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  • Everything You Wanted To Know...But Were Too Proud To Ask - Storage Controllers
    Everything You Wanted To Know...But Were Too Proud To Ask - Storage Controllers Peter Onufryk, Microsemi, Craig Carlson, Cavium, Chad Hintz, Cisco, John Kim, Mellanox, J Metz, Cisco Recorded: May 15 2018 48 mins
    Are you a control freak? Have you ever wondered what was the difference between a storage controller, a RAID controller, a PCIe Controller, or a metadata controller? What about an NVMe controller? Aren’t they all the same thing?

    In part Aqua of the “Everything You Wanted To Know About Storage But Were Too Proud To Ask” webcast series, we’re going to be taking an unusual step of focusing on a term that is used constantly, but often has different meanings. When you have a controller that manages hardware, there are very different requirements than a controller that manages an entire system-wide control plane. From the outside looking in, it may be easy to get confused. You can even have controllers managing other controllers!
    Here we’ll be revisiting some of the pieces we talked about in Part Chartreuse [https://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/663/215131], but with a bit more focus on the variety we have to play with:
    •What do we mean when we say “controller?”
    •How are the systems being managed different?
    •How are controllers used in various storage entities: drives, SSDs, storage networks, software-defined
    •How do controller systems work, and what are the trade-offs?
    •How do storage controllers protect against Spectre and Meltdown?
    Join us to learn more about the workhorse behind your favorite storage systems.
  • What’s Next in Storage: Analysts and Experts Share their Predictions
    What’s Next in Storage: Analysts and Experts Share their Predictions Greg McSorley, SNIA Technical Council (non-voting); Rick Kutcipal, President, STA; Don Jeanette of TRENDFOCUS Recorded: May 2 2018 43 mins
    You won’t want to miss the opportunity to hear leading data storage experts provide their insights on prominent technologies that are shaping the market. With the exponential rise in demand for high capacity and secured storage systems, it’s critical to understand the key factors influencing adoption and where the highest growth is expected. From SSDs and HDDs to storage interfaces and NAND devices, get the latest information you need to shape key strategic directions and remain competitive.
  • Introduction to SNIA Swordfish™ ─ Scalable Storage Management
    Introduction to SNIA Swordfish™ ─ Scalable Storage Management Richelle Ahlvers, Broadcom; Don Deel, NetApp Recorded: Apr 19 2018 62 mins
    The SNIA Swordfish™ specification helps to provide a unified approach for the management of storage and servers in hyperscale and cloud infrastructure environments, making it easier for IT administrators to integrate scalable solutions into their data centers. Swordfish builds on the Distributed Management Task Force’s (DMTF’s) Redfish® specification using the same easy-to-use RESTful methods and lightweight JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) formatting. Join this session to receive an overview of Swordfish including the new functionality added in version 1.0.6 released in March, 2018.
  • File vs. Block vs. Object Storage
    File vs. Block vs. Object Storage Mark Carlson, Toshiba, Alex McDonald, NetApp, Saqib Jang, Chelsio, John Kim, Mellanox Recorded: Apr 17 2018 67 mins
    File vs. Block vs. Object Storage

    When it comes to storage, a byte is a byte is a byte, isn’t it? One of the 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?

    The only way to manage large quantities of data is to make it addressable in larger pieces, above the byte level. For that, we’ve designed sets of data management protocols that help us do several things: address large lumps of data by some kind of name or handle, organize it for storage on external storage devices with different characteristics, and provide protocols that allow us to programmatically write and read it.

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

    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
    File
    - When everything is a stream of bytes
    - NFS and SMB
    Object
    - When everything is a blob
    - HTTP, key value and RESTful interfaces
    - When files, blocks and objects collide

    After you watch the webcast, check out the Q&A blog: https://wp.me/p1kTSa-bh
  • Containers and Persistent Memory
    Containers and Persistent Memory Arthur Sainio, Co-Chair, SNIA Persistent Memory and NVDIMM Special Interest Group Recorded: Apr 17 2018 33 mins
    Containers can make it easier for developers to know that their software will run, no matter where it is deployed. What do customers, storage developers, and the industry want to see to fully unlock the potential of persistent memory in a container environment? This presentation will discuss how persistent memory is a revolutionary technology which will boost the performance of next-generation packaging of applications and libraries into containers.

    You’ll learn:
    •What SNIA is doing to advance persistent memory
    •What the ecosystem enablement efforts are around persistent memory solutions
    •How NVDIMMs are paving the way for plug-n-play adoption into container environments

    About the presenter:
    Arthur is Co-Chair of the SNIA Persistent Memory and NVDIMM Special Interest Group, which accelerates the awareness and adoption of Persistent Memories and NVDIMMs for computing architectures.

    As a Director of Product Marketing at SMART Modular Technologies. Arthur has been driving new product launch and business development activities at SMART since 1998. Prior to Smart, Arthur worked as a product manager at Hitachi Semiconductor America. While there, his focus was on DRAM, SRAM and Flash technologies.

    Arthur holds a MBA from San Francisco State University and a MS from Arizona State University
  • 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!

    After you watch the webcast, check out the Q&A blog http://bit.ly/2GME6OR
  • 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.

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