October 2020 Issue

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News from SNIA, NVM Express and DMTF

We hope you caught the big news in the standards world. On the opening day of SDC 2020, SNIA, NVM Express and DMTF announced the newly released versions of DMTF Redfish® and SNIA Swordfish™ specifications include NVMe™ and NVMe-oF™ specification enhancements.

The results of the collaboration among these major standard organizations make it easy for IT administrators, DevOps, and others to integrate NVMe and NVMe-oF devices into everything from single-system through enterprise scale-out management ecosystems.​ Read the full press release to learn more.

Technical Specifications

Last month, SNIA published updates to two technical specifications:

Key Value Storage API Specification v1.1
This document describes the Key Value (KV) Storage Application Program Interface (API) specification for SSD storage devices with Key Value Storage. It provides applications with an interface to the KV functions available across multiple vendor SSD products independent of the underlying implementation. The KV API allows application developers to take advantage of KV storage without having to change the application as KV storage evolves.
Cloud Data Management Interface (CDMI) v2.0.0
This Cloud Data Management Interface (CDMI™) International Standard is intended for application developers who are implementing cloud storage systems, and who are developing applications to manage cloud storage. It documents how to access cloud storage namespaces and how to manage the data stored in these namespaces. CDMI 2.0 adds support for encrypted objects, delegated access control, as well as general clarifications and errata contributed by vendors implementing the CDMI standard.
Storage Developer Conference (SDC)

Missed SDC 2020? We’ve Got You Covered

SNIA's Storage Developer Conference (SDC) took place virtually last month to an audience of nearly 1,000 storage experts. While the virtual conference has ended, the content is still available on-demand until October 23rd. 
Register Here for $95
SNIA Blogs
Got questions? Our SNIA experts have got answers! Check out these recent Q&A blogs:
Featured Video

Composable Infrastructure and Computational Storage

SNIA experts discuss what composable infrastructure is, what prompted its development, solutions, enabling technologies, standards/products and how computational storage fits in.

Presenters: Alex McDonald, SNIA CMSI Co-Chair; Eli Tiomkin, NGD Systems, Philip Kufeldt, Seagate Technology
Featured Podcast

Best Practices for OpenZFS L2ARC in the Era of NVMe

by Ryan McKenzie, Performance Engineer, iX Systems
Featured Events
Persistent Programming In Real Life (PIRL) 2020 brings together (virtually) software development leaders interested in learning about programming methodologies for persistent memories and sharing their experiences with others. Co-sponsored by UC San Diego and SNIA, PIRL will run live for 3 hours each Friday in October, with keynotes from Arm, Fujitsu, MemVerge, Oracle, and Verizon Media, along with breakout sessions. Register here.
The In-Memory Computing Summit 2020 enables developers, decision makers, and visionaries to network and learn about technologies, solutions and real-world use cases for in-memory computing. The conference features keynotes, breakout sessions, online interactions, an exhibition area, and more. SNIA Compute, Memory, and Storage Initiative will have a virtual booth, and Shyamkumar Iyer, SNIA SDXI TWG Chair, will present on “Introducing the Smart Data Acceleration Interface (SDXI) at 9:10 am on October 28. To claim your complimentary pass, please register at the In-Memory Computing Summit 2020 website.
SNIA will again sponsor the Persistent Memory and Computational Storage Track sessions at Flash Memory Summit, and the SNIA Compute, Memory, and Storage Initiative will have a main stage presentation and a “virtual booth” featuring SNIA technical work activities. More details can be found at the Flash Memory Summit website.  
SNIA welcomes the following new member:
See the full list of SNIA Members here.

Nominate Your SNIA Colleagues for Recognition

Volunteers are critical to SNIA fulfilling its mission. Every year, SNIA seeks to recognize our individual volunteers and group volunteers for their extraordinary efforts through our SNIA Recognition Program.

Please take a minute to acknowledge our valuable volunteers for their efforts. The deadline to submit a nomination is November 20th.
Submit your nomination here

Annual Members Meeting October 22nd

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 work, financial health, and strategy for the future of SNIA and the storage industry.
Voting Member Company Representatives are specifically requested to dial–in or arrange for a proxy company representative (quorum required). Members should be on the lookout for details.
Upcoming Webcasts
Technology Implications of Internet of Payments
October 14, 2020
Glyn Bowden, HPE; Richard George, Health Life Prosperity Shared Ltd; Jim Fister, The Decision Place
Electronic payments, once the purview of a few companies, have expanded to include a variety of financial and technology companies. Internet of Payment (IoP) enables payment processing over many kinds of IoT devices and has also led to the emergence of the micro-transaction. The growth of independent payment services offering e-commerce solutions, such as Square, and the entry of new ways to pay, such as Apple Pay mean that a variety of devices and technologies also have come into wide use.

In this talk we look at the impact of all of these new principles across multiple use cases and how it impacts not only the consumers driving this behavior but on the underlying infrastructure that supports and enables it.
Storage Implications at the Velocity of 5G Streaming
October 21, 2020
Steve Adams, Intel; Chip Maurer, Dell; Michael Hoard, Intel
The broad adoption of 5G, Internet of things (IoT) and edge computing will reshape the nature and role of enterprise and cloud storage over the next several years. What building blocks, capabilities and integration methods are needed to make this happen?

Join this webcast for a discussion on:
  • How much data are we talking about?
  • What will be the first applications leading to collaborative data-intelligence streaming?
  • How can low latency microservices and AI quickly extract insights from large amounts of data?
  • What are the emerging requirements for scalable stream storage - from peta to zeta?
  • How do yesterday’s object-based batch analytic processing (Hadoop) and today’s streaming messaging capabilities (Apache Kafka and RabbitMQ) work together?
  • What are the best approaches for getting data from the Edge to the Cloud?
Storage Networking Security Series: Securing Data in Transit
October 28, 2020
Claudio DeSanti, Dell; Ariel Kit, NVIDIA; Cesar Obediente, Cisco; Brandon Hoff, Broadcom; Alex McDonald, SNIA NSF Vice Chair
Data must be safe and sound as it makes its journey across an internal network or to an external cloud storage device. In this webcast, we'll cover what the threats are to your data as it's transmitted, how attackers can interfere with data along its journey, and methods of putting effective protection measures in place for data in transit, discussing:
  • What you should expect to happen to secure data in transit; what are the trade-offs?        
  • What transport layer security protocols (SSL, TLS, etc.) are best for protecting data in transit?
  • Different encryption technologies and their role in protecting data in transit
  • How do you know which encryption to use?
  • What’s applicable to different workloads?
Not Again! Data Deduplication for Storage Systems
November 10, 2020
Abhishek Rajimwale, Dell; John Kim, NVIDIA; Alex McDonald, SNIA NSF Vice Chair
Organizations inevitably store multiple copies of the same data. Users and applications store the same files over and over, intentionally or inadvertently. Developers, testers and analysts keep many similar copies of the same data. And backup programs copy the same or similar files daily, often to multiple locations or storage devices. It’s not unusual to end up with some data replicated thousands of times.

How do we stop the duplication madness? Join this webcast where we’ll discuss how to reduce the number of copies of data that get stored, mirrored, or backed up as we cover: 
  • Eliminating duplicates at the desktop, server, storage or backup device
  • Dedupe technology, including local vs global deduplication
  • More efficient backup techniques​
  • In-line vs. post-process deduplication
  • Block-level vs. file- or object-level deduplication
  • Avoiding or reducing making copies of data (non-duplication)
Event Schedule

Find SNIA at these events:

Persistent Memory in Real Life (PIRL) – Virtual – October 16, 23, 30, 2020
SNIA Annual Members Meeting – Conference Call – October 22, 2020
In Memory Computing Summit – Virtual – October 28-29, 2020
Flash Memory Summit – Virtual – November 10-12, 2020
SDC India – Virtual – December 4-5, 2020

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