SNIA Matters Newsletter

January 9, 2015

SNIA NVM Programming Group Receives a Visionary Company Award

On January 5, 2015, at the Storage Visions Conference, SNIA’s NVM Programming Technical Work Group was given the Professional Storage Development Award for its work on Creating Next Generation NVM Programming Models. Congratulations on the great work!

Submit a Proposal for a SNIA Tutorial

Be a part of the SNIA Tutorial program, a vendor–neutral educational experience, and submit a proposal to present your own SNIA Tutorial. SNIA Tutorials are intended to present technical and business issues covering Information Technology in a fair and unbiased manner.

Your submission will be considered for several upcoming events. The deadline to submit for USENIX FAST is January 13th. You may also still submit a tutorial proposal for SNIA’s Data Storage Innovation Conference even though the submission review process has already begun.

View more information and submit your proposal here.

Attend the SNIA Annual Members’ Symposium

Attend the SNIA Annual Members’ Symposium on January 20 – 23, 2015 in San Jose and join your colleagues for networking, working group meetings, keynote presentations from industry luminaries, and other valuable workshops and sessions.

Co–located Summits
Be aware that on Tuesday and Wednesday during the Symposium, SNIA will be hosting two co–located Summits. Separate registration is required for each Summit. Click below for more information. Lunch is also provided at the Summits.

SNIA Announces New Honorees to Hall of Fame

SNIA is pleased to announce the selected of the following two individuals to the SNIA Hall of Fame. These individuals that will be formally inducted at Membership Recognition Awards and Reception during the SNIA Annual Members’ Symposium on January 21, 2015. Please join us in congratulating:

Phil Mills, for contributions to SNIA, our Board of Directors, the SSSI, and the Storage Industry

Mike Walker, for contributions to SNIA, SMI and the Storage Industry

The honorees of the Annual Member Recognition Program and the Deborah K. Johnson award will also be announced during the reception.

Product Selection Guide Revision Underway

The Data Protection and Capacity Optimization (DPCO) Committee of SNIA is revising its Product Selection Guide (PSG) over the next four weeks to facilitate the listing of more of the newest storage products, such as cloud-related storage and data protection products and software defined storage products. All storage and data protection vendors, both those now a part of the PSG and those who are not, are invited to list appropriate products in the revised PSG at no cost to SNIA members. The online PSG has become a popular reference, and a hard copy of the updated Guide will be distributed at the upcoming Data Storage Innovation Conference in April. Please contact the DPCO Committee with questions at:

   In This Issue

SNIA NVM Programming Group Receives a Visionary Company Award

Submit a Proposal for a SNIA Tutorial

Attend the SNIA Annual Members’ Symposium

SNIA Announces New Honorees to Hall of Fame

Product Selection Guide Revision Underway

SNIA Europe News- New Authorized Training Provider in the Middle East

Featured Article: NVMe Express


   SNIA Webcasts and Education:

Live Webcast: OpenStack Cloud Storage

January 14, 2015

OpenStack is an open source cloud operating system that controls pools of compute, storage, and networking. It is currently being developed by thousands of developers from hundreds of companies across the globe, and is the basis of multiple public and private cloud offerings. In this Webcast you’ll hear:

  • Storage aspects of OpenStack including the core projects for block storage (Cinder) and object storage (Swift)
  • Emerging shared file service
  • Common configurations and use cases for these technologies
  • Interaction with the other parts of OpenStack

The talk will also cover new developments in Cinder and Swift that enable advanced array features, QoS, new storage fabrics, and new types of drives.

Live Webcast: OpenStack Manila

January 29, 2015

Manila is the OpenStack file share service. Manila provides the management of file shares (for example, NFS and CIFS) as a core service to OpenStack. Manila currently works with a variety of vendors, including NetApp, Red Hat Storage (GlusterFS), EMC, IBM GPFS, and on a base Linux NFS server. Join us as we discuss:

  • An introduction to the Manila file share service
  • Overview of key Manila concepts
  • Manila processes
  • The logical architecture of Manila and its API structure
  • Examples of Manila use cases

Live Webcast: LTFS Bulk Transfer Standard

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. This Webcast introduces the use cases for inter and intra-enterprise data transport, and cloud data transport, and describes the entities and XML documents used to control the data transfer process.

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.


   Find SNIA at these Events:

SNIA Annual Members’ Symposium

January 20 – 23, 2015
San Jose, CA

Don’t miss SNIA Annual Members’ Symposium where you and your colleagues can join together for networking, working group meetings, informative keynote sessions, and other unique programs designed for SNIA members.

Storage Industry Summit: Non–Volatile Memory

January 20, 2015
San Jose, CA

This summit will offer an expert line–up of speakers who will present critical insights into NVM and its relationship to storage.

SNIA Europe News – New Authorized Training Provider in the Middle East

Datum Technology Services has been appointed the exclusive Authorized Training Provider for the SNIA SNCP Courses in the Middle East. The announcement was made during a recent launch event at the Atlantis Palm in Dubai, followed by the first SNIA training class in the region. SNIA SNCP courses are now available in UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait. For further information, see or go to the DTS site at

Featured Article: NVMe Express

(Excerpt from article recently published in DataCenter Solutions)

By J Metz
SNIA ESF Member, Cisco Systems

When I first started in storage technology (it doesn’t seem like that long ago, really!) the topic seemed like it was becoming rather stagnant. The only thing that seemed to be happening was that disks were getting bigger (more space) and the connections were getting faster (more speed).

More speed, more space; more space, more speed. Who doesn’t like that? After all, you can never have too much bandwidth, or too much disk space! Even so, it does get rather, routine. It gets boring. It gets well, “what have you done for me lately?”

Then came flash
People said that Flash memory was a game changer, and though I believed it, I just didn’t understand how, really. I mean, sure, it’s really, really fast storage drives, but isn’t that just the same story as before? This is coming, of course, from someone who was far more familiar with storage networks than storage devices. Continue to the full article here.

Analytics and Big Data Summit

January 21, 2015
San Jose, CA

This summit will present best practices from IT professionals, technology vendors, users and consultants on analytics and big data applications and systems.

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 presenting a SNIA Tutorial Day of its vendor-neutral tutorials on Tuesday, February 17.

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.

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