June 2016 Issue

Hot News

SNIA Linear Tape File System Format Specification Now an ISO/IEC Standard

The Linear Tape-Open (LTO) Consortium, and the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) announced on June 8, 2016 that the Linear Tape File System (LTFS) Format Specification is now an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standard (ISO/IEC 20919:2016).  LTFS v2.2 allows for file system implementations using tape. It is a standard for data interchange, which enables user-friendly access to tape data using familiar tools and interfaces. It provides cross-platform and cross-vendor interoperability for tape, and makes viewing and accessing tape files easier than ever. This announcement reinforces ISO/IEC confidence in file management system for Linear Tape-Open technology. Read the press release.

SSM Reels in Swordfish

The SNIA Scalable Storage Management (SSM) Technical Work Group released version 0.6 of the Storage Management Initiative’s Swordfish application programming interface for public review on May 25, 2016.  Swordfish is an easy-to-use standard for managing data storage and storage services that is being defined as an extension to the Distributed Management Task Force’s (DMTF) Redfish specification. Simpler to implement than existing legacy standards, the Swordfish interface is so easy to use that even a non-technical professional can manage storage and related data services. Swordfish can accomplish a range of storage management tasks ranging from typical to advanced, and is designed to integrate with next-generation technologies such as hyperconverged, hyperscale and cloud.
The updated version completes the block storage schema, adding full active management and provisioning, including remote replication functionality. It also includes a proposal for seamless extension of the Redfish Volume and Storage Services schemas. It is available for public review. SNIA SSM members can submit feedback directly; other SNIA members can submit feedback through the SNIA portal.  Note: Work-in-Progress DRAFTS are subject to change.
Learn more about Swordfish at the SNIA Data Storage Innovation Conference where  Richelle Ahlvers, Storage Management Software Architect, Broadcom Limited and SSM TWG Chair, will be presenting “Introduction to Swordfish: Scalable Storage Management,” on June 15th from 10:55 – 11:35 a.m.

New Technical White Paper

Storage Security: Fibre Channel Security

The ISO/IEC 27040:2015 (Information technology - Security techniques - Storage security) standard provides detailed technical guidance on controls and methods for securing storage systems and ecosystems. This technical white paper, "Storage Security: Fibre Channel Security," provides an overview of the Fibre Channel (FC) security guidance in the standard as applied to Storage Area Networks. It also provides additional SNIA guidance in developing an FC security program to meet organizations’ particular needs. 
DSI Live Stream

Can’t make it to next week’s DSI Conference? You can still “attend” some of the general sessions via live stream webcast! 
Register to view these DSI live stream presentations on June 13th:

Register to view these DSI live stream presentations on June 14th:
Upcoming Webcasts

Data Protection and OpenStack Mitaka
June 22, 2016
Sam Fineberg, Distinguished Technologist, HPE
Ben Swartzlander, OpenStack Architect, NetApp
Thomas Rivera, SNIA DPCO Chair, HDS
This Webcast will focus on the data protection capabilities of the OpenStack Mitaka release, which includes multiple resiliency features. Join OpenStack experts as they discuss:

  • Storage-related features of Mitaka 
  • Data protection capabilities – Snapshots and Backup
  • Manila share replication
  • Live migration
  • Rolling upgrades
  • HA replication
Cloud Storage: Solving Interoperability Challenges
July 19, 2016
Udayan Singh, Head of Software Product Engineering, Tata Consultancy
Mark Carlson, Cloud Storage Co-Chair, Cloud Storage TWG Co-Chair
Cloud storage has transformed the storage industry, however interoperability challenges that were overlooked during the initial stages of growth are now emerging as front and center issues. Learn about the major challenges that businesses leveraging services from multiple cloud providers, or moving from one cloud provider to another face, and how the SNIA Cloud Data Management Interface standard (CDMI) addresses these challenges by offering data interoperability between clouds. You’ll hear:
  • Critical challenges that the cloud storage industry is facing
  • Issues in a multi-cloud provider environment
  • Addressing cloud storage interoperability challenges
  • How the CDMI standard works
  • Benefits of CDMI conformance testing
  • Benefits for end user companies
Education and Certification

Training for the SNIA Storage Foundation Exam (S10-110)

SNIA is taking training classes “on the road” to make storage certification training even easier for you to attain. The upcoming training session is July 25-29, Portland, OR (4 ½ day class)

For more information about the instructor-led training, please visit here.

Practice Exam Now Available for SNIA Storage Foundations Certification

For storage professionals interested in obtaining the new SNIA Certified Storage Professional Certification, SNIA has developed a practice exam that will help determine if you have the skill set to pass the Certification exam. The practice exam is free of charge, and is available here
Other training options for SNIA’s Foundations Certification are available here.

Featured Podcast
SMB 3.1.1 Update
by Greg Kramer and Dan Lovinger, Principal Software Engineers, Microsoft
The SMB3 ecosystem continues to grow with the introduction of new clients and server products, a growing deployment base, and new generations of networking technologies. This Podcast covers the changes to the SMB3 protocol in Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016, the design considerations, and how the changes will affect both protocol implementers and customers. The challenges and performance of 100Gb Ethernet and RDMA solutions on the next-generation Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) will be presented for the first time.
White Papers and Articles
Featured Event

Preview the Agenda for SDC 2016 

Get a preview of this year’s great Storage Developer Conference agenda. These sessions will give you an idea of the topics and experts who will be presenting at this year’s conference which will take place September 19-22, 2016 in Santa Clara, CA.  Stay tuned for many more keynote presentations and sessions to be announced in the coming months.
If you haven’t already, now is a great time to register for this year’s event and take advantage of the $300 Early Bird registration discount.
Find SNIA at these Events
Data Storage Innovation Conference - San Mateo, CA - June 13-15, 2016
Flash Forward - London, England – June 14, 2016
IDM - London, England – June 22, 2016
Creative Storage Conference - Culver City, CA – June 23, 2106
Flash Memory Summit - Santa Clara, CA – August 9-11, 2016
Intel Developer Forum - San Francisco, CA – August 16-18, 2016
SMI Plugfest - Colorado Springs, CO – August 22-25, 2016
Storage Developer Conference - Santa Clara, CA – September 19-22, 2016
SNIA Data Storage Security Summit - Santa Clara, CA – September 22, 2016
Microsoft Ignite - Atlanta, GA – September 26-30, 2016
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