January 2022
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Next Generation Storage Management Lab is Now Open

SNIA’s Storage Management Initiative is proud to announce the updated SM Lab. To support the revamping of the SM Lab program, it has moved to a highly secure data center colocation facility in Colorado.
SM Lab Members now have virtual access to SMI-S infrastructure as well as an expanding SNIA Swordfish™ environment. SMI’s new hosting environment is also helping partner organizations DMTF® Redfish Forum and SNIA’s CMSI by providing a shared space to accommodate their needs.
SNIA’s Storage Management Initiative’s SM Lab program is a collaborative program helping organizations accelerate the development and implementation of SNIA Swordfish and SMI-S - based Client and Provider products.
Join SM Lab today. Contact us at storagemanagement@snia.org.

2021 Top 10 SNIA Webcasts

SNIA is committed to educating on all technologies related to storage. One of the many ways we do this is through our popular webcast program where SNIA volunteers share their expertise.
We’ve curated a “Top 10” playlist for 2021 based on our most popular webcasts for the year. These webcast topics range from performance and security of NVMe® over Fabrics and Object Storage trends, to next generation interconnects, how Fibre Channel works, and the impact AI is having on storage.
This is a perfect time to start the new year by learning more about storage and networking technologies and trends. Watch one or all 10 at our 2021 Top 10 Playlist.
Watch the Top 10 Videos Now
Featured Q&A Blog

A Q&A on Big Data in the Cloud
In this Q&A blog, SNIA experts, Chip Maurer, Vincent Hsu and Andy Longworth answer questions on modernization challenges related to Big Data and key considerations for storing Big Data as workloads evolve.
Featured Video

NVMe-oF™: Protocols & Transports Deep Dive

by Dr. Joseph White, Dell Fellow, Dell Technologies
SNIA is pleased to welcome the following new members:

Tuxera joined SNIA

Xsight Labs Ltd.  Joined SNIA
Check out the top reasons to join SNIA in our Membership Infographic and see the full list of SNIA Members here.
Featured Event

SNIA Annual Members Symposium

Tuesday, January 25, 2022
Virtual Meeting

We invite you to attend our 2022 Annual Members Symposium virtually on January 25, 2022, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm PST. This is an excellent opportunity to hear updates on the work being done by all the current Technical Work Groups (TWG), Forums and Initiatives (F&I), and Committees.
We would also like to share a virtual lunch session with SNIA leadership about the 2022 vision and plans for SNIA as a whole. 
Please join us to see who our Membership Award Recipients are for 2021. As always, we are excited to share and support our members and working groups, and highlight some of the many great successes of 2021!
Get more details on the Symposium
Featured Podcast

SPDK Schedulers – Saving CPU Cores in a Polled Mode Storage Application 

by Jim Harris, Principal Software Engineer, Intel, and Tomek Zawadzki, Cloud Software Engineer, Intel
Upcoming Webcast
Mitigating the Ransomware Threat: a Backup Solution Perspective
January 12, 2022
Arindam Panna, Veritas; Narayan Subramanian, Veritas; Niranjan Pendharkar, SNIA India Technical Council
Ransomware is malware that encrypts valuable data and then asks the victim for ransom in lieu of providing the decryption keys. One way to not fall prey to Ransomware is to keep regular backups, and use them as last line of defense. Lately some of the ransomware attacks have started encrypting or destroying the backup images as well.
This webcast will cover solutions built to lockdown disk-based backup images. It goes beyond storage, and protects certain specific processes from code injection and masquerading to gain trust. Here we will discuss our experience of designing and developing this solution on Windows platform. 

Storage Life on the Edge: Managing Data from the Edge to the Cloud and Back
January 26, 2022
Dan Cummins, Dell Technologies; David McIntyre, Samsung; John Kim, NVIDIA; Tom Friend, Illuminosi
The Edge means putting servers, storage, and other devices outside the core data center and closer to both the data sources and the users of that data—both edge sources and edge users could be people or machines. At the first webcast in this “Storage Life on the Edge” webcast series you‘ll learn:
  • Data and compute pressure points: aggregation, near & far Edge
  • Supporting IoT data
  • Analytics and AI considerations
  • Understanding data lifecycle to generate insights
  • Governance, security & privacy overview
  • Managing multiple Edge sites in a unified way
5G Industrial Private Networks and Edge Data Pipelines
January 27, 2022
Glyn Bowden, HPE; Mukund Shenoy, Intel; Alex McDonald, SNIA CSTI Chair
The convergence of 5G, Edge Compute and AI promise to be catalysts for digital transformation within industrial segments. Advanced 5G is specifically designed to address the needs of verticals with capabilities like enhanced mobile broadband (emBB), ultra-reliable low latency communications (urLLC), and massive machine type communications (mMTC), to enable near real-time distributed intelligence applications.
Using this data, manufacturers are looking to maximize operational efficiency and process optimization by leveraging AI and machine learning. This presentation will cover the need to understand and effectively manage the sources of timely data, the role of 5G and TSN, new data-intensive use cases, and how the right data pipeline layer provides persistent, trustworthy storage from Edge to Cloud.
High Performance Storage at Exascale
February 2, 2022
Torben Kling Petersen, HPE; Michael Hennecke, Intel; Glyn Bowden, HPE; Alex McDonald, SNIA CSTI Chair
Through their massive scale-out capabilities, current parallel file systems are more than able to provide the capacity and raw bandwidth that is needed at Exascale. But it can be difficult to achieve high performance for the increasingly complex data access patterns, to manage billions of small files efficiently, and to continuously feed large GPU based systems with the huge datasets that are required in ML/AI workloads.
This webcast will examine the different I/O workflows seen on supercomputers today, discussing the approaches the industry is taking to support the convergence of HPC and AI workflows, and highlighting some of the innovations in both storage hardware and parallel file system software that will enable high performance storage at Exascale and beyond.
Why Cryptocurrency and Computational Storage?
February 15, 2022
Jonmichael Hands, Chia Network; Eli Tiomkin, NGD Systems
Blockchains, cryptocurrency, and the internet of markets are working to transform finance, wealth, safety, digital security, and trust. Storage-based cryptocurrencies had a breakout year in 2021. Proof of Space and Time is a new blockchain consensus that uses storage capacity to secure the blockchain. Decentralized file storage will enable alternatives to hyperscale data centers for hosting files and objects. Understanding the TCO of a storage system and optimizing the utilization of the storage hardware is critical in scaling these systems. Proof of space generation requires temporary compute and ephemeral storage resources. Having compute resources onboard an SSD can allow for local data processing to decrease overall system Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).
Join SNIA members as they discuss how a new approach of auto-plotting SSDs combined with computational storage can lower the total TCO. You’ll learn how autoplotting works, server use cases that illustrate significant performance/TB gains, and hear the results based on the SNIA Total Cost of Ownership Mode for Storage. This is a perfect opportunity to learn about the SNIA TCO model with an interactive case study.

15 Minutes in the Cloud: What is Cloud?
March 2, 2022
Chip Maurer, Dell Technologies; Alex McDonald, SNIA CSTI Chair
Everyone is familiar with the term “Cloud” but it’s still worth asking “What is cloud?”  It can be defined as “networked computing facilities providing remote data storage and processing services via the internet.” While that definition is simple, the real-world of cloud is complex, and changing constantly.
This first talk in the SNIA Cloud Storage Technologies Initiative “15 Minutes in the Cloud” series will present a brief history of “The Cloud.” If you are a cloud expert, these sessions might not be for you, but for everyone else, this series of short talks might clear up a lot of questions you may have. Join us for a discussion on:
  • Common Cloud Terminology
  • How all the parts work together
  • Why the cloud and what it’s used for
  • Example use cases
  • SNIA Educational resources on Cloud
Event Schedule
Find SNIA at these Events
SNIA Annual Members Symposium – Virtual, January 25, 2022, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm PT
FAST’22 – Santa Clara, CA – February 22-24, 2022
SDC EMEA 2022 – Virtual – April 5, 2022
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