January 2021
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SNIA Annual Members Symposium

Virtual - January 26 -28, 2021

We invite you to attend the 2021 SNIA Annual Members Symposium which kicks off with our Annual Members Meeting on Tuesday, January 26th. At this year’s virtual event, we have organized updates from all of SNIA’s Technical Work Groups, Technology Forums, Initiatives, and Committees. Hear SNIA’s leadership team discuss the many successes of 2020, SNIA’s vision, and plans for the year ahead. We will also announce this year’s membership award recipients where we honor volunteer members who have demonstrated extraordinary passion and dedication to the storage industry. 
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SNIA and SODA Foundation Enter into Marketing Alliance

In a move that advances the common goal of promoting a unified framework and standardization for data and storage management, SNIA and the SODA Foundation are pleased to announce they have entered into a marketing alliance. The two organizations will collaborate to educate their respective communities on the importance of open source storage management standards and lay the groundwork for future technological development, particularly to leverage SNIA’s work developing the SNIA Swordfish™ storage management specification.

To gain insight into how alliances work in SNIA, watch SNIA Board Advisor and Intel storage architect Richelle Ahlvers during the replay of SODACON 2020, Day 2.

Key-Value Traces Added to the SNIA IOTTA Repository

The two new sets of traces reflect accesses to key-value stores. One set of traces was collected from 54 of Twitter’s in-memory caching clusters during March 2020 with a combined count of 255 billion records. The traces represent queries to memcached instances at Twitter and were used in the paper A large scale analysis of hundreds of in-memory cache clusters at Twitter at the OSDI '20 conference.
The second set was collected from IBM’s Cloud Object Store service during a single week in 2019 with a combined count of 1.7 billion records. The traces were used in the paper It's Time to Revisit LRU vs. FIFO at the HotStorage '20 conference.
Established and maintained by the SNIA “Input/Output Traces, Tools, and Analysis Technical Work Group (IOTTA TWG)”, the SNIA IOTTA Repository is a worldwide repository for storage-related I/O trace files, associated tools, and other related information.

Reflections on Computational Storage

How did computational storage progress in 2020, and where might it be in five years? A new SNIA On Storage blog features Computational Storage Technical Work Group Co-Chairs Jason Molgaard of Arm and Scott Shadley of NGD Systems and Computational Storage Special Interest Group Chair Eli Tiomkin of NGD Systems reflecting on 2020 and anticipating 2021 computational storage advances.

Geek Out on Real World Computational Storage

In our Geek Out on Computational Storage series, we first covered the basics, and then explored how computational storage plays in architectures. Now we turn to where the rubber meets the road, featuring a video from SNIA expert, Stephen Bates, who describes the current state of computational storage standards and profiles 4 real-world deployments.
Geek Out Here on Computational Storage

Experts Speak at Flash Memory Summit

2020 brought new developments in persistent memory and computational storage. SNIA Compute, Memory, and Storage Initiative was pleased to sponsor two tracks at the recent Flash Memory Summit where industry leaders captured the advances. Videos and presentations are now available.
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Featured Event

SNIA Storage Management Initiative Members’ Meeting

What’s new in storage management? Join SNIA’s Storage Management Initiative (SMI) for its annual SMI Members’ Meeting on Thursday, January 28 from Noon – 2:00 p.m. PST during the Annual SNIA Members Symposium and find out. Attendees will receive an update on new alliances, the redesigned 2021 SMI strategy and program plans that includes details on what’s next for SM Lab and SNIA Swordfish Conformance Testing. Learn about the opportunities for your organization to be recognized for its leadership and shape the direction of SMI in the upcoming year. Register for the SNIA Members Symposium today here
SNIA is pleased to welcome the following new members:
Check out the top reasons to join SNIA in our Membership Infographic and see the full list of SNIA Members here.
SNIA Blogs
SNIA webcasts are a great source of vendor-neutral education on all things storage. So are the Q&A blogs our experts post. Here are some of our most recent ones.

5G Streaming Questions Answered

Implications of Internet of Payments Q&A

Compute Everywhere – Your Questions Answered

Questions on Securing Data in Transit Answered

Video Analytics Q&A

Featured Video

SNIA on Kubernetes:
An Overview of Educational Opportunities

What's so important about Kubernetes? Find out in less than 5 minutes in this quick overview of how SNIA is providing education on Kubernetes.
Featured Podcast

Caching on PMEM: an Iterative Approach

by Yao Yue, Twitter, Inc. and Juncheng Yang, Carnegie Mellon University and Twitter
Upcoming Webcasts
Digital Storage Stars in the Media and Entertainment Industry
January 13, 2021
Tom Coughlin, President, Coughlin Associates & SNIA CMSI Education Chair

Digital storage is a critical technology for professional Media and Entertainment (M&E). With the Covid-19 pandemic much M&E work went remote, enabled by cloud based services and private and public cloud storage. NVMe SSDs and emerging memories are assuming increased use in high resolution, high frame rate, high dynamic range video content workflows. Between 2019 and 2025, about a 3X increase is expected in the required storage capacity in the industry and a 3.4X increase in storage capacity shipped per year. Cloud storage capacity for the M&E industry will increase 13X between 2019 and 2025.

This webinar looks at the trends driving demand for digital storage in all parts of the M&E industry, with data from the 2020 Digital Storage in Media and Entertainment report from Coughlin Associates.

Data Privacy and Data Protection in the COVID Era
January 20, 2021
Glyn Bowden, HPE; Eric Hibbard, SNIA Storage Security TWG Chair; Alex McDonald, SNIA Cloud Storage Technologies Initiative Chair
The COVID-19 Pandemic has amplified cybersecurity concerns particularly related to the cloud. Threat actors have recognized a unique opportunity to exploit pandemic-related vulnerabilities through social engineering attacks, business email compromise, work from home or other remote weak points. This results in increased risk and occurrence of ransomware attacks and data breaches that can disrupt or totally compromise organizations’ ability to conduct business. These security incidents can also subject victims to liability for violations of privacy and data breach notification laws. Join this webcast as SNIA experts will discuss:
  • Changing threat landscape due to COVID
  • Recent attacker exploits
  • Common security failures and their consequences
  • Strategies to combat malware
  • Minimizing ransomware risks
  • How emerging technologies (5G, IoT, AI, etc.) expand the threat landscape
Storage Technologies & Practices Ripe for Refresh
February 3, 2021
John Kim, NVIDIA; Dave Landsman, Western Digital; Eric Hibbard, SNIA Security TWG; Alex McDonald, SNIA Networking Storage Forum; Tom Friend, Illuminosi
So much of what we discuss within SNIA is the latest emerging technologies in storage. While it’s good to know about what technology is coming, it’s also important to understand the technologies that should be sunsetted.

In this webcast, you’ll learn about storage technologies and practices in your data center that are ready for refresh or possibly retirement. Find out why some long-standing technologies and practices should be re-evaluated. We’ll discuss:
  • Obsolete hardware, protocols, interfaces and other aspects of storage
  • Why certain technologies are no longer in general use
  • Technologies on their way out and why
  • Drivers for change
  • Justifications for obsoleting proven technologies
  • Trade-offs risks: new faster/better vs. proven/working tech
Event Schedule

Find SNIA at these events:

Annual SNIA Members Symposium – Virtual – January 26-28, 2021
OpenFabrics Alliance Workshop  - Virtual – March 15-19, 2021
Persistent Memory Summit – Virtual – April 21-22, 2021

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