November 2019 Issue

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SNIA Announces 2019-2020 Board of Directors and Technical Council Members

SNIA has announced the 2019-2020 Board of Directors and Technical Council. As a globally recognized and trusted authority, SNIA’s mission is to lead the storage industry in developing and promoting vendor-neutral architectures, standards and educational services that facilitate the efficient management, movement and security of information. 

"The rapid growth in storage services from the large Hyperscalers, the transition from disk to flash in enterprise IT, and the impending architectural discontinuity driven by persistent memory are reshaping the landscape and direction of storage technologies,” said David Dale, SNIA Chair. “In response, SNIA continues to make progress in persistent memory, solid state storage form-factor standards, next-generation storage management initiatives, and power efficiency standards, while adding new work groups focused on computational storage, object drives and key value APIs.”

SNIA is pleased to have an esteemed group of industry leaders on its Board and Technical Council to execute on its mission and vision.

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New Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) Technical Position

SNIA continues its dedication to developing standards to advance storage technology with the release of the Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) Version 1.8.0 Revision 4 as a Technical Position. For storage equipment vendors, management software vendors and end-users seeking to address the day-to-day tasks of the IT environment, SMI-S provides access to common storage management functions and features. Evolved over 15 years, SMI-S is a mature, proven and internationally recognized standard used in over 1,350 storage products. Review full details of the SMI-S 1.8.0 Revision 4 Technical Position.

Get Ready to Test SNIA Swordfish™ Implementations

Are you an early adopter of the SNIA Swordfish™ specification? Now is your opportunity to join the Storage Management Initiative (SMI) Swordfish Conformance Testing Program (CTP) and help shape the testing that will officially certify products that conform to the Swordfish specification.

Learn more about the SMI and Swordfish CTP today by emailing

CapEx vs. OpEx in the Cloud Storage Realm

The new paradigms for acquiring storage have enabled flexible financial models which allow a company to use its financial assets, both CapEx and OpEx, to dynamically manage infrastructure to fit within the company’s current budget. In this article, Mike Jochimsen, Director of Alliances, Kaminario and SNIA Cloud Storage Technologies Member, offers some key considerations.
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Speaking Opportunities

Call for SDC EMEA Presentations – Deadline Extended to November 8, 2019

SNIA is seeking presentation proposals for SDC EMEA 2020 to be held in Tel Aviv, Israel on February 4-5, 2020. The deadline to submit a speaking proposal has been extended to November 8th. 
This is a unique opportunity for the brightest minds in the industry to share their expertise. Presentations will be chosen based on their technical merit and interest to the storage development community. Learn how to submit your proposal here.
Submit your proposal here
Storage Developer Conference 

Over 100 SDC Presentations on SNIAVideo

More than 100 recorded presentations from SDC 2019 are now available on the SNIAVideo YouTube channel! Whether you missed this year’s SDC, 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 2019 playlist
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SDC 2020 Save the Date!

We are already looking ahead to next year’s Storage Developer Conference back at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara, CA. Mark your calendar for September 21-24, 2020.

Nominate Your SNIA Colleagues for Recognition – Deadline November 15th

The SNIA Recognition Program recognizes outstanding contributions by members and groups who will be honored at an evening reception on January 22nd at the 2020 Annual Members Symposium in Santa Clara, CA.

Please take a minute to acknowledge our valuable volunteers for their efforts. The deadline to submit a nomination is November 15th.
Submit a nomination here

SNIA Welcomes New Members

InnoGrit Corporation joined as a SNIA Member and as member of the Networking Storage Forum and Solid State Storage Initiative. 

MemVerge joined as a SNIA Member and a member of the Solid State Storage Initiative.  
Check out the top reasons to join SNIA in our Membership Infographic and see the full list of SNIA Members here.

SNIA Certification Program to End
December 31, 2019

In light of changing industry trends, SNIA has decided to retire the Storage Networking Certification Program effective December 31, 2019.  For those interested in completing a SNIA certification, please schedule and complete the testing by December 31, 2019. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your certification or exams already scheduled, please contact us at
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Featured Events

SNIA Keynotes In-Memory Computing Summit - Registration Discount

Join SNIA at the In-Memory Computing Summit November 13-14, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport. Arthur Sainio of SMART Modular Technologies and Co-Chair of the SNIA Persistent Memory and NVDIMM Special Interest Group (SIG) will present How Persistent Memory Can Benefit Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Applications at 9:20 am on November 14th.  See the full agenda.
SNIA will also be an exhibitor, showcasing how persistent memory is available today by demonstrating a JEDEC-compliant persistent memory solution from members of the SNIA Persistent Memory and NVDIMM SIG. Join SNIA to connect with companies with mission critical in-memory computing needs.  Register now for the Summit and take 20% off registration fees with the code SNIA20.

2020 Persistent Memory Summit Agenda

A stellar agenda highlights the 8th annual Persistent Memory Summit on January 23, 2020, co-located with the SNIA Annual Members Symposium at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara.  Keynote speaker Andy Bechtolsheim, Co-Founder of Arista Networks and a founder of Sun Microsystems, will kick off the day.  Sessions will focus on persistent memory applications in the real world, with talks from Eideticom, Intel, MemVerge, Oracle, Twitter, VMware and more. Attendees can see demonstrations and network at lunch and the closing reception. An expanded Persistent Memory Hackathon on January 22nd will lead into the Summit, allowing programmers at all levels to access servers with persistent memory to develop and test code, and participate in programming challenges.  Registration for the Summit and Hackathon is now open, and full agenda details are at
Featured Video

What Happens When Compute Meets Storage

By Scott Shadley, Co-Chair SNIA Computational Storage TWG and NGD Systems VP of Marketing
Featured Blogs

Got questions? We’ve got answers in our Q&A Blogs.

A Q&A to Better Understand Storage Security

Software Defined Storage Q&A
Featured Podcast

Latency is more than just a number: The Data Science of QoS


by David Holmstrom, SSD System Architect, Micron Technology 

Upcoming Webcasts
How Facebook & Microsoft Leverage NVMe™ Cloud Storage
November 19, 2019
Ross Stenfort, Facebook; Lee Prewitt Microsoft; J Metz, Cisco
What do Hyperscalers like Facebook and Microsoft have in common? They are cloud market leaders using NVMe SSDs in their architectures. Get a close up look into their application requirements and challenges, why they chose NVMe flash for the storage, and how they are successfully deploying NVMe to fuel their businesses.

Data Privacy & Why it Matters
December 11, 2019
Thomas Rivera, Chair SNIA Data Protection & Privacy Committee; Paul Talbut, SNIA

Failing to protect sensitive information can put a lot of people at risk of being exploited by cybercriminals, and can make a company face enormous legal penalties. The way information is shared and stored can put the information at risk. It is risky to store personal information on portable devices, which are easily lost or stolen.In addition, the consequences of a data breach can be devastating. Identity theft could lead to financial losses, and a company could face lawsuits and legal penaltiesThis presentation will cover what kinds of personal information must be protected & guidelines for keeping this info safe.

What a Year It Was – and Where We Need to Go on Emerging Memory
January 14, 2020
Jim Handy, Objective Analysis; Tom Coughlin, Coughlin Associates
Get prepared for SNIA’s Persistent Memory Summit with this webcast from Objective Analysis and Coughlin Associates. Following up on their 2018 groundbreaking report on emerging memories, Jim Handy and Tom Coughlin will update us on 2019 advances in support from SNIA, the launch of Optane memory on DIMMs, new MRAM types, and more. You won’t want to miss their analysis on the progress made, and their perspective on the groundwork that still needs to be covered to bring persistent memory to mainstream computing.
Find SNIA at these Events

In-Memory Computing Summit – San Francisco, CA – November 13-14, 2019
Annual Members Symposium – Santa Clara, CA – January 20-24, 2020
Persistent Memory Summit – Santa Clara, CA – January 23, 2020
SDC EMEA – Tel Aviv, Israel – February 5, 2020
FAST'20​ - Santa Clara, CA - February 24-27, 2020
SDC India – Bangalore, India – May 21-22, 2020
Storage Developer Conference – Santa Clara, CA – September 21-24, 2020

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