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SNIA Webcasts

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  • Customer Support through Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning
    Customer Support through Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning Robin Marcenac, Sr. Managing Consultant, IBM, Ross Ackerman, Dir. Digital Support Strategy, NetApp, Alex McDonald, SNIA CSI Recorded: Feb 22 2018 60 mins
    Watson is a computer system capable of answering questions posed in natural language. Watson was named after IBM's first CEO, Thomas J. Watson. The computer system was specifically developed to answer questions on the quiz show Jeopardy! (where it beat its human competitors) and was then used in commercial applications, the first of which was helping with lung cancer treatment.

    NetApp is now using IBM Watson in Elio, a virtual support assistant that responds to queries in natural language. Elio is built using Watson’s cognitive computing capabilities. These enable Elio to analyze unstructured data by using natural language processing to understand grammar and context, understand 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.

    Elio and Watson represent an innovative and novel use of large quantities of unstructured data to help solve problems, on average, four times faster than traditional methods. Join us at this webcast, where we’ll discuss:

    •The challenges of utilizing large quantities of valuable yet unstructured data
    •How Watson and Elio continuously learn as more data arrives, and navigates an ever growing volume of technical information
    •How Watson understands customer language and provides understandable responses

    Learn how these new and exciting technologies are changing the way we look at and interact with large volumes of traditionally hard-to-analyze data.

    After the webcast, check-out the Q&A blog http://www.sniacloud.com/?p=296
  • Storage Performance Benchmarking: Workloads
    Storage Performance Benchmarking: Workloads Mark Rogov, Dell EMC, Chris Conniff, Dell EMC, Tim Lustig, Mellanox Recorded: Feb 14 2018 57 mins
    Benchmarking storage performance is both an art and a science. In this 5th installment of the SNIA Ethernet Storage Forum’s “Storage Performance Benchmarking” series, our experts 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!

    Spend Valentine’s Day with us. We think you’ll “love” this webcast!
  • FC vs. iSCSI
    FC vs. iSCSI Fred Knight, NetApp, John Kim, SNIA ESF Chair, Mellanox, Alex McDonald, SNIA ESF Vice Chair, NetApp Recorded: Jan 31 2018 63 mins
    In the enterprise, block storage typically handles the most critical applications such as database, ERP, product development, and tier-1 virtualization. The dominant connectivity option for this has long been Fibre Channel SAN (FC-SAN), but recently many customers and block storage vendors have turned to iSCSI instead. FC-SAN is known for its reliability, lossless nature, 2x FC speed bumps, and carefully tested interoperability between vendors. iSCSI is known for running on ubiquitous Ethernet networks, 10x Ethernet speed bumps, and supporting commodity networking hardware from many vendors.

    Because, FCoE also delivers increasing performance as Ethernet speeds increase – and, Fibre Channel also delivers increasing performance as FC speeds increase. Historically, FC delivered speed bumps at a more rapid interval (2x bumps), while Ethernet delivered their speed bumps at a slower pace (10x bumps), but that has changed recently with Ethernet adding 2.5G, 5G, 25G, 40G, and 50G to the traditional 1G, 10G, 100G timeline.

    As the storage world moves to more flash and other non-volatile memory, more cloud, and more virtualization (or more containers), it’s time to revisit one of the great IT debates: Should you deploy Fibre Channel or iSCSI? Attend this SNIA Ethernet Storage Forum webcast to learn:
    •Will Fibre Channel or iSCSI deliver faster performance? Does it depend on the workload?
    •How is the wire speed race going between FC and iSCSI? Does anyone actually run iSCSI on 100GbE? When will 128Gb Fibre Channel arrive?
    •Do Linux, Windows, or hypervisors have a preference?
    •Is one really easier [to install/manage] than the other, or are they just different?
    •How does the new NVMe over Fabrics protocol affect this debate?

    Join SNIA experts as they compare FC vs. iSCSI and argue in an energetic yet friendly way about their differences and merits of each.

    After you watch the webcast check out the Q&A blog http://sniaesfblog.org/?p=680
  • GDPR & The Role of the DPO (Data Protection Officer)
    GDPR & The Role of the DPO (Data Protection Officer) Thomas Rivera, Board Member - SNIA; Katie Dix Elsner, DPO – Hitachi Vantara; Eric Hibbard, Chair - INCITS Cyber Security CS1 Recorded: Dec 13 2017 35 mins
    This Webcast will provide a short Tutorial-style briefing of the EU-General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), and then delve into the Roles and Responsibilities of the Data Protection Officer (DPO). After the short briefing, a Panel Discussion with Q&A from audience participation will take place.
  • Multi-Cloud Storage: Addressing the Need for Portability and Interoperability
    Multi-Cloud Storage: Addressing the Need for Portability and Interoperability John Webster, Senior Partner, Evaluator Group, Mark Carlson, SNIA CSI Co-Chair, Alex McDonald, SNIA CSI Chair Recorded: Dec 12 2017 43 mins
    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-related issue that they must overcome in order to move forward. In fact, lack of interoperability was chosen above public cloud security and network security as significant inhibitors. This webcast looks at enterprise hybrid cloud objectives and barriers with a focus on cloud interoperability within the storage domain and the SNIA’s Cloud Storage Initiative to promote interoperability and portability of data stored in the cloud.
  • 2017 European Storage Research and Trends
    2017 European Storage Research and Trends Alex McDonald, SNIA Europe and Mark Peters, Enterprise Strategy Group Recorded: Dec 11 2017 56 mins
    ESG, in cooperation with SNIA Europe, will present the key findings from the 2017 European Storage Research Report. The content will focus on key areas of technology spending and forecasts, as well as highlighting customer reaction to the adoption of new storage technologies.
  • Unprotected Files on a Public Cloud Server: Live Panel on the NSA Data Leak
    Unprotected Files on a Public Cloud Server: Live Panel on the NSA Data Leak Chris Vickery, George Crump, David Linthicum, Charles Goldberg, Mark Carlson Recorded: Dec 8 2017 59 mins
    Public, private and hybrid cloud are nothing new, but protecting sensitive data stored on these servers is still of the utmost concern. The NSA is no exception.

    It recently became publicized that the contents of a highly sensitive hard drive belonging to the NSA (National Security Agency) were compromised. The virtual disk containing the sensitive data came from an Army Intelligence project and was left on a public AWS (Amazon Web Services) storage server, not password-protected.

    This is one of at least 5 other leaks of NSA-related data in recent years. Not to mention the significant number of breaches and hacks we’ve experienced lately, including Yahoo!, Equifax, WannaCry, Petya, and more.

    The culprit in this case? Unprotected storage buckets. They have played a part in multiple other recent exposures, and concern is on the rise. When it comes to storing data on public cloud servers like AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, Rackspace and more, what are the key responsibilities of Storage Architects and Engineers, CIOs and CTOs to avoid these types data leaks?

    Tune in with Chris Vickery, Director of Cyber Risk Research at UpGuard and the one who discovered the leak, along with George Crump, Chief Steward, Storage Switzerland, David Linthicum, Cloud Computing Visionary, Author & Speaker, Charles Goldberg, Sr. Director of Product Marketing, Thales e-Security, and Mark Carlson, Co-Chair, SNIA Technical Council & Cloud Storage Initiative, for a live panel discussion on this ever-important topics.
  • Build a Better Data Center with 24G SAS
    Build a Better Data Center with 24G SAS Rick Kutcipal, President, STA; Bill Martin, Co-chair SNIA Technical Council, Chair, T-10; Dennis Martin, President, Demartek Recorded: Dec 5 2017 49 mins
    SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) doubles in speed with the release of each new generation. The newest speed bump is 24G SAS, with end-user products anticipated in 2019. In addition to effectively doubling the speed from the current 12Gb/s SAS, 24G SAS has optimizations for both SSD and HDD. The end result is a highly scalable, highly flexible technology that optimizes use of the storage devices released today. This presentation provides an overview of why 24G SAS will be the protocol of choice for all-flash deployments, data centers, as well as tiered or cached systems with both HDD and SSD components.
  • Understanding Persistent Memory
    Understanding Persistent Memory Alex McDonald, Co-Chair, SNIA SSSI; Rob Peglar, Symbolic IO; Stephen Bates, Eideticom; Arthur Sainio, SMART Modular Recorded: Dec 5 2017 58 mins
    The ecosystem of Persistent Memory is here. Are you on board? Don’t miss this “fundamentals” webcast on what you need to know about perhaps the most significant change to computer architecture since the transistor. Learn how system memory and storage are uniting into a single entity, how SNIA is contributing to addressing persistent memory via a programming model, and how persistent memory is being implemented today via NVDIMMs.
  • Understanding Real World Storage Workloads
    Understanding Real World Storage Workloads Alex McDonald, Co-Chair SNIA Solid State Storage Initiative, and Vice-Chair SNIA Europe Eden Kim, CEO, Calypso Systems Recorded: Nov 1 2017 56 mins
    Come hear about what Real World Storage Workloads are and why they are so important to Datacenter server performance. See SNIA SSSI Reference IO Captures on Testmyworkload.com that are being used to develop new SNIA Technical Specifications. After an overview of RWSWs and their key metrics, see an analysis of a 2,000 Outlet Retail Web Portal 24-Hr SQL Server workload. The same SQL Server workload is then used to test four Datacenter SSDs and a SAS HDD.

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