April 2021
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Working Draft Specifications Ready for Public Review

SNIA Swordfish™ v1.2.2 adds NVMe drive profiles and corresponding details in the NVMe mapping document. It also includes the new Swordfish Property Guide. Native NVMe-oF Drive Specification v1.1 describes the features and functions of a storage device class known as Native NVMe-oF Drives. It includes a taxonomy covering the scope of involved device capabilities.
SNIA is actively engaged in expanding its specifications and welcomes your feedback during this process. The SNIA Swordfish v1.2.2 and Native NVMe-oF Drive v1.1 Working Draft specifications are now ready for public review at http://www.snia.org/publicreview. Share your opinion and help shape the next generation of industry standards!

Geek Out on NVMe over Fabrics

NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF™) is quickly becoming a popular storage networking protocol. It offers high performance, low latency, scalability, and support for existing network protocols: RDMA, Fibre Channel, and TCP. If you’re wondering how NVMe-oF really works, here’s your chance to “Geek Out.”
Start by watching “NVMe over Fabrics Demystified” where you’ll learn NVMe-oF concepts, use cases, and its future direction. Want to dive deeper?  There are several more educational videos, blogs, and podcasts from SNIA experts that will help you get up to speed quickly on NVMe-oF.
Geek out here.

New Storage TCO Calculator Online

The SNIA Solid State Storage Special Interest Group has developed a new total cost of ownership (TCO) model for storage. The 2021 TCO model looks at the capital expenditures (CapEx) of storage and everything else in a typical datacenter rack that has dominated IT budgets, and includes models for operational expenditures (OpEx) which are dominated by power, cooling, and cost of device failures. Learn more and download a new TCO white paper and TCO Calculator.

Continuing to Refine and Define Computational Storage

As Computational Storage continue to evolve and become more widely accepted, a new SNIA Compute, Memory, and Storage blog is now live featuring a conversation with document editor Bill Martin and Computational Storage TWG Co-Chairs Jason Molgaard and Scott Shadley. This new blog is focused on the SNIA Computational Storage Architecture and Programming Model, and explains why definitions of computational storage are so important. 
Read more here.
Featured Video

Security Update with Cybersecurity Expert, Eric Hibbard

Security is never a "one and done" project given the constantly evolving threat landscape. In less than 10 minutes, Eric Hibbard, cybersecurity expert and Chair of the SNIA Storage Security Technical Work Group, provides an update on the latest threats, impact of untested technologies, and potential consequences for not demonstrating security responsibility.
Featured Events

Persistent Memory and Computational Storage Summit Agenda Now Live

The agenda is now live for the April 21-22 SNIA Persistent Memory and Computational Storage Summit. This two-day virtual event features 20+ sessions on topics like NVMe Computational Storage, CXL 2.0, state of the Persistent Memory and Computational Storage markets, and a great debate on the future of persistent memory after recent announcements. Check out the full agenda, session descriptions, and speakers.
Register today for your complimentary pass.

SDC EMEA 2021 Call for Presentations and Sponsors

Taking place virtually on June 8th, SDC EMEA is seeking professional storage developers, engineers and researchers willing to share their knowledge and experience by submitting a presentation proposal for this year's conference. Presentations will be chosen based on their technical merit and interest to the storage development community.

The deadline to submit a proposal is April 9th, 2021. 
Submit your presentation proposal and get more information here.

SDC EMEA Sponsorship Opportunities

Increase your company’s visibility at SDC EMEA with a sponsorship. Download the sponsor information brochure. Don’t delay! Sponsorships are limited and will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

Speak at SDC 2021 - Call for Presentations Now Open

This year’s  SNIA's Storage Developer Conference (SDC) will be on September 28-29. It’s the destination for technical discussions and education on the latest storage technologies and standards. The call for presentations is now open. Share your knowledge and experience by submitting a proposal for consideration today. SDC 2020 had nearly 1,000 attendees!
View topics and details here.
Featured Blog

Q&A on the Ethics of AI

Featured Podcast

Deep Compression at Inline Speed for All-Flash Array 

by Chris Mao, Pure Storage
SNIA is pleased to welcome the following new members:

MayaData joined SNIA

Nikhef, Joined SFF TA TWG  

StorPool Storage, Joined SNIA  
Check out the top reasons to join SNIA in our Membership Infographic and see the full list of SNIA Members here.
Upcoming Webcasts
Cloud Analytics Drives Airplanes-as-a-Service Business
April 7, 2021

Ben Howard, KinectAir; Glyn Bowden, HPE; Jim Fister, The Decision Place
On-demand flying through an app sounds like something for only the rich and famous, yet the use of cloud analytics is making flexible flying a reality at start-up airline, KinectAir. Join for a fascinating discussion on first-hand experiences of leveraging cloud analytics methods to bring new business models to life that are competitive and profitable.
And since start-up companies may not have legacy data and analytics to consider, we’ll also explore what established businesses using traditional analytics methods can learn from this use case with views from both start-up and established companies on how to revisit the analytics decision process.
Universal Fabric Management for Tomorrow’s Data Centers
April 12, 2021

Richelle Ahlvers, Storage Technology Enablement Architect, Intel; Phil Cayton, Sr. Staff Software Engineer, Intel

Large-scale computing designs are increasingly multi-node and linked together through high-speed networks. These networks may be comprised of different types of technologies, fungible, and morphing. Over time, many different types of high-performance networking devices will evolve to participate in these modern, coupled-computing platforms. New fabric management capabilities, orchestration, and automation will be required to deploy, secure, and optimally maintain these high-speed networks.

Join this presentation to gain insights from experts representing SNIA and the OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA) on how the two organizations are collaborating to improve and promote the vendor neutral, standards-based management of open source fabrics and remote network services or devices in high performance data center infrastructures. 
Continuous Delivery: Cloud Software Development on Speed
April 20, 2021

Davis Frank, Co-creator Jasmine Test Framework; Glyn Bowden, HPE; Alex McDonald, Chair, SNIA Cloud Storage Technologies Initiative
In the world of cloud services development, it's necessary to gain an edge on the myriad of competition facing your product or service. Volume and variety are not just characteristics of cloud data, but also of the software needed to deliver accurate decisions. While a variety of software techniques exist to create effective development teams, sometimes it's worthwhile to look elsewhere for additional success factors. In this webcast, we'll be focusing on adapting some of the principles of modern manufacturing to add to the development toolbox. A Continuous Delivery methodology ensures that the product is streamlined in its feature set while building constant value to the customer via the cloud.
Hardware Accelerated Blockchain Operations
April 29, 2021

Parmeshwr Prasad, Dell Technologies; Olga Buchonina, Chair, SNIA Blockchain Storage Technical Work Group, ActionSpot

The storage industry is working on ways to meet the demand for the very high throughput required for the volume of transactions per second in Blockchain operations. There have been numerous advancements in Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) and Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) logics to improve the number of transactions per second for Blockchain operations. But these FPGA/ASIC improvements will not be sufficient for increasing the demand of hardware resources required for Blockchain. Learn how smart network interface cards (NICs) offload low-level functions from server CPUs, dramatically increasing network and application performance, offloading all network related processing.
Great Storage Debate: Hyperconverged vs. Disaggregated vs. Centralized
May 4, 2021
Christine McMonigal, Intel; John Kim, NVIDIA; Walt O’Brien, Dell Technologies; Hrishikesh Sathawane, Samsung
In the ongoing evolution of the datacenter, a popular debate involves how storage is allocated and managed. There are three competing visions about how storage should be done; those are Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI), Disaggregated Storage, and Centralized Storage. IT architects, storage vendors, and industry analysts argue constantly over which is the best approach and even the exact definition of each. Isn’t Hyperconverged constrained? Is Disaggregated designed only for large cloud service providers? Is Centralized storage only for legacy applications? Tune in to debate these questions and more.

Security of Data on NVMe over Fabrics, The Armored Truck Way
May 12, 2021
Claudio DeSanti, Dell Technologies; Nishant Lodha, Marvell; John Kim, NVIDIA
With ever increasing threat vectors both inside and outside the data center, a compromised customer dataset can quickly result in a torrent of lost business data, eroded trust, significant penalties, and potential lawsuits. Vulnerabilities exist at every point when scaling out NVMe, which requires data to be secured every time it leaves a server or the storage media, not only when leaving the data center. NVMe over Fabrics is poised to be the one of the most dominant transports of the future and securing and validating the vast amounts of data that would transverse this fabric is not just prudent, but paramount. Join the webcast to hear Industry experts discuss current and future strategies to secure and protect mission critical data.
Data Movement and Computational Storage - a Panel Discussion
May 18, 2021
Eli Tiomkin, Chair, SNIA Computational Storage SIG; Cameron Brett, KIOXIA; David McIntyre, Samsung
In modern analytics deployments, latency is the fatal flaw that limits the efficacy of the overall system. Solutions move at the speed of decision, and microseconds could mean the difference between success and failure against competitive offerings. Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and In-Memory Analytics solutions have significantly reduced latency, but the sheer volume of data and its potential broad distribution across the globe prevent a single analytics node from efficiently harvesting and processing data. This panel discussion will feature industry experts discussing the different approaches to distributed analytics in the network and storage nodes. How do the storage providers of HDDs and SSDs view the data creation and movement between the edge, compute, and the cloud? And how can computational storage be a solution to reduce data movement?
Event Schedule

Find SNIA at these events:

Persistent Memory and Computational Storage Summit – Virtual – April 21-22, 2021
SDC EMEA – Virtual – June 8, 2021
DMTF 2021 Virtual APTS - Virtual - July 26-30, 2021
SDC India – Virtual – August 5-6, 2021
Storage Developer Conference – September 28-29, 2021

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