July 2019 Issue

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Key Value Storage Now Part of SNIA Standards Portfolio

The Key Value Storage API Specification has been published as a SNIA Technical Position available to the public.
Developed by the Object Drive Technical Work Group (TWG), the specification defines an application programming interface for Key Value storage devices, allowing upper level applications to take advantage of the Key Value store method independent of what infrastructure is being used.
Learn more in this SNIAOnStorage interview with Bill Martin, SNIA Technical Council Co-Chair, and attend Bill’s upcoming talk at Flash Memory Summit on August 7, 2019 at 8:30 am in session NVME-201-1. 

SNIA LTFS Format – New Version with Improved Capacity Efficiency

The SNIA Linear Tape File System (LTFS) Technical Work Group (TWG) is excited to announce that the new version of the LTFS Format Specification has just been approved. LTFS provides an industry standard format for recording data on modern magnetic tape. LTFS is a file system that allows those stored files to be accessed in a similar fashion to those on disk or removable flash drives.
The SNIA standard, also known as ISO standard ISO/IEC 20919:2016, defines the LTFS Format requirements for interchanged media that claims LTFS compliance. Those requirements are specified as the size and sequence of data blocks and file marks on the media, the content and form of special data constructs (the LTFS Label and LTFS Index), and the content of the partition labels and use of MAM parameters.

SDC 2019 Presenters Announced 

Many of the presenters for SDC 2019 have just been announced! Have a look to see who is on the speaker line-up so far. 

The SDC Agenda Team continues to add new speakers each day so check back for more updates and the full agenda. 
View the SDC 2019 Presenters

SNIA Swordfish™ Supports Green Data Centers

According to the Uptime Institute, one watt-hour of energy savings in the data center at the storage level results in roughly 1.9 watt-hours of facility-level energy savings. By selecting ENERGY STAR® certified data storage products and services, energy efficiency can be achieved quickly and easily. To accommodate the demand in the marketplace, the SNIA Swordfish™ storage management API will include Green Profile properties in its Profile Core Bundle. The Green Profile indicates what properties Swordfish implementations need to support in order to properly instrument ENERGY STAR reporting capability. This functionality is intended to support ENERGY STAR data gather requirements as part of the ENERGY STAR certification process.

For information on SNIA Swordfish Features and Profiles, download the Swordfish Profile Core Bundle here.  As always, your one stop shop for everything SNIA Swordfish is https://www.snia.org/swordfish.

Modern Unified Server and Storage Management

A joint message from the Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) promoters (Dell, HPE, NEC and Intel Corporation) recently stated that no further updates to the IPMI specification are planned or should be expected.

The IPMI promoters encourage equipment vendors and IT managers to consider a more modern systems management interface which can provide better security, scalability, and features for existing datacenters.
DMTF’s Redfish® standard is an example of one such interface. SNIA Swordfish™ is an extension to Redfish, with the same easy-to-use RESTful interface, JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) and Open Data Protocol (OData), to seamlessly manage storage equipment and storage services in addition to servers.
We welcome you to learn more about Swordfish or join the SNIA Scalable Storage Management Technical Work Group and be a part of the team that develops the specification. Contact us at storagemanagement@snia.org or visit https://www.snia.org/swordfish.
SNIA is pleased to welcome the following new members:  

AMD joined SNIA and the Solid State Storage Initiative
FalconStor joined SNIA.

Kazan Network joined SNIA.
Check out the top reasons to join SNIA in our Membership Infographic and see the full list of SNIA Members here.
Featured Events

SNIA Work on Persistent Memory, Computational Storage, Form Factors Featured at Flash Memory Summit 2019     

At Flash Memory Summit 2019, August 5-8, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, SNIA will present 40+ speakers in sponsored tracks on persistent memory and computational storage, a session featuring SNIA work on form factors, and presentations on key value storage and SSD performance specifications. Don’t miss the first ever FMS Persistent Memory Programming Tutorial and Hackathon hosted by SNIA and learn how to access PM! Also featured are a discussion of standards on main stage, demonstrations of persistent memory solutions in SNIA booth #820, a Solid State Storage reception, a Persistent Memory Meetup, and SNIA experts ready to talk one-on-one over beer and pizza. Read more on our blog, check out the agenda, and take advantage of a $100 discount on registration by using code SNIA19.

Real World Persistent Memory Development Highlighted at PIRL   

Join SNIA at the 2019 Persistent Programming in Real Life (PIRL) event July 22-23 in San Diego, CA, featuring a collaboration between UCSD Computer Science and Engineering, the Non-Volatile Systems Laboratory, and SNIA. The event brings industry leaders in programming and development of persistent memory applications together for a two-day discussion on their experiences. Learn more on our blog, and register at the PIRL website.

2019 Global Data & Storage Summit  

SNIA will be at the upcoming 2019 Global Data & Storage Summit in Xi’an China on July 23rd. A speaking track organized by SNIA Solid State Storage Initiative (SSSI) will feature presentations by Alibaba, Calypso, IBM China, Intel China, Mellanox and Memblaze with sessions covering real world storage workloads, HPC, cloud, and NVMe. SNIA SSSI will also lead a Persistent Memory Programming Hackathon. Registration and more details are available here.
Featured Videos

Great Storage Debates

Ready for a great storage debate? We have 5 of them here – and the best part is - no winners or losers, just vendor-neutral information. Check out the videos on File vs. Block vs. Object Storage, Fibre Channel vs. iSCSI, Centralized vs. Distributed Storage, FCoE vs. iSCSI vs. iSER, and RoCE vs. iWARP.
View the Great Storage Debates Series
Featured Blogs
Here’s what we’ve been blogging about:
Featured Podcast

Introduction to Persistent Memory Configuration and Analysis Tools

by Steve Scargall, Persistent Memory Software Architect, Intel and Usha Upadhyayula, Software Engineer, Intel

Upcoming Webcasts

How to Be a Part of the Real-World Workload Revolution
July 9, 2019
Eden Kim, CEO, Calypso Systems; Jim Fister, SNIA Solid State Storage Initiative

Real-world digital workloads often behave very differently from what might be expected. The equipment used in a computing system may function differently than anticipated. Unknown quirks in complicated software and operations running alongside the workload may be doing more or less than the user initially supposed. To truly understand what is happening, the right approach is to test and monitor the systems’ behaviors as real code is executed. By using measured data, designers, vendors and service personnel can pinpoint the actual limits and bottlenecks that a particular workload is experiencing. Join the SNIA Solid State Storage Special Interest Group to learn how to be a part of the real-world workload revolution
Kubernetes in the Cloud (Part 2)
July 17, 2019
Michelle Tidwell, Program Director and Global Offering Manager for Hybrid Cloud Storage, IBM; Tom Clark, Distinguished Engineer, IBM; Matt Levan, Storage Solutions Architect, IBM

As enterprises move to a hybrid multi-cloud world, they are faced with many challenges. Decisions surrounding what technologies to use is one, but they are also seeing a transformation in traditional IT roles. The storage admins are asked to be more cloud savvy while new roles of cloud admins are emerging to handle the complexities of deploying simple and efficient clouds. Meanwhile, both these roles are asked to ensure a self-service environment is architected so that application developers can get resources needed to develop cutting edge apps not in weeks, days or hours, but in minutes. 

In part one of this three part series, we covered the high level aspects of Kubernetes. This presentation will discuss key capabilities IT vendors are creating based on open source technologies such as Docker and Kubernetes to build self-service infrastructure to support hybrid multi-cloud deployments. We’ll cover:

  • Persistent storage and how to specify it
  • Ensuring application portability between private and public clouds
  • Building a self-service infrastructure (Helm, Operators)
  • Selecting block, file, object (traditional storage, SDS)
Find SNIA at these Events

Datacenter Dynamics (DCD) – San Francisco, CA – July 11-12, 2019
Persistent Programming in Real Life (PIRL) – San Diego, CA – July 22-23, 2019
July Technical Symposium – Portland, OR – July 22-26, 2019
Global Data & Storage Summit – Xi’an, China – July 23, 2019
Flash Memory Summit – Santa Clara, CA – August 5-8, 2019
HPC and AI on Wall Street – New York, NY – September 11-12, 2019
Pure Storage Accelerate – Austin, TX – September 15-18, 2019
Storage Developer Conference – Santa Clara, CA – September 23-26, 2019
Cloud Expo Europe – Frankfurt, Germany – November 13-14, 2019
KubeCon and CloudNativeCon – San Diego, CA – November 18-21, 2019
Cloud and IT Expo – Paris, France – November 27-28, 2019

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