SNIA Matters Newsletter

February 5, 2015

SNIA Hosts Industry Track at USENIX FAST

SNIA is hosting an Industry Track made up of vendor-neutral SNIA Tutorials at the USENIX FAST ‘15 conference taking place February 16–19 in Santa Clara. The Industry track will be held as part of the technical sessions on Tuesday, February 17th. View the session abstracts here.

If you want to attend just the SNIA Industry Track, it is only $150 to register. We are also able to offer you a $75 discount on full registration for the conference. Use code W75FAST15SNIA to receive your discount. SNIA is also participating as a sponsor with a table–top presence, and invite attendees to visit us while you are there.

Presentations from SNIA Summits on NVM and Analytics & Big Data Now Available

During the SNIA Annual Members' Symposium which took place the week of January 19th in San Jose, SNIA hosted the co–located Storage Industry Summit on Non–Volatile Memory (NVM), and the Analytics and Big Data Summit. The Summits presented 2 days of content to more than 275 attendees. The presentations from each Summit are now available for download.

Click below to download the presentations:

Deborah K. Johnson Award Recipient Announced

Left to right: David Dale, SNIA Chairman); Michael Meleedy, SNIA Business Services and Education Director; Nancy Clay SNIA Education Program Manager; Joseph White, SNIA Tutorial Chair; Leo Leger, SNIA Executive Director )

Announced during the SNIA Annual Members’ Symposium was the recipient of the Deborah K. Johnson Memorial award. This year, we are proud to honor Nancy Clay, SNIA Education Program Manager, for her tireless devotion to the SNIA Tutorial Program. Nancy has managed SNIA Tutorial tracks and speakers for so many years, that Tutorials are almost synonymous with her name.

SNIA Member Recognition Honorees Announced

We would like to congratulate the 2014 honorees of the SNIA Member Recognition Program as were announced at the Annual Members’ Symposium reception in San Jose on January 21st. Without their contributions, effort, time, and commitment, the vast majority of our organizational programs could not flourish.

Thank you and congratulations to our individual recognition categories and honorees:

  • Volunteer of the Year: Jim Ryan, Intel
  • Industry Impact Honoree: Eric Hibbard, Hitachi Data Systems
  • Industry Impact Honoree: Paul von Behren, Intel
  • Unsung Hero Honoree: Gene Nagle

View the group and other recognition categories, as well as the inductees to the SNIA Hall of Fame.

Showcase Your Product in the DSI Storage Innovation Spotlight Program

The Data Storage Innovation Conference (DSI) has created a new program to put a spotlight on new innovations in storage. This year we are offering the opportunity for storage innovators to present a brief overview of their innovation on main stage at DSI.

To qualify as a candidate for selection by our Technical Council:

  • Your product or service must have been on the market for less than two years
  • And, it must solve a commercial problem,
  • make an impact or change the marketplace into which it was introduced,
  • or create a new market.

If selected, the participant will receive a 10-minute main stage presentation slot for a Storage Innovation Spotlight session. Abstract proposals must be received through this link by February 18th. If you have any additional questions about the Innovation Spotlight please contact Arnold Jones at or 407.574.7273

   In This Issue

SNIA Hosts Industry Track at USENIX FAST

Download Presentations from SNIA Summits on NVM and Analytics & Big Data

Deborah K. Johnson Award Announced

SNIA Member Recognition Honorees Announced

Showcase Your Product in the DSI Storage Innovation Spotlight Program

One–Day Certification Training Offered in April

Storage Vendors - Act Now to Prepare for EPA Energy Star

New Article: Software Defined Storage in the Context of Software Defined Data Centers


   SNIA Webcasts and Education:

Live Webcast: LTFS Bulk Transfer Standard in the Cloud

February 10, 2015

LTFS tape technology provides compelling economics for bulk transportation of data between enterprise locations and to and from clouds. This Webcast provides an update on the joint work of the LTFS and Cloud Technical Working Groups on a bulk transfer standard that uses LTFS to allow for the reliable movement of data and merging of namespaces. Register now to hear:

  • LTFS standard mandate and history
  • LTFS adoption and use cases
  • LTFS bulk transfer to, from, and between clouds
  • Error handling and recovery
  • Security considerations

Live Webcast: Benefits of RDMA in Accelerating Ethernet Storage Connectivity

March 4, 2015

Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) is gaining traction RDMA as a method for accelerating storage connectivity and interconnectivity on Ethernet. Join this live Webcast on March 4, 2015, as experts will cover:

  • Storage protocols that take advantage of RDMA
  • Overview of iSER for block storage
  • Deep dive of SMB Direct for file storage
  • Benefits of available RDMA technologies to accelerate your Ethernet storage connectivity, both iWARP and RoCE

SMI–Lab 2015 Plugfest

March 9 – 12, 2015
Mountain View, CA and Beijing, China

SMI plugfests are held several times a year to test interoperability across SMI–S implementations, validate CTP test updates, and create proof–of-concept implementations of proposals for inclusion in the SMI–S standard. In addition, plugfests provide an opportunity to meet with peer developers and folks supporting commonly used CIMOMs. The next SMI Plugfest will be hosted by Microsoft.

Live Webcast: Hybrid Clouds: Bridging Private & Public Cloud Infrastructures

March 18, 2015

Every IT consumer is using cloud in one form or another, and just as storage buyers are reluctant to select single vendor for their on–premises IT, they will choose to work with multiple public cloud providers. But this desirable “many vendor” cloud strategy introduces new problems of compatibility and integration. To provide a seamless view of these discrete storage clouds, Software Defined Storage (SDS) can be used to build a bridge between them. This presentation explores how SDS, with its ability to deploy on different hardware and supporting rich automation capabilities, can extend its reach into cloud deployments to support a hybrid data fabric that spans on-premises and public clouds.

Certification Training for the CompTIA Storage+ Powered by SNIA Certification

March 16–20, 2015
Las Vegas, NV

This class will better prepare to do your job and to take the CompTIA Storage+ Powered by SNIA certification exam. SNIA Members receive a 10% discount on registration. Use code SpecialMemberDisc to receive the discount.

SNIA Webcasts Now On–Demand:


One–Day Certification Training Offered in April

Offered as a precursor to the Data Storage Innovation Conference, SNIA is hosting a special one–day storage networking certification training session on April 6, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara. The course fee is $395 and SNIA Members receive an additional 10% discount.

This agenda for this training session will be a concentrated view of data center storage networking technology and applications and will help prepare you for the CompTIA Storage+ Powered by SNIA exam (SGO–001) exam. Each student will receive their own printed study guide for future reference.

Storage Vendors - Act Now to Prepare for EPA Energy Star

Now is the time to become fully engaged in the SNIA Emerald Energy Efficiency Program. Don’t be left behind and regret you let the train leave the station without being onboard. If you are currently not part of the SNIA Green Technical Work Group (TWG) or our meetings with industry bodies such as the EPA, then you may be shortchanging your company revenues by not being ready to test and deliver energy efficient platforms, nor be eligible to bid on RFPs.

The SNIA Emerald Program currently has critical work going on to analyze block IO storage system test results for the EPA Energy Star program. We are reviewing current block IO test methods for all-solid-state storage arrays, working through the details on the best test measurement tool for NAS energy efficiency, adjusting the SNIA Emerald platform taxonomy classes based on latest storage architectures, and working on cross-industry alliances such as The Green Grid for implementing operational metrics for energy efficiency. At minimum, your engineering team and compliance team should be a subscriber to the SNIA Emerald Newsletter and news bulletins. To learn more about joining the SNIA Green TWG, SNIA Green Storage Initiative, and SNIA cross-industry energy-related programs, please contact Lisa Mercurio, SNIA,

Software Defined Storage in the Context of Software Defined Data Centers

(Excerpt from article recently published in DataCenter Solutions)

By Doug Voigt, SNIA Technical Council member, HP and
Alex McDonald, SNIA Europe Board of Directors, NetApp

Software Defined Storage in the Data Center represents a new evolution in the storage industry that changes how storage will be managed and deployed in the future. SNIA has created a vendor independent industry reference model to help educate end users and to promote adoption and enablement of Software Defined Storage in the context of Software Defined Data Centers. Read the full article here.

Give us your Feedback and Articles

Please pass along your feedback and comments as well as any articles or suggested topics to SNIA Matters Co–Editors, Kristin Hauser or Leo Leger.

   Find SNIA at these Events:

FAST ’15

February 16 – 19, 2015
Santa Clara, CA

FAST ’15 brings together storage–system researchers and practitioners to explore new directions in the desig

As a feature of Fast ’15, SNIA will be hosting a SNIA Industry Track of its vendor–neutral tutorials on Tuesday, February 17th.

Data Storage Innovation Conference

April 7–9, 2015
Santa Clara, CA

SNIA’s DSI Conference is for decision–makers, technology implementers, and those expected to recognize, influence, and support data storage innovation as actual production solutions.

DSI identifies the challenges you most frequently face while offering practical solutions from leading and innovative industry end–users, vendors, and consultants. See presentations from DSI 2014 here. For information on sponsorship, click here.

RSA Conference

April 20 – 24, 2015
San Francisco, CA

RSA Conference is helping drive the information security agenda worldwide with annual industry events in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Throughout its history, RSA Conference has consistently attracted the world's best and brightest in the field, creating opportunities for conference attendees to learn about IT security's most important issues through first-hand interactions with peers, luminaries and emerging and established companies.


April 27 – May 1, 2015
Las Vegas, NV

SNIA’s Storage Management Initiative (SMI) will be representing SNIA at Interop Las Vegas, a technology conference and expo series designed to inspire and inform the world’s IT community. Look for new programs and networking opportunities that will help set your organization’s IT action plan - and how SNIA can contribute to it.

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