December 2018 Issue

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SNIA Forms New Technical Work Group to Focus on Computational Storage

Industry-wide interest to move compute closer to storage has prompted SNIA to launch the Computational Storage Technical Work Group (TWG). SNIA member companies intend to come together to create standards to promote the interoperability of computational storage devices, and to define interface standards for system deployment, provisioning, management, and security.  This will enable storage architectures and software to be integrated with computation in its many forms. 
“SNIA has an established infrastructure that supports broad member participation and collaboration, producing successful standards and specifications in response to new technological challenges,” said Mark Carlson, SNIA Technical Council Co-Chair.  “SNIA is pleased to establish this new Technical Work Group to facilitate the use of Computational Storage in mainstream application environments.” 
Learn about the goals the 13 founding member companies have for this TWG. 
Read the announcement here

SNIA Annual Members’ Symposium – January 21-25, 2019

Don't miss the 2019 SNIA Annual Members’ Symposium at the Hyatt in Santa Clara CA where you and your colleagues can join together for networking, working group meetings, informative keynote sessions, and other unique programs designed exclusively for SNIA members. There is no cost to attend.

Check out the agenda, registration and hotel information here

Take the Leap to SNIA’s SMI-S 1.8.0 rev 3 Storage Management Specification

Whether you’re a software provider or a hardware vendor, it’s time to update to SNIA’s Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) v1.8.0 rev 3. Now a SNIA Technical Position, it can be downloaded here. The latest version will meet your current needs and includes enticing new enhancements for you and your potential new customers.

IT system administrators who demand a choice in storage vendors and infrastructure while ensuring advanced feature enablement through interoperability, have long benefitted from SMI-S. The standard streamlines storage management functions and features into a common set of tools that address the day-to-day tasks of the IT environment. Get engaged! You can ask and answer questions on the SMI-S Developers Group found here.

Meet the New Networking Storage Forum at Members’ Symposium

The SNIA Networking Storage Forum (NSF), formerly the Ethernet Storage Forum, is hosting a face-to-face meeting at the 2019 Annual Members' Symposium on January 22nd from 3:00-5:00 in the Tasman Room at the Santa Clara Hyatt. All are welcome to attend.

Watch this short video to learn about the NSF’s expanded mission and charter:
What is the Networking Storage Forum?
By J Metz, SNIA Board of Directors
Featured Video

Managing Disk Volumes in Kubernetes: Current Capabilities and Future Opportunities

by Saad Ali, Senior Software Engineer, Google and Nikhil Kasinadhuni, Engineering Director, Cloud Storage, Google
Featured Podcast

FPGA-Based ZLIB/GZIP Compression Engine as an NVMe Namespace

By Stephen Bates, Chief Technology Officer, Eideticom
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 Events

SNIA India T/E/N Storage Meetup: The Future of Storage

The Future of Storage” – Cameron Bahar, SVP & CTO, Veritas
In this presentation, Cameron will cover the storage and data landscape highlighting the driving forces that have led to the current solutions developed and deployed over the last twenty years by leading technology companies. He will cover what he sees as problems we’re being challenged with today and in the near future and will contemplate some of the technological innovations that are needed to drive our industry forward for the next twenty years.

Meetup Details:
Friday, December 14, 2018
2:00PM – 5:00PM IST
Located at, and sponsored by, Veritas Technologies,
RMZ Icon, Survey No. 3/8, Village, Baner - Pashan Link Rd,
Baner, Pune – 411 005 
Learn more and register here

SNIA Persistent Memory Summit – Agenda Topics Posted

Don't miss your chance to attend the SNIA's 7th Annual Persistent Memory Summit, co-located with the SNIA Annual Members’ Meeting on January 24, 2019. 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. Agenda topics include Enabling Persistent Memory through the Operating System and Interpreted Languages; PM Solutions, Interfaces, and Media; and the NVM Programming Model in the Real World.
Register Today! There’s no fee to attend, but you must register.
Sponsorship Opportunities: New to the Summit in 2019 is an evening networking reception and an expanded demonstration area. Gold and Demonstration sponsor opportunities are now available. SNIA thanks Intel Corporation for underwriting the Summit.   
Upcoming Webcasts

Take the Leap to SNIA’s Storage Management Initiative Specification 1.8
December 5, 2018
Mike Walker, former chair SNIA SMI TWG and former IBM engineer, Don Deel, SNIA SMI Governing Board Chair, SMI TWG Chair

If you’re a storage equipment vendor, management software vendor or end-user of the ISO approved SNIA Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S), you won’t want to miss this presentation. Enterprise storage industry expert Mike Walker will provide an overview of new indications, methods, properties and profiles of SMI-S 1.7 and the newly introduced version, SMI-S 1.8. If you haven’t yet made the jump to SMI-S 1.7, Walker will explain why it’s important to go directly to SMI-S 1.8.
Emerging Memory Poised to Explode
December 11, 2018
Alex McDonald, NetApp; Tom Coughlin, Coughlin Associates; Jim Handy, Objective Analysis
Join SSSI members and respected analysts Tom Coughlin and Jim Handy for a look into their new Emerging Memory and Storage Technologies Report. Tom and Jim will examine emerging memory technologies and their interaction with standard memories, how a new memory layer improves computer performance, and the technical advantages and economies of scale that contribute to the enthusiasm for emerging memories. They will provide an outlook on market projections and enabling and driving applications. The webcast is the perfect preparation for the 2019 SNIA Persistent Memory Summit on January 24, 2019.
Virtualization and Storage Networking Best Practices
January 17, 2019
Cody Hosterman, Pure Storage; Jason Massae, VMware; J Metz, Cisco

With all the different storage arrays and connectivity protocols available today, knowing best practices can help improve operational efficiency and ensure resilient operations. VMware’s storage global service has reported many of the common service calls they receive. In this webcast, we will share those insights and lessons learned by discussing:

  • Common mistakes when setting up storage arrays 
  • Most valuable configurations 
  • How to maximize the value of your array and virtualized environment
Networking Requirements for Hyperconvergence
February 5, 2019
Christine McMonigal, Intel; Saqib Jang, Chelsio; Alex McDonald, NetApp

One of the great advantages of Hyperconverged infrastructures (also known as “HCI”) is that, relatively speaking, they are extremely easy to set up and manage. In practice, though, adding networking to HCI presents challenges because HCI hides a great deal of the “back end” communication, making it easy to severely underestimate the requirements necessary to run a seamless environment. This webcast will cover basic concept of how storage networking impacts HCI performance, discussing:
  • The impact of metadata on the network
  • What happens as we add additional nodes
  • How to right-size the network for growth
  • Tricks of the trade from the networking perspective to make your HCI work better
Find SNIA at these Events
Solid State Storage Special Event – Taipei, Taiwan, December 7, 2018
SNIA T/E/N Storage Meetup - Pune, Maharashtra, India December 14, 2018
SNIA Annual Members Symposium - San Jose, CA – January 21-25, 2019
Persistent Memory Summit – Santa Clara, CA – January 24, 2019
SDC EMEA – Tel Aviv, Israel – January 30, 2019
SDC India - Bangalore, India – May 23-24, 2019
Storage Developer Conference – Santa Clara, CA – September 23-26, 2019
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