November 2022

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New White Paper: Storage Device-Level Power Efficiency Measurement for
Cloud, Datacenter & Enterprise Storage

This new white paper describes storage device-level (individual storage device) power efficiency test methodology, the device test harness, the capture and use of IO workloads, calculating power efficiency metrics, and reporting device test results. The test methods are applicable to HDD and solid state storage devices (SDD) that have industry standard interconnects. This white paper lays a foundation for a forthcoming 2023 technical specification. This specification will be complementary to the system-level ISO/IEC 24091:2019 IT Specification for Data Center Storage (ISO 24091) Standard based on the SNIA Emerald™ Power Efficiency Measurement Specification V3.0/V4.0.
Download the White Paper Here
The SNIA Green Storage TWG is seeking participation in the further development of the device-level specification with the contribution of technical resources, short-term loan of in-production storage devices, and IO capture of real-world enterprise application workloads. Interested parties should contact

SNIA Forms Blockchain Storage Committee

The SNIA Blockchain Storage Committee (BSC) was recently formed to address the needs of the technical community’s desire to engage in alliance-building and marketplace-driven activities, whereby all interested parties can participate without concern for Intellectual Property boundaries.
Join us for these upcoming projects:
  • Publishing a Blockchain Concept white paper
  • Creating SNIA alliance agreements for cross-industry collaboration
  • Developing plans for a one-day Blockchain Technology Summit in Q2 2023 
BSC membership is open to all SNIA members! To join, click on “Join this Workgroup” in Workgroup Details. Regular meetings will be scheduled soon. For questions, email

SNIA Answers “What Is” Questions

The technology world changes so quickly, how can you keep up with everything? SNIA has created a series of one-page definitions that can help. These vendor-neutral, clear, concise, and simple explanations have been created by SNIA experts. We now have 20 published “What Is pages that provide a description of a wide range of technologies, what they are, and how each one works.
View the "What Is..." Pages Here
Standards Work

TLS Specification for Storage Systems v2.1

SNIA continues to publish technical work at a rapid rate. The most recently published standard is the Transport Layer Security (TLS) Specification for Storage Systems v2.1. This specification details the requirements for use of the TLS protocol in conjunction with data storage technologies. Updates in v2.1 include: 
  • The required security strength increased from 112 bits to 128 bits
  • Increased emphasis on the use of TLS 1.3
  • Adjustments to the recommended TLS 1.2 cipher suites and TLS 1.3 extensions
  • Changed the minimum RSA key size for X.509 certificates from 2048 to 3072 bits; changed the minimum ECDSA signature certificate to NIST P-384 with SHA-384 or NIST P-521 with SHA-512
SNIA is updating ISO/IEC 20648 to match SNIA TLS spec v2.1.
Download the TLS Specification
Featured Event

Virtual SNIA Swordfish™ Hands-on Lab is November 9th

Here’s your chance to get on the waitlist for a one-hour complimentary SNIA Swordfish™ virtual hands-on lab hosted by the Storage Management Initiative (SMI) on Wednesday, November 9, 2022. Registration is full, but we’ve opened a waitlist. 

Taught by leading Swordfish experts, this experience will provide guided exercises and tips and tricks for creating your own Swordfish implementations.

The Virtual Lab is from 7:00am – 8:00am PST / 10:00am – 11:00am EST / 3:00pm – 4:00pm GMT.
TO REGISTER FOR THE WAITLIST: Email and you'll receive confirmation that you’ve been added. Please ensure your laptop can connect to a remote lab through a provided VPN.
New to Swordfish? Watch this video.
Featured Video

Digitalisation World Interviews Dr. J Metz on SNIA Storage Innovations

Philip Alsop, Digitalisation World Editor, interviews Dr. J Metz, Chair of the SNIA Board of Directors on the many ways SNIA is setting the standard for storage innovation. Watch as they discuss several exciting topics, including computational storage devices, DNA data storage and SDXI.

SNIA is proud to welcome new member: 

Joined as a SNIA SFF TA TWG Member
EDSFF Taking Center Stage in the Data Center
November 10, 2022
Jonmichael Hands, Chia Network; Cameron Brett, KIOXIA
At the 2022 Open Compute Global Summit, OEMs, cloud service providers, hyperscale data center, and SSD vendors showcased products and their vision for how the family of EDSFF form factors solves real data challenges. In this webcast, we will explain how having a flexible and scalable family of form factors allows for optimization for different use cases, different media types on SSDs, scalable performance, and improved data center TCO. They'll highlight the latest SNIA specifications that support these form factors, provide an overview of platforms that are EDSFF-enabled, and discuss the future for new product and application introductions.

Kubernetes Trials & Tribulations: Cloud, Data Center, Edge
November 10, 2022
Pete Brey, IBM; Nick Connolly, DataCore; Michael St-Jean, Red Hat; Michael Hoard, Intel & Co-Chair SNIA CSTI
Kubernetes platforms offer a unique cloud-like experience — all the flexibility, elasticity, and ease of use — on premises, in a private or public cloud, even at the edge, but it has not been without its challenges. Our Kubernetes panel of experts will debate the challenges and discuss how to address them.

What’s in a Name? Memory Semantics and Data Movement with CXL™ and SDXI
November 30, 2022
Shyam Iyer, Dell; Rita Gupta, AMD; Kurt Lender, Intel; David McIntyre, Samsung
The SNIA Smart Data Accelerator Interface (SDXI) Technical Work Group (TWG) is designing an industry-open standard for a memory-to-memory data movement and acceleration interface that is – Extensible, Forward-compatible, and Independent of I/O interconnect technology.
Adjacently, Compute Express Link™ (CXL™) is an industry-supported Cache-Coherent Interconnect for Processors, Memory Expansion, and Accelerators, increasingly used to complement CPUs in support of emerging applications such as AI and ML. In this webcast, we will:
  • Introduce SDXI and CXL
  • Discuss data movement needs in a CXL ecosystem
  • Cover SDXI advantages in a CXL interconnect 
Journey to the Center of Massive Data: Digital Twins
December 6, 2022
Steve Adams, Intel; Praveen Velichety, IBM; Michael Hoard, Intel & Co-Chair SNIA CSTI
Have you ever wondered how intelligent Industry 4.0 factories or future smart cities will process massive amounts of sensor and machine data? Most likely digital twins will play a role. This webcast will introduce digital twin usage in edge IoT applications and provide examples of how digital twin methods help capture virtual representation of real-world entities and processes. Learn about the data analytics problems that can be solved by digital twins.
Event Schedule
Find SNIA at these Events
Virtual SNIA Swordfish™ Hands-on Lab – Virtual – November 9, 2022 - 7:00 am PT / 10:00 pm ET / 3:00 pm GMT
SC’22 – Dallas, TX – November 13-18, 2022
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