SNIA Matters Newsletter

June 4, 2015

SNIA India’s Inaugural SDC a Success

SNIA India held its first Storage Developer Conference (SDC) India in Bangalore last week as a one–day conference co–located with a two–day Plugfest. Results of this event exceeded expectations with attendance at nearly 200 delegates and excellent feedback on content and the quality conference experience from both attendees and sponsors. The presentations from this event will be available for download in July.

(Conference delegates attending a SDC India presentation)

Due to the success of this event in India, other international SNIA affiliates are also looking into hosting their own version of SDC in their regions.

The Cloud Interoperability Plugfest featured hands–on local and remote virtual testing by some 10 companies. Here too, participants were pleased.

New Whitepaper: Towards a CDMI Health Care Profile

This whitepaper, written by SNIA’s Cloud Storage Technical Work Group, examines the data protection needs of sharing health data across different cloud services, explores the capabilities of the Cloud Data Management Interface (CDMI) in addressing the requirements, and provides suggestions for possible extensions that are appropriate for a health care profile. This paper presents a use case for implementing shared data in the cloud, including requirements, architecture, a roadmap, and implementation challenges. Download the whitepaper here.

For more free SNIA whitepapers, visit to view and download whitepapers from a range of technology areas.

SMI Holds Successful Plugfests

SNIA’s Storage Management Initiative (SMI) recently held two Plugfests. First, a four–day international SMI–Lab plugfest to facilitate face–to–face interoperability testing for SMI member companies. This event was hosted by Microsoft in Mountain View, Calif. and included a parallel event running concurrently at Microsoft facilities in Shanghai, China. Two weeks ago, another plugfest was hosted by NetApp at one of its Sunnyvale, Calif. facilities.

The SMI–Lab is an industry–wide collaborative effort to help companies accelerate the development and implementation of Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI–S) products and to pass the SMI–S Conformance Test Program. The SMI–S is designed to standardize and streamline storage management functions and features into a common standard that addresses the day–to–day tasks of the IT environment. Since its implementation over 10 years ago, it has been included in over 800 products.
Read more on this story here.

SNIA and JEDEC Work Together to Accelerate Adoption of NVDIMMs

JEDEC Solid State Technology Association recently announced that its JC–45 Committee has approved the first standard for support of “hybrid” DDR4 memory modules referred to as Non–Volatile DIMMs, or NVDIMMs. Publication of the standard is expected later this year.

The JC–45 Committee for Memory Modules developed the NVDIMM taxonomy in cooperation with the NVDIMM Special Interest Group (SIG), a subcommittee of SNIA’s Solid State Storage Initiative. The first two versions of these hybrid modules are the NVDIMM–N, which combines DRAM and NAND Flash where the Flash provides backup and restore of all DRAM for reliable data persistence through power failure; and the NVDIMM–F, which provides directly addressable NAND Flash which is accessed as a block oriented mass storage device.
Read the full press release here.

   In This Issue

SNIA India’s Inaugural SDC a Success

New Whitepaper: Towards a CDMI Health Care Profile

SMI Holds Successful Plugfests

SNIA and JEDEC Work Together to Accelerate Adoption of NVDIMMs

Featured Article: SNIA and Flash


   SNIA Webcasts and Education:

Webcast: Block Storage in the Open Source Cloud called OpenStack

June 3, 2015 — Now On–Demand!

Storage is a major component of any cloud computing platform. OpenStack is one of largest and most widely supported Open Source cloud computing platforms that exist in the market today. The OpenStack block storage service provides persistent block storage resources that OpenStack compute instances can consume. This includes secondary attached storage similar to the Amazon Elastic Block Storage (EBS) offering. In this Webcast, we will take a dive into:

  • Relevant components of OpenStack block storage (Cinder)
  • How block storage works in OpenStack
  • What storage protocols are currently supported
  • How it all works together with computing instances

Webcast: Hybrid Clouds Part 2: A Case Study on Building the Bridge between Private & Public

June 10, 2015

There are significant differences in how cloud services are delivered to various categories of users. The key to success is to build a bridge between private and public clouds. This Webcast expands upon the earlier SNIA Hybrid Clouds Webcast and will discuss:

  • Best practices to work with multiple public cloud providers
  • The role of SDS in supporting a hybrid data fabric
  • Hybrid cloud decision criteria
  • Key implementation principles
  • Real–world hybrid cloud use case

Webcast: The 2015 Ethernet Roadmap For Networked Storage

June 30, 2015

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 will include a discussion of developments in NVM – most recently 3D Flash.

Certification Training for the CompTIA Storage+ Powered by SNIA Certification

July 20–24, 2015
Portland, OR

This class will better prepare you to do your job and to take the CompTIA Storage+ Powered by SNIA certification exam. SNIA Members receive a 10% discount on registration. Use code SpecialMemberDisc to receive the discount.

   Find SNIA at these Events:

Cisco Live

June 7–11, 2015
San Diego, CA

Cisco Live is an education and training event for IT, networking, and communications professionals. Attendees will discover content that can help inspire the future.

Marty Foltyn, SNIA Business Development Representative will be there.

Creative Storage

June 30, 2015
Culver City, CA

Creative Storage focuses on the use of digital storage for the creation and distribution of entertainment.

Look for Marty Foltyn, SNIA Business Development Representative, who will be representing SNIA at the event.

Again, look for Marty Foltyn who will be representing SNIA at this event.

Featured Article: SNIA and Flash

By Members of SNIA’s Solid State Storage Initiative

(Excerpt from article recently published in DataCenter Solutions, May 2015 issue)

As NAND Flash becomes an increasingly common component in storage systems, SNIA is clearly well positioned in the industry to help drive this technology forward, to educate the industry from a vendor neutral point of view, and to support the Solid State Storage vendor community by promoting the value and benefits of this technology to the industry. Several SNIA groups are focused on solid state storage technologies.
Read the full article here.

Give us your Feedback and Articles

Please pass along your feedback and comments as well as any articles or suggested topics to SNIA Matters Co–Editors, Diane Marsili, Kristin Hauser or Leo Leger.

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In–Memory Computing

June 29–30, 2015
San Francisco, CA

This summit is tailored to in–memory computing related technologies and solutions. SNIA members Arthur Sainio from SMART Modular and Mark Carlson from Toshiba will be presenting on NVDIMM and the NVM Programming Model. Meet SNIA representatives at their table for more discussion and information on SNIA’s programs, activities, and membership.

SNIA members and colleagues will receive a 30% discount off the 2 day full conference pass fee using this code: IMCS626N; the code will be valid for registrations through June 26, 2015. Register at


July 20–24, 2015
Portland, OR

OSCON is where developers, innovators, businesspeople, and investors come together. OSCON is about real–world practices and how to successfully implement open source in your workflow or projects.┬áSNIA is on “standby” to have a booth there and SNIA Executive Director, Leo Leger will be attending.

Flash Memory Summit

August 11–13, 2015
Santa Clara, CA

The Flash Memory Summit program is designed to provide attendees with practical information on the current state of flash memory and its applications.

There will also be a SNIA Education Day taking place the day before the conference begins which is free for attendees.

Marty Foltyn and Leo Leger will be hosting SNIA's participation in this conference.


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