May 2020 Issue

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Feedback Needed on New Persistent Memory Performance White Paper

A new SNIA Technical Work draft is now available for public review and comment – the SNIA Persistent Memory Performance Test Specification (PTS) White Paper. A companion to the SNIA NVM Programming Model, the SNIA PM PTS White Paper focuses on describing the relationship between traditional block IO NVMe SSD based storage and the migration to Persistent Memory block and byte addressable storage. 

SNIA Swordfish Virtual Mockathons Speed Implementation

Reference Architect, Chris Lionetti of HPE, recently engaged a group of storage solution developers during a two-day SNIA Swordfish Virtual Mockathon. The first of more to come, the online event was designed to help the participants build a Swordfish implementation by learning how to create models of their existing interfaces using Swordfish functionality. “The goal of the Mockathon was to give attendees a solid understanding of how Swordfish implements and returns data and how that data is structured,” said Lionetti. “It’s important to envision, test and validate ideas in order to speed the implementation process.” If you missed the inaugural Mockathon, stay tuned for details on a repeat performance. Remember, your one-stop-shop for all SNIA Swordfish resources is

Standards Watch: Storage Security Update

The world of storage security standards continues to evolve. In fact, it can be hard to keep up with all that’s happening. Here’s a quick recap of SNIA’s involvement and impact on some notable storage security work – past, present and future by security expert, Eric A. Hibbard, CISSP-ISSAP, ISSMP, ISSEP, CIPT, CISA, CCSK and Chair, SNIA Security Technical Work Group.
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Meet the Compute, Memory and Storage Initiative

The newly formed Compute, Memory, and Storage Initiative invites SNIA members and colleagues to explore how the themes of computational storage, persistent memory, and solid-state come together in an outreach initiative to foster growth and success in consumer and commercial environments. Join CMSI co-chairs Alex McDonald and Jenni Dietz and marketing and special interest group chairs in a SNIA webcast June 2 at 11:00 am PT/2:00 pm ET as they discuss combining expertise to understand storage architectures, common solution areas, and plans to evangelize knowledge and the impact on storage devices, systems, and software. 

Weekend Watch

Tired of Netflix? We’ve curated some of our most popular videos into playlists you can watch for vendor-neutral education on a wide range of storage topics. We think they will bring a little variety to your weekend, but you can watch them during the week too! 

“Geek Out” on Storage Architecture

Need some clarity on the jargon of related storage networking terms? Here’s your chance to “Geek Out” on concepts related to storage networking systems and how they work. Our experts dig into the different types of storage networks, the different purposes for these networks, and discuss why there needs to be granularity in the networks to cope with different types of traffic. Watch to learn the true meaning and different roles of:
  • Channel vs. Bus
  • Control Plane vs. Data Plane
  • Fabric vs. Network
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, controllers, and more.
Geek Out Here on Storage Architecture
Speak at Storage Developer Conference

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.
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SNIA is pleased to welcome the following new member:
Phison Electronics has joined SNIA and the Compute, Memory, and Storage Initiative 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 Video

Shared Storage using NVMe-oF™

By Murali Rajagopal, VMware; Raj Laisangi, NetApp; Madhu Pai, NetApp
SNIA Blogs

Addressing Cloud Security Threats with Standards

25 Questions (and Answers) on Ethernet-attached SSDs

Share Your Experiences in Programming PM


What’s New with SNIA Swordfish™?
Featured Podcast

Opening up Linux to the wider world: Update on Status of the POSIX Extensions to the SMB3.1.1 Protocol 

by Steven French, Principal Software Engineer - Azure Storage, Microsoft (and Samba team), and Jeremy Allison, Engineer, Google
Upcoming Webcasts
Your Storage Infrastructure on AI
May 11, 2020
Glyn Bowden, HPE; Alex McDonald, NetApp; Paul Talbut, SNIA
This webcast will explore why your storage may be acting strangely now that it’s been subjected to the whims of data scientists. We’ll look at how and why the I/O patterns have changed, where this will lead, and some of the tactics and strategies you can deploy now to prevent impact from this new movement of storage saboteurs!
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.
The Influence of IoT on Data Strategy
May 14, 2020
Glyn Bowden, HPE; Eric Hibbard, Co-chair, American Bar Association, IoT Committee; Alex McDonald, NetApp
More and more we are seeing compute and inference move to the edge. This is driven by the growth in capability to not only generate data from sensors, devices and by people operating in the field, but also by the interaction between those devices. This new source of data and information brings with it unique challenges to the way we store and transmit data as well as the way we need to curate it.
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  
Storage Networking Security Series: Protecting Data at Rest
May 27, 2020
Pierre Mouallem, Lenovo; Ahmad Atamli, 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.
Uniting Compute, Memory, and Storage
June 2, 2020
CMSI Co-chairs Jenni Dietz, Intel; Alex McDonald, NetApp
Discover how the themes of computational storage, persistent memory, and solid state come together in a webcast from the new SNIA Compute, Memory, and Storage Initiative. We’ll explore how expertise in these three areas can help explain storage architectures, common solution areas, and their impact on storage devices, systems, and software.
Storage Networking Security Series – Key Management 101
June 10, 2020
Judy Furlong, Dell; J Metz, Rockport Networks
This webcast will introduce the fundamentals of cryptographic key management including key lifecycles, key generation, key distribution, symmetric vs asymmetric key management and integrated vs centralized key management models. Relevant standards, protocols and industry best practices will also be presented.
Storage Scalability in Hybrid Cloud and Multicloud Environments
June 11, 2020
Michelle Tidwell, IBM; Robert Cone, Intel; Pekon Gupta, SMART Modular
As data growth in enterprises continues to skyrocket, datacenter cloud scalability, whether on premises, in hybrid cloud or in multicloud deployments, is key for businesses. So, what are enterprise IT organizations supposed to do, given that 'run anything anywhere' is becoming more important than ever? Customers are finding that hybrid cloud storage solutions better meet their IT and business growth needs, so they can rapidly scale their IT infrastructure and cover a wider array of services. This webcast will help architects and consumers better understand these cloud solutions.
A Multi-tenant Multi-cluster Kubernetes Datapocalypse is Coming
June 23, 2020
Paul Burt, NetApp; Jim Fister, The Decision Place
The need for rapid deployment of scalable clusters is creating an opportunity for container solutions such as Kubernetes. But what are the implications of multiple Kubernetes clusters in a broad deployment? What happens if a cluster goes down? What’s the impact on business resiliency? Managing and securing multiple clusters is becoming a key topic and area of debate. Multi-cluster Kubernetes that provides robustness & resilience is rapidly moving from “best practice” to a “must have.”
Featured Events
All SNIA members and colleagues are welcome to register to attend the free online Open Compute Project (OCP) Virtual Summit, May 12-15, 2020 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm PT each day. SNIA SFF standards will be featured in four sessions on Thursday, May 14, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. The SNIA Virtual Booth (link live at 9:00 am on May 12) will feature Chat with SNIA Experts where SNIA volunteer leadership will answer questions on SNIA SwordfishTM and Redfish®, computational storage, persistent memory, SSD and form factor standards, SNIA technical work on NVMe and NVMe-oF, and SNIA’s vision for 2020 and beyond. Find the full schedule of SFF sessions and SNIA experts on the SNIA Compute, Memory, and Storage blogRegister here for the OCP Summit

Find SNIA at these events:

OCP Virtual Summit 2020 – Virtual – May 12-15, 2020
Storage Developer Conference – Santa Clara, CA – September 21-24, 2020

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