December 2015 Issue

In this Issue:
Upcoming Deadlines   Tech Updates
News from the SNIA Board   Education
White Papers and Articles   Webcasts
Upcoming Deadlines and Events

Last Call for Recognition Program Nominations – Deadline Extended to December 8th

The deadline to nominate SNIA volunteers and work groups has been extended to December 8th. The Recognition Program recognizes outstanding contributions by members and groups who will be honored at an evening reception on January 20th at the Annual Members' Symposium in San Jose. The newly revised nomination process is simple and fast. Please take a few minutes to participate and acknowledge our valuable volunteers for their efforts. Nominate your colleague today!

Annual Members' Symposium
January 19-22, 2016

The 2016 SNIA Annual Members' Symposium will take place at the Westin San Jose (formerly the Sainte Claire Hotel). Forums, Initiatives, Committees, and Work Groups are assembling an agenda of topics and sessions that will be made available at a later date. Registration and special hotel rates are now available. See you in January!

New Theme for 4th NVM Summit

The theme for the fourth NVM Summit is Convergence of Storage and Memory - Developing the Needed Ecosystem.  Co-located with the Annual Members’ Symposium in San Jose on January 20th. This event is sponsored by the Solid State Storage Initiative and Intel. Attendance for qualified attendees is complimentary, but seating is limited. Register today.   

DSI Call for Presentations Now Open

The third annual Data Storage Innovation Conference (DSI) will be held at the Marriott San Mateo, CA, June 13-15, 2016. With a deadline of February 5th, get a jump on responding to our Call for Presentations in order to be considered for a session in our agenda. DSI sponsorship for this popular conference can be found in the DSI 2016 Sponsorship Brochure.  

SNIA Dictionary: Call for Terms and Updates – Deadline February 1st

The next revision cycle of the SNIA Dictionary is starting; therefore, we are issuing a call for new terms and corrections. The deadline for submission of new terms and corrections for the next printed edition (v2016.1) of the SNIA Dictionary is February 1st. Submissions can be made through the SNIA Dictionary submittal form.

Please note that even though the dictionary is only updated twice a year (print and web), submissions for new terms and corrections to the dictionary are accepted anytime. If you have any questions please contact Arnold Jones.

Your Input Requested to Better Understand SSD Data Recovery and Erase Requirements

Data recovery and erase capabilities are essential to today's SSD consumers. Continued understanding of requirements is critical for storage manufacturers to prioritize development projects aimed at improving these capabilities. A new survey by the Solid State Storage Initiative Data Recovery/Erase Special Interest Group seeks your responses to data recovery and erase use cases to advance both manufacturer and customer knowledge in this important area.  Take the survey here

Tech Updates
Learn about some of the newest technical work SNIA members are doing around Open Source, Storage Containers and Object Drives. 

SNIA and Open Source

SNIA develops standards that enable cross-vendor management interoperability for the storage industry, and these standards can help open source projects interoperate with more industry storage solutions. SNIA wants to work collaboratively with the open source community to obtain feedback and new requirements to help improve its standards. To learn more visit Open Source and Standards and Open Source.

Self-contained Information Retention Format (SIRF)

SIRF is a logical container format for the storage subsystem appropriate for the long-term storage of digital information. It is intended for a logical or physical storage area considered as a unit (storage container). The Long Term Retention Technical Working Group 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 learn more, visit SIRF.

Object Drives

SNIA promotes the adoption of Object Drives by creating consensus specifications, standardizing the points of physical logical interoperability, and enabling drive manufacturers to second source each other which in turn reduces the risk for client adoption. SNIA’s Object Drive technical focus is on developing and delivering SNIA architectures and standards for disk, solid state and tape drive based functionalities that allow them to be higher level storage nodes in emerging scale out solutions and to promote interoperability among Object Drive In-Storage Compute environments. To learn more, visit Object Drives.  

News from the SNIA Board

SNIA Appoints IBM Representative to Board of Directors

Effective November 19th, the SNIA Board of Directors unanimously voted to appoint Michelle Tidwell, Business Line Manager, Software Defined Storage, with the IBM Storage Systems group to serve on our Board of Directors in an At-Large Seat for the 2016 term. This maintains a long and valued legacy of IBM participation and contributions to SNIA and the work of our Board of Directors. 

Michelle has had prior experience with SNIA work groups. We welcome Michelle to our Board and back to SNIA. We also acknowledge the tenure of Dave Gimpl as IBM's previous Board representative. 

Education and Certification

Training Class for New Storage Certification Foundations Exam

In January, SNIA is launching a brand new Storage Certification Foundations Exam within the Storage Networking Certification Program (SNCP). This Foundations Exam replaces the CompTIA Storage+ Powered by SNIA exam, which will be retired on January 16th.  
To prepare for the Foundations Exam, SNIA will be running a three-day introductory class during the Annual Members’ Symposium in San Jose, CA.
Class Details:
Storage Foundations S10-110
January 20-22, 2016
9am -5pm
The Westin San Jose (formerly the Sainte Claire Hotel)
302 South Market Street
San Jose, CA 95113
Instructor: David Deming, Solutions Technology
Click here for details on pricing and registration.
There has never been a better time to get storage certified!  Demonstrate to your employer that you have the skills in contemporary storage technologies, recognized by the leading industry body for vendor neutral storage education. For more information on the new credential, please visit the FAQ page

SNIA Tutorials All Member Peer Review

November 30 – December 11, 2015

Tutorials for this review will be presented at the Storage Visions Conference in Las Vegas, NV, January 3rd Learn more about being part of this important peer review.

White Papers and Articles
An Updated Overview of NFSv4
Storage Security: Encryption and Key Management
Upcoming Webcasts
Flash Memory Enables 4K and Beyond Video Workflows
December 11, 2015
Digital Storage plays a significant role in the professional media and entertainment industry. With material from the 2015 Digital Storage in Media and Entertainment Report, Tom Coughlin, Solid State Storage Marketing Chair, will present the growing use of flash memory in all aspects of professional media and entertainment.   
Under the Hood with NVMe over Fabrics
December 15, 2015
Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) has piqued the interest of many people in the storage world. This live Webcast will explain not only what NVMe over Fabrics is, but how it works. 
Featured Event

Storage Visions Las Vegas January 3-5, 2016

SNIA and the Solid State Storage Initiative (SSSI) will be at Las Vegas Storage Visions January 3-5, 2016, a partner program of the Consumer Electronics Show. The event will feature a SNIA Education Day on January 3rd, presentations on the NVM Programming Model, and NVDIMM demonstrations in the expo hall. SNIA members and colleagues can register here using the code SNIA. 

Find SNIA at these Events
SMI Plugfest - New York, NY - December 7-10, 2015
Data Economy Summit and China Storage World - Beijing, China - December 9-10, 2015
Storage Visions SNIA Tutorial Day - Las Vegas, January 3, 2016
Storage Visions – Las Vegas, NV - January 4-5, 2016
Annual Members' Symposium  - San Jose, CA  - January 19-22, 2016
NVM Summit - San Jose, CA - January 20, 2016
USENIX FAST ’16 - Santa Clara, CA - February 22-23, 2016
Data Storage Innovation Conference - San Mateo, CA - June 13-15, 2016
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