February 2021
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SNIA Hall of Fame Inductees

SNIA was proud to honor and induct David Dale and Rob Peglar to the "SNIA Hall of Fame and Profiles in Achievement" for their many years of dedication and valuable contributions to SNIA. The recognition awards were presented at the 2021 SNIA Members Symposium on January 26, 2021.

SNIA 2020 Member Recognition Honorees Announced

SNIA would also like to congratulate the 2020 honorees of the SNIA Member Recognition Program announced at the Annual Members Symposium. The awards are an expression of our gratitude for their commitment and many contributions to SNIA.

Individual Awards:

Exceptional Leadership
Jason Molgaard (Arm, Inc.)

The individual(s) who has provided outstanding leadership to advance a cause for SNIA leading to an impact on the industry or the Association.

Unsung Hero Honoree
Eric Hibbard (PrivSec Consulting LLC)

An individual who continually worked tirelessly under the radar expecting no accolades or attention but who in fact probably deserves more than the rest.

Volunteer of the Year
Bill Martin (Samsung)

The individual whose consistent contributions during the previous year have furthered the work of an existing program.

New Contributor of the Year
Raj Ramanujan (Western Digital)

Individual who contributed to a new area or program. This individual has begun contributing to a different area than they had been contributing to.
Group Awards:

SNIA Group of the Year: SDC Committee

A SNIA group which had members and efforts that helped SNIA achieve something innovative and groundbreaking.
Significant Impact by a Previously Existing Technical Work Group (TWG) or Task Force: Object Drive TWG
The SNIA TWG or Task Force, which above all others, had members and efforts which consistently stepped up and helped SNIA achieve something new and groundbreaking or which significantly advanced an existing program.

Members Symposium Presentations

If you missed the Annual SNIA Members Symposium, check out what SNIA has planned for 2021 in these presentations and videos.
View the Presentations and Videos Here

SDC India 2020 Sessions Now Available

The SNIA India Storage Developer Conference (SDC) was held in early December last year and for the first time was delivered as a virtual conference, which allowed us to offer the agenda content to a broader audience beyond the traditional delegates from Bangalore. All the recorded sessions are now available, covering a wide variety of technical subjects from experts across the global storage developer community. 
Check out great presentations like “Object Storage Performance: Benchmarking & Troubleshooting.”
All  the SDC India presentations are now on the SDC India 2020 Playlist at our SNIAVideo YouTube Channel

Experts Speak at Flash Memory Summit

Presentations on Persistent Memory and Computational Storage and great panel discussions from Flash Memory Summit 2020 are now available on the SNIAVideo YouTube Channel. Get updates on technology advances, watch real world deployments, and discover the future.
Learn More in our Blog

Solid State Storage (SSS) Performance Test Specification (PTS)

SNIA has developed methods which enable manufacturers to set, and customers to compare, the performance specifications of Solid State Storage devices, which are evolving with the state of the technology. These specifications define a set of device level tests and methodologies which enable comparative testing of SSS devices for enterprise and client systems.
With this version of the Solid State Storage Performance Test Specification v2.0.2 both the enterprise and client tests have been combined into a single specification.

SMI-S Storage Management Quick Start Guide Series Kicks-Off

20-year SNIA veteran Mike Walker has created a series of videos titled “SMI-S Quick Start Guides” that provide developers using the SMI-S storage management specification instructions on how to find useful information in a SMI-S server using the python-based pywbem open source tool. The first two videos in the series are now available on the SNIAVideo YouTube channel.

Watch a short trailer on the content you can expect to see in the series here and watch the SNIA SMI-S Storage Management Spec. Mockups, Installation and Setup video here. Be sure to check back or subscribe to the SNIAVideo YouTube Channel for future installments. You can also learn more about pybwem here
Watch the Series Trailer Here
Featured Events

2021 Brings a New Persistent Memory + Computational Storage Summit

The 8th annual Summit has expanded its agenda and scope to now include Computational Storage along with the Persistent Memory focus. The two-day virtual event will be held on April 21 – 22, 2021.  Hot topics will include emerging non-volatile memory trends, edge use cases, new applications, and more. Visit the Summit website for sponsorship information and complimentary registration.

Attend USENIX FAST '21 - File and Storage Technologies Conference

SNIA is proud to sponsor the upcoming 19th USENIX Conference on File and Storage Technologies (FAST '21), taking place virtually February 23–25, 2021. FAST will bring together storage-system researchers and practitioners to explore new directions in the design, implementation, evaluation, and deployment of storage systems. SNIA’s sponsorship for the event allows college students to attend at no charge.
Every SNIA Member company would benefit by having at least one engineer attend the event!  The cost to attend is only $125. Register here.
SNIA is pleased to welcome the following new members:

ShenZhen Sandstone Data Technology Co., Ltd. joined SNIA and the Cloud Storage Technologies Initiative

Jonhon joined SFF TA TWG
Check out the top reasons to join SNIA in our Membership Infographic and see the full list of SNIA Members here.
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Featured Podcast

Use Cases for NVMe-oF for Deep Learning Workloads and HCI Pooling 

by Nishant Lodha, Marvell Semiconductor
Upcoming Webcasts
The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence
March 16, 2021
Rob Enderle, Enderle Group; Eric Hibbard, SNIA Security Technical Work Group; Jim Fister, The Decision Place

Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies are possibly the most substantive and meaningful change to modern business. However, with the power that AI brings comes the risks of any technology innovation. This interactive session will cover some of the ethical issues that AI can create. Attendees should expect to learn:
  • How making decisions at the speed of AI could be ethically challenging
  • Examples of how companies have structures to approach AI policy
  • The pitfalls of managing the human side of AI development
  • Potential legal implications of using AI to make decisions
  • Advice for addressing potential ethical issues before they are unsolvable
NVMe-oF: Looking Beyond Performance Hero Numbers
March 25, 2021
Erik Smith, Dell Technologies; Rob Davis, NVIDIA; Nishant Lodha, Marvell; Alex McDonald, SNIA Networking Storage Forum Vice Chair
When it comes to performance of NVMe over Fabrics™(NVMe-oF™) one should look beyond test results that demonstrate NVMe-oF’s dramatic reduction in latency. There are other, more important, questions that should be asked in order to understand the fabric’s real-world benefits. This webcast will attempt to answer questions beyond “it depends.” Gain insights from an industry wide panel of NVMe and fabric technology experts as they discuss the thought process you can use to determine pros and cons of a fabric for your environment, including:
  • Use cases driving fabric choices
  • NVMe transports and their strengths
  • Industry dynamics driving adoption
  • Considerations for scale, security, and efficiency
Event Schedule

Find SNIA at these events:

USENIX FAST’21 – Virtual – February 23-25, 2021
OpenFabrics Alliance Workshop  - Virtual – March 15-19, 2021
Persistent Memory + Computational Storage Summit – Virtual – April 21-22, 2021

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