February 2020 Issue

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“Geek Out” on Storage Basics

Need a refresh on some storage basics? Or want a 101 lesson on something new? Here’s your chance to “Geek Out” on all the storage basics.
Start by making sure you really understand all the storage parts. We break down and clearly define terms like initiators & targets, RAID, controllers, volume managers and storage stacks. Find out what they are and how they really work.
Want to dive deeper? There are 9 more “Everything You Wanted to Know About Storage But Were Too Proud to Ask” videos here that offer vendor-neutral education on memory, storage management, architecture, buffers, queues & caches, and more. Pick and choose the ones that you want to geek out on.
Geek Out Here on Storage Basics

Speak at SDC 2020 – Call for Presentations

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.
View a list of topics and submission details

New Article: iSCSI – Is it the Future of Cloud Storage or Doomed by NVMe-oF™?

Widespread use and support mean iSCSI will still be widely deployed for at least the next few years, but with NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF) gaining traction, its growth prospects beyond that are very unclear.

Read this article by SNIA Networking Storage Forum Chair, John Kim, to learn more.

Missed the Persistent Memory Summit?  We’ve Got You Covered!

Thanks to all who attended a successful SNIA Persistent Memory Summit. This year, the goal was to describe feet-on-the-street persistent memory applications – and expert speakers from VMware, Intel, MemVerge, Xilinx, NGD Systems, Intuitive Cognition, Oracle, Twitter, Calypso, and DapuStor delivered. 
Feeling left out if you missed the Summit? Or just want to revisit key session points? Watch all the presentations on our SNIAVideo YouTube Channel. You can also access the PDF presentations in the SNIA Educational Library.  If you only have 15 minutes to spare, treat yourself to an entertaining recap of the day by analysts Tom Coughlin and Jim Handy. Special thanks to our sponsors – underwriters SNIA Solid State Storage Initiative and Intel Corporation, MemVerge, SMART Modular and SmartIOPS.
SNIA Awards 

SNIA Hall of Fame and Profiles in Achievement Inductees

SNIA periodically recognizes outstanding contributions made by SNIA members and volunteers who have made a significant impact since SNIA’s inception in 1997. We are proud to honor our new Hall of Fame inductees:

SNIA Member Recognition Honorees Announced

We would like to congratulate the 2019 honorees of the SNIA Member Recognition Program announced at the Annual Members’ Symposium reception in Santa Clara on January 22rd. The awards are an expression of our gratitude for their commitment and many contributions to SNIA.
See the full list of individual and group honorees
SNIA is pleased to welcome the following new member:
Solid State Technology Corp. has joined SNIA and SFF TA TWG.
Check out the top reasons to join SNIA in our Membership Infographic and see the full list of SNIA Members here.
Featured Events

SNIA Embraces Open Source at OCP Global Summit

SNIA works collaboratively with the open source community to address evolving requirements and to further open standards. This collaboration will be on display March 4-5 in booth C55 at the OCP Global Summit in San Jose, Calif. Visit the booth to learn more about SNIA’s work on computational storage and form factor standards. Experts will also be on-hand to discuss the SNIA Swordfish™ specification designed to accomplish a broad range of storage management tasks and its open source tools to help speed your implementation. 

Featured Video

Exadata with Persistent Memory:
An Epic Journey

By Jia Shi, Senior Director of Software Development for Exadata, Oracle Corporation
Featured Blog

Got SPDK Questions?

If you have questions on the Storage Performance Development Kit (SPDK), check out this Q&A blog by SPDK experts, Jim Harris and Ben Walker.
Featured Podcast

Linux NVMe and Block Layer Status Update

by Christoph Hellwig, Kernel Hacker
Upcoming Webcasts
Cloud Standards: What They Are, Why You Should Care
February 13, 2020
Eric Hibbard, ISO Editor; Alex McDonald, NetApp

Since the initial publication of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) definition of cloud computing in 2011, international standards development organizations (SDOs) have sought to refine and expand the cloud computing landscape. This webinar will:
  • Identify key published and draft cloud standards
  • Discuss their interdependencies
  • Highlight their importance
  • Identify potential future work.
In addition, related technologies such as virtualization, federation, and fog/edge computing will be addressed. Lastly, the relevance of the standards will be explored to help organizations understand ways these documents can be exploited.
Object Storage: What, How and Why
February 19, 2020
Chris Evans, Architecting IT; Rick Vanover, Veeam; Alex McDonald, NetApp; John Kim, Mellanox
There are many types of storage technologies, in terms of how they are interconnected, consumed and designed. Object storage is no different in that it brings its own set of unique characteristics to the market. In this webinar, storage experts Rick Vanover and Chris Evans will explain: 
  • What object storage is and what it does
  • How to use object storage
  • Essential characteristics of typical consumption
  • Why object storage is important to the future of storage and computing technologies 
Ethernet-attached SSDs—Brilliant Idea or Storage Silliness?
March 17, 2020
Mark Carlson, Kioxia; Rob Davis, Mellanox; John Kim, Mellanox; Ted Vojnovich, Lenovo
Several SSD and networking vendors have recentl­y demonstrated ways to connect SSDs directly to an Ethernet network. They propose that deploying Ethernet SSDs will be more scalable, easier to manage, more performant, and/or lower cost than traditional storage networking solutions that use a storage controller (or hyperconverged node) between the SSDs and the network.
Who would want to attach SSDs directly to the network?  Are these vendors brilliant or simply trying to solve a problem that doesn’t exist?  What are the different solutions that could benefit from Ethernet SSDs?  Which protocols would one use to access them?  And how do Ethernet SSDs relate to computational storage?  Join this SNIA Networking Storage Forum webcast to learn all this and more. 

QUIC – Will it Replace TCP/IP?
April 2, 2020
Lars Eggert, NetApp; Alex McDonald, NetApp
QUIC is a new UDP-based transport protocol for the Internet, and specifically, the web. Originally designed and deployed by Google, it already makes up 35% of Google's egress traffic, which corresponds to about 7% of all Internet traffic. The strong interest by many other large Internet players in the ongoing IETF standardization of QUIC is likely to lead to an even greater deployment in the near future. This talk will highlight:
  • Unique design aspects of QUIC
  • Differences to the conventional HTTP/TLS/TCP web stack
  • Early performance numbers
  • Potential side effects of a broader deployment of QUIC
Find SNIA at these Events

USENIX FAST'20 – Santa Clara, CA – February 24-27, 2020
OCP Global Summit – San Jose, CA – March 4-5, 2020
Non-Volatile Memories Workshop – San Diego, CA – March 8-10, 2020
OpenFabrics Alliance Workshop 2020 – Columbus, OH – March 17-19, 2020
SNIA Technical Symposium – Freemont, CA – April 20-24, 2020
SDC India – Bangalore, India – May 21-22, 2020
Storage Developer Conference – Santa Clara, CA – September 21-24, 2020

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