April 2019 Issue

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Computational Storage at OCP Global Summit

This year’s 2019 Open Compute Project (OCP) Global Summit hosted more than 3,400 attendees interested in the open hardware ecosystem. SNIA’s Computational Storage TWG had a major presence with a presentation on An Update on the New SNIA Computational Storage Technical Work Group:  Contributing to Industry Understanding and Use of This New Paradigm of Computer Architecture and a call-to-action to join their work, as well as a lively panel discussion on the directions, opinions, and futures of this exciting technology. Watch videos and presentations at www.snia.org/computational.
Join Computational Storage Calls
Conference calls are now on Wednesdays with an alternating, geo-friendly time slot to accommodate North America, EMEA, and Asia Pacific. Upcoming events include a planned session at August’s Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, CA. SNIA members are encouraged to learn more about this work by joining the TWG. Non-SNIA members are welcome to join SNIA in order to participate. Follow activities on Twitter with the hashtags #computationalstorage and #SNIAcomputational.

Presentations from SDC EMEA Now on SNIAVideo

Whether you missed this year’s SDC EMEA or didn’t have time to get to all the sessions you wanted, or you’d like to share what you saw with colleagues, we’ve got you covered.

Check out the SDC EMEA 2019 playlist on the SNIAVideo YouTube channel where you’ll find presentations on Computational SSDs, Gen-Z and Storage Class Memory, Persistent Memory, NVMe/TCP and more.

Get Schooled in SNIA Swordfish

Tune into SNIA’s YouTube channel, SNIAVideo, and get schooled in the SNIA Swordfish™ storage management specification. The latest addition to the Swordfish School playlist features the “SNIA Swordfish Emulator Setup and Usage” video hosted by Sean McGinnis, principal architect, Huawei, and member of the SNIA Scalable Storage Management Technical Work Group.

Watch here to learn more about the installation and use of the Swordfish API Emulator. Use the emulator to learn about Swordfish system hierarchies, prototype implementations, and simulate systems to help you speed the development of your Swordfish implementation. Remember: your one stop shop for everything SNIA Swordfish is https://www.snia.org/swordfish.

SNIA is pleased to welcome the following new members:  

Yangtze Memory Technologies joined SNIA and Solid State Storage Initiative
Zhejiang Zhaolong Interconnect Technology Co.,Ltd. joined SFF Technical Work Group
Check out the top reasons to join SNIA in our Membership Infographic and see the full list of SNIA Members here.
Featured Video

Computational SSDs

by Rakesh Cheerla, Xilinx
Featured Blogs
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Innovating File System Architectures with NVMe

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Featured Podcast

FPGA Accelerator Disaggregation Using NVMe-over-Fabrics

by Stephen Bates, CTO, Eideticom and Sean Gibb, VP Software, Eideticom

Featured Events

Birds of a Feather Flock Together at Open Infrastructure Summit

If you are planning to attend the Open Infrastructure Summit in Denver, please mark your calendars for the Open Storage Management Birds-of-a-Feather session Monday, April 29, from 2:50 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Join members of the OpenSDS project and the SNIA Scalable Storage Management Technical Work Group (which develops SNIA Swordfish™). Be a part of the conversation and learn about the current state of storage management, the efforts underway to create consistent interfaces, and tools for integrating and managing storage and its role in open infrastructure management. You can add it to your conference schedule here.

SDC 2019 Call for Presentations

Produced since 1998, SNIA's Storage Developer Conference (SDC) is the only conference created by developers, for developers. Taking place on September 23-26, 2019 in Santa Clara, CA, SDC is the destination for technical discussions and education on the latest storage technologies and standards. 
Open Call for Presentations:
Gain exposure to the work you are doing by speaking at SDC. Share your knowledge and experience by submitting a proposal for consideration. The deadline to submit is May 10.
View the list of topics and other details here. ​

SNIA Event at COMPUTEX Taipei –
May 28 – June 1

SNIA will be at COMPUTEX in Taipei May 28 – June 1, 2019. A special SNIA industry event will be held with executives of industry companies on May 30. Watch this space for the details next month. If you are an industry executive interested in participating in the event, please e-mail membership@snia.org and details will be sent as soon as available.

Upcoming Technical Symposia

The SNIA Technical Work Groups (TWGs) meet face-to-face on a regular basis to work on the development of SNIA technical specifications and standards. The next two meetings are scheduled: 
  • April Technical Symposium - April 23 - 25, 2019 in Boston, MA
  • July Technical Symposium - July 22-26, 2019 in Portland, OR – Portland is busy in July. Book travel and hotel soon!
Register here for the SNIA Technical Symposia
Upcoming Webcasts

Transactional Models and their Storage Requirements
April 9, 2019
Alex McDonald, Vice-Chair SNIA Europe and Office of the CTO; NetApp; Paul Talbut, SNIA Europe General Manager
We’re all accustomed to transferring money from one bank account to another; a credit to the payer becomes a debit to the payee. But that model uses a specific set of sophisticated techniques to accomplish what appears to be a simple transaction. We order goods online, reserve an airline seat over the Internet and update photographs on Facebook. Can these applications use the same models, or are new techniques required?

One of the more important concepts in storage is the notion of transactions. In the age of cloud and distributed systems, we need to update our thinking about what constitutes a transaction. We need to understand how new theories and techniques allow us to undertake transactional work in the face of unreliable and physically dispersed systems. It’s a topic full of interesting concepts and lots of acronyms – which we will explain! You will learn:

  • A brief history of transactional systems from banking to Facebook
  • How the Internet and distributed systems have changed and how we view transactions
  • An explanation of the terminology, from ACID to CAP and beyond
  • How applications, networks & particularly storage have changed to meet these demands 
ESG Research: The Hybrid Cloud Tipping Point
April 23, 2019
Scott Sinclair, ESG; Michelle Tidwell, IBM; Mike Jochimsen, Kaminario; Eric Lakin, University of Michigan; Alex McDonald, NetApp

Has hybrid cloud reached a tipping point? According to research from the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), IT organizations today are struggling to strike the right balance between public cloud and their on-premises infrastructure. In this webcast, ESG senior analyst, Scott Sinclair, will share research on current cloud trends, covering: 
  • Key drivers behind IT complexity
  • IT spending priorities
  • Multi-cloud & hybrid cloud adoption drivers
  • When businesses are moving workloads from the cloud back on-premises
  • Top security and cost challenges
  • Future cloud projections 
The research will be followed by a panel discussion with Scott Sinclair and experts from the SNIA Cloud Storage Technologies Initiative.

Kubernetes in the Cloud
May 2, 2019
Matt Baldwin, NetApp and former founder of Stackpoint Cloud; Ingo Fuchs, Chief Technologist, Cloud and DevOps, NetApp; Mike Jochimsen, Director of Alliances, Kaminario
Kubernetes (k8s) is an open-source system for automating the deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications. Kubernetes promises simplified management of cloud workloads at scale, whether on-premises, hybrid, or in a public cloud infrastructure, allowing effortless movement of workloads from cloud to cloud.

In this presentation, we’ll introduce Kubernetes and present use cases that make clear where and why you would want to use it in your IT environment. We’ll also focus on the enterprise requirements of orchestration and containerization, and specifically on the storage aspects and best practices.  
  • What is Kubernetes? Why would you want to use it?
  • How does Kubernetes help in a multi-cloud/private cloud environment?
  • How does Kubernetes orchestrate & manage storage? Can Kubernetes use Docker? 
  • How do we provide persistence and data protection?
  • Example use cases
Everything You Wanted to Know about Storage But Were Too Proud to Ask - The Memory Pod
May 16, 2019
Alan Bumgarner, Intel; Alex McDonald, NetApp; John Kim, Mellanox
Memory and storage differ. But the lines are blurring as new memory technologies are challenging the way we build and use storage to meet application demands. New memory technologies look like storage in that they’re persistent, if a lot faster than traditional disks or even Flash based SSDs, but we address them in bytes, as we do memory like DRAM, but more slowly. Persistent memory (PM) lies between storage and memory in latency, bandwidth and cost, while providing memory semantics and storage persistence. In this webcast, SNIA experts will discuss:
  • Traditional uses of storage and memory as a cache
  • How can we build and use systems based on PM?
  • Persistent memory over a network
  • Do we need a new programming model to take advantage of PM?
  • Interesting use cases for systems equipped with PM
  • How we might take better advantage of this new technology
Find SNIA at these Events

Container World – Santa Clara, CA – April 17-19, 2019
April Technical Symposium – Boston, MA – April 23-25, 2019
SNIA Object Storage 101 Seminar - Petaling Jaya, Selangor – Malaysia – April 23, 2019
Open Infrastructure Summit – Denver, CO – April 29 – May 1, 2019
SDC India - Bangalore, India – May 23-24, 2019
COMPUTEX – Taipei, Taiwan – May 28 – June 1, 2019
July Technical Symposium – Portland, OR – July 22-26, 2019
Storage Developer Conference – Santa Clara, CA – September 23-26, 2019

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