April 2020 Issue

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SDC EMEA 2020 Presentations on SNIAVideo

SDC EMEA 2020 conference in Tel Aviv, Israel was filled with outstanding technical presentations from experts around the world. Topics included Persistent Memory, Computational Storage, NVMe over Fabrics, SNIA Swordfish™, Artificial Intelligence and much more. Watch them all on the SNIAVideo YouTube Channel.

SNIA Storage Management Technical Position Headed to ISO

In case you missed it, SNIA’s TLS specification for storage systems has been updated. You can read more about this from security expert Eric Hibbard here. To keep the SMI-S 1.8.0 storage management specification aligned with those revisions, SMI-S 1.8.0 rev 5 was drafted and is now a SNIA Technical Position available here. Security in the context of SNIA’s SMI-S standard refers to protective measures such as authentication, confidentiality of communications, and authorization employed in the management of storage. SMI-S 1.8.0 rev 5 is now in the process of being submitted to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) so it can become the next worldwide version of the SMI-S standard.

Expanded Info on SSD Form Factors

Did you know that the Solid State Drive Form Factors page on the SNIA website has been a “Top-Five” viewed page each month for over a year?  Now there’s even more reason to check it out, as the SNIA Solid State Drive Special Interest Group announces expanded information on the most common SSD form factors:  EDSFF, M.2, 2.5-inch (U.2), and Add In Cards. In addition to the form factor dimensions, information such as use case, interface, protocol, and mechanical/electrical and connector specifications are provided, along with images of the various solutions offered in the market. Interested in contributing to education on form factors? The SSD SIG welcomes your participation in their meetings.

New South Korean Mirror Bolsters the SNIA IOTTA Repository

The SNIA “Input/Output Traces, Tools, and Analysis Technical Work Group (IOTTA TWG)” recently deployed a mirror in Ulsan, South Korea. This new mirror website was facilitated with server resources provided by the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST).   
IOTTA Repository users in Asia can now expect faster download speeds since their requests will normally be served by the new mirror. Other IOTTA Repository mirrors are located in Claremont, California and Stony Brook, New York.
Established and maintained by the SNIA IOTTA TWG, the SNIA IOTTA Repository is a worldwide repository for storage-related I/O trace files, associated tools, and other related information. All repository content is available for free download by the storage research and development communities in both academia and industry and by the general public.

Stateful Kubernetes in the Cloud

A lot of stateful and data-centric workloads are also starting to make their way to Kubernetes. Here is a look at which workloads and databases are a good fit for Kubernetes. Read the Digitalisation World article written by Paul Burt, Technical Product Marketing Engineer at NetApp and a member of SNIA Cloud Storage Technologies Initiative.

“Geek Out” on Storage Controllers

Have you ever wondered what the difference was between a storage controller, a RAID controller, a PCIe Controller, or a metadata controller? What about an NVMe controller? Aren’t they all the same thing? Here’s your chance to “Geek Out” on how different storage controllers actually work.
Want to dive deeper? There are 9 more “Everything You Wanted to Know About Storage But Were Too Proud to Ask” videos that offer vendor-neutral education on memory, storage management, architecture, and more. Pick and choose the ones that you want to geek out on.
Geek Out Here on Storage Controllers

MacroSAN First to Complete SMI-S v1.8.0 CTP Testing

SNIA is pleased to announce that MacroSAN Technologies is the first to successfully complete testing using the latest version of the SMI-Provider test in the Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) Conformance Testing Program (CTP). Through its set of master test suites, the CTP has validated that MacroSAN’s tested software conforms to the SMI-S v1.8.0 specification. Test results are available here. SMI-S 1.8 rev5 will be sent to ISO to become the next international version of the standard.
"The SMI-S CTP test helps us align our capabilities with our customers’ specific requirements and gives them peace of mind that our software conforms to the latest version of the SMI-S standard,” said Zhenhao Wang, MacroSAN Product Director. “By leveraging a vendor-neutral test suite such as CTP we can assure interoperability with the specification, lower integration costs across multiple product lines and maintain our competitive edge in the industry.
Learn how to reap the benefits of having your SMI-S enabled products tested.
Storage Developer Conferences

Speak at Storage Developer Conference 

The call for SDC 2020 presentations is now open! Gain exposure to the technical work you are doing and submit a speaking proposal today at the annual event created BY developers FOR developers. Submit your proposal here.

SDC 2019 videos have had over 15,000 views!. Check out SDC videos here

SDC India 2020 Postponed

The Board of Directors at SNIA India believe we have a responsibility to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, and to put the health and safety of our storage community first by following government guidelines regarding mass gatherings.

We have decided to postpone the Storage Developer Conference (SDC India) scheduled to take place in Bengaluru on May 21-22, 2020. We now plan to hold this event in the fourth quarter of 2020, but we will be closely monitoring the situation as the weeks go by. Learn more here.
SNIA is pleased to welcome the following new member:

Rockport Networks has joined SNIA and the Compute, Memory, and Storage Initiative.
Check out the top reasons to join SNIA in our Membership Infographic and see the full list of SNIA Members here.
Featured Video

Architectural Development with Computational Storage

Presented by Eli Tiomkin, VP Business Development, NGD Systems
Featured Blog

Object Storage Questions: Asked and Answered

It seems like everyone has questions on Object Storage!

Get answers from the experts in this Q&A blog.
Featured Podcast

The NVRAM Standard, Bringing Coherence to the Crazy World of Persistent Memory

by  Bill Gervasi, Principal Systems Architect, Nantero
Upcoming Webcasts
So You Wanna Program Persistent Memory? Meet the PM Programming Contest Winner!
April 14, 2020
Jim Fister, Director, SNIA Persistent Memory Software Enabling
SNIA’s Persistent Memory Hackathon Program enters its second year with 300+ developers up to speed on the latest in programming persistent memory - and SNIA’s NVDIMM Programming Challenge just announced its first winner of distinction. Join our webcast to learn the latest developments in PM, new resources about programming to PM, and a dive into the winning application introduced at the recent Persistent Memory Summit.
BrightTALK Summit: Storage Wars: Object vs. File vs. Block
April 21, 2020
Alex McDonald, NetApp
Tune in to this panel discussion on object, file and block storage and hear experts discuss:
  • The best way to manage unstructured data
  • Are there deceptive costs in a file storage strategy?
  • Use cases for object storage
Storage Networking Security Series: Protecting Data at Rest
April 29, 2020
Pierre Mouallem, Lenovo; Ahmad Atamhl, Mellanox; Steve Vanderlinden, Lenovo
Contrary to popular belief, securing “data at rest” does not simply mean encrypting the data prior to storage. While it is true that data encryption plays a major role in securing “data at rest,” there are several other factors that come into play and are as important as encryption. In this webcast, we present the end-to-end process to secure “data at rest,” and discuss all the factors and trade-offs that must be considered, and some of the general risks that need to be mitigated.
NVMe and NVMe-oF™Configuration and Manageability with Swordfish and Redfish
May 13, 2020
Rajalaxmi Angadi, Intel; Phil Cayton, Intel; Richelle Ahlvers, Broadcom
The SNIA Swordfish specification is currently growing to include full NVMe™ and NVMe-oF™ enablement and alignment across DMTF, NVMe, and SNIA for NVMe and NVMe-oF use cases. SNIA members are contributing to specification development and helping to shape the ecosystem. This presentation will provide an overview of the work in progress to map these standards together to ensure NVMe and NVMe-oF environments can be represented entirely in Swordfish and Redfish® environments.
Storage Networking Security Series – Encryption 101
May 20, 2020
Judy Furlong, Dell; Ed Pullin, Intel; Alex McDonald, NetApp
Encryption has been used through the ages to protect stored secrets, authenticate messages, and communicate secretly in broad daylight. But how does encryption actually work, how is it managed, and how do we protect the keys? Join us for this Encryption 101 webcast where security experts will cover: 
  • A brief history of Encryption
  • Cryptography basics
  • Definition of terms – Entropy, Cipher, Symmetric & Asymmetric Keys, Certificates and Digital signatures, etc. 
  • Introduction to Key Management
Find SNIA at these Events

OCP Global Summit - GONE VIRTUAL! – May 12-15, 2020
Storage Developer Conference – Santa Clara, CA – September 21-24, 2020

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