July 2018 Issue

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Let’s Talk Fabrics – NVMe over Fabrics

Dr. J Metz, SNIA Board of Directors, discusses NVMe over Fabrics

Streamed live at Storage Field Day 16 (#SFD16), you can now watch Dr. J Metz, SNIA Board of Directors, explain what’s special about NVMe over Fabrics. Learn how NVMe over Fabrics works with RDMA-based and Fibre Channel-based storage networks, as well as what may be coming in the future. Watch here. Download the presentation here.
You can also watch Dr. Metz’s presentation on SNIA’s technology focus. Learn the nine key technologies SNIA is focused on this year. Watch here. Download the presentation here.

Data Protection through the Lens of Storage Security

In this article, Data Protection through the Lens of Storage Security, Eric Hibbard, Chairman of the SNIA Storage Security Technical Work Group, writes how organizations should appropriately plan, design, document, and implement systems to keep their, and their customers’ data, secure while it’s stored as well as when it’s transferred to other systems.

Servers and Storage Rapidly Adopting 25GbE and 100GbE Networking

A quiet revolution is taking place in networking speeds for servers and storage, one that is converting 1Gb, 10Gb and 40Gb connections to 25Gb, 50Gb and 100Gb connections in order to support faster servers, faster storage, and more data. This article, Servers and Storage Rapidly Adopting 25GbE and 100GbE Networking, by John Kim, Chair of the SNIA Ethernet Storage Forum, discusses how the switch to these new speeds is changing not just networking equipment but also network deployment models.

Work with the SNIA Technical Work Groups Face-to-Face

Non-SNIA members are invited to the 12th Annual Alliance Partner Technical Symposium, July 23-27, 2018, in Portland, OR. Hosted by The Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF), this is a unique opportunity for non-SNIA members to see what technical specification and standards each Technical Work Group is developing.

There is no cost to attend. View the agenda and learn how to register.

SNIA Executive Director Highlights SNIA’s Technology Focus

What technologies is SNIA focusing on this year to accelerate the adoption of next-generation storage technologies?

Find out in this blog by SNIA Executive Director, Michael Oros. 

SNIA Swordfish v1.0.6 is Now a SNIA Technical Position

By now we hope you've heard that SNIA has developed the SNIA Swordfish standard to seamlessly manage storage equipment and services. It's an extension to DMTF's Redfish® specification based on the same RESTful interface that can be used to manage scalable next-generation data centers. Available for immediate download, the SNIA Swordfish 1.0.6 version is now a SNIA Technical Position and can be found here. This version includes an updated Storage Systems model which provides new clear distinctions for different implementation targets, as well as new sections for common ComplexType and Redfish property definitions. The Swordfish User's Guide also includes new on-demand replication use cases. Remember, your one-stop place for all Swordfish information is http://www.snia.org/swordfish.
The SNIA Ethernet Storage Forum (ESF) is pleased to welcome Broadcom as its newest member.
Check out the top reasons to join SNIA in our Membership Infographic and see the full list of SNIA Members here.
Featured Podcast
Innovations, Challenges, and Lessons Learned in HPC Storage Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow by Gary Grider, HPC Division Leader, Los Alamos National Laboratories
This podcast introduces the lunatic fringe of extreme high-performance computing (HPC) and its storage systems. The most difficult challenge in HPC storage is caused by millions (soon to be billions) of simultaneously writing threads. Although cloud providers handle workloads of comparable, or larger, aggregate scale, the HPC challenge is unique because the concurrent writers are modifying shared data.
Featured Events

Storage Developer Conference 2018 Focuses on Persistent Memory

Persistent Memory is having a large impact on both infrastructure and applications. For developers just being introduced to this new technology, SNIA has created a host of educational content you may use to come up to speed and make the most of your time at Storage Developer Conference (SDC) 2018.

Get Persistent Memory content here. 
Here are a few sessions on Persistent Memory you won't want to miss:
  • Update on the SNIA Persistent Memory Programming Model in Theory and Practice
  • SNIA Nonvolatile Memory Programming TWG - Remote Persistent Memory
  • The Long & Winding Road to Persistent Memories
Other sessions will cover performance, available open source libraries, and integration with filesystems.

Join us at this year's SDC if you are developing or looking to develop with Persistent Memory!
Register for SDC 2018 here

Flash Memory Summit

Join SNIA at Flash Memory Summit August 6-9 in Santa Clara, CA. Activities include a SNIA Education afternoon, SNIA reception, a two-day Persistent Memory Track, and demos in the exhibit hall. Learn more here

Global Storage Semicon

SNIA Solid State Storage Initiative (SSSI) will lead an Emerging Trends in Flash Storage Technologies Forum on the afternoon of July 21, 2018, with presentations from SNIA member companies Calypso, Huawei, Lenovo, Mellanox, and Memblaze, and invited company Alibaba. SNIA SSSI is a Partnership sponsor of Global Storage Semicon.  SNIA Solid State Storage Technical Work Group Chair, Eden Kim, will discuss SNIA Solid State and Persistent Memory activities at their booth.
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
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 this next SNIA ESF “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. Join our SNIA experts as they answer all these questions and more on this next Great Storage Debate.
Find SNIA at these Events
Global Storage Semicon - Wuhan, China – July 20-21, 2018
DMTF Alliance Partner Technical Symposium - Portland, OR – July 23-27, 2018
Flash Memory Summit – Santa Clara, CA – August 7-9, 2018
Storage Developer Conference – Santa Clara, CA – September 24-27, 2018
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