January 2016 Issue

In this Issue:
Tech Updates   News from the SNIA Board
Upcoming Deadline   White Papers/Articles
Webcasts   Education and Certification
Hot News

Annual Members' Symposium
(San Jose, CA - January 19-22)

The 2016 SNIA Annual Members' Symposium will take place at the Westin San Jose (formerly the Sainte Claire Hotel) in San Jose, CA, January 19-22. SNIA's Industry Technology teams have assembled an exciting agenda of topics and sessions. Registration and special hotel rates are still available. Please plan to participate.

Speak at SNIA's Data Storage Innovation Conference (DSI) – Deadline February 5th

Taking place in San Mateo, CA on June 13-15, DSI will provide insights into new technology areas such as object storage, open source software, software–defined storage, data and storage security, cloud, big data, cold storage, and persistent memory, along with many other aspects of data management and network–connected storage. 
SNIA is looking for the latest in actual deployment blueprints, ground-breaking implementations, feet–on–the–street case studies, and best practices. Submit a proposal to speak here. The deadline is February 5th

2015 Storage Developer Conference Presentations Now Available for Download

For those of you who did not attend SDC 2015, or for attendees that want to revisit the presentations from the conference, they are now available for public download.
Presentations on topics include Solid State Storage, File Systems, Cloud Storage, SMB2/SMB3, SMR, Persistent Memory, and more.
Tech Updates

Cloud Data Management Interface (CDMI) Conformance Test Program Now Available

The SNIA Cloud Data Management Interface (CDMI) is an ISO/IEC standard that enables cloud solution vendors to meet the growing need for interoperability of data stored in the cloud. Conformance testing for the CDMI specification is now available through the CDMI Conformance Test Program (CTP). The CDMI CTP validates a cloud product’s conformance to the CDMI standard and offers assurance that the standard has been properly implemented and that data stored will be transportable to any other conformant implementation.
SNIA has collaborated with Tata Consultancy Services to provide comprehensive testing to ensure CDMI conformance. Learn how you can get started with CDMI testing today.

Want to participate in SNIA's Technical Work Initiatives? SNIA's Technical Work Groups (TWGs) deliver information and education that accelerate the adoption of storage networking standards. Learn more about SNIA's many technical projects.
From the SNIA Board

SNIA Executive Director, Leo Leger, Commences Retirement

Leo Leger, SNIA’s Executive Director, is stepping down from his position to begin his retirement, effective December 31, 2015. Since joining SNIA nearly nine years ago, Leo has fostered growth and success in establishing SNIA as a global leader in developing and promoting storage standards, technologies, and educational services to empower organizations in the management and protection of their information.  Additionally, Leo has been an industry focal point for its events including SNW, SDC, DSI, and SNIA Summits.
“Leo’s leadership and business management have enabled SNIA to accomplish many industry milestones and be well prepared for its future programs and initiatives,” said Wayne M. Adams, SNIA Chairman Emeritus. “We are grateful for his loyal dedication, insights, and countless contributions.”
“I would like to thank Leo for the effort and commitment he demonstrated throughout his tenure as Executive Director.  He really threw his heart and soul into the job,” said David Dale, SNIA Chairman. “Leo’s enthusiasm and people-orientation will be missed by many of the people involved with the organization – volunteers, partners and staff alike.  We wish him health, happiness and success for the next stage of his life.”
We all wish Leo success in enjoying retirement.  A new Executive Director will be named soon and Leo will continue on as an Individual Member of the association.  Leo’s SNIA contributions will be honored and recognized as part of the 2016 SNIA Annual Members Meeting at the Westin San Jose, January 20th, 5:30-7:00 PM during the evening Members’ Recognition program.  We welcome all members and business associates to join us on the 20th and wish Leo his best and farewell.

SNIA Europe Announces Newly Elected Board of Directors and Officers for 2016

SNIA Europe is pleased to announce that its members have elected a new leadership team.  Elected by the members to serve are: 
  • Glyn Bowden (Hewlett-Packard - UK)
  • Philippe Deverchere (Oracle - France) 
  • Bruno Guiet (Brocade - France) 
  • Alex McDonald (NetApp - UK) – Appointed Vice-Chair
  • Bob Plumridge (Hitachi Data Systems - UK) – Appointed Chair
  • Tommy Rydendahl (Dell - Denmark)
  • Daniel Sazbon (IBM - France) – Appointed Treasurer
  • Juergen Seipel (Juniper - Germany)
  • Fausto Vaninetti (Cisco - Italy) – Appointed Secretary
SNIA Europe members bi-annually elect a Board of Directors to set high-level strategies, develop industry position statements on established and emerging technologies, and establish the priorities, direction, and focus for EMEA-wide activities. It is primarily the hard work of its committed volunteer members that enable SNIA Europe to play a significant role in educating the EMEA marketplace about emerging storage and information management standards and technologies.
Upcoming Webcasts
NVDIMMs - the Go-to Technology for Boosting Storage Performance
January 12, 2016
Non-volatile Dual In-line Memory Modules (NVDIMMs) have emerged as a go-to technology for boosting performance for next generation storage platforms. The standardization efforts around NVDIMMs have paved the way to simple, plug-n-play adoption. If you're a developer or integrator who hasn't yet realized the benefits of NVDIMMs in your products, you’ll learn about different kinds of NVDIMMs and their functionality and applications, as well as how NVDIMMs fit into the persistent memory landscape.
How Ethernet RDMA Protocols iWARP and RoCE Support NVMe over Fabrics
January 26, 2016
NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express) over Fabrics is of tremendous interest among storage vendors, flash manufacturers, and cloud and Web 2.0 customers. Because it offers efficient remote and shared access to a new generation of flash and other non-volatile memory storage, it requires fast, low latency networks, and the first version of the specification is expected to take advantage of  RDMA (Remote Direct Memory Access) support in the transport protocol. This live webcast will explore and compare the Ethernet RDMA protocols and transports that support NVMe over Fabrics and the infrastructure needed to use them. 
Mobile and Secure Healthcare: Encrypted Objects and Access Control Delegation
January 28, 2016
Healthcare privacy and data protection regulations are among the most stringent of any industry. Join this Webcast to learn how healthcare organizations can securely share health data across different cloud services. Hear experts explore how Encrypted Objects and Delegated Access Control Extensions to the Cloud Data Management Interface (CDMI) standard permits objects to freely and securely move between clouds and clients with enhanced security and auditability.
Upcoming Deadline

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

The next revision cycle of the SNIA Dictionary is underway. 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.

Education and Certification

Training Class for New Storage Certification Foundations Exam

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
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.
Now is the 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. Learn more.  For more information on the new credential, please visit the FAQ page

White Papers and Articles
Featured Event

Attend SNIA’s 4th Annual NVM Summit

In 2016, the industry is seeing the delivery of the promise on the convergence of storage and memory. SNIA invites you to the 4th Annual NVM Summit, Convergence of Storage and Memory - Developing the Needed Ecosystem, on January 20th at the Westin San Jose.
The 2016 NVM Summit discusses persistent memory technologies, the evolution and increasing importance of the NVM Programming Model, and how an ecosystem is coming together to deliver the value of all these developments. The day will feature leaders in the field of persistent memory examining the current state and futures of this exciting technology.
Admission is complimentary, but limited. Reserve your seat here.

Find SNIA at these Events
Annual Members' Symposium – San Jose, CA - January 19-22, 2016
NVM Summit – San Jose, CA - January 20, 2016
Container World – Santa Clara, CA - February 16-18, 2016
USENIX FAST ’16 – Santa Clara, CA - February 22-23, 2016
Interop – Las Vegas, NV - May 2-6, 2016-23, 2016
Data Storage Innovation- San Mateo, CA - June 13-15, 2016
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