September 2018 Issue

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Dive into Orchestration at SDC 2018

SNIA Technical Council Co-Chair, Mark Carlson previews why orchestration will be front and center at this year’s Storage Developer Conference.  
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SNIA Forming Computational Storage Technical Work Group (TWG)

SSDs and other storage devices now have compute capabilities. How do such devices inform the host and other clients, in a standard way, of their capabilities? How does the host program these devices in a vendor neutral way? Those are some of the questions the new Computational Storage TWG will tackle.
A growing number of customers have unique requirements for adding computation to the normal storage features of drives and systems. In some cases, additional control over the drive’s operation is desired. By coordinating and refining these requirements in the TWG, a common interface can be developed that meets the needs for these features without the need for one-off vendor extensions being exposed.
The Computational Storage TWG has been approved as a provisional TWG which allows it to work on defining its initial charter and program of work for the purpose of establishing architectures and software for disk and solid state drive-based functionalities that allow them to be integrated with Computation in its many forms. The TWG will create software and standards that enable specific features for these drives that meet the requirements of customers with these computational needs. 
If you are interested in participating in this effort please sign up for the Computational Storage public mailing list by sending an email to You will be notified of upcoming conference calls and meetings.  During this initial formation process you do not need to be a SNIA Member to participate. 

SNIA’s 2018 Annual Members Meeting 


You are cordially invited and encouraged to participate in our Annual Members Meeting. Mark your calendar: Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 8:00am - 9:00am Pacific Time.

Join the SNIA Board, Chairman, Treasurer, and Executive Director for an update on the organization’s vision, mission, technical and initiative/forum work, financial health, and strategy for the future of SNIA and the storage industry! Be in the know – join us for this 45-minute update (detailed agenda and call logistics to follow).
Voting Member Company Representatives are specifically requested to dial–in or arrange for a proxy company representative (quorum required).

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SNIA Volunteer Work Wins Recognition at Flash Memory Summit

SNIA thanks and celebrates the many hardworking SNIA member volunteers whose technical work was awarded Best of Show at the recent Flash Memory Summit.  SNIA won the FMS Most Innovative Flash Memory Technology Award, recognizing innovations that will change the way flash memory works and is used in products, for the SNIA Technical Position Real World Storage Workloads Performance Test Specification (RWSW PTS).
SNIA also won the FMS Best of show Technology Innovation Award for a solution based on SNIA Swordfish™ and DMTF Redfish® specifications. Learn more about these awards, and how to view and download all the SNIA presentations at Flash Memory Summit in a new SNIA on Solid State Storage blog.
Storage Management Updates

Now Is the Time to Update to SMI-S
Version 1.8

Whether you’re a software provider or a hardware vendor, it’s time to update to SNIA’s Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) standard v1.8. Now a SNIA Working Draft for public review, it can be downloaded here. 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.
SMI-S v1.8 includes a number of editorial changes, clarifications and corrections. It also contains functional enhancements such as new indications, methods, properties and profiles.
Get engaged! You can ask and answer questions on the SMI-S developers Group found here. Your one-stop shop for all SMI-S-related material is

Certify Your SMI-S 1.8-Based Product

SNIA’s Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) Conformance Testing Program (CTP) allows manufacturers to test their products with a vendor-neutral test suite to validate conformance to the SMI-S specification. Coinciding with the release of the SMI-S v1.8 specification Working Draft, the SMI-S 1.8 CTP test is now available.
Certifying your SMI-S-based product with SNIA’s CTP test provides vendor independent, industry-vetted and confidential validation of conformance to the SMI-S standard. Your customers can easily view a public list of SMI-S products with confirming profiles to ease integration concerns. Don’t miss the opportunity to be seen. To find out how to get the test and participate, visit

Can’t-miss SNIA Swordfish Workshop at Storage Developer Conference (SDC)

SDC attendees will have a unique opportunity to get their feet wet and learn to use the SNIA Swordfishstandard in a hands-on workshop, included in your SDC registration. Visit interactive demonstrations and dive into self-paced, self-driven exercises across several independent workstations, including a DMTF Redfish® implementation by Insyde Software.
You’ll also be one of the first to work with open source software developed in support of Swordfish. Stop by and cast your net – it’s time to go fishing for a better way to manage your storage needs in the data center. More details here.
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 Video

Persistent Memory for Containers

Presented by: Anil Degwekar, Dell EMC
Featured Podcast
Dip Your Toe in the Water: An Introduction to SNIA Swordfish

By Richelle Ahlvers, Storage Management Architect, Broadcom Limited
Featured Event

SDC 2018 Begins in Less Than 3 Weeks!

The Storage Developer Conference (SDC) 2018 agenda includes over 100 presentations with a major focus on Persistent Memory, Orchestration, NVMe, Performance, and Object Storage. 

Attend SDC to learn from all the experts in one place while you network with peers from around the world. Register today! 

SNIA Member Discount: Click here to login and get your SNIA Member discount code. SNIA Members register here

Non-Member Discount: Register here and use code "SDC18FriendsSNIA" to save $200 on the regular registration rate.
Upcoming Webcast

Centralized vs. Distributed Storage
September 11, 2018
John Kim, Mellanox; Alex McDonald, NetApp; J Metz, Cisco
In the history of enterprise storage there has been a trend to move from local storage to centralized, networked storage. Customers found that networked storage provided higher utilization, centralized and hence cheaper management, easier failover, and simplified data protection, which has driven the move to FC-SAN, iSCSI, NAS and object storage.
Recently, distributed storage has become more popular where storage lives in multiple locations but can still be shared. Advantages of distributed storage include the ability to scale-up performance and capacity simultaneously and, in the hyperconverged use case, to use each node (server) for both compute and storage. Attend this webcast to learn about: 

  • Pros and cons of centralized vs. distributed storage
  • Typical use cases for centralized and distributed storage
  • How distributed works for SAN, NAS, parallel file systems, and object storage
  • How hyperconverged has introduced a new way of consuming storage
Find SNIA at these Events
HPC on Wall Street – New York, NY – September 13, 2018
Storage Developer Conference – Santa Clara, CA – September 24-27, 2018
SNIA Annual Members Meeting – Conference Call – October 11, 2018
Storage Visions – Santa Clara, CA – October 22-23, 2018
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