January 2018 Issue

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Git Your SNIA Swordfish™ Open Source Tools

One of the major advantages of the SNIA Swordfish™ storage management standard is that the RESTful API’s are standardized and can take advantage of readily available tools and infrastructure. With the JSON-based payload, you can use standard plug-ins for browsers, as well as Python scripting languages to immediately interact with the Swordfish API’s. This is a distinct difference from the SNIA SMI-S storage management standard API’s, which although they are also XML-based APIs, require custom or third-party tools to interact with the SMI-S providers.
To help speed your Swordfish development efforts, SNIA has released two new open source storage management tools on GitHub, available now for your use. If you are a SNIA member or are willing to accept the SNIA contributor license agreement, you can also make contributions to enhance these tools’ functionality. We’d also welcome anyone’s comments on how these tools might help you or your colleagues working with implementations of Swordfish. For more SNIA Swordfish resources, visit:
  • Swordfish Basic Web Client – Connects to one or more Swordfish services, including the Swordfish API Emulator, and allows a user to interact with the entire Swordfish hierarchy.

Mark Carlson, SNIA Technical Council Co-Chair, on Expert Panel on NSA Data Leak

Protecting sensitive data stored in the cloud is still of the utmost concern. The NSA is no exception. It recently became publicized that the contents of a highly sensitive hard drive belonging to the NSA (National Security Agency) were compromised. It’s just one of the recent high-profile data breaches. Watch this on-demand webcast ​"Unprotected Files on a Public Cloud Server" as experts, including Mark Carlson, Co-Chair SNIA Technical Council & Cloud Storage Initiative, weigh-in on this important topic.
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Featured Video

NVMe and NVMe over Fabrics by J Metz, SNIA Board of Directors, Cisco

In 2 minutes learn how NVMe and NVMe over Fabrics work with Ethernet storage.
Featured Podcast
Introducing Fibre Channel NVMe
Craig Carlson, Fibre Channel Industry Association
Given that 80% of all existing Flash storage solutions deployed are interconnected with Fibre Channel (FC), many questions have arisen about what it is, how it works, and why someone might want to consider using Fibre Channel for NVMe-based solutions.
New Members
SNIA is pleased to welcome the following new members: FaLaBa, Fungible and StarWind who join our growing list of member companies.

Check out the top reasons to join SNIA in our Membership Infographic.
Upcoming Webcasts

FC vs. iSCSI
January 31, 2018
Fred Knight, NetApp, John Kim, SNIA ESF Chair, Mellanox, Alex McDonald, SNIA ESF Vice Chair, NetApp
It’s one of the great IT debates: Fibre Channel (FC) or iSCSI. At this webcast, our experts will not be afraid to highlight differences and compare and contrast these two storage protocols as they debate:

  • Will Fibre Channel or iSCSI deliver faster performance? Does it depend on the workload?
  • How is the wire speed race going between FC and iSCSI? Does anyone actually run iSCSI on 100GbE? When will 128Gb Fibre Channel arrive?
  • Can any server or storage array actually support more than 32Gb/s or 40Gb/s speeds?
  • Do Linux, Windows, or hypervisors have a preference?
  • Is one really easier to install and manage, or are they just different?
  • How does the new NVMe over Fabrics protocol affect this debate?
Storage Performance Benchmarking: Workloads
February 14, 2018
Mark Rogov, Dell EMC, Chris Conniff, Dell EMC, Tim Lustig, Mellanox
Benchmarking storage performance is both an art and a science. In this 5th installment of the SNIA Ethernet Storage Forum’s “Storage Performance Benchmarking” series, our experts take on optimizing performance for various workloads. Attendees will gain an understanding of workload profiles and their characteristics for common Independent Software Vendor (ISV) applications and learn how to identify application workloads based on I/O profiles to better understand the implications on storage architectures and design patterns. This webcast will cover:
  • An introduction to benchmarking storage performance of workloads
  • Workload characteristics
  • Common workloads (OLTP, OLAP, VMware, etc.)
  • Graph fun!
Featured Event

Great Agenda for Persistent Memory Summit

Don't miss your chance to attend the SNIA's 6th Annual Persistent Memory Summit, co-located with the SNIA Annual Members’ Meeting on January 24, 2018 at the Westin San Jose in San Jose CA. 
The agenda kicks off with an introduction by SNIA Vice Chair Jim Pappas of Intel and a keynote by Zvonimir Bandic, Senior Director R&D Engineering at Western Digital Corporation.  Sessions include:
  • Persistent Memory over Fabrics (PMoF)
  • Applications and Cloud
  • Comparing Workload Performance on Persistent Memory and Solid State Storage
  • VMware and Persistent Memory
  • And more
Check out the full agenda here.
Many thanks to SNIA member Intel Corporation and the SNIA Solid State Storage Initiative for underwriting the Summit, and to AgigA Tech, SMART Modular Systems, and Viking Technology who are sponsors.  Learn more about sponsorship opportunities.
Find SNIA at these Events
Annual Members’ Symposium – San Jose, CA – January 22-25, 2018
Persistent Memory Summit – San Jose, CA – January 24, 2018
FAST’18 – Oakland, CA – February 12-15, 2018
Container World - Container World – Santa Clara, CA – February 26-28, 2018
SDC EMEA – Tel Aviv, Israel – February 27, 2018
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