January 2019 Issue

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Exceptional Agenda On Tap for 2019 SNIA Persistent Memory Summit

SNIA 7th annual Persistent Memory Summit – January 24, 2019 at the Hyatt Santa Clara, CA – delivers a far-reaching agenda exploring topics like:
  • Characteristics of Persistent Memory:  Performance, Capacity, Persistence – Which Ones?
  • Enabling Persistent Memory through the Operating System
  • Persistent Memory Performance Benchmarking and Comparison
  • Enabling Persistent Memory through Interpreted Languages
  • The Mission Critical, Fundamental Architecture for Numerous In-memory Databases
  • Elastifying Cloud-native Spark Applications with Persistent Memory
View the full agenda and speaker bios here and check out our Persistent Memory Summit blog for more details.
Registration is complimentary and includes the opportunity to tour demonstrations of persistent memory applications available today from SNIA Persistent Memory and NVDIMM SIG, SMART Modular, AgigA Tech, and Viking Technology. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available to SNIA and non-SNIA member companies – learn more.

Get SNIA Certified – The New Year’s Resolution You Can Keep!

Start 2019 off right by becoming a SNIA Certified Information Architect (SCIA). The SCIA certification exam is a vendor-neutral exam (S10-510) that covers cloud storage, storage security, flash and hybrid arrays, file and object storage. The SCIA exam will replace both current (S10-210 and S10-310) higher-level exams. S10-210 and S10-310 will remain available until January 31, 2019 and those credentials will be recognized for three years from the certification pass date.

Learn how you can become a SNIA Certified Architect

SNIAVideo Technology Playlists

The SNIAVideo YouTube channel continues to grow. Now with more than 30 different playlists, you can easily peruse more than 650 videos by technology areas:

  • Next Generation Data Center
  • Storage Management
  • Physical Storage
  • Persistent Memory
  • Networked Storage
  • Cloud Storage Technologies
  • Data Management
  • Data Security
  • Power Efficiency Management
 Check out all the playlists here. And subscribe to SNIAVideo today.

2019 Educational Webcast Schedule Covers Broad Range of Topics

SNIA is committed to producing vendor-neutral, educational webcasts on all technologies related to storage networking and information technology. Last year SNIA experts delivered 24 highly-rated presentations that have been viewed more than 12,000 times. If you missed any of them, they are all available on-demand.
To kick off 2019, we already have eight webcasts scheduled for January and February, covering a wide range of technology topics, including persistent memory, virtualization and storage networking, NVMe™/TCP, file, block & object storage, networking for hyperconvergence, composable infrastructure, container storage and scale-out file systems. Learn more about each in the webcast section of this newsletter.

SDC EMEA –Discount Registration Ends January 11th

SDC EMEA will be held in Tel Aviv, Israel January 30th.  Now is the time to save on conference registration by taking advantage of the early bird discount rate of USD 58.50 including VAT. Standard Registration is USD 87.75 including VAT. Register today to save.
SDC EMEA 2019 is a unique event created by storage developers, for storage developers. This year’s agenda will provide insight on the latest in storage technologies. Here’s a small sample of expert sessions:
  • Persistent Memory – The New Hybrid Species
  • Controller Trends – Architecture Options from UFS to Enterprise SSDs
  • Computational SSDs
  • NVMe™ TCP is Here for All Your Hyperscale Storage Needs
 Check out the agenda to see all SDC EMEA presentations.

SNIA Annual Members’ Symposium – January 21-25, 2019

Don't miss the 2019 SNIA Annual Members’ Symposium at the Hyatt in Santa Clara, CA where you and your colleagues can join together for networking, working group meetings, informative keynote sessions, and other unique programs designed exclusively for SNIA members. There is no cost to attend.
Check out the agenda, registration and hotel information here.
Featured Video

Eusocial Storage Devices

by Philip Kufeldt, Expert in Residence, University of California, Santa Cruz
Featured Podcast

Deployment of In-Storage Compute with NVMe Storage at Scale and Capacity

by Scott Shadley, NGD Systems  
Learn more about this topic at the Members' Symposium when the Computational Storage TWG meets on January 22nd, 8:30-5:00 
Featured Events

Persistent Memory Programming Hackathon

Join us for the inaugural PM Programming Hackathon on the day before the Persistent Memory Summit, January 23rd 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. This half-day program is designed to give software developers an understanding of the various tiers and modes of persistent memory and what existing methods are available to access them.
Learn more and register here

2018 Beijing Data & Storage Summit 

The SNIA Solid State Storage Initiative (SSSI) participated in the 2018 Beijing Data & Storage Summit (DSS). The DSS, sponsored by DOIT, was held on Dec. 11-12, 2018 and was attended by 27 companies, more than 2,500 attendees, and featured over 100,000 live webcasts on the mobile and online website with 16 keynote speakers (including Jim Pappas of SNIA and Chuck Sobey of FMS). There were 12 technology tracks including an SSSI sponsored Storage Developers track based on Real World Application Workloads. 

SNIA Vice Chair and SSSI Co-Chair, Jim Pappas, gave a keynote speech “An Overview of SNIA & New Technologies.” 
SSSI hosted an exhibit booth and presented SSSI technologies and initiatives for 2019, new U.2 NVMe SSD technology from Huawei, demonstrations of Real World Workloads on the www.TestMyWorkload.com website, release of an SSSI White Paper on Real World Workloads and a booth raffle of Intel NVMe SSDs.  
The 2019 DSS will be in Beijing December 3-4, 2019. SNIA members and speakers are welcome to submit talks, become sponsors and exhibit at the conference. Questions can be sent to asksssi@snia.org or juan.shen@doit.com.cn.
Featured Blog

Fibre Channel vs. iSCSI Q&A

Got questions on Fibre Channel and iSCSI? You’re not alone. Check out our most-read blog for 2018: Fibre Channel vs. iSCSI: The Great Debate Generates Questions Galore.
Upcoming Webcasts

Applications Take Advantage of Persistent Memory
January 15, 2019
Raghu Kulkarni, Viking Enterprise Solutions; Alex McDonald, NetApp

Kick off the New Year with a new SNIA Persistent Memory and NVDIMM Special Interest Group webcast on how applications can take advantage of Persistent Memory today with NVDIMM - the go-to Persistent Memory technology for boosting performance for next generation storage platforms. NVDIMM standards have paved the way to simple, plug-n-play solutions. If you're a developer or integrator who hasn't yet realized the benefits of NVDIMMs, you’ll want to attend to learn about NVDIMM functionality, applications, and benefits. You'll come away with an understanding of how NVDIMMs fit into the persistent memory landscape.

Virtualization and Storage Networking Best Practices
January 17, 2019
Cody Hosterman, Pure Storage; Jason Massae, VMware; J Metz, Cisco

With all the different storage arrays and connectivity protocols available today, knowing best practices can help improve operational efficiency and ensure resilient operations. VMware’s storage global service has reported many of the common service calls they receive. In this webcast, we will share those insights and lessons learned by discussing:

  • Common mistakes when setting up storage arrays 
  • Most valuable configurations 
  • How to maximize the value of your array and vSphere
What NVMe™/TCP Means for Networked Storage
January 22, 2019
Sagi Grimberg, Lightbits; J Metz, Cisco; Tom Reu, Chelsio

In the storage world, NVMe™ is arguably the hottest thing going right now. And when you want to run NVMe over a network, you need to understand NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF).

TCP – the long-standing mainstay of networking – is the newest transport technology to be approved by the NVM Express® organization. This can mean really good things for storage and storage networking – but what are the tradeoffs?

In this webcast, the lead author of the NVMe/TCP specification, Sagi Grimberg, and J Metz, member of the SNIA and NVMe Boards of Directors, will discuss:
  • What is NVMe/TCP?
  • How NVMe/TCP works
  • What are the trade-offs?
  • What should network administrators know?
  • What are realistic expectations?
  • What technologies can make NVMe/TCP work better?
File vs. Block vs. Object Storage
February 5, 2019
Daniel Sazbon, IBM; Alex McDonald, NetApp
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?

This webcast 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, advantages and disadvantages. Each provides simple to sophisticated management of the data, and each makes different demands on storage devices and programming technologies.

Networking Requirements for Hyperconvergence
February 5, 2019
Christine McMonigal, Intel; Saqib Jang, Chelsio; Alex McDonald, NetApp

One of the great advantages of Hyperconvergence infrastructures (also known as “HCI”) is that, relatively speaking, they are extremely easy to set up and manage. In practice though, adding networking to HCI presents challenges because HCI hides a great deal of the “back end” communication, making it easy to severely underestimate the requirements necessary to run a seamless environment. This webcast will cover basic concepts of how storage networking impacts HCI performance, discussing:
  • The impact of metadata on the network
  • What happens as we add additional nodes
  • How to right-size the network for growth
  • Tricks of the trade from the networking perspective to make your HCI work better

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 webcast will cover:

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

SNIA Annual Members Symposium - San Clara, CA – January 21-25, 2019
Persistent Memory Hackathon – Santa Clara, CA – January 23, 2019
Persistent Memory Summit – Santa Clara, CA – January 24, 2019
SDC EMEA – Tel Aviv, Israel – January 30, 2019
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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