May 2017 Issue

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Make History with Us at the SNIA Swordfish™ Inaugural Plugfest

You might have missed the Usenet posting in 1991 when Linus Torvalds first announced his operating system kernel that later became Linux, so we’re giving you another chance to be a part of IT history! Sign up now to attend the inaugural SNIA Swordfish Plugfest, being held June 13-15 in the SNIA Technology Center in Colorado Springs, CO.
Not a member of SNIA’s Storage Management Initiative (SMI)? If you are a SNIA member with a Swordfish implementation or prototype, we’ve got you covered. For this special occasion, we’ve opened up the Plugfest to non-SMI members who are willing to sign a non-disclosure agreement.
SNIA Swordfish is a storage management interface designed to integrate with the technologies used in data center environments and can be used to accomplish a broad range of storage management tasks ranging from the simple to the advanced. At the Plugfest, you’ll see some of the first Swordfish implementations and you’ll be able to test how well your own implementation interoperates with them. The implementations presented will include the newly developed Swordfish API Emulator and a Swordfish Basic Web Client that can interact with any Swordfish provider.
If you’re interested in seeing what’s next in storage management, don’t miss this chance. For questions about Plugfest logistics, contact Tom Mancuso

Deadline Approaching for SDC Speaking Submissions

SNIA's Storage Developer Conference (SDC) is the only event created BY storage developers FOR storage developers. Speaking at SDC offers a unique opportunity to gain exposure for the work you are doing. Take advantage of this opportunity and share your knowledge and experience by submitting a presentation proposal for consideration at SDC 2017. The deadline to submit a proposal is May 11th.

Buffers, Queues & Caches Explained

Finely tuning buffers, queues and caches can make your storage system hum. And that’s exactly what we discussed in our recent SNIA Ethernet Storage Forum webcast, “Everything You Wanted to Know About Storage But Were Too Proud To Ask – Part Teal: The Buffering Pod.” In this Q&A blog, you’ll find detailed answers from our panel of experts to all the great questions we received during the live event which is now available on-demand with all the others webcasts in this “Too Proud to Ask” series here.
Education and Certification

2 New Certification Practice Exams Available

Want to be SNIA storage certified? Two new practice exams are now available: 

These practice exams are free of charge and will help you determine if you have the skills needed to pass the Certification Exam and become a SNIA Certified Storage Professional - one of the most valued certifications a storage professional can achieve.
Learn 6 good reasons to become a SNIA Certified Storage Professional. View additional training options for SNIA’s Foundations Certification here

New Webcasts

How Many IOPS? Users Share Their 2017 Storage Performance Needs
May 3, 2107
Jim Handy, Objective Analysis
Tom Coughlin, Coughlin Associates
Modern storage systems offer a dizzying range of IOPS (from hundreds to millions), as well as different latencies and storage capacities. Many IT managers find it difficult to determine which SSD or flash array to buy for their needs, or even whether they can get the speed they need from standard HDDs. This webcast will present results from a 2012 and follow-up 2016 survey of IT professionals to understand performance, capacity, and cost requirements, including IOPS, storage capacity, and latency of various applications.
Everything You Wanted to Know about Storage But Were Too Proud to Ask: Getting from Here to There - Sepia Pod
May 9, 2017
Chad Hintz, Cisco
Fred Zhang, Intel
John Kim, Mellanox
Alex McDonald, NetApp

This webcast will take a look at some of the terms and concepts that affect Storage Architectures as a whole. In particular, we’ll be looking at those aspects that can help or hinder storage systems inside the network: Encapsulation vs. Tunneling, IOPS vs. Latency vs. Jitter, and Quality of Service, as each of these topics has a profound impact on storage designs and performance, but they are often misunderstood.

Featured Video

MarFS: A Scalable Near-POSIX File System over Cloud Objects for HPC Cool Storage

Gary Grider, HPC Division Director, LANL/US DOE

MarFS is a Near-POSIX File System using cloud storage for data and many POSIX file systems for metadata. Extreme HPC environments require that MarFS scale a POSIX namespace metadata to trillions of files and billions of files in a single directory while storing the data in efficient massively parallel ways in industry standard erasure protected cloud style object stores. Watch this video to learn more.
Featured Podcast

The Role of Active Archive in Long-Term Data Preservation
Mark Pastor, Director of Archive and Technical Workflow Solutions, Quantum

Featured Event

OSCON is where the open source community gathers to celebrate achievements, spark new ideas, and map the future of open computing through collaboration and education. OSCON is where all of the pieces come together: developers, innovators, businesspeople, and investors. OSCON is about real-world practices and how to successfully implement open source in your workflow or projects.
In the spirit of open source initiatives, SNIA now has a contributor license agreement (CLA) for non-members to support public participation in SNIA open source projects, the CDMI (Cloud Data Management Interface) Reference Implementation and the Swordfish API Emulator. Visit SNIA at OSCON in booth (323-8) in the non-profit area to learn more.

Find SNIA at these Events
OSCON – Austin, TX – May 8-11, 2017
Massive Storage Systems – Santa Clara, CA – May 15-19, 2017
Creative Storage Conference – Culver City, CA – May 24, 2017
SDC India – Bangalore, India – May 25 – 16, 2017
Flash Forward Munich - Munich, Germany – June 1, 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
SMI Plugfest – Mountain View, CA – August 14-17, 2017
Storage Developer Conference – Santa Clara, CA – September 11-14, 2017
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