SNIA Matters Newsletter

March 5, 2015

Agenda Now Online for Data Storage Innovation Conference

Taking place on April 7–9, in Santa Clara, CA, DSI’s agenda will feature 2½ days of general sessions and breakout sessions with features including analyst briefings from IDC, Evaluator Group, and Gigaom, a panel/mock–trial on e–Discovery from the American Bar Association, and more.

Here are a few of the sessions you will find on the agenda. View full agenda here.

There are still sponsorship and speaking opportunities available. For more information, click here.

SNIA Supports New ISO Standard for Information Technology, Security Techniques and Storage Security

SNIA recently announced its support and participation in the development of the ISO/IEC 27040:2015, the first international standard covering the broad topic of storage security.

To support this new standard, SNIA’s Security Technical Work Group has developed an index, which is perfectly aligned with the published standard and can be used to quickly locate terms and concepts throughout the standard. View the full press release here.

Call for Presentations for Storage Developer Conference is Now Open

Celebrating its twelfth year, the Storage Developer Conference (SDC) continues to be the only event created by storage developers for storage developers. SDC is now seeking storage development professionals willing to share their knowledge and experience by submitting a presentation proposal for consideration at SDC. The deadline for submissions is April 20. View the list of topics and submission process here.

International News: SNIA India Announces Storage Developer Conference for Bangalore

SNIA India will host its inaugural Storage Developer Conference in Bangalore on May 29, 2015. There will also be a co-located Cloud Plugfest on May 28–29.

Learn more about opportunities to participate in SDC India below:

Featured Article: Weave Your Cloud with a Data Fabric

(Excerpt from article recently published in DataCenter Solutions, February 2015 issue)

By Brad Nisbet
SNIA Ethernet Storage Forum Member; NetApp

A cloud-based IT delivery model can speed up application development and provide flexible environments to accommodate the dynamic and unpredictable needs of the organization and its customers. It’s easy to see why there is so much interest among companies to learn more about how they can benefit from cloud. Despite the allure, however, many businesses are still reluctant to fully embrace a cloud model due to the perceived risks. As cloud services continue to evolve and become increasingly vital for success, it’s critical to properly understand the inhibitors that are leaving many unsure about how to jump into the cloud.

When thinking of cloud, the issue of security is often top-of-mind for many organizations, and rightfully so. As any organization needs to carefully consider the security of their environment, whether on or off-premises. However, there are other common inhibitors to enterprise cloud adoption that are just as significant and increasingly top-of-mind, including: managing complexity, creating or preserving IT agility, and maintaining control of valuable business data. These risks aren’t necessarily new to cloud computing, but as the cloud continues to change and take shape, so do the risks.

Read the rest of the article here.

   In This Issue

Agenda Now Online for Data Storage Innovation Conference

SNIA Supports New ISO Standard for Information Technology, Security Techniques and Storage Security

Call for Presentation for Storage Developer Conference is Now Open

International News: SNIA India Announces Storage Developer Conference for Bangalore

Featured Article: Weave Your Cloud with a Data Fabric

SNIA Emerald Power Efficiency Measurement Specification Update

LTFS Bulk Transfer Standard Q&A


   SNIA Webcasts and Education:

SMI–Lab 2015 Plugfest

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

Storage Management Initiative (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. This 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.

Live Webcast: Visions For Ethernet Connected Drives

March 25, 2015

SNIA's Ethernet Storage Forum (ESF) and the Dell’Oro Group will be hosting this live webcast. The arrival of mass–storage services, the emergence of analytics applications and the adoption of object storage by the cloud–services industry have provided an impetus for new storage hardware architectures. One such underlying hardware technology is the Ethernet connected hard drive, which is in early stages of availability. Join this live event to learn:

  • What system–level architectural changes may be needed to support Ethernet connected drives
  • What capabilities may emerge as a result of the availability of these new drives
  • What part of the value chain spends the time and money to package working solutions

One Full–day Storage Certification Training Session

April 6, 2015
Santa Clara, CA

SNIA is offering a one–day storage certification training session prior to the first day of DSI at the same venue as the conference. This session will take place from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara. The cost for this course is $395. Members receive an additional 10% discount.


   Find SNIA at these Events:

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. For information on sponsorship, click here.

RSA Conference

April 20 – 24, 2015
San Francisco, CA

RSA Conference creates 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. Marty Foltyn will represent SNIA at the conference - look for her at the OASIS booth.

SNIA Emerald Power Efficiency Measurement Specification Update

SNIA's Green Storage Technical Working Group has been working on the next revision of the SNIA Emerald Power Efficiency Measurement Specification.

Technical work on this revision is now complete. The final draft is now available for public review while the final review/approval by the SNIA takes place. Publication of version 2.1.0 is anticipated this Spring.

The version 2.1.0 revisions to the Emerald Specification improve the Capacity and Optimization tests, provide an improved and better defined method to determine stability of the System Under Test during testing, and many additional changes that improve the usability of the Specification.

LTFS Bulk Transfer Standard Q&A

Got questions about the LTFS Bulk Transfer Standard? Check-out this SNIA on Coud Storage blog from David Slik that answers all the key questions from our recent SNIA Cloud Webcast “LTFS Bulk Transfer Standard.”

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.


May 11–15, 2015
Las Vegas, NV

Catch the excitement of IBM® Edge2015, the infrastructure innovation conference. This technical skill building extravaganza features IBM System Storage®, IBM z Systems and IBM Power Systems Technical Universities -- all under one roof!

Register by April 5, 2015 and get a special Early Bird rate of just $1,995. That’s $300 off the standard fee! For details visit:

SNIA will also be exhibiting at this conference.

Interop Las Vegas

April 27 – May 1, 2015
Las Vegas, NV

SNIA’s Storage Management Initiative (SMI) will be representing SNIA as an exhbitor 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.

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