September 2021
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Linear Tape File System Format (LTFS) Specification Now a Published ISO Standard

The latest revision of SNIA Linear Tape File System (LTFS) Format Specification, version 2.5.1, is now adopted as the international standard ISO/IEC 20919:2021 through the collaboration between SNIA and ISO.

The LTFS Format Specification defines the self-describing data structure on tape for the long-term retention of data at low-cost with the benefit of data portability between the different systems and different sites using tapes. The changes from previous ISO/IEC 20919:2016 adds the improvement in storage efficiency with the incremental index recording and supports a wider variety of characters in the file name and extended attribute with the character encoding. The ISO standard is ISO/IEC 20919:2021

SDC 2021 is Just Weeks Away!
Early Bird Discount Ends Sept. 8th

SDC 2021 kicks off on September 28th! This year’s conference boasts an impressive list of expert presenters with exceptional keynote speakers and over 120 sessions on a wide range of storage topics. Register today before the $95 early bird registration ends on September 8th.

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Explore Storage Orchestration Services, Benefits & Challenges

Alex McDonald, Chair of the SNIA Cloud Storage Technologies Initiative, explains how orchestration and automation can aid storage management in this SearchStorage article published by TechTarget.
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Featured Blogs
What’s New in Computational Storage?
You won’t want to miss a conversation with SNIA leaders Jason Molgaard and Bill Martin on the latest updates to the SNIA Computational Storage Architecture and Programming Model, and a new release of the SNIA Computational Storage API document.
Deploying Confidential Computing Q&A
The 3rd webcast in our confidential computing series focused on real-world deployments of confidential computing and included case studies and demonstrations. Our live audience asked some interesting questions, here are our expert presenters’ answers.
Featured Video

Unlocking Potential of NVMe-oF™ & SDS Thanks to Programmable DPUs - Part 1

Presented by Sebastien LeDuc, Software Engineering Director, Kalray
Featured Events

SNIA Speakers at Interop Digital

SNIA speakers will be well-represented at this month’s Interop Digital: Data Management and Storage event, participating in two panels. Alex McDonald, SNIA Cloud Storage Technologies Initiative Chair, will speak on the panel “Cloud-Enabled vs. Cloud-Native Storage: What's the Difference and Why Should I Care?” JB Baker, SNIA Computational Storage Special Interest Group member, will speak on the panel “Managing the Data Flood with High-Capacity Storage.”
View the Interop Digital Agenda

SNIA Annual Members’ Meeting

SNIA members are encouraged to attend the 2021 Annual Members' Meeting on October 21, 2021, 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/forum 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.
Featured Podcast
SkyhookDM: Storage and Management of Tabular Data in Ceph

by Jeff LeFevre, Adjunct Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, University of California, Santa Cruz
Upcoming Webcasts
Moving Genomics to the Cloud: Compute and Storage Considerations
September 9, 2021
Michael McManus, Intel; Christopher Davidson, HPE; Torben Kling Petersen, HPE; Alex McDonald, SNIA Cloud Storage Technologies Initiative Chair
The study of genomics in modern biology has revolutionized the discovery of medicines and driven the rapid development of vaccines. Genomics, however, requires a significant amount of compute power and data storage to make new discoveries possible. This session will feature expert viewpoints from both bioinformatics and technology perspectives with a focus on some of the compute and data storage challenges for genomics workflows.
SAN Overview - How Fibre Channel Hosts and Targets Really Communicate
September 23, 2021
AJ Casamento, Broadcom; Ed Mazurek, Cisco; John Kim, NVIDIA
Each SAN transport has its own way to initialize and transfer data. So how do initiators (hosts) and targets (storage arrays) communicate in Fibre Channel (FC) Storage Area Networks (SANs)? Find out in this live webcast where Fibre Channel experts will answer:
  • How do FC links activate?
  • Is FC routable?
  • What kind of flow control is present in FC?
  • How do initiators find targets and set up their communication?
  • Finally, how does actual data get transferred since that is the ultimate goal?
Cloud Storage and Big Data, A Marriage Made in the Clouds
October 21, 2021
Joseph Dain, IBM; Andy Longworth, HPE; Chip Maurer, Dell Technologies
Learn the history of “Big Data” and how it has pushed the storage envelope, eventually resulting in a seemingly perfect relationship with Cloud Storage. But local storage is the 3rd wheel in this relationship, and won’t go down easy. Can this marriage survive when Big Data is being pulled in two directions? Should Big Data pick one, or can the three of them live happily ever after?
Event Schedule
Find SNIA at these Events
Interop Digital Data Management and Storage Event – Virtual – September 14, 2021
Storage Developer Conference – Virtual - September 28-29, 2021
SNIA Annual Members’ Meeting - Teleconference – October 21, 2021
Intel Innovation – Hybrid – San Francisco, CA and Virtual – October 29-29, 2021
OCP Global Summit – Hybrid – San Jose, CA and Virtual – November 9-10, 2021
SC’21 – St. Louis, MO and Virtual – November 14-19, 2021
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