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    The Too Proud to Ask Train Makes Another Stop: Where Does My Data Go?

    June 22nd, 2017

    By now, we at the SNIA Storage Ethernet Storage Forum (ESF) hope you are familiar with (perhaps even a loyal fan of) the “Everything You Wanted To Know About Storage But Were Too Proud To Ask,” popular webcast series. On August 1st, the “Too Proud to Ask” train will make another stop. In this seventh session, “Everything You Wanted to Know About Storage But Were Too Proud To Ask: Turquoise – Where Does My Data Go?, we will take a look into the mysticism and magic of what happens when you send your data off into the wilderness. Once you click “save,” for example, where does it actually go?

    When we start to dig deeper beyond the application layer, we often don’t understand what happens behind the scenes. It’s important to understand multiple aspects of the type of storage our data goes to along with their associated benefits and drawbacks as well as some of the protocols used to transport it.

    In this webcast we will explain:

    • Volatile v Non-Volatile v Persistent Memory
    • NVDIMM v RAM v DRAM v SLC v MLC v TLC v NAND v 3D NAND v Flash v SSDs v NVMe
    • NVMe (the protocol)

    Many people get nervous when they see that many acronyms, but all too often they come up in conversation, and you’re expected to know all of them? Worse, you’re expected to know the differences between them, and the consequences of using them? Even worse, you’re expected to know what happens when you use the wrong one?

    We’re here to help.

    It’s an ambitious project, but these terms and concepts are at the heart of where compute, networking and storage intersect. Having a good grasp of these concepts ties in with which type of storage networking to use, and how data is actually stored behind the scenes.

    Register today to join us for this edition of the “Too Proud To Ask” series, as we work towards making you feel more comfortable in the strange, mystical world of storage. And don’t let pride get in the way of asking any and all questions on this great topic. We will be there on August 1st to answer them!

     

     

     


    Around the World, It’s a Persistent Memory Summer

    June 19th, 2017

    This summer, join SNIA as they evangelize members’ industry activity to advance the convergence of storage and memory.

    SNIA is participating in the first annual European In-Memory Computing Summit, June 20-21, 2017 at the Movenpick Hotel in Amsterdam.  SNIA Europe Vice-Chair and SNIA Solid State Storage Initiative (SSSI) Co-Chair Alex McDonald of NetApp keynotes a session on SNIA and Persistent Memory, highlighting SNIA work on an NVM programming model and persistent memory solutions available today and SNIA is a sponsor in the exhibit hall.

    Alex’s presentation and SNIA’s booth presence is just one of SNIAs many outreach and education activities on persistent memory taking place this summer. Rob Peglar, SNIA Board of Directors member, was a highlight of Storage Field Day earlier this month, engaging with tech’s leading bloggers on persistent memory advances.  Watch the day’s video on-demand. SNIA’s NVDIMM Special Interest Group exhibited at the JEDEC Server Forum, presenting an application demonstration using multiple member companies’ JEDEC-compliant NVDIMM-Ns.   Eden Kim, chair of SNIA’s Solid State Storage Technical Work Group, speaks later this week at the China Flash Summit on SNIA’s work in persistent memory and solid state storage performance.

    In August, SNIA will have a major presence at Flash Memory Summit, with a dedicated persistent memory conference track, an NVDIMM Forum, and a persistent memory demonstration area.  Stay tuned for all the details coming in July.

    Finally, SNIA will continue an interest in containers and persistent memory with a SNIA BrightTalk webcast July 27 at 10:00 am PT/1:00 pm ET. Registration is now open to join SNIA experts Arthur Sainio, SNIA NVDIMM SIG Co-Chair, Chad Thibodeau, SNIA Cloud Storage member, and Alex McDonald, Co-Chair of SNIA Solid State Storage and SNIA Cloud Storage Initiatives to find out what customers, storage developers, and the industry want to see to fully unlock the potential of persistent memory in a container environment.


    SNIA Highlights Persistent Memory and Scalable Storage Management at Storage Field Day 13

    June 8th, 2017

    Following enthusiastic response to their first Storage Field Day in March, SNIA is returning to the lineup on June 15, 2017. Storage Field Day events bring together innovative IT organizations and independent thought leaders to share information and opinions in a presentation format that is lively – and live streamed.

    SNIA will present Storage Field Day #13 at their Technology Center in Colorado Springs, CO where organizer Stephen Foskett and a dozen delegates will tour the facility and interact with SNIA members on persistent memory and scalable storage management – two hot storage topics that consumers and the industry want to learn more about.

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    Managing Your Computing Ecosystem Part Two

    May 31st, 2017

    by George Ericson, Distinguished Engineer, Dell EMC; Member,
    SNIA Scalable Storage Management Technical Working Group,
    @GEricson

     

    Introduction

    This blog is part two of a three-part series by George Ericson, a distinguished engineer at Dell EMC. If you missed part one, you can read it here. George is an active participant on the SNIA Scalable Storage Management Technical Working Group which has been developing the SNIA Swordfish storage management specification.  Continue Reading…


    IP-Based Object Drives Q&A

    May 24th, 2017
    At our recent SNIA Cloud Storage webcast “IP-Based Object Drives Now Have a Management Standard,” our panel of experts discussed how the SNIA release of the IP-Based Drive Management Standard eases the management of these drives. If you missed the webcast, you can watch it on-demand. A lot of interesting questions came up during the live event. As promised, here are answers to them:  Continue Reading...

    An FAQ to Make Your Storage System Hum

    May 23rd, 2017
    In our most recent “Everything You Wanted To Know About Storage But Were Too Proud To Ask” webcast series – Part Sepia – Getting from Here to There, we discussed terms and concepts that have a profound impact on storage design and performance. If you missed the live event, I encourage you to check it our on-demand. We had many great questions on encapsulation, tunneling, IOPS, latency, jitter and quality of service (QoS). As promised, our experts have gotten together to answer them all.  Continue Reading...

    Security and Privacy in the Cloud

    May 22nd, 2017
    When it comes to the cloud, security is always a topic for discussion. Standards organizations like SNIA are in the vanguard of describing cloud concepts and usage, and (as you might expect) are leading on how and where security fits in this new world of dispersed and publicly stored and managed data. On July 20th, the SNIA Cloud Storage Initiative is hosting a live webcast “The State of Cloud Security.” In this webcast, I will be joined by SNIA experts Eric Hibbard and Mark Carlson who will take us through a discussion of existing cloud and emerging technologies, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), Analytics & Big Data, and more, and explain how we’re describing and solving the significant security concerns these technologies are creating. They will discuss  Continue Reading...

    What if Programming and Networking Had a Storage Baby? Say What?

    May 18th, 2017
    The colorful “Everything You Wanted To Know About Storage But Were Too Proud To Ask,” popular webcast series marches on! In this 6th installment, Part – Vermillion – What if Programming and Networking Had a Storage Baby, we look into some of the nitties and the gritties of storage details that are often assumed. When looking at data from the lens of an application, host, or operating system, it’s easy to forget that there are several layers of abstraction underneath each before the actual placement of data occurs. In this webcast we are going to scratch beyond the first layer to understand some of the basic taxonomies of these layers.  Continue Reading...

    Registration Now Open for Storage Developer Conference India – May 25-26 in Bangalore

    May 15th, 2017

    For the third consecutive year, SNIA will present their highly successful Storage Developer Conference (SDC) in Bangalore, India, on May 25-26, 2017 at the My Fortune Hotel.  The 2017 agenda, developed under the supervision of the SNIA India agenda committee, leads off with a keynote by Indian Institute of Science Professor P. Vijay Kumar on Codes for Big Data:  Error-Correction for Distributed Storage, followed by Amar Tunballi, Engineering Manager at Red Hat, speaking on Software Defined Storage and Why It Will Continue To Be Relevant.  Thursday keynotes will feature Anand Ghatnekar, Country  Continue Reading…


    Too Proud to Ask Webcast Series Continues – Getting from Here to There Pod

    May 4th, 2017
    As part of the SNIA Ethernet Storage Forum’s successful “Everything You Wanted To Know About Storage But Were Too Proud To Ask” series, we’ve discussed numerous topics about storage devices, protocols, and networks. As we examine some of these topics further, we begin to tease out some subtle nuances; subtle, yet important nevertheless. On May 9th we’ll take on the terms and concepts that affect Storage Architectures as a whole in “Everything You Wanted To Know About Storage But Were Too Proud To Ask – Part Sepia – Getting from Here to There.”  Continue Reading...