November 2017 Issue

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SNIA Swordfish™ v1.05 Available for Public Review

Providing an industry standard that extended the Distributed Management Task Force’s (DMTF) Redfish® specification to consolidate management across server, storage and networks has been the primary goal of the SNIA Scalable Storage Management (SSM) Technical Work Group (TWG) since its formation in December 2015. Now that they have successfully introduced the SNIA Swordfish™ specification, they continually work to refine it and welcome your feedback.
The SNIA Swordfish 1.0.5 Work-in-Progress version is now ready for public review at This version includes schema simplifications and other lessons from initial implementations, the addition of the Swordfish Message Registry, the initial addition of block performance metrics and some additional general cleanup of the specification. Please take a moment to check it out and tell us what you think. For additional resources, visit http://www.snia/org/swordfish.

Call for Sessions – SNIA 2018 Persistent Memory Summit

SNIA is accepting speaking submissions for the 6th annual Persistent Memory Summit, to be held January 24, 2018 and co-located with the SNIA Annual Members' Meeting at the Westin San Jose California. 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. 2018’s focus will be on persistent memory applications.
SNIA Solid State Storage Initiative (SSSI) welcomes submissions from developers and users of persistent memory applications, including in-memory, future technologies, and persistent memory over fabrics.  The deadline is December 11, 2017.  Submit directly here.
Vendor sponsorship opportunities are available for this event.  Contact for details.  Attendee registration will open later in November 2017. For more details, and to review the agenda and content of past events, visit

Spotlight on SNIA Storage Management Initiative (SMI)

Patrick Strick, SMI-Lab Chair
One of the many benefits of joining SNIA’s Storage Management Initiative (SMI) is having access to its industry-wide collaborative SMI-Lab program that helps companies accelerate the development and implementation of SNIA Swordfish and SMI-S-based client and provider products from SNIA member companies. As with all of its programs and initiatives, SNIA depends on volunteers to provide leadership for SMI-Lab, and Patrick Strick, product manager at ScienceLogic, recently stepped up to the plate. As the SMI-Lab Chair, Patrick works with a team to organize plugfests and coordinate SMI members’ development efforts. “Being at the center of multi-vendor interoperability activities is not only a great learning experience, it provides me and my company with the opportunity to deepen relationships throughout the industry,” Patrick said.
For information on SNIA SMI volunteer position openings or the next SMI-Lab plugfest being held January 22-25, 2018, in conjunction with SNIA’s Annual Members’ Symposium, email

Please Take the SNIA 100-Year Archive Survey

SNIA is seeking the help of IT and archiving professionals to complete a 2017 update to the 100-Year Archive Survey. The goals of the survey are to understand:
  • How archival practices have evolved in ten years
  • What type of information is now being retained and for how long
  • Changes in corporate practices
  • Practitioners’ experiences with terabyte-size archival systems
  • Impact of technology changes such as cloud
The first 100-Year Archive Survey was completed 10 years ago. This 2017 survey will help us update requirements, best practices, and solutions for the retention and preservation of long-term digital information. Please take the survey here. Results will be published in early 2018. 
Featured White Paper

Just Released: Data Protection Best Practices Technical White Paper

Data protection encompasses much more than backup and recovery techniques, extending to issues related to data corruption and data loss, data accessibility and availability, data confidentiality, and compliance. This comprehensive SNIA technical white paper covers factors to consider for data protection at the storage level and offers detailed best practices to
  • Ensure data is protected both logically and physically
  • Restore critical data in the event of a disaster
  • Determine appropriate backup retention periods
  • Classify and archive sensitive data according to regulatory and policy requirements
  • Secure data to meet appropriate compliance regulations
Download the white paper today.
Upcoming Webcast

Multi-Cloud Storage: Addressing the Need for Portability and Interoperability
December 12, 2017
John Webster, Evaluator Group
Mark Carlson, Toshiba
Alex McDonald, NetApp

In a recent survey of enterprise hybrid cloud users, the Evaluator Group saw that nearly 60% of respondents indicated that lack of interoperability is a significant technology-related issue that they must overcome in order to move forward. In fact, lack of interoperability was chosen above public cloud security and network security as significant inhibitors. This webcast looks at enterprise hybrid cloud objectives and barriers with a focus on cloud interoperability within the storage domain and the SNIA’s Cloud Storage Initiative to promote interoperability and portability of data stored in the cloud.

Featured Video

Persistent Memory: New Tier or Storage Replacement? - Kimberly Keeton and Susan Spence

SDC 2017 - Persistent Memory: New Tier or Storage Replacement? - Kimberly Keeton and Susan Spence
Membership News
SNIA welcomes the following new member:


SNIA membership continues to grow. See the full list of SNIA members here.
Featured Event

Annual Members’ Symposium

Don't miss the SNIA Annual Members' Symposium, January 22nd-25th in San Jose, CA, where you and your colleagues can join together for networking, working group meetings, informative keynote sessions, and other unique programs designed for SNIA members. There is no cost to attend. Learn more and register here.

Find SNIA at these Events
Japan IT Week: Cloud Computing Expo – Tokyo, Japan-November 8-10, 2017
Cloud Expo Europe Frankfurt – Frankfurt, Germany – November 23-24, 2017
Cloud Expo Europe Paris – Paris, France – November 29-30, 2017
Annual Members’ Symposium – San Jose, CA – January 22-25, 2018
Persistent Memory Summit – San Jose, CA – January 24, 2018
We value your feedback. Please send any comments or suggestions to the SNIA Matters editor, Diane Marsili.
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