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    Taking SDC to New Territories

    February 8th, 2018

    You may have seen recently that the successful SNIA Storage Developer Conference is expanding into new regions and will be held in Tel Aviv later this month in addition to the annual event in Bangalore.

    These regions are largely uncharted waters for SNIA, let alone a technical conference, but the thought process in selecting the locations is obvious… where is the majority of the technical innovation and development happening in the world?  Israel has been at the forefront of the storage technology  Continue Reading…


    The Great Debates – Our Next Webcast Series

    February 5th, 2018
    The SNIA ESF is announcing a new series of webcasts, following our hugely successful “Everything You Wanted To Know About Storage But Were Too Proud To Ask” webcasts. Those focussed on explaining storage technology from the ground up, and while they were pretty all encompassing in their storage technology coverage, they didn’t compare or contrast similar technologies that perform broadly similar functions. That’s what we’re going to do in our new “Great Debates” series, the first of which was “FC vs. iSCSI.” It’s now available on-demand. I encourage you to check it out. It’s a great debate with experts who really know their stuff. But wait… FC vs. iSCSI? That “versus” sounds more like an argument than a discussion. Was there a winner? Was this a technology fight, with a clear-cut winner and a loser? The answer is an emphatic “No!”  Continue Reading...

    Watson: From Jeopardy! to Digital Support Assistant

    January 29th, 2018
    When IBM Watson premiered on “Jeopardy!” viewers were mesmerized by Watson’s ability to answer the quiz show’s questions and most times, beat the human contestants! Fast-forward to today and the real-world applications extend well beyond playing trivia games. Watson is being deployed in a variety of medical and business scenarios. In fact, NetApp is now using Watson as part of Elio, a virtual support assistant that responds to queries in natural language. Elio is built using Watson’s cognitive computing capabilities which enable Elio to analyze unstructured data, by using natural language processing to understand grammar and context, interpret complex questions, and evaluate all possible meanings to determine what is being asked. Elio then reasons and identifies the best answers to questions with help from experts who monitor the quality of answers and continue to train Elio on more subjects. It’s a fascinating application of artificial intelligence (AI) that we will discuss in detail at our SNIA Cloud Storage webcast on February 22, 2018, “The Future of Digital Support: The Application of Unstructured Data and AI.”  Continue Reading...

    Exceptional Agenda on Tap for 2018 Persistent Memory Summit

    January 18th, 2018
    Persistent Memory (PM) has made tremendous strides since SNIA’s first Non-Volatile Memory Summit in 2013. With a name change to Persistent Memory Summit in 2017, that event continued the buzz with 350+ attendees and a focus turning to applications. Now in 2018, the agenda for the SNIA Persistent Memory Summit, upcoming January 24 at the Westin San Jose, reflects the integration of PM in a number of organizations. Zvonimir Bandic of Western Digital Corporation will kick off the day exploring the “exabyte challenge” of persistent memory centric architectures and memory fabrics. The fairly new frontier of Persistent Memory over Fabrics (PMoF) returns as a topic with speakers from Open Fabrics Alliance, Cray, Eideticom, and Mellanox. Performance is always evolving, and Micron Technologies, Enmotus, and Calypso Systems will give their perspectives. And the day will dive into futures of media with speakers from Nantero and Spin Transfer Technologies, and a panel led by HPE will review new interfaces and how they relate to PM.  Continue Reading...

    Storage Performance Benchmarking: Workloads

    January 3rd, 2018
    The SNIA Ethernet Storage Forum is very pleased to announce that the hugely popular “Storage Performance Benchmarking” webcast series continues with a 5th installment! Join us on February 14th at 10:00 am PT for “Storage Performance Benchmarking: Workloads.” Benchmarking storage performance is both an art and a science. In this 5th installment, our experts, Mark Rogov and Chris Conniff, take on optimizing performance for various workloads. Attendees will gain an understanding of workload profiles and their characteristics for common Independent Software Vendor (ISV) applications and learn how to identify application workloads based on I/O profiles to better understand the implications on storage architectures and design patterns. This webcast will cover:
    • An introduction to benchmarking storage performance of workloads
    • Workload characteristics
    • Common Workloads (OLTP, OLAP, VMware, etc.)
    • Graph fun!
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    FC vs. iSCSI – The Debate Continues

    December 31st, 2017
    It’s one of the great IT debates: Fibre Channel (FC) or iSCSI. We at the SNIA Ethernet Storage Forum thought this was this perfect way to kick off the New Year, so we’re hosting a live webcast “FC vs. iSCSI” on January 31st with experts who will not be afraid to highlight differences and compare and contrast these two storage protocols.  Continue Reading...

    Why is Blockchain Storage Different?

    November 19th, 2017
    The SNIA Ethernet Storage Forum (ESF), specifically ESF Vice Chair, Alex McDonald, spent Halloween explaining storage requirements for modern transactions in our webcast, “Transactional Models & Their Storage Requirements.” Starting with the fascinating history of the first transactional system in a bakery in 1951 (really!), to a discussion on Bitcoin, it was an insightful look at the changing role of storage amid modern transactions. If you missed it, you can watch it on-demand at your convenience. We received some great questions during the live event. Here are answers to them all: Q. How many nodes are typical in the blockchain ledger? A. As many as are required to ensure that a single node or small number of nodes can’t crack the hard problem that gives you the right to add your blockchain as the next. There are estimated to be more than 11,000 Bitcoin nodes right now (see https://bitnodes.earn.com/), but not all blockchain systems have as many nodes (or such a hard problem to crack!)  Continue Reading...

    Evaluator Group to Share Hybrid Cloud Research

    November 17th, 2017

    In a recent survey of enterprise hybrid cloud users, the Evaluator Group saw that nearly 60% of respondents indicated that lack of interoperability is a significant technology issue that they must overcome in order to move forward. In fact, lack of interoperability was the number one issue, surpassing public cloud security and network security as significant inhibitors.

    The SNIA Cloud Storage Initiative (CSI) is pleased to have John Webster, Senior Partner at Evaluator Group, who will join us on December 12th for a live webcast to dive into the findings of their research. In this webcast, Multi-Cloud Storage: Addressing the Need for Portability and Interoperability, my SNIA Cloud colleague, Mark Carlson, and John will discuss enterprise hybrid cloud objectives and barriers to adoption. John and Mark will focus on cloud interoperability within the storage domain and the CSI’s work that promotes interoperability and portability of data stored in the cloud.

    As moderator of this webcast, I’ll make sure we offer great insights on real-world cloud deployment challenges. As always, we will be available to answer your questions on the spot. I encourage you to register today. We hope to see you on the 12th.

     


    The OpenFabrics Alliance and the Pursuit of Efficient Access to Persistent Memory over Fabrics

    November 13th, 2017
      Guest Columnist:  Paul Grun, Advanced Technology Development, Cray, Inc. and Vice-Chair, Open Fabrics Alliance (OFA) Earlier this year, SNIA hosted its one-day Persistent Memory Summit in San Jose; it was my pleasure to be invited to participate by delivering a presentation on behalf of the OpenFabrics Alliance.  Check it out here. The day long Summit program was chock full of deeply technical, detailed information about the state of the art in persistent memory technology coupled with previews of some possible future directions this exciting technology could conceivably take.  The Summit played to a completely packed house, including an auxiliary room equipped with a remote video feed.  Quite the event! But why would the OpenFabrics Alliance (the OFA) be offering a presentation at a Persistent Memory (PM) Summit, you ask?  Fabrics!  Which just happens to be the OFA’s forte.  Continue Reading...

    A Q&A on Storage Management – These Folks Weren’t Too Proud to Ask!

    October 26th, 2017
    The most recent installment of our SNIA ESF webcast series “Everything You Wanted To Know About Storage But Were Too Proud To Ask” took on a broad topic – storage management. Our experts, Richelle Ahlvers, Mark Rogov and Alex McDonald did a great job explaining the basics and have now answered the questions that attendees asked here in this blog. If you missed the live webcast, check it out on-demand and download a copy of the slides if you’d like to take notes.  Continue Reading...