August 2017 Issue

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Early Bird Deadline for SDC 2017 Registration!

Storage Developer Conference (SDC) 2017 will take place in Santa Clara, CA on September 11-14 and is created BY Developers FOR Developers. The Early Bird Deadline ends on August 11th, so register soon and take advantage of the $300 discount on registration. SNIA Members receive an additional $200 off of the regular registration rate with your SNIA Member discount.  We also offer group discounts where you can save up to 35% on registration. Register for SDC today.
Check out the agenda for SDC 2017 which features over 100 sessions spanning topics including persistent memory-based storage technology, cloud, solid state storage, filesystems, storage management, containers, NVMe and much more. View the agenda here.
In addition, registration is open for the SMB3 Plugfest and Cloud Interoperability Plugfest.

Ethernet Powers the New Cloud Storage Network

There are many options and variables for building storage networks for the cloud and there is one common theme, it is almost always built on Ethernet. Learn more in the DCS Europe article written by SNIA ESF member, Tim Lustig, of Mellanox. Read the full article.

SNIA Swordfish™ School Series Now on YouTube

Get schooled in SNIA Swordfish™ by tuning into SNIA's YouTube Channel. The Storage Management Initiative (SMI) is excited to announce the Swordfish School playlist, which will contain videos on a variety of Swordfish specification topics.

The SNIA Swordfish customer-centric interface extends the DMTF's Redfish® specification (API) to handle the management of storage equipment and storage services found in modern data centers. SNIA Swordfish is being developed by over 20 storage vendors including some of the largest in the industry.

The first in the Swordfish School series features Doug Voigt, Distinguished Technologist, HPE, in "Storage Volume Creation Basics in Redfish® and Swordfish™.” Be sure to subscribe to “catch” new Swordfish School videos.

IP-Based Object Drives Q&A

At a recent SNIA Cloud Storage webcast “IP-Based Object Drives Now Have a Management Standard,” our panel of experts discussed how the SNIA release of the IP-Based Drive Management Standard eases the management of these drives.  A lot of interesting questions came up during the live event. Check out the answers SNIA experts provided in this Q&A blog.
Call for Nominations

Call for Nominations: SNIA Board and Technical Council

Nominations are open for the 2018 SNIA Board of Directors and Technical Council elections. Every voting member company should consider nominating candidates for election. You may nominate yourself or a company colleague. Nominations are due August 31, 2017. 
The Board of Directors (Board) is the governing body of SNIA, and is composed of 10 Directors elected by the membership, and 3 Directors at–large appointed by the Board.  The Technical Council (TC) is the body of technical experts that guides the technical direction of SNIA. It is composed of 7 members elected by the membership and 2 members nominated by the Technical Council and appointed by the Board. The 2018 term runs from the October 2017 Annual Members' Meeting until the October 2018 meeting. Nomination Deadline: August 31, 2017.  Learn more about how to submit a nomination.
Education and Certification

Network World Gives Top Billing to SNIA Certifications

Network World’s recent article on Top Certifications for IT Pros highlighted the vendor-neutral SNIA Storage Networking Certification Program (SNCP). Confirming that storage industry certifications help demonstrate technical competency and boost qualifications for a better job, the article singled out SNIA as one of “the most valuable options available today in the market for storage certifications.” Read the full article here.
Upcoming Webcasts

Everything You Wanted to Know About Storage But Were Too Proud to Ask - Cyan: Storage Management
September 28, 2018
Richelle Ahlvers, Broadcom
Mark Rogov, Dell EMC
Alex McDonald, NetApp
J Metz, Cisco
The goal of the "The Everything You Wanted To Know About Storage But Were Too Proud to Ask” webcast series has been to break down some of the components of storage and explain how they fit into the greater whole.
In this 7th installment we’re going to peer inside the world of storage management, uncovering some of the key technologies that are used to manage devices, storage traffic, and storage architectures. In particular, we’ll be discussing:

  • SNMP – The granddaddy of management protocols
  • SMI-S – The bread-and-butter of vendor-neutral storage management
  • SNIA Swordfish – The new storage management solution gaining widespread momentum
  • Software-Defined Storage – The catch-all term for storage that includes architectures and management
Featured Video

Application Access to Persistent Memory - The State of the Nation(s)!

by Steven Bates, Paul Grun, Tom Talpey and Doug Voigt
Featured Podcast

Introduction and Overview of Redfish
by Patrick Boyd, Principal Systems Management Engineer, Dell and Richelle Ahlvers, Principal Storage Management Architect, Broadcom

Featured Events

Flash Memory Summit 2017!

SNIA and the Solid State Storage Initiative (SSSI) invite SNIA members and colleagues to attend Flash Memory Summit 2017, August 7-10, 2017 at the Santa Clara CA Convention Center. SNIA members will be presenting in numerous Keynotes, Forums, and Sessions, offering multiple opportunities to learn more.
Monday, August 7:

  • Pre-conference morning seminar on Persistent Memory
  • Open to all Education Afternoon with four SNIA Tutorials on flash storage, SAS, IP-based drive management, and HPC storage 
  • SNIA Solid State Storage Reception at 5:30 pm
Tuesday, August 8:
  • SNIA Technical work overview, by SNIA Executive Director, Michael Oros
  • SSSI Data Recovery/Erase Special Interest Group session
  • "FMS Chat with the Experts” 
Wednesday August 9:
  • Persistent Memory Forum, co-sponsored by SNIA, JEDEC and the Open Fabrics Alliance 
Thursday August 10:
  • NVDIMM Forum hosted by the SSSI NVDIMM SIG

Stop by booth 820 (Hall B) to meet with SSSI member companies for a discussion of a new white paper on SSD Erase and a multi-vendor NVDIMM demonstration. SSSI NVDIMM SIG member companies will also showcase technology in the Demonstration Center in Hall C.  Get a $100 discount on any conference package by using the code "SNIA17" during registration. Visit for the full agenda and registration options.

SNIA’s 20th Anniversary – Save the Date

SNIA will be celebrating its 20 years of standards development for the storage industry and all SDC attendees are invited.  Celebrations will be Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 at the Santa Clara Hyatt in conjunction with the Storage Developer Conference. Save the date.
Find SNIA at these Events
Flash Memory Summit – Santa Clara, CA – August 7-10, 2017
SMI Plugfest – Mountain View, CA – August 14-17, 2017
Cloud Plugfest at SDC – Santa Clara, CA – September 11-13, 2017
Storage Developer Conference – Santa Clara, CA – September 11-14, 2017
Storage Field Day Exclusive at SDC – Santa Clara, CA – September 14, 2017
SDxE – Austin, TX – September 25-27, 2017
Microsoft Ignite – Orlando, FL – September 26-29, 2017
Storage Visions – Milpitas, CA – October 16, 2017
Cloud Expo Europe Frankfurt – Frankfurt, Germany – November 23-24, 2017
Cloud Expo Europe Paris – Paris, France – November 29-30, 2017
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