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  • The Scale-Out File System Architecture Overview
    The Scale-Out File System Architecture Overview
    Zhiqi Tao, Intel; John Kim, Mellanox Recorded: Feb 28 2019 69 mins
    This webcast will present an overview of scale-out file system architectures. To meet the increasingly higher demand on both capacity and performance in large cluster computing environments, the storage subsystem has evolved toward a modular and scalable design. The scale-out file system is one implementation of the trend, in addition to scale-out object and block storage solutions. This presentation will provide an introduction to scale-out-file systems and cover:

    •General principles when architecting a scale-out file system storage solution
    •Hardware and software design considerations for different workloads
    •Storage challenges when serving a large number of compute nodes, e.g. name space consistency, distributed locking, data replication, etc.
    •Use cases for scale-out file systems
    •Common benchmark and performance analysis approaches

    After you watch the webcast, check-out the Q&A blog at http://bit.ly/2EWqXQO
  • SNIA Swordfish™ Swims in Open Waters
    SNIA Swordfish™ Swims in Open Waters
    Don Deel, NetApp, SNIA; Moderated by Richelle Ahlvers, Broadcom, SNIA Recorded: Feb 27 2019 47 mins
    Tools for speeding your implementation of the next-generation storage management standard

    The SNIA Swordfish™ specification for the management of storage systems and data services is an extension of the DMTF Redfish® specification. Together, these specifications provide a unified approach for the management of servers and storage in converged, hyper-converged, hyperscale and cloud infrastructure environments.

    To help speed your Swordfish development efforts, SNIA has produced open source storage management tools available now on GitHub for your use. Join this session for an overview of these open source tools, which include a Swordfish API Emulator, a Swordfish Basic Web Client, an example Swordfish plugin for the Microsoft Power BI business analytics service, and an example Swordfish plugin for the Datadog monitoring service.
  • What’s New in Container Storage
    What’s New in Container Storage
    Keith Hudgins, Docker; Alex McDonald, NetApp Recorded: Feb 26 2019 38 mins
    Containers are a big trend in application deployment. The landscape of containers is moving fast and constantly changing, with new standards emerging every few months. Learn what’s new, what to pay attention to, and how to make sense of the ever-shifting container landscape.

    This live webcast will cover:
    •Container storage types and Container Frameworks
    •An overview of the various storage APIs for the container landscape
    •How to identify the most important projects to follow in the container world
    •The Container Storage Interface spec and Kubernetes 1.13
    •How to get involved in the container community

    After you watch the webcast, check out the Q&A blog at http://bit.ly/2GPkFET
  • Why Composable Infrastructure?
    Why Composable Infrastructure?
    Philip Kufeldt, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz; Mike Jochimsen, Kaminario; Alex McDonald, NetApp Recorded: Feb 13 2019 60 mins
    Cloud data centers are by definition very dynamic. The need for infrastructure availability in the right place at the right time for the right use case is not as predictable, nor as static, as it has been in traditional data centers. These cloud data centers need to rapidly construct virtual pools of compute, network and storage based on the needs of particular customers or applications, then have those resources dynamically and automatically flex as needs change. To accomplish this, many in the industry espouse composable infrastructure capabilities, which rely on heterogeneous resources with specific capabilities which can be discovered, managed, and automatically provisioned and re-provisioned through data center orchestration tools. The primary benefit of composable infrastructure results in a smaller grained sets of resources that are independently scalable and can be brought together as required. In this webcast, SNIA experts will discuss:

    •What prompted the development of composable infrastructure?
    •What are the solutions?
    •What is composable infrastructure?
    •Enabling technologies (not just what’s here, but what’s needed…)
    •Status of composable infrastructure standards/products
    •What’s on the horizon – 2 years? 5 Years
    •What it all means

    After you watch the webcast, check-out the Q&A blog bit.ly/2EOcAy8
  • Networking Requirements for Hyperconvergence
    Networking Requirements for Hyperconvergence
    Christine McMonigal, Intel; J Metz, Cisco; Alex McDonald, NetApp Recorded: Feb 5 2019 61 mins
    “Why can’t I add a 33rd node?”

    One of the great advantages of Hyperconvergence infrastructures (also known as “HCI”) is that, relatively speaking, they are extremely easy to set up and manage. In many ways, they’re the “Happy Meals” of infrastructure, because you have compute and storage in the same box. All you need to do is add networking.

    In practice, though, many consumers of HCI have found that the “add networking” part isn’t quite as much of a no-brainer as they thought it would be. Because HCI hides a great deal of the “back end” communication, it’s possible to severely underestimate the requirements necessary to run a seamless environment. At some point, “just add more nodes” becomes a more difficult proposition.

    In this webinar, we’re going to take a look behind the scenes, peek behind the GUI, so to speak. We’ll be talking about what goes on back there, and shine the light behind the bezels to see:

    •The impact of metadata on the network
    •What happens as we add additional nodes
    •How to right-size the network for growth
    •Tricks of the trade from the networking perspective to make your HCI work better
    •And more…

    Now, not all HCI environments are created equal, so we’ll say in advance that your mileage will necessarily vary. However, understanding some basic concepts of how storage networking impacts HCI performance may be particularly useful when planning your HCI environment, or contemplating whether or not it is appropriate for your situation in the first place.

    After you watch the webcast, check out the Q&A blog at http://bit.ly/2Va4wwH
  • File vs. Block vs. Object Storage
    File vs. Block vs. Object Storage
    Alex McDonald, Vice-Chair SNIA Europe and NetApp Recorded: Feb 5 2019 66 mins
    When it comes to storage, a byte is a byte is a byte, isn’t it? One of the enduring truths about simplicity is that scale makes everything hard, and with that comes complexity. And when we’re not processing the data, how do we store it and access it?

    In this webcast, we will compare three types of data access: file, block and object storage, and the access methods that support them. Each has its own set of use cases, and advantages and disadvantages. Each provides simple to sophisticated management of the data, and each makes different demands on storage devices and programming technologies.

    Perhaps you’re comfortable with block and file, but are interested in investigating the more recent class of object storage and access. Perhaps you’re happy with your understanding of objects, but would really like to understand files a bit better, and what advantages or disadvantages they have compared to each other. Or perhaps you want to understand how file, block and object are implemented on the underlying storage systems – and how one can be made to look like the other, depending on how the storage is accessed. Join us as we discuss and debate:

    Storage devices
    •How different types of storage drive different management & access solutions

    Block
    •Where everything is in fixed-size chunks
    •SCSI and SCSI-based protocols, and how FC and iSCSI fit in

    Files
    •When everything is a stream of bytes
    •NFS and SMB

    Objects
    •When everything is a blob
    •HTTP, key value and RESTful interfaces

    Altogether
    •When files, blocks and objects collide
  • What NVMe™/TCP Means for Networked Storage
    What NVMe™/TCP Means for Networked Storage
    Sagi Grimberg, Lightbits; J Metz, Cisco; Tom Reu, Chelsio Recorded: Jan 22 2019 63 mins
    In the storage world, NVMe™ is arguably the hottest thing going right now. Go to any storage conference – either vendor- or vendor-neutral, and you’ll see NVMe as the latest and greatest innovation. It stands to reason, then, that when you want to run NVMe over a network, you need to understand NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF).

    TCP – the long-standing mainstay of networking – is the newest transport technology to be approved by the NVM Express organization. This can mean really good things for storage and storage networking – but what are the tradeoffs?

    In this webinar, the lead author of the NVMe/TCP specification, Sagi Grimberg, and J Metz, member of the SNIA and NVMe Boards of Directors, will discuss:
    •What is NVMe/TCP
    •How NVMe/TCP works
    •What are the trade-offs?
    •What should network administrators know?
    •What kind of expectations are realistic?
    •What technologies can make NVMe/TCP work better?
    •And more…
  • Virtualization and Storage Networking Best Practices
    Virtualization and Storage Networking Best Practices
    Cody Hosterman, Pure Storage; Jason Massae, VMware; J Metz, Cisco Recorded: Jan 17 2019 65 mins
    With all the different storage arrays and connectivity protocols available today, knowing the best practices can help improve operational efficiency and ensure resilient operations. VMware’s storage global service has reported many of the common service calls they receive. In this webcast, we will share those insights and lessons learned by discussing:
    - Common mistakes when setting up storage arrays
    - Why iSCSI is the number one storage configuration problem
    - Configuring adapters for iSCSI or iSER
    - How to verify your PSP matches your array requirements
    - NFS best practices
    - How to maximize the value of your array and virtualization
    - Troubleshooting recommendations

    After you watch the webcast, check out the Q&A blog at http://bit.ly/2WjmFJW
  • Applications Take Advantage of Persistent Memory
    Applications Take Advantage of Persistent Memory
    Raghu Kulkarni, SNIA PM & NVDIMM SIG member and Alex McDonald, SNIA SSSI Co-Chair Recorded: Jan 15 2019 60 mins
    Kick off the new year with a new SNIA Persistent Memory and NVDIMM Special Interest Group webcast on how applications can take advantage of Persistent Memory today with NVDIMM - the go-to Persistent Memory technology for boosting performance for next generation storage platforms. NVDIMM standards have paved the way to simple, plug-n-play solutions. If you're a developer or integrator who hasn't yet realized the benefits of NVDIMMs in your products, you will want to attend to learn about NVDIMM functionality, applications, and benefits. You'll come away with an understanding of how NVDIMMs fit into the persistent memory landscape.
  • Emerging Memory Poised to Explode
    Emerging Memory Poised to Explode
    Moderator: Alex McDonald, SNIA SSSI Co-Chair; Presenters: Tom Coughlin, Coughlin Associates & Jim Handy, Objective Analysis Recorded: Dec 11 2018 58 mins
    Join SSSI members and respected analysts Tom Coughlin and Jim Handy for a look into their new Emerging Memory and Storage Technologies Report. Tom and Jim will examine emerging memory technologies and their interaction with standard memories, how a new memory layer improves computer performance, and the technical advantages and economies of scale that contribute to the enthusiasm for emerging memories. They will provide an outlook on market projections and enabling and driving applications. The webcast is the perfect preparation for the 2019 SNIA Persistent Memory Summit January 24, 2019.

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