March 2018 Issue

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“Fintroducing” SNIA Swordfish™ v1.0.6 – Ready for Public Review

As an extension of the DMTF Redfish® specification, the SNIA Swordfish™ Scalable Storage Management API defines a RESTful interface and a standardized data model to provide a scalable, customer-centric interface for managing storage and related data services. SNIA is actively engaged in expanding and refining the Swordfish API and welcomes your feedback. 
The SNIA Swordfish 1.0.6 Work-in-Progress version is now ready for public review 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 User’s Guide also includes new on-demand replication use cases.

Need assistance with your Swordfish implementation? Check out our additional resources at the SNIA Swordfish website.

New White Paper: Energy Efficient Data Center Storage

The SNIA Green TWG/GSI and The Green Grid have jointly published a free whitepaper titled, "Energy Efficient Data Center Storage." The whitepaper reflects a year of data analysis of EPA EnergyStar Data Center Storage product test reports based upon SNIA Emerald Specification v2.0.2/2.1 for Block IO. This whitepaper details several important findings and provides guidance to national bodies such as EPA Energy Star, Japan METI Top runner, and European Union Lot 9 programs as well as storage product manufacturers and industry stakeholders. Download a free copy of the white paper for information on the strengths and limitations of the SNIA Emerald test method when assessing the energy efficiency of storage products. The paper is available on The Green Grid website. Click here to register and download. Instructions on how to download the paper as a guest user can be found here.

SDC 2018 Call for Presentations Now Open

SNIA's Storage Developer Conference (SDC) is the only event created BY storage developers FOR storage developers. This year’s event will take place September 24-27 in Santa Clara, CA. The call for presentations is now open! The SDC planning team is now seeking presentation proposals from storage development professionals willing to share their knowledge and experience. See the full list of topics for this year’s conference. The deadline to submit a proposal is May 10th.

SNIAVideo Library Grows to 400+ Videos

SNIAVideo is the destination for the latest technical and educational content. The SNIAVideo library has grown to more than 400 videos. Check out interviews, event highlights, educational presentations and more from experts around the world who offer insights on the technologies that are having the greatest impact on information management.  Subscribe today so you won’t miss a single one. 

Help Develop Our New Advanced-level Storage Certification Exam

SNIA needs your expertise!
If you're a storage professional with deep technical knowledge and broad storage industry experience, we invite you to help us create a new Advanced Storage Certification examination. This new, contemporary exam will be the advanced equivalent of the current Foundations exam and is scheduled for release in Spring/Summer 2018. Learn how you can be part of this exam-writing workshop. The workshop will be held April 2-6, 2018 at the Westin Hotel in San Jose, CA.
Featured Video

Realizing the Next Generation of Exabyte-scale PM Centric Architectures and Memory Fabrics

Keynote: Realizing the Next Generation of Exabyte-scale PM Centric Architectures and Memory Fabrics
By Zvonimir Bandic, Senior Director, Research and Development Engineering, Western Digital Corporation
Featured Podcast
Accelerated NVMe over Fabrics Target/Host via SPDK
by PauI Luse, Roman Sudarikov, Ziye Yang, and Chanpeng Liu of Intel
Upcoming Webcasts

File vs. Block vs. Object Storage
April 17, 2018
Mark Carlson, Toshiba; Alex McDonald, NetApp; Saqib Jang, Chelsio; John Kim, Mellanox
When it comes to storage, a byte is a byte is a byte, isn’t it? One of the enduring truths about simplicity is that scale makes everything hard, and with that comes complexity. And when we’re not processing the data, how do we store it and access it?
In this webcast, we will compare three types of data access: file, block and object storage, and the access methods that support them. Each has its own set of use cases, and advantages and disadvantages. Each provides simple to sophisticated management of the data, and each makes different demands on storage devices and programming technologies.
Perhaps you’re comfortable with block and file, but are interested in investigating the more recent class of object storage and access. Perhaps you’re happy with your understanding of objects, but would really like to understand files a bit better, and what advantages or disadvantages they have compared to each other. Or perhaps you want to understand how file, block and object are implemented on the underlying storage systems – and how one can be made to look like the other, depending on how the storage is accessed. Join us as we discuss and debate:

  • Storage devices
    • How different types of storage drive different management & access solutions
  • Block
    • Where everything is in fixed-size chunks
    • SCSI and SCSI-based protocols, and how FC and iSCSI fit in
  • Files
    • When everything is a stream of bytes
    • NFS and SMB
  • Objects
    • When everything is a blob
    • HTTP, key value and RESTful interfaces
  • Altogether…
    • When files, blocks and objects collide

Introduction to SNIA Swordfish™ ─ Scalable Storage Management
April 19, 2018
Richelle Ahlvers, Broadcom; Don Deel, 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 webcast for an overview of Swordfish, including the new functionality added in version 1.0.6 released in March, 2018.

Featured Event

SNIA Technical Council Co-Chair to Speak at OCP Summit

Mark Carlson, SNIA Technical Council Co-Chair, will be a presenter at this year’s OCP Summit. Mark's presentation, “Datacenter Initiatives and Programs for Storage,” will discuss how Hyperscalers and tier two datacenter customers are driving changes in how storage devices are made as well as their interfaces. Mark will provide an overview of some of the initiatives where these changes are being made, including interfaces, storage management and form factors. Save this March 21st presentation to your OCP schedule today to learn about the latest developments in the storage industry that are in direct response to datacenter requirements.
Find SNIA at these Events
Non-Volatile Memories Workshop – San Diego, CA – March 11-13, 2018
Open Compute Project Summit – San Jose, CA – March 20-21, 2018
OpenFabrics Alliance Workshop – Boulder, CO - April 9-13, 2018
MSST 2018 (Massive Storage Systems and Technology) - Santa Clara, CA – May 14-16, 2018
SDC India – Bangalore, India – May 24-25, 2018
Creative Storage Conference – Culver City, CA – June 7, 2018
OSCON – Portland, OR – July 16-19, 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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