February 2019 Issue

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SNIA Swordfish v1.0.7a is Now a SNIA Technical Position

The SNIA Swordfish API specification standard seamlessly manages storage equipment and services. It's an extension to DMTF's Redfish® specification based on the same RESTful interface.
If you’ve already integrated Redfish to manage your next-generation data center, don’t stop there! You need a storage companion. Redfish + Swordfish – they are simply better together.
Available for immediate download, the SNIA Swordfish™ 1.0.7a version is now a SNIA Technical Position and can be found here. This version includes an updated spare capacity management model, adds OpenAPI support, iSCSI properties for CHAP, and new event usage requirements. Remember, your one-stop place for all Swordfish information is http://www.snia.org/swordfish.

SNIA Member Recognition Honorees Announced

We would like to congratulate the 2018 honorees of the SNIA Member Recognition Program announced at the Annual Members’ Symposium reception in Santa Clara on January 23rd. The awards are an expression of our gratitude for their commitment and many contributions to SNIA. See the full list of individuals and groups that were honored here.

PM Summit and Hackathon Success

Co-located with the SNIA Annual Members’ Symposium, this year's SNIA’s Persistent Memory Summit had an applications focus, featuring 14 sessions with 23 speakers. Highlights of the day included a keynote on converging memory and storage from Intel Corporation, Tencent Cloud and MemVerge presenting on PM Cloud-native Spark applications, Western Digital on PM in Mission Critical Architecture and a lively panel on Persistent Memory Media with Avalanche, Everspin and Sony. New for 2019 was a Persistent Memory Programming Hackathon attended by 25 software developers. Check out the SNIASolidState blog for a full recap on the day and details on upcoming Hackathons.

PM Summit Sessions on SNIAVideo YouTube Channel

Converging Memory and Storage by Frank Hady, PhD, Fellow, Intel
Frank Hady of Intel gave the keynote presentation at the PM Summit on “Converging Memory and Storage.” If you missed this year’s PM Summit or didn’t get to all the sessions you wanted, you can watch them all at the PM Summit Playlist on the SNIAVideo YouTube channel.

SDC EMEA and SMB3 Plugfest Success

The Storage Developer Conference returned to Tel Aviv on January 30th with an extended program and a host of experts willing to share their expertise across 18 technical presentations in one educational day. The Sheraton Hotel was the venue this year and the 150+ delegates enjoyed the sea view, fine food, and the chance to network with their counterparts from the storage developer community in Israel.
This year SNIA, with the support of Microsoft, was delighted to host the first SMB3 Plugfest in Israel which took place all week and was supplemented by a technical seminar which provided valuable insight into the latest developments on SMB3.
Mark your calendars for two more Storage Developer Conferences in 2019: SDC India in May and SDC U.S. in September.
SNIA is pleased to welcome the following new member:  
Check out the top reasons to join SNIA in our Membership Infographic and see the full list of SNIA Members here.
Featured Podcast

Bulletproofing Stateful Applications on Kubernetes

by  Dinesh Israni, Principal Software Engineer, Portworx Inc
Featured Event

Computational Storage TWG to Present at OCP Global Summit 

SNIA’s newest Technical Work Group (TWG) Computational Storage will be presenting at the upcoming Open Compute Project Global Summit located in San Jose on March 14th. Computational Storage TWG Co-Chairs, Scott Shadley and Tom Friend, will present “An Update on the new SNIA Computational Storage Work Group:  Contributing to Industry Understanding and Use of This New Paradigm of Computer Architecture.”
The presentation will discuss the increase in customer requirements to move compute closer to traditional storage devices and systems. In response, a growing number of data-driven applications have demonstrated that adding computation to the normal storage features of devices and systems can realize a significant performance and infrastructure scaling advantage. The session will also discuss the Computation Storage TWG work activities and plans to promote interoperability of devices and standards for system deployment, provisioning, management and security.

SNIA Announces Withdrawal of SNCP Exams

The SNIA Storage Networking Certification Program (SNCP) is no longer available as of January 31st.

This impacts:
  1. S10-210 Management and Administration – SCSE Engineer Credential
  2. S10-310 Assessment Planning & Design – SCSA Architect Credential
These exams have been replaced by the new Storage Advanced exam S10-510 which delivers the SNIA Certified Information Architect (SCIA) Credential.

All students are encouraged to refresh their exams at the earliest opportunity to maintain their credentials. Please visit the FAQ page for more information.
Learn how to become a SNIA SCIA
Upcoming Webcasts

Why Composable Infrastructure?
February 13, 2019
Philip Kufeldt, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz; Mike Jochimsen, Kaminario; Alex McDonald, NetApp

Cloud data centers are by definition very dynamic. The need for infrastructure availability in the right place at the right time for the right use case is not as predictable, nor as static, as it has been in traditional data centers. These cloud data centers need to rapidly construct virtual pools of compute, network and storage based on the needs of particular customers or applications, then have those resources dynamically and automatically flex as needs change. To accomplish this, many in the industry espouse composable infrastructure capabilities, which rely on heterogeneous resources with specific capabilities that can be discovered, managed, and automatically provisioned and re-provisioned through data center orchestration tools. The primary benefit of composable infrastructure results in a smaller grained set of resources that are independently scalable and can be brought together as required. In this webcast, SNIA experts will discuss:

  • What is composable infrastructure
  • What are the enabling technologies and potential solutions
  • Enabling technologies (not just what’s here, but what’s needed…)
  • An update on the current status of composable infrastructure standards/products, and where we might be in two to five years
What’s New in Container Storage
February 26, 2019
Keith Hudgins, Docker; Alex McDonald, NetApp
Containers are a big trend in application deployment. The landscape of containers is moving fast and constantly changing, with new standards emerging every few months. Learn what’s new, what to pay attention to, and how to make sense of the ever-shifting container landscape.

This live webcast will cover:
  • Container storage types and Container Frameworks
  • An overview of the various storage APIs for the container landscape
  • How to identify the most important projects to follow in the container world
  • The Container Storage Interface spec and Kubernetes 1.13
  • How to get involved in the container community
The Scale-Out File System Architecture Overview
February 28, 2019
Zhiqi Tao, Intel; John Kim, Mellanox
This webcast will present an overview of scale-out file system architectures. To meet the increasingly higher demand on both capacity and performance in large cluster computing environments, the storage subsystem has evolved toward a modular and scalable design. The scale-out file system is one implementation of the trend, in addition to scale-out object and block storage solutions. This presentation will provide an introduction to scale-out file systems and cover:
  • General principles when architecting a scale-out file system storage solution
  • Hardware and software design considerations for different workloads
  • Storage challenges when serving a large number of compute nodes, e.g. name space consistency, distributed locking, data replication, etc.
  • Use cases for scale-out file systems
  • Common benchmark and performance analysis approaches 
Find SNIA at these Events

FAST ‘19 – Boston, MA – February 25-28, 2019
Non-Volatile Memories Workshop – San Diego, CA – March 10-12, 2019
Cloud Expo Europe – London, England – March 12-13, 2019
Open Compute Project Global Summit – San Jose, CA – March 14-15, 2019
CloudFest 2019 – Europa-Park, Germany – March 23-29, 2019
April Technical Symposium – Boston, MA – April 23, 2019
SDC India - Bangalore, India – May 23-24, 2019
Storage Developer Conference – Santa Clara, CA – September 23-26, 2019

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