24th in Santa Clara, CA. This one–day event is designed to help attendees sharpen their focus and raise their data security IQ. Review the agenda, which includes general sessions by industry experts and breakout sessions featuring SNIA tutorials, as well as roundtable discussions that will offer best practices on security breaches, security in the cloud, IoT, privacy issues, big data, and more.

   In This Issue

Call for Nominations for SNIA Board of Directors and Technical Council

Keynotes Added to SDC Agenda

SNIA Offers One–Day Primer Sessions

Data Storage Security Summit

CompTIA Storage+ Powered by SNIA Certification will be Retiring on January 16, 2016 – Certification Still Valid for 3 Years

Calling Storage Subject Matter Experts — Help Develop SNIA’s New Storage Certification Exam

Interested in Self–contained Information Retention Format?

Featured Article: "Understanding Datacentre Workload Quality of Service"

Featured Blog: "Data Recovery and Selective Erasure of Solid State Storage a New Focus at SNIA"


   SNIA Webcasts and Education:

Upcoming Webcast: The Benefits of Flash in Enterprise Storage Systems

August 13, 2015

Join Bob Plumridge, SNIA Europe Chairman, as he presents a brief overview of the solid state technologies which are being integrated into Enterprise Storage Systems today, including technologies, benefits, price/performance and specific use cases.

Upcoming Webcast: SNIA Data Storage Security Summit Event Overview

August 18, 2015

The new SNIA Data Storage Security Summit (DSS) webcast will feature an interactive discussion with the subject matter experts who have organized the DSS Summit. Get an overview of the Summit agenda that addresses the most pressing security trends spanning key management, encryption, regional and vertical industry regulations, technology standards, and best practices as they apply to networked storage, data management and data protection. Webcast attendees will be encouraged to follow SNIA developments and webcasts live on September 24, 2015.

Upcoming Webcast: Data Center Congestion Control

September 15, 2015

How do new architectures being deployed in today’s data centers affect IP–based storage? Find out in this live Webcast that will discuss new architectures and a new congestion control mechanism called CONGA. Developed from research done at Stanford, CONGA is a network–based distributed congestion–aware load balancing mechanism. It is being researched for use in next generation data centers to help enhance IP–based storage networks and is becoming available in commercial switches.

On Demand Webcast: Expert Panel: Cloud Storage Initiatives — An SDC Preview

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 provides a sneak preview of key cloud topics that will be covered at this year’s SDC.

On Demand Webcast: Storage Performance Benchmarking: Introduction and Fundamentals

"Storage Performance Benchmarking: Introduction and Fundamentals" brings anyone untrained in the storage performance arts to a common base with the experts. Gain an understanding of the complexities of benchmarking modern storage arrays, key terminology, why the "right" metrics matter, and more.


CompTIA Storage+  Powered by SNIA will be Retired on January 16, 2016 — Certification Valid for 3 Years

SNIA’s collaboration agreement with CompTIA is ending and the CompTIA Storage+  Powered by SNIA certification exam will be retired in January next year. While both organizations will support the credential until January 16, 2016, plans are in place for SNIA to build a new storage–specific credential, scheduled to be available in January of 2016. Please see the call for experts below if you’d like to contribute to the development of this exam.

Storage professionals participating in the SNIA Storage Networking Certification Program (SNCP) who have taken the examination recently or were planning to do so, can be assured that their Storage+ certification will be valid for three years from the exam pass date. For further information contact the SNIA Global Education Director, Paul Talbut, at

Calling Storage Subject Matter Experts — Help Develop SNIA’s New Storage Certification Exam

Contribute to the development of our new storage certification. If you are a storage professional with the level of experience and storage industry expertise we need, we welcome your help. Click here for details and our FAQ document.

Interested in Self–contained Information Retention Format?

SNIA’s Long Term Retention (LTR) Technical Working Group (TWG) is addressing the "grand technical challenges" of long term digital information retention and preservation, namely both physical ("bit") and logical preservation. A major component of the TWG’s Program of Work is the creation of a logical container format, named the Self–contained Information Retention Format (SIRF), for the long–term storage of digital information. To join the group, please go to the LTR TWG page.

SIRF technical documents released in SNIA public review site:

Self–contained Information Retention Format (SIRF) Specification v1.0

SIRF Use Cases and Functional Requirements document

Featured Article: Understanding Datacentre Workload Quality of Service

Featured Blog: Data Recovery and Selective Erasure of Solid State Storage a New Focus at SNIA

Give us your Feedback and Articles

Please pass along feedback as well as any articles or suggested topics to SNIA Matters Editor, Diane Marsili

   Find SNIA at these Events:

Flash Memory Summit “SNIA Tutorial Day”

August 10, 2015
Santa Clara, CA

Join the SNIA Flash Memory Summit Tutorial Day before the Flash Memory Summit starts! Topics covered will include: Case for Flash Storage – How it Can Benefit Your Enterprise; Separate vs. Combined Server Clusters for App Workloads and Shared Storage; Object Drives: A New Architectural Partitioning; Flash Storage for Backup, Recovery and DR; Utilizing VDBench to Perform IDC AFA Testing; NVDIMM Cookbook – A Guide to NVDIMM Integration. View details here.

Flash Memory Summit

August 11–13, 2015
Santa Clara, CA

The Flash Memory Summit is designed to provide practical information on the current state of flash memory and its applications. Join SNIA for a Solid State Storage Reception August 10th and sessions on NVM Programming, NVDIMM, and PCIe SSD at the conference. Visit SNIA in booth 820 for NVDIMM and PCIe SSD demonstrations and discussions on SSD data recovery and erase. SNIA members and colleagues receive a $100 discount on conference registration by using the code SPGP. Register here.

Look for Marty Foltyn and Leo Leger at this conference.

Intel Developer Forum (IDF 15)

August 18–20, 2015
San Francisco, CA

For over a decade, IDF has been Intel’s premier event. Be a part of it this year as they celebrate the technology you’re creating–the technology that can change the world. SNIA will be participating in IDF 15 as part of the NVM Express Community.

A large contingent of SNIA leaders and representatives will be there.

Storage Developer Conference

September 21–24, 2015
Santa Clara, CA

View agenda, registration, and sponsorship information here.

SNIA Data Storage Security Summit

September 24, 2015
Santa Clara, CA
(Co–located with the Storage Developer Conference)

Registration is now open.


November 8–13, 2015
Washington, D.C.

The LISA conference is for IT operations, where systems engineers, operations professionals, and academic researchers share real-world knowledge about designing, building, and maintaining the critical systems of our interconnected world. SNIA will be attending and also exhibiting at this conference.

Cloud Expo Europe Frankfurt

November 10–11, 2015
Frankfurt, Germany

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