May 2018 Issue

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SNIA, DMTF and NVMe Form Strategic Alliance

SNIA, together with the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) and the NVM Express Inc. organizations, announced an alliance at NVM Express Developer Day of the formation of a new alliance to coordinate standards for managing solid state drive (SSD) storage devices.  
This alliance brings together multiple organizations and standards for managing the issue of scale-out management of SSDs to help improve the interoperable management of information technologies to enable a holistic management experience. Click here for additional details on this alliance.

Storage Security: Data Protection Technical White Paper

Data protection is an essential element of storage security that can be nuanced, depending on industry requirements. This can be seen in the ISO/IEC 27040 (Storage security) standard, which while not directly addressing data protection, does identify relevant security controls.  This technical white paper, written by the SNIA Security Technical Work Group, provides an introduction of important topics in ISO/IEC 27040:2015 and offers considerations and guidance to augment the existing storage security standard, covering: 

  • Key facets of data protection
  • ISO/IEC 27040 controls related to data protection
  • Securing backup, replication and CDP
  • Data retention and preservation
  • Data authenticity
  • Archive security
  • Data disposition/sanitization

 Download the white paper here.

Fujitsu Contributes Traces to the SNIA IOTTA Repository

Researchers from Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. recently contributed a large set of “storage I/O operation trace” files to the SNIA IOTTA Repository.  These traces were used in their paper Understanding storage traffic characteristics on enterprise virtual desktop infrastructure, which appeared in the “Proceedings of the 10th ACM International Systems and Storage Conference (SYSTOR '17)”.
Established and maintained by the SNIA “Input/Output Traces, Tools, and Analysis Technical Work Group (IOTTA TWG)”, the SNIA IOTTA Repository is a worldwide repository for storage-related I/O trace files, associated tools, and other related information.  All repository content is available for free download by the storage research and development communities in both academia and industry and by the general public.

SNIA and OpenFabrics Alliance Announce Collaboration

SNIA and the OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA) recently formed an alliance to collaborate on activities that advance remote access to persistent memory and the adoption of remote persistent memory as a mainstream technology. Remote access is important because modern applications span multiple systems, and this collaboration will bring the benefit of persistent memory to these applications.
Initial objectives for the collaboration between the SNIA Non-Volatile Memory (NVM) Programming Technical Work Group (TWG) and the OFA OpenFabrics Interfaces Working Group are to describe a series of usage models for remote persistent memory (i.e. resilience, disaggregation, shared information, etc), and to define the application programming interfaces (APIs) needed to support those usage models. Learn more about the alliance activities that took place at last month’s OFA Workshop.

SNIA Emerald V3.0 Training

SNIA has recently completed the in-depth SNIA Emerald V3.0 training program in support of the EPA EnergyStar Data Center Storage V1.1 program.  The training includes live demonstrations on how to run SPEC® SFS 2014, how to setup S-Flow data collectors, and how to perform raw test data reduction and file IO power metrics calculations. 
Download slides and video sessions from these six half-day sessions.  

A brief recap of the SNIA Emerald™ Specification V3.0.1 is a major extension of the V2.1.1 specification that:
  • Adds a test methodology for file access storage devices based on the SPEC SFS2014 benchmark, substantially expanding the range of testable storage devices
  • Clarifies and updates many elements of the specification based on usage experience
  • Improves organization of the specification
  • Retains all the major elements of V2.1.1 including the storage taxonomy and the block IO test methodology

Join Open Calls on SNIA Persistent Memory Activities

The SNIA Persistent Memory and NVDIMM SIG have expanded their charter to focus on accelerating the awareness and adoption of Persistent Memory and NVDIMMs for competing architectures. All companies involved in persistent memory technologies – both SNIA and non-SNIA members - are invited to join open calls taking place May through July 2018 to prioritize 2018-2019 industry needs and work items, including user perspective case studies, best practices, and vertical industry requirements.

Plan now to attend the first open call on May 18 at 9:00 am PT/12:00 noon ET to hear an update from Jim Handy of Objective Analysis on the State of Persistent Memory Technologies and to share ideas and interests.  Visit for dial-in details.

SNIA Swordfish Goes Global

Since Swordfish are highly migratory, it should be no surprise that activity surrounding the SNIA storage management standard has been spotted around the globe. Alex McDonald, Vice Chair SNIA Europe Board of Directors, kicked things off in 2018 by introducing SNIA Swordfish™ to audiences at SDC EMEA on February 27th in Tel Aviv. You can download his presentation here.
In India, Microsemi, a SNIA Storage Management Initiative (SMI) member, recently sponsored a hugely popular technical meetup on Swordfish. In fact, the event attracted so many participants, registration had to be shut down. Anand Nagarajan of Microsemi also presented on the topic of Swordfish at SNIA India on May 24th.
In the most populated country in the world, the Standardization Administration of China has begun evaluating the translated Mandarin version of Swordfish for the purpose of raising awareness.
Have you had a recent sighting of Swordfish activity? If so, we’d love to hear about it. Send an email to If you’d like to learn more about Swordfish and missed our latest webcast, you can retrieve the archived version here. Additional Swordfish resources can be found at

SDC 2018 Call for Presentations Deadline May 10th

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 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.
New Member

SNIA is pleased to welcome the following new member: Netint Technologies who joins our growing list of member companies.

Check out the top reasons to join SNIA in our Membership Infographic.
Featured Video

Linux Persistent Memory Support –
Ask Me Anything 

Presentation by Dan Williams, Intel Open Source Technology Center
Featured Podcast
Update on Windows Persistent Memory Support by Neal Christiansen, Principal Development Lead, Microsoft
The Windows Server 2016 release contains support for Persistent Memory including the introduction of DAX volumes. This presentation will discuss the PM improvements in Windows since this release. The Podcast also reviews Windows support of the NVML library.
Upcoming Webcasts

What’s Next in Storage: Analysts and Experts Share their Predictions
May 2, 2018
Greg McSorley, SNIA Technical Council (non-voting); Rick Kutcipal, President, SCSI Trade Association (STA); Don Jeanette of TRENDFOCUS

You won’t want to miss the opportunity to hear leading data storage experts provide their insights on prominent technologies that are shaping the market. With the exponential rise in demand for high capacity and secured storage systems, it’s critical to understand the key factors influencing adoption and where the highest growth is expected. From SSDs and HDDs to storage interfaces and NAND devices, get the latest information you need to shape key strategic directions and remain competitive.
Everything You Wanted To Know...But Were Too Proud To Ask - Part Aqua - Storage Controllers
May 15, 2018
Peter Onufryk, Microsemi; Craig Carlson, Cavium; Chad Hintz, Cisco; John Kim, Mellanox; J Metz, Cisco
Are you a control freak? Have you ever wondered what was the difference between a storage controller, a RAID controller, a PCIe controller, or a metadata controller? What about an NVMe controller? Aren’t they all the same thing?

In Part Aqua of the “Everything You Wanted To Know About Storage But Were Too Proud To Ask” webcast series, we’re going to be taking an unusual step of focusing on a term that is used constantly, but often has different meanings. When you have a controller that manages hardware, there are very different requirements than a controller that manages an entire system-wide control plane. From the outside looking in, it may be easy to get confused. You can even have controllers managing other controllers!

Here we’ll be revisiting some of the pieces we talked about in our introduction to this webcast series, Part Chartreuse, but with a bit more focus on the variety we have to play with:

  • What do we mean when we say “controller”?
  • How are the systems managed differently?
  • How are controllers used in various storage entities: drives, SSDs, storage networks, software-defined
  • How do controller systems work, and what are the trade-offs?
  • How do storage controllers protect against Spectre and Meltdown?
Join us to learn more about the workhorse behind your favorite storage systems
FCoE vs. iSCSI vs. iSER
June 21, 2018
J Metz, Cisco; Saqib Jang, Chelsio; Rob Davis, Mellanox; Alex McDonald, NetApp
The “Great Storage Debates” webcast series continues, this time on FCoE vs. iSCSI vs. iSER. Like past “Great Storage Debates,” the goal of this presentation is not to have a winner emerge, but rather provide vendor-neutral education on the capabilities and use cases of these technologies so that attendees can become more informed and make educated decisions. Join to hear experts discuss and debate FCoE, iSCSI and iSER questions like:
  • If we can run various network storage protocols over Ethernet, what differentiates them?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of FCoE, iSCSI and iSER?
  • How are they structured?
  • What software and hardware do they require?
  • How are they implemented, configured and managed?
  • Do they perform differently?
  • What do you need to do to take advantage of them in the data center?
  • What are the best use cases for each?
Find SNIA at these Events
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
In-Memory Computing Summit - London, England – June 25-26, 2018
Storage Field Day – Boston, MA – June 27-29, 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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