June 2017 Issue

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Software-defined Storage Gains New Enterprise Converts Thanks to Cloudification

Everyone knows cloud is growing and it’s challenging the IT departments who buy and manage storage.  One way to “cloudify” the enterprise is software-defined storage (SDS). Learn how cloud changes storage in this DCS Europe article written by SNIA Ethernet Storage Forum Chair, John Kim. Download here.

Automate Your SMI-S Managed Storage Systems with PyWBEM

Using scripts is common when doing repetitive management tasks and monitoring systems in the data center, but writing these scripts can be challenging when integrating with different storage system management interfaces. PyWBEM is an open source Python library that simplifies these tasks when dealing with storage systems managed by SNIA’s Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) standard.
PyWBEM simplifies dealing with storage system discovery, security, monitoring, performance, fault reporting, and active management. Before PyWBEM, SMI-S clients were typically limited to vendor proprietary tools and Microsoft PowerShell cmdlets. PyWBEM is now being used as a foundation for a new tool in SNIA’s SMI-Lab that periodically checks the proper functioning of SMI-S providers in the lab. Interested in learning more? A quick overview of PyWBEM can be found here.

An FAQ to Make Your Storage System Hum

There are several terms and concepts that affect Storage Architectures as a whole and have a profound impact on storage design and performance. Check out this FAQ blog for answers to questions on encapsulation, tunneling, IOPS, latency, jitter and quality of service (QoS).

Welcome New SNIA Board Member – Hubbert Smith

SNIA is pleased to announce that Hubbert Smith, Director Business Development and Strategy at Samsung Semiconductor, Inc., has joined the SNIA Board of Directors. Mr. Smith has authored three books on enterprise storage, holds 4 significant patents, and has 25 years of storage industry experience. His experience spans storage software, silicon, standards, devices and systems while at NCR, Intel, WD, and NetApp. His current role includes business development and strategy for SATA, SAS, NVMe SSDs and other forms of memory. Mr. Smith contributed to Serial ATA industry standards and he drafted the original SATA use cases, specifically those which enabled Serial ATA to be successfully used in enterprise storage systems. His accomplishments include a pioneering role in the creation of a new product category: capacity optimized enterprise disk drives (aka. Raid Edition). And now, roughly 2/3 of all enterprise drives are capacity optimized. He contributed to multiple significant industry innovations including early network attached storage systems, server failover, storage replication and now enterprise and data center SSD and all flash storage systems. Mr. Smith holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University.
Membership News

SNIA Welcomes New Member Chelsio Communications

SNIA is please to welcome Chelsio Communications to its growing list of members.
Upcoming Webcasts

Casting the Net to Manage your Storage: Redfish and Swordfish Concepts
June 20, 2017
Richelle Ahlvers, Broadcom
Michael Rainer, Dell EMC
The SNIA’s Scalable Storage Management Technical Work Group (SSM TWG) has created and published an open industry standard specification for storage management that defines a customer-centric interface for the purpose of managing storage and related data services. This specification builds on the DMTF’s Redfish specification using RESTful methods and JSON formatting. This webcast will provide an overview of basic Swordfish and Redfish concepts and explain how Swordfish extends Redfish. Examples showing how clients can traverse the models, highlighting how the two standards integrate seamlessly together, will be given.
Everything You Wanted to Know about Storage But Were Too Proud to Ask: What if Networking and Programming had a Storage Baby – Vermillion Pod
July 6, 2017
Rob Peglar, Symbolic IO
J Metz, Cisco
Alex McDonald, NetApp
Dror Goldenberg, Mellanox

When looking at data from the lens of an application, host, or operating system, it’s easy to forget that there are several layers of abstraction underneath before the actual placement of data occurs. In this webcast we are going to scratch beyond the first layer to understand some of the basic taxonomies of these layers, discussing:

  • Storage APIs and POSIX
  • Block, File, and Object storage
  • Byte Addressable and Logical Block Addressing
  • Log Structures and Journaling Systems

The State of Cloud Security
July 20, 2017
Eric Hibbard, Hitachi Data Systems
Mark Carlson, Toshiba
Alex McDonald, NetApp
This webcast will include a discussion of existing cloud and emerging technologies (such as the Internet of Things (IoT), Analytics & Big Data, and so on) – and explain how we’re describing and solving the significant security concerns these technologies are creating. SNIA experts will discuss emerging ISO/IEC standards, SLA frameworks and security and privacy certifications. Topics covered will include:  
  • A summary of the standards developing organization (SDO) activities:
    • Work on cloud concepts, CDMI, an SLA framework, and cloud security & privacy 
  • Securing the Cloud Supply Chain:
    • Outsourcing and cloud security, Cloud Certifications (FedRAMP, CSA STAR)
  • Emerging & Related Technologies:
    • Virtualization/Containers, Federation, Big Data/Analytics in the Cloud, IoT and the Cloud
Featured Video

Overview of Swordfish – Scalable Storage Management

Richelle Ahlvers – Principal Storage Management Architect, Broadcom
Featured Podcast

Data Retention and Preservation: The IT Budget Killer is Tamed 
by Shawn Brume, Business Line Executive, Data Retention Infrastructure, IBM    

Featured Event

Join SNIA June 20-21, 2017 at the In-Memory Computing Summit in Amsterdam, an industry-wide event focusing on the full range of in-memory computing-related technologies and solutions.  SNIA Europe Vice-Chair and Solid State Storage Initiative Chair Alex McDonald will present a general session on “SNIA and Persistent Memory”.  Visit SNIA’s booth to learn more about their persistent memory activities.  Use the code “SNIA” for a 20% discount on registration.

Find SNIA at these Events
SMI Plugfest – Colorado Spring, CO - June 13-15, 2017
Storage Field Day 13 – Denver and Colorado Springs, CO – June 14 – 16, 2017

In-Memory Computing Summit – Amsterdam, Netherlands – June 20 – 21, 2017
DMTF Alliance Partner Technical Symposium – Portland, OR – July 24 - 28, 2017
Flash Memory Summit – Santa Clara, CA – August 7-10, 2017
Storage Developer Conference – Santa Clara, CA – September 11-14, 2017
Storage Field Day Extra at SDC – Santa Clara, CA – September 14, 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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