March 2021
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TLS Storage Specification for Storage Systems v2.0

SNIA has just released an update to the Transport Layer Security (TLS) standard. This document specifies the requirements and guidance for use of the (TLS) protocol in conjunction with data storage technologies. The requirements are intended to facilitate secure interoperability of storage clients and servers as well as non-storage technologies that may have similar interoperability needs. This document was developed with the expectation that future versions of the Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) and the Cloud Data Management Interface (CDMI) could leverage these requirements to ensure consistency between these standards as well as to more rapidly adjust the security functionality in these standards.
View the Standard Here

NVMe over Fabrics for Absolute Beginners

Ever wonder what the difference is between NVMe and NVMe over Fabrics or why it’s called NVMe over Fabrics? Then this blog by SNIA Chair, J Metz, is for you. NVMe over Fabrics is a way of extending NVMe outside of a computer/server. It is more than simply slapping the commands onto a network, and it helps to know the pros and cons of each transport fabric as it applies to what you need to do.
Read on to learn more

See Computational Storage in the Real World

Computational storage has arrived, with real world applications meeting the goal of enabling parallel computation and/or alleviating constraints on existing compute, memory, storage, and I/O. The SNIA Computational Storage Special Interest Group has gathered examples of computational storage use cases which demonstrate improvements in application performance and infrastructure efficiency through the integration of compute resources either directly with storage or between the host and the storage. Read our new blog and check out the dozen use cases featured on our new Computational Storage Use Cases page.

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

Twenty-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.
Learn more about the videos here

New NVMe® SSD Classification Table

NVMe SSDs address the needs of servers and storage in enterprise and hyperscale data centers in a variety of use cases.  A new NVMe® SSD Classification table developed by the SNIA Solid State Storage Special Interest Group outlines the distinct requirements and application environments for enterprise servers, enterprise storage, data center/hyperscale servers, and data center/hyperscale storage.
View the classification table here

Expanded Solid State Drive Form Factors Page

Solid State Drives (SSDs) come in many different sizes and formats. The SNIA Solid State Storage Special Interest Group has updated the popular Solid State Drive Form Factors page to include new use cases, dimensions, and related specifications and protocols for EDSFF, M.2, 2.5-inch (U.2) and add in cards.
View the Solid State Drive Form Factors page
Featured Events
Complimentary registration is now open for an expanded Persistent Memory + Computational Storage Summit held virtually on April 21-22, 2021. 

This 8th annual Summit will feature leading speakers on topics from the data center to the edge in persistent memory, new memory futures, and computational storage. 

And new for 2021 is an expanded Persistent Memory Workshop and Hackathon, available 24-7 to develop and test your persistent memory applications.
Register today

Speak at SDC 2021 - Call for Presentations Now Open

SNIA's Storage Developer Conference (SDC) is the destination for technical discussions and education on the  latest storage technologies and standards. 

Speak at SDC: SDC 2020 had nearly 1,000 attendees! Share your knowledge and experience by submitting a proposal for consideration today. 
View presentation topics and details here
SNIA is pleased to welcome the following new members:

Bloombase joined SNIA.

CERN joined SFF.
Check out the top reasons to join SNIA in our Membership Infographic and see the full list of SNIA Members here.
SNIA Q&A Blogs
Check out answers to some of the questions attendees have asked at recent SNIA webcasts in these Q&A blogs.

Understanding CDMI and S3 Together

Protecting Data from New COVID Threats

Do these Technologies Look Outdated to You?

Featured Podcast

Unlocking the New Performance and QoS Capabilities of the Software-Enabled Flash API 

by Rory Bolt, Senior Fellow, KIOXIA America
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.

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.

Adapting Cloud Analytics for Practical Business Use
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.

Continuous Delivery: Cloud Software Done Right
April 21, 2021

Davis Frank, Co-creater of the Jasmine Test Framework; Glyn Bowden, HPE; Alex McDonald, Chair SNIA CSTI 

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. 
Event Schedule

Find SNIA at these events:

OpenFabrics Alliance Workshop  - Virtual – March 15-19, 2021
Persistent Memory Summit – Virtual – April 21-22, 2021
Storage Developer Conference EMEA - Virtual - June 8, 2021
Storage Developer Conference – September 28-29, 2021

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