August 2020 Issue

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Geek Out on Storage Management

In case you missed his latest moves, SNIA’s Geek Out on Storage mascot is dancing to a new tune with a focus on the SNIA Swordfish storage management standard. A total of six videos and other helpful resources will get you up-to-speed on how Swordfish works with the DMTF Redfish® standard to provide a unified approach for the management of storage and services in the data center.
Ready to accelerate your Swordfish implementation? You’ll learn about open source projects such as the Swordfish Emulator designed to give you a jump start. And you won’t want to miss the deep dive on how Swordfish is growing to include full NVMe and NVMe-oF enablement. Your one stop shop for all Swordfish information is
Geek Out Here

Take 10 - Watch a Computational Storage Trilogy

With the tremendous interest in computational storage, SNIA is on the forefront of standards development – and education.  The SNIA Computational Storage Special Interest Group has just produced a video trilogy – informative, packed with detail, and consumable in under 10 minutes! 
Storage Developer Conference (SDC)

SDC Keynote Announced - Register for $95

Taking place virtually on September 22-23, 2020, SNIA's Storage Developer Conference (SDC) will bring the global storage developer community together to collaborate and network through the sharing of ideas, industry developments and best practices.

The SDC 2020 agenda is jam-packed with informative sessions on topics including NVMe, Computational Storage, Blockchain, Persistent Memory, Storage Architecture, and much more. 

Sidney Tsai, Research Staff Member, Manager, IBM will keynote the conference with her presentation Analog Memory-based Techniques for Accelerating Deep Neural Networks.
View more details here

SDC 2020 Sponsors

A special thanks to our many great sponsors this year. Their support enables us to deliver the best technical content for a low registration fee of $95.  A limited number of sponsorships for SDC 2020 still exist. Learn about sponsorship opportunities here.
SNIA Blogs

Think Your Backup is Your Archive? Think Again!

A Q&A on Protecting Data-at-Rest

Standards Watch: Blockchain Storage

Notable Questions on NVMe-oF 1.1

Kubernetes Business Resiliency FAQ
Featured Podcast

Redfish Ecosystem for Storage 

by Jeff Hilland, Distinguished Technologist, HPE; President, DMTF, and Richelle Ahlvers, SNIA Board of Directors

SNIA Board of Directors and Technical Council Nominations

The nomination and election process for the 2020-2021 SNIA Board of Directors and Technical Council is now open. Every voting member company should consider nominating candidates for election. You may nominate yourself or a company colleague. We also encourage non-voting member companies to become voting members (contact member services) and participate in the upcoming SNIA elections. Nominations are due August 31, 2020.
Submit Your Nomination Here

New Member

SNIA is pleased to welcome the following new SFF TA TWG member:
Check out the top reasons to join SNIA in our Membership Infographic and see the full list of SNIA Members here.

Annual Members Meeting Set for October 22

SNIA members are encouraged to attend the 2020 Annual Members Meeting on October 22, 2020, 8:00 – 9:00 am PT. Join the SNIA Board, Chair, Treasurer, and Executive Director for an update on the organization’s vision, mission, technical and initiative/forum work, financial health, and strategy for the future of SNIA and the storage industry.
Be in the know – join us for this update (detailed agenda and call logistics to follow).

Voting Member Company Representatives are specifically requested to dial–in or arrange for a proxy company representative (quorum required).
Upcoming Webcasts
Storage Networking Security Series: Applied Cryptography
August 5, 2020
John Kim, NVIDIA; Eric Hibbard, SNIA Security TWG Chair; Olga Buchonina, SNIA Blockchain Storage TWG Chair; Alex McDonald, NetApp

While the rapid growth of large amounts of data has increased knowledge and efficiencies for businesses, it has also made attacks upon that information—theft, modification, or holding it for ransom--more tempting and easier. Cryptography is often used to protect valuable data.

This webcast will present an overview of applied cryptography techniques for the most popular use cases. We will discuss ways of securing data, the factors and trade-offs that must be considered, as well as some of the general risks that need to be mitigated, including:
  • Encryption techniques for authenticating users
  • Encrypting data—either at rest or in motion
  • Using hashes to authenticate Information coding and data transfer methodologies
  • Cryptography for Blockchain

Everything You Wanted to Know About Storage But Were Too Proud to Ask: Data Reduction
August 18, 2020
John Kim, NVIDIA; Alex McDonald, NetApp
This webcast will specifically focus on the fundamentals of data reduction, which can be performed in different places and at different stages of the data lifecycle. Like most technologies, there are related means to do this, but with enough difference to cause confusion. For that reason, we’re going to be looking at:
  • How companies end up with so many copies of the same data
  • Difference between deduplication and compression – when should you use one vs. the other?
  • Where to reduce data: application-level, networked storage, backups, and during data movement
  • When to collapse the copies: real-time vs. post-process deduplication
  • Performance considerations

IT Modernization with AIOps: The Journey
August 25, 2020
Parviz Peiravi, Intel; Alex McDonald, NetApp
The almost overnight shift of resources toward remote work introduces the need for far more flexible, dynamic and seamless end-to-end applications, putting us on a path that requires autonomous capabilities using AIOps – Artificial Intelligence for IT Operations.

This webcast will provide an overview of concepts and strategies to accelerate the digitalization of critical enterprise IT resources, and help architects rethink what applications and underlying infrastructure are needed to support an agile, seamless end-to-end data-centric environment.  This session will specifically address migration from monolithic to microservices, transition to Cloud Native services, and the platform requirements to help accelerate AIOps application delivery within our dynamic hybrid and multi-cloud world.  

Does Your Storage Need a Cyber Insurance Tune-Up?
August 27, 2020
Eric Hibbard, SNIA Security Technical Work Group Chair; Casey Boggs, ReputationUS; Paul Talbut, SNIA EMEA
Protection against cyber threats is recognized as a necessary component of an effective risk management approach, typically based on a well-known cybersecurity framework. A growing area to further mitigate risks and provide organizations with the high level of protection they need is cyber insurance. However, it’s not as simple as buying a pre-packaged policy.

This webcast will provide an overview of how cyber insurance fits in a risk management program. It will identify key terms and conditions that should be understood and carefully negotiated. Cyber insurance policies may not cover all types of losses, so it is critical to identify what risks and conditions are excluded from a cyber insurance policy before you buy.
Compression: Putting the Squeeze on Storage
September 2, 2020
John Kim, NVIDIA; Brian Will, Intel; Ilker Cebeli, Samsung
Everyone knows data volumes are exploding faster than IT budgets. And customers are increasingly moving to flash storage, which is faster and easier to use than hard drives, but still more expensive. To cope with this conundrum and squeeze more efficiency from storage, storage vendors and customers can turn to data reduction techniques such as compression, deduplication, thin provisioning and snapshots. This webcast will specifically focus on data compression, which can be done at different times, at different stages in the storage process, and using different techniques.
Composable Infrastructure and Computational Storage
September 15, 2020
Eli Tiomkin, NGD Systems; Philip Kufeldt, Seagate Technology, Alex McDonald, NetApp
In this webcast, SNIA experts will discuss what composable infrastructure is, what prompted its development, solutions, enabling technologies, standards/products and where computational storage fits in.

Optimizing NVMe over Fabrics Performance with Different Ethernet Transports
September 16, 2020
Fred Zhang, Intel; Eden Kim, Calypso Systems; David Woolf, UNH-IOL; Tom Friend, Illuminosi
NVMe over Fabrics technology is gaining momentum and getting more traction in data centers, but there are three kinds of Ethernet based NVMe over Fabrics transports: iWARP, RoCEv2 and TCP. How do we optimize NVMe over Fabrics performance with different Ethernet transports?
This discussion won’t tell you which transport is the best. Instead we unfold the performance of each transport and tell you what it would take for each transport to get the best performance, so that you can make the best choice for your transport for NVMe over Fabrics solutions.
Event Schedule

Find SNIA at these events:

Storage Developer Conference – Virtual – September 22-23, 2020
SNIA Annual Members Meeting – Conference Call – October 22, 2020
Flash Memory Summit – Virtual – November 10-12, 2020
Storage Developer Conference (SDC) India – Virtual – Q4

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