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July 15, 2015

Storage Developer Conference Agenda is Now Available

Storage Developer Conference (SDC) 2015 is scheduled for September 21–24, 2015 in Santa Clara, CA, and is again expected to attract more than 400 developers, technical professionals, and engineers from the worldwide storage community.

The SDC 2015 agenda is now available. This year, the agenda includes three tracks dedicated to Disruptive Technologies:

Persistent Memory

Object Drives

SMR Drives

These sessions will help you learn how to prepare for the impact of these technologies.

The agenda covers many more topics, including File Systems, Software Defined Storage, SMB, Security, Performance, and more. View the full agenda here.

SNIA Hosts Data Storage Security Summit

Taking place on September 24th in Santa Clara, CA, the one–day Data Storage Security Summit produced by SNIA is designed to help attendees sharpen their focus and raise their data security IQ.

The preliminary agenda is now available and it includes general sessions by industry experts and breakout sessions featuring SNIA tutorials as well as roundtable discussions which will offer best practices on security breaches, security in the cloud, IoT, privacy issues, big data, and more. Registration is now open.

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

SNIA is embarking on the development of a new Storage Networking Certification and your expertise is essential to producing a contemporary Storage examination.

Our Certification agreement with CompTIA for the CompTIA Storage+   Powered by SNIA credential is ending in January of 2016. SNIA is building a new, vendor–neutral certification examination that will cover storage technology basics to the latest topics, such as solid state, cloud storage, and software defined storage.

The new examination is scheduled to be released in mid–January, 2016. It will validate skills and knowledge in enterprise storage architectures and information management. This certification will be the foundation for higher–level and specialty certifications within the SNIA credentials ecosystem. The examination will be available globally and is scheduled to be translated in select markets.

We are looking for Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) who can validate the skills and knowledge required to perform the tasks of a storage administrator, and who have extensive experience in networked storage, information management, data protection, storage virtualization, solid state and flash storage, storage security, cloud storage, and software defined storage.

More information can be found here and in our FAQ document.

SNIA Europe Partners with Cloud Expo Europe Frankfurt

SNIA Europe is pleased to announce its partnership with Cloud Expo Europe Frankfurt – Germany’s largest cloud–focused exhibition and conference. The two–day event takes place at Frankfurt Messe and aims to cover the IT industry’s upcoming cloud technologies and business solutions.

Cloud Expo Europe Frankfurt will feature a world–class conference, made up of 200 expert speakers, including top CIOs, acclaimed global cloud leaders and cloud gurus. The conference will cover the most important industry topics: Cyber Security, Private and Hybrid Cloud, The Internet of Things, Big Data and Analytics, Virtualization, and Infrastructure, Cloud Applications, Management and Services, Service Providers, Storage, Platforms and BYOD, and Software Defined Networks. Passes are complimentary for senior IT decision–makers. SNIA Europe will be represented and will contribute to the agenda with its leading experts that will include SNIA tutorials.

SNIA Europe has also negotiated a very attractive program for its members: Click here for details of the discounted Premium Gold Sponsorship. This provides a discount of 50% and the benefits and entitlements of Gold Sponsorship for the price of the Silver Sponsorship package.

New e–Book: Storage Foundations Exam Study Guide

SNIA has recently partnered with renowned technical author, Hubbert Smith, to create an easily accessible e–Book which will serve as preparation materials for SNIA certification exams. The e–Book is high in quality content, easily accessible from most e–Book platforms, and affordable. SNIA is pleased to provide new materials into our growth markets of India and Asia and expects this e–Book will benefit students in those regions. Preview and purchase the book here.

   In This Issue

Storage Developer Conference Agenda is Now Available

SNIA Hosts Data Storage Security Summit

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

SNIA Europe Partners with Cloud Expo Europe Frankfurt

New e–Book: Storage Foundations Exam Study Guide

SNIA Emerald™ v2.1 Training Takes Place on July 20–21, 2015

Simple Storage Management (SSM) Model Extends and Simplifies SMI–S Participation

Featured Article: Object Drives in the Enterprise

SNIA Specification Updates


   SNIA Webcasts and Education:

SNIA Tutorial Member Peer Review – Flash Memory Summit

July 1–17, 2015

The SNIA Education Committee needs tutorial reviewers. Be the “Voice of SNIA” and review tutorials submitted for the Flash Memory Summit “Tutorial Day” on August 10th. This review ensures high quality and vendor neutrality for our presentations. . Please answer the call to participate here. For questions, contact Nancy Clay at

Upcoming Webcast Summit: Hyper–Converged Summit

July 21, 2015

SNIA and Evaluator Group are teaming up on July 21st for an educational, vendor–neutral event on Hyper–Convergence. As IT organizations are driven to provide higher levels of service and improved storage efficiency, hyper–converged solutions have become a popular alternative. Attend this summit to hear experts address the key benefits, concerns, and considerations for this new offering. Visit the Summit Page for more information and to register.

Upcoming Webcast Summit: Business Continuity Planning and Risk Management

July 21, 2015

Join this summit to discover the latest data backup monitoring trends and advances in managing business risk.

Upcoming Webcast: Storage Performance Benchmarking: Introduction and Fundamentals

July 30, 2015

This Webcast will provide participants with a solid base in the art of storage performance benchmarking. Gain an understanding of the complexities of benchmarking modern storage arrays, key terminology, why the “right” metrics matter, and more.

The SNIA Storage Management Initiative SMI–LAB Plugfest

August 3–6, 2015
Colorado Springs, CO

SMI–Lab Plugfest participants are positioned to gain a competitive edge by testing and troubleshooting their SMI Client and Provider implementations. The August Plugfest includes interoperability testing using the CIM–RS protocol, determining a method for SMI Clients to understand the state of objects through indications and diagnostics (Alert Indications) and discussion and feedback sessions leading to the development of use cases for the SSM (Simple Storage Management) hackathon event later this year. Contact for participation information.

Certification Training for the CompTIA Storage+  Powered by SNIA Certification

August 24–28, 2015
Colorado Springs, CO

Gain a solid understanding of storage networking technologies and better prepare yourself to take the CompTIA Storage+  Powered by SNIA Certification (SGO–001) exam in this fast–paced 4½–day class. This class will contain a “hands–on” configuration component, so students get to experience the curriculum both in theory, and in practice. View details here. This class will better prepare you for your job and to take the CompTIA Storage+  Powered by SNIA certification exam. SNIA members receive a 10% discount on registration by using the code SpecialMemberDisc.

On Demand Webcast: The 2015 Ethernet Roadmap for Networked Storage

Ethernet is changing in big ways and the Ethernet Alliance has captured the latest changes in the 2015 Ethernet Roadmap. SNIA is pleased to welcome an expert panel from the Ethernet Alliance to present the Ethernet Alliance’s 2015 Ethernet Roadmap for the networking technology that underlies most of future network storage. This Webcast includes a discussion of developments in NVM — most recently 3D Flash.

Now Available: SDC India Presentations

SDC India’s inaugural May 29th event was a success. Check out the presentations now available online.


   Find SNIA at these Events:


July 20–24, 2015
Portland, OR

OSCON is about real–world practices and how to successfully implement open source. SNIA Executive Director, Leo Leger will be attending.

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.

SNIA Emerald™ v2.1 Training Takes Place on July 20–21, 2015

The Green TWG (technical work group) and Green Storage Initiative (GSI) will deliver 6 hours (3 hours per day) of free online training July 20th and July 21st. The training will cover the technical details of the SNIA Emerald v2.1 Specification and supporting test tools and details for SNIA Emerald Programs, USA EPA EnergyStar Program as well as supplementary sessions by testing services and certifying body services. Visit for additional details and to meet the July 16th registration deadline.

Simple Storage Management (SSM) Model Extends and Simplifies SMI–S Participation

Driven primarily by members of the SMI Client community, recent efforts have culminated in a design aimed at simplifying entry into the heterogeneous storage management market. The first release of the SNIA Simple Storage Management (SSM) model, the Storage Management Technical Specification, Simple Storage Management Version 0, Revision 25, is now posted on the SNIA’s website as a draft technical work for public review.

SSM is not a replacement for the eight–part Storage Management Technical Specification (SMI–S), but rather is an extension to that specification. It aims to reduce the often time–consuming and resource–intensive discovery and participation barriers to SMI–S. SSM is expected to have broad appeal throughout the storage industry.

Feedback on the scope, content and direction of SSM is vital to its success, especially during the early stages of development. Thus far, the SSM has been driven primarily by Client vendor input, and now we need to hear from storage vendors who plan to create the necessary Providers. Feedback on the SSM specification can be submitted to the SNIA Feedback Portal.

Featured Article: Object Drives in the Enterprise

With rising demands for scale–out storage systems, we rush into an era of booming object storage solutions such as Hadoop, OpenStack Swift, and Ceph among others.

As the growth of data accompanies the rapid development of information technologies, Object Drives are expected to thrive ubiquitously in storage tiers, not only in cold storage. With Object Drives, the traditional intelligent functions, which use to reside on storage systems will likely be moved to the drives. Download now to learn why Object Drives will be the better choice for storing heterogeneous unstructured and semi–unstructured data.

This article has been authored by the newly formed Object Drive Technical Working Group (TWG).

SNIA Specification Updates

The Solid State Storage Performance Test Specification Client v1.2 has been updated and approved by the SNIA Membership and is now available at:

The SNIA Emerald™ Power Efficiency Measurement Specification v2.1 is now published and available at:

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.

Marty Foltyn and Leo Leger will be hosting SNIA’s participation in 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.

Cloud Expo Europe Frankfurt

November 10–11, 2015
Frankfurt, Germany

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