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  • New Landscape of Network Speeds
    New Landscape of Network Speeds
    David Chalupsky, Intel; Craig Carlson, Marvell; Peter Onufryck, Microchip; John Kim, Mellanox Recorded: May 21 2019 66 mins
    In the short period from 2014-2018, Ethernet equipment vendors have announced big increases in line speeds, shipping 25, 50, and 100 Gigabits-per -second (Gb/s) speeds and announcing 200/400 Gb/s. At the same time Fibre Channel vendors have launched 32GFC, 64GFC and 128GFC technology while InfiniBand has reached 200Gb/s (called HDR) speeds.

    But who exactly is asking for these faster new networking speeds, and how will they use them? Are there servers, storage, and applications that can make good use of them? How are these new speeds achieved? Are new types of signaling, cables and transceivers required? How will changes in PCIe standards keep up? And do the faster speeds come with different distance limitations?

    Watch this SNIA Networking Storage Forum (NSF) webcast to learn how these new speeds are achieved, where they are likely to be deployed for storage, and what infrastructure changes are needed to support them.
  • Everything You Wanted to Know...But Were Too Proud to Ask - The Memory Pod
    Everything You Wanted to Know...But Were Too Proud to Ask - The Memory Pod
    Alan Bumgarner, Intel; Alex McDonald, NetApp; John Kim, Mellanox Recorded: May 16 2019 62 mins
    Traditionally, much of the IT infrastructure that we’ve built over the years can be divided fairly simply into storage (the place we save our persistent data), network (how we get access to the storage and get at our data) and compute (memory and CPU that crunches on the data). In fact, so successful has this model been that a trip to any cloud services provider allows you to order (and be billed for) exactly these three components.

    We build effective systems in a cost-optimal way by using appropriate quantities of expensive and fast memory (DRAM for instance) to cache our cheaper and slower storage. But currently fast memory has no persistence at all; it’s only storage that provides the application the guarantee that storing, modifying or deleting data does exactly that.

    Memory and storage differ in other ways. For example, we load from memory to registers on the CPU, perform operations there, and then store the results back to memory by using byte addresses. This load/store technology is different from storage, where we tend to move data back and fore between memory and storage in large blocks, by using an API (application programming interface).

    New memory technologies are challenging these assumptions. They look like storage in that they’re persistent, if a lot faster than traditional disks or even Flash based SSDs, but we address them in bytes, as we do memory like DRAM, if more slowly. Persistent memory (PM) lies between storage and memory in latency, bandwidth and cost, while providing memory semantics and storage persistence. In this webcast, SNIA experts will discuss:

    •Traditional uses of storage and memory as a cache
    •How can we build and use systems based on PM?
    •What would a system with storage, persistent memory and DRAM look like?
    •Do we need a new programming model to take advantage of PM?
    •Interesting use cases for systems equipped with PM
    •How we might take better advantage of this new technology
  • Kubernetes in the Cloud
    Kubernetes in the Cloud
    Matt Baldwin, NetApp and Former Founder StackPoint Cloud; Ingo Fuchs, NetApp; Mike Jochimsen, Kaminario Recorded: May 2 2019 61 mins
    Kubernetes (k8s) is an open-source system for automating the deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications. Kubernetes promises simplified management of cloud workloads at scale, whether on-premises, hybrid, or in a public cloud infrastructure, allowing effortless movement of workloads from cloud to cloud. By some reckonings, it is being deployed at a rate several times faster than virtualization.

    In this presentation, we’ll introduce Kubernetes and present use cases that make clear where and why you would want to use it in your IT environment. We’ll also focus on the enterprise requirements of orchestration and containerization, and specifically on the storage aspects and best practices.

    •What is Kubernetes? Why would you want to use it?
    •How does Kubernetes help in a multi-cloud/private cloud environment?
    •How does Kubernetes orchestrate & manage storage? Can Kubernetes use Docker?
    •How do we provide persistence and data protection?
    •Example use cases
  • ESG Research: The Hybrid Cloud Tipping Point
    ESG Research: The Hybrid Cloud Tipping Point
    Scott Sinclair, ESG; Michelle Tidwell, IBM, Mike Jochimsen, Kaminario; Eric Lakin, Univ. of Michigan; Alex McDonald, NetApp Recorded: Apr 23 2019 61 mins
    Has hybrid cloud reached a tipping point? According to research from the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), IT organizations today are struggling to strike the right balance between public cloud and their on-premises infrastructure. In this SNIA webcast, ESG senior analyst, Scott Sinclair, will share research on current cloud trends, covering:

    •Key drivers behind IT complexity
    •IT spending priorities
    •Multi-cloud & hybrid cloud adoption drivers
    •When businesses are moving workloads from the cloud back on-premises
    •Top security and cost challenges
    •Future cloud projections

    The research will be followed by a panel discussion with Scott Sinclair and SNIA cloud experts Alex McDonald, Michelle Tidwell, Mike Jochimsen and Eric Lakin.
  • Transactional Models and their Storage Requirements
    Transactional Models and their Storage Requirements
    Alex McDonald, Vice-Chair SNIA Europe, and Office of the CTO, NetApp; Paul Talbut, SNIA Europe General Manager Recorded: Apr 9 2019 58 mins
    We’re all accustomed to transferring money from one bank account to another; a credit to the payer becomes a debit to the payee. But that model uses a specific set of sophisticated techniques to accomplish what appears to be a simple transaction. We’re also aware of how today we can order goods online, or reserve an airline seat over the Internet. Or even simpler, we can update a photograph on Facebook. Can these applications use the same models, or are new techniques required?

    One of the more important concepts in storage is the notion of transactions, which are used in databases, financials, and other mission critical workloads. However, in the age of cloud and distributed systems, we need to update our thinking about what constitutes a transaction. We need to understand how new theories and techniques allow us to undertake transactional work in the face of unreliable and physically dispersed systems. It’s a topic full of interesting concepts (and lots of acronyms!). In this webcast, we’ll provide a brief tour of traditional transactional systems and their use of storage, we’ll explain new application techniques and transaction models, and we’ll discuss what storage systems need to look like to support these new advances.

    And yes, we’ll explain all the acronyms and nomenclature too.

    You will learn:

    • A brief history of transactional systems from banking to Facebook
    • How the Internet and distributed systems have changed and how we view transactions
    • An explanation of the terminology, from ACID to CAP and beyond
    • How applications, networks & particularly storage have changed to meet these demands
  • Trends in Worldwide Media and Entertainment Storage
    Trends in Worldwide Media and Entertainment Storage
    Alex McDonald, SNIA SSSI Co-Chair (Moderator), Tom Coughlin, Coughlin Associates, Motti Beck, Mellanox Technologies Recorded: Mar 27 2019 56 mins
    Join SNIA Solid State Storage Initiative (SSSI) Education Chair and leading analyst Tom Coughlin and SSSI member Motti Beck of Mellanox Technologies for a journey into the requirements and trends in worldwide data storage for entertainment content acquisition, editing, archiving, and digital preservation. This webcast will cover capacity and performance trends and media projections for direct attached storage, cloud, and near-line network storage. It will also include results from a long-running digital storage survey of media and entertainment professionals. Learn what is needed for digital cinema, broadcast, cable, and internet applications and more.
  • 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

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