August 2018 Issue

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Featured Event

Dive into Persistent Memory at SDC 2018

Storage Developer Conference (SDC) 2018 is quickly approaching. This year’s agenda is packed with over 100 presentations with a major focus on Persistent Memory, Orchestration, NVMe, Performance, and Object Storage. Mark Carlson, SNIA Technical Council Co-Chair, provides a sneak preview on the Persistent Memory sessions in this SDC Q&A blog.  
View the full agenda
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  • Early Bird: Register before August 24th to save $300 on registration.
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  • Group Discounts: Save up to 35% on registration. View details here
Hot News

Technical White Paper:  Persistent Memory Hardware Threat Model v1

The SNIA Non-Volatile Memory (NVM) Programming Technical Work Group has just published a new technical white paper “Persistent Memory Hardware Threat Model v1.” This white paper discusses approaches for securing persistent memory (PM), particularly considering unique characteristics of PM. This work includes a threat model and potential responses to threats.

Download the white paper here

Supermicro Joins SNIA and its Board of Directors

Tau Leng, Senior V.P. of Technology, Supermicro

Supermicro, a global leader in enterprise computing, storage, networking solutions and green computing technology, has joined SNIA and Tau Leng, SVP of Technology at Supermicro, has joined the SNIA Board of Directors. A pioneer of all-flash NVMe and persistent memory supported server and storage, Supermicro will bring a wealth of experience to SNIA in its efforts to accelerate all-flash NVMe storage advancements and adoption. Read the press release.

The Persistence of Memory

Is Persistent Memory a DRAM replacement? Find out the latest in this article by SNIA Technical Co-chair, Mark Carlson, in this Electronic Design article, “The Persistence of Memory.”  

Call for Nominations: SNIA Board and Technical Council

Nominations are open for the 2019 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, 2018
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 3 members nominated by the Technical Council and appointed by the Board. The 2019 term runs from the October 2018 Annual Members Meeting until the October 2019 meeting. Nomination Deadline: August 31, 2018.  Learn more about the Board/TC and submitting a nomination. Submit your nomination here.

SNIA Launches Cloud Storage Technologies Initiative

SNIA has announced that its Cloud Storage Initiative has expanded its mission and charter and changed its name to the Cloud Storage Technologies Initiative (CSTI).  The mission of the CSTI is to support and promote the adoption, growth and standardization of storage in cloud infrastructures, including its data services, orchestration and management, and the promotion of portability of data in multi-cloud environments.

The expanded charter and new name reflect the need to support cloud business models and architectures such as OpenStack, software defined storage, Kubernetes and object storage. The CSTI welcomes all those interested in cloud storage to join them in educating the market and promoting cloud data services, orchestration and management.

The CSTI is an active group that publishes articles and white papers, speaks at industry conferences and presents at highly-rated webcasts that have been viewed by thousands. Learn more about the CSTI and its members and check out the Infographic for highlights on cloud storage trends and CSTI activities.

SSSI Presents Emerging Flash Technology Sub Forum at Wuhan Global Storage Semicon, China  

The SNIA Solid State Storage Initiative (SSSI) presented a sub forum technical track and staffed an SSSI booth in the exhibit hall of the 2018 Global Storage Semicon (GSS) in Wuhan, China last month. The event was attended by 1,200 IT and storage professionals.
Eden Kim, Chair of the Solid State Storage Technical Work Group and SSSI TechDev Committee presented a keynote speech on SSSI strategic plans for the China Flash market. SSSI is introducing a strategic initiative for Chinese company membership in SSSI and Eden presented SSSI programs including Persistent Memory, Performance and Real World Workloads.
Sub forum presentations were on “Real World Workload Capture, Analysis & Test for Datacenter Storage” by Eden Kim of Calypso, “Large Scale Distributed Storage Engines” by Alan Wu of Alibaba, "Enterprise Applications for SSD Qualification" by Zhu Gaoliang of Huawei, "Laptop Storage by Ke Ke of Lenovo, PI & Metadata for Enterprise SSDs" by Ron Yuan of Memblaze and "NVMe Over Fabric & Intelligent Networking" by David Zhang of Mellanox Technologies.  
SSSI plans additional collaboration with DOIT Media, China's leading digital economy service platform, in future technical conferences in China.

Technology Advances Fuelling a New Wave of HPC Performance  

We live in a world of massive amounts of data that needs to be analyzed. Learn about a new architecture that addresses the need to move computing to the data, instead of moving data to the computing to deliver a more modern approach for the datacenter to execute data analytics-everywhere data exists in this article, Technology Advances Fuelling a New Wave of HPC Performance, by Scot Shultz of the Ethernet Storage Forum and Mellanox.

SNIA Swordfish™ Swims in Open Waters

SNIA often works with the open source community to address evolving standard requirements. One example is SNIA Swordfish™, an extension to DMTF Redfish® that provides a unified approach for the management of storage and servers in hyperscale and cloud infrastructure environments.
Swordfish will be featured in a Birds-of-a-Feather session (BoF) Tuesday, September 25 from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at SDC 2018. BoF participation is free and open to everyone (not just SDC registrants), so come have a beer with us! 
SNIA has also developed several open source tools to help speed your Swordfish implementation that are now available on GitHub. These include:  Your one stop resource to learn more about SNIA Swordfish is Visit it today!
SNIA is pleased to welcome the following new members:
Check out the top reasons to join SNIA in our Membership Infographic and see the full list of SNIA Members here.
Featured Video

SDC India 2018 Videos Available on SNIAVideo YouTube Channel

Data Centric Security by Srinivasan Narayanamurthy, NetApp
Get an introduction to the concept of Data Centric Security in this presentation from SDC India 2018. And check out the SDC India 2018 playlist on the SNIAVideo YouTube channel where you’ll find presentations on Persistent Memory, IoT Storage Implications, Erasure Coding, AI and Machine Learning, NVMe over Fabrics, and much more.
Upcoming Webcasts

Cloud Mobility and Data Movement
August 7, 2018
Eric Lakin, University of Michigan; Michelle Tidwell, IBM; Alex McDonald, NetApp
We’re increasingly in a multi-cloud environment, with potentially multiple private, public and hybrid cloud implementations in support of a single enterprise. Over time, some applications and data might need to be moved back on premises, or moved partially or entirely from one cloud to another. That means data movement and data liberation – the seamless transfer of data from one cloud to another – has become a major requirement. In this webcast, we’re going to explore some of these data movement and mobility issues with real-world examples from the University of Michigan. Register now for discussions on: 

  • How do we secure data both at-rest and in-transit?
  • Why is data so hard to move? What cloud processes and interfaces should we use to make data movement easier?
  • How should we organize our data to simplify its mobility? Should we use block, file or object technologies?
  • Should the application of the data influence how (and even if) we move the data?
  • How can data in the cloud be leveraged for multiple use cases?
The SNIA Persistent Memory Security Threat Model
August 21, 2018
Doug Voigt, HPE

What new security requirements apply to Persistent Memory (PM)? While many existing security practices such as access control, encryption, multi-tenancy and key management apply to persistent memory, new security threats may result from the differences between PM and storage technologies. The SNIA PM security threat model provides a starting place for exposing system behavior, protocol and implementation security gaps that are specific to PM. This in turn motivates industry groups such as TCG and JEDEC to standardize methods of completing the PM security solution space.
Introduction to SNIA Swordfish™ ─ Scalable Storage Management
August 21, 2018
Alex McDonald, NetApp

The SNIA Swordfish™ specification 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. Swordfish builds on the Distributed Management Task Force’s (DMTF’s) Redfish® specification using the same easy-to-use RESTful methods and lightweight JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) formatting. 

Join this session to receive an overview of Swordfish including the new functionality added in version 1.0.6 released in March, 2018.
RoCE vs. iWARP
August 22, 2018
Tim Lustig, Mellanox; Fred Zhang, Intel; John Kim, Mellanox
Network-intensive applications, like networked storage or clustered computing, require a network infrastructure with high bandwidth and low latency. Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) supports zero-copy data transfers by enabling movement of data directly to or from application memory. This results in high bandwidth, low latency networking with little involvement from the CPU.

In the next “Great Storage Debate” webcast, we’ll be examining two commonly known RDMA protocols that run over Ethernet: RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE) and IETF-standard iWARP. Both are Ethernet-based RDMA technologies that reduce the amount of CPU overhead in transferring data among servers and storage systems. The goal of this presentation is to provide a solid foundation on both RDMA technologies in a vendor-neutral setting that discusses the capabilities and use cases for each so that attendees can become more informed and make educated decisions. 
Centralized vs. Distributed Storage
September 11, 2018
John Kim, Mellanox; Alex McDonald, NetApp; J Metz, Cisco
In the history of enterprise storage there has been a trend to move from local storage to centralized, networked storage. Customers found that networked storage provided higher utilization, centralized and hence cheaper management, easier failover, and simplified data protection, which has driven the move to FC-SAN, iSCSI, NAS and object storage.
Recently, distributed storage has become more popular where storage lives in multiple locations but can still be shared. Advantages of distributed storage include the ability to scale-up performance and capacity simultaneously and, in the hyperconverged use case, to use each node (server) for both compute and storage. Attend this webcast to learn about: 
  • Pros and cons of centralized vs. distributed storage
  • Typical use cases for centralized and distributed storage
  • How distributed works for SAN, NAS, parallel file systems, and object storage
  • How hyperconverged has introduced a new way of consuming storage
Find SNIA at these Events
Flash Memory Summit – Santa Clara, CA – August 7-9, 2018
HPC on Wall Street – New York, NY – September 13, 2018
Storage Developer Conference – Santa Clara, CA – September 24-27, 2018
Storage Visions – Santa Clara, CA – October 22-23, 2018
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