November 2016 Issue

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Register Now for 2017 SNIA Members’ Symposium

The 2017 SNIA Annual Members’ Symposium will take place January 17-20, 2017 at the Westin San Jose in San Jose, CA.  Attending this event is the best way to find out what is going on within SNIA - its standards, education, and outreach activities. It also offers an excellent opportunity to meet face-to-face with SNIA leadership, Technical Work Group members, and Forum/Initiative colleagues in a collaborative setting.  The week’s agenda will include general sessions on key topics in the industry, multiple breakout sessions and the one-day Persistent Memory Summit.  Symposium attendance is complimentary for individuals employed with SNIA member companies. Non-SNIA member guests are welcome to attend open sessions such as keynotes, birds-of-a-feather sessions, and Forum/Initiative meetings (at no charge) to learn more about SNIA activities. Visit the Symposium website to register, obtain hotel information, and view the agenda as it becomes live.

SNIA Welcomes New Members

Speaking of members, SNIA is pleased to announce that 16 new member companies have joined our ranks in fiscal year 2016. We look forward to the contributions of these companies to lead the storage industry worldwide in developing and promoting standards, technologies, and educational services to empower organizations in the management of information.
SNIA’s new members: AHA, Cavium, Celestica, ClearSky, Crossbar, DriveScale, Fornetix, HP Inc., Lenovo, OpenIO, Plexistor, ScienceLogic, SymbolicIO, Tintri, Townsend Security, and Xilinx.
For more information on the exciting technical work SNIA is doing with Cloud, Data Protection, Green initiatives, Object Drives, Persistent Memory, Security, Storage Management, and more, visit

Did you know that SNIA has a YouTube Channel?  SNIAVideo is the destination for the latest technical and educational content – all free to download – from SNIA thought leaders and events.  At SNIAVideo you’ll find interviews, event highlights, educational presentations and more. Subscribe today as experts from the around the globe offer insights on the technologies that are having the greatest impact on information management. 

SNIA Swordfish™ v1.0.2 Available for Public Review

The SNIA Scalable Storage Management (SSM) Technical Work Group (TWG) has been working to develop the new SNIA Swordfish™ specification at a record pace, and the 1.0.2 Work-in-Progress version is now ready for public review at This version includes documentation formatting improvements, clarifications, and updates for better compatibility with the DMTF Redfish specification.
An extension to the Distributed Management Task Force’s (DMTF) Redfish specification, SNIA Swordfish helps to provide a unified approach for the management of storage and servers in hyperscale and cloud infrastructure environments, making it easier for IT administrators to integrate scalable solutions into their data centers.

Featured Video

Cloud Architecture in the Data Center and the Impact on the Storage Ecosystem: A Journey Down the Software Defined Storage Rabbit Hole

Cloud Architecture in the Data Center and the Impact on the Storage Ecosystem - Dan Maslowski
Today’s IT leaders can't satisfy the demand for storage capacity and performance at a reasonable cost using traditional methodologies. Hear how one enterprise embraced the software defined storage ecosystem to enable deployment at scale and at "cloud speed" to reduce both cost and complexity. You’ll learn benefits of software defined scale out storage solutions, lessons learned during global deployment, and the unique requirements of anenterprise-class massive scale financial services ecosystem.
Upcoming Webcasts

Magic and Mystery of In-Memory Apps
November 8, 2016
Shaun Walsh, G2M Communications
Marty Foltyn, SNIA  
Businesses are extracting value from more data, more sources and at increasingly real-time rates. Spark and HANA are just the beginning. This webcast details existing and emerging solutions for in-memory computing solutions that address this market trend and the disruptions that happen when combining big-data (Petabytes) with in-memory/real-time requirements. It provides an overview and trade-offs of key solutions (Hadoop/Spark, Tachyon, HANA, NoSQL-in-memory, etc) and related infrastructure (DRAM, Nand, 3D-crosspoint, NV-DIMMs, high-speed networking) and discusses the disruption to infrastructure design and operations when "tiered-memory" replaces "tiered storage"

Current State of Storage in the Container World
November 17, 2016
Eric Forgette, Nimble Storage
Chad Hintz, Cisco

The first wave of adoption of container technology was focused on micro services and ephemeral workloads. The next wave of adoption won’t be possible without persistent, shared storage. This webcast will provide an overview of Docker containers and the inherent challenge of persistence when containerizing traditional enterprise applications. We will then examine the different storage solutions available for solving these challenges and provide the pros and cons of each.

The 2017 Ethernet Roadmap for Networked Storage
December 1, 2016
Brad Booth, Microsoft
Vittal Balasubramani, Dell
John Kim, Mellanox
Brad Smith, Mellanox
Fred Zhang, Intel
The world of Ethernet in 2017 promises rapid change. With all the incredible advances and learning vectors, this webcast will highlight what’s in store for Ethernet in 2017, covering:

  • What’s driving adoption of faster Ethernet speeds and new Ethernet storage models
  • The different copper and optical cabling choices available at different speeds and distances
  • How other connectivity options will compete against Ethernet for cloud and software-defined storage networks
  • Planning for new connectivity options and 200 and 400 Gigabit Ethernet

Containers: Best Practices and Data Management Services
December 7, 2016
Keith Hudgins, Docker
Alex McDonald, NetApp

This webcast will take a deeper dive into what differentiates container technology from what you are used to with virtual machines (VMs). Containers can both complement VMs and also replace them as they promise the ability to scale exponentially higher. They can easily be ported from one physical server to another or to one platform—such as on-premise—to another—such as public cloud providers like Amazon AWS. In this webcast, we’ll explore “container best practices” that discuss how to address the various challenges around networking, security and logging. We’ll also look at what types of applications more easily lend themselves to a microservice architecture versus which applications may require additional investment to refactor/re-architect to take advantage of microservices.

Education and Certification

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.

White Papers and Articles
Featured Event

Persistent Memory Summit 2017 

Registration is now open for SNIA's 5th Annual Persistent Memory Summit, co-located with the SNIA Annual Members’ Meeting on January 18, 2017 at the Westin San Jose in San Jose CA.  This innovative one-day event brings together industry leaders, solution providers, and users of technology to understand the ecosystem driving system memory and storage into a single, unified “persistent memory” entity. The day will feature keynotes, panel sessions, and demonstrations from SNIA NVDIMM SIG member companies. For a glimpse of the Summit focus, check out a SNIAVideo YouTube Channel interview on persistent memory with SNIA Vice-Chairman Jim Pappas. Many thanks to SNIA member, Intel Corporation, and the SNIA Solid State Storage Initiative for underwriting the Summit. Visit for complimentary registration, hotel details, and additional sponsorship opportunities.
Find SNIA at these Events
Cloud Expo Europe - Frankfurt, Germany – November 23-24, 2016
Cloud Expo Europe - Paris, France – November 29-30, 2016
USENIX LISA ’16 - Boston, MA - December 4-9, 2016
SNIA Members' Symposium - San Jose, CA – January 17-20, 2017
Persistent Memory Summit - San Jose, CA – January 18, 2017

SNIA Europe Welcomes Daniel Sazbon as New Chairman 

The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) Europe today announced the appointment of Daniel Sazbon as the new chairman of its board of directors. With over 30 years’ experience in the storage industry, Daniel has been a member of the SNIA Europe board of directors since 2004.
SNIA Europe plays a pivotal role in the storage industry. It provides unbiased, vendor-neutral expert information and educational materials on a wide range of technologies and topics related to data storage, such as flash, tape, persistent memory, software-defined storage, big data, cloud storage and data protection. In order to meet the educational needs of the EMEA storage market, SNIA Europe works closely with both end users and vendors. Daniel’s extensive knowledge of and experience in a vast range of storage markets make him a very strong leader of the association.  For more information, visit
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