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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
  • FICON 201
    FICON 201
    Patty Driever, IBM; Howard Johnson, Broadcom; Joe Kimpler, ATTO Technologies Recorded: Feb 20 2019 54 mins
    FICON (Fibre Channel Connection) is an upper-level protocol supported by mainframe servers and attached enterprise-class storage controllers that utilizes Fibre Channel as the underlying transport.

    The FCIA FICON 101 webcast (on-demand at http://bit.ly/FICON101) described some of the key characteristics of the mainframe and how FICON satisfies the demands placed on mainframes for reliable and efficient access to data. FCIA experts gave a brief introduction into the layers of architecture (system/device and link) that the FICON protocol bridges. Using the FICON 101 session as a springboard, our experts return for FICON 201 where they will delve deeper into the architectural flow of FICON and how it leverages Fibre Channel to be an optimal mainframe transport.

    Join this live FCIA webcast where you’ll learn:

    - How FICON (FC-SB-x) maps onto the Fibre Channel FC-2 layer
    - The evolution of the FICON protocol optimizations
    - How FICON adapts to new technologies
  • 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
  • How to Prepare Your Data Center for the Big Data Explosion
    How to Prepare Your Data Center for the Big Data Explosion
    Kevin L. Jackson, CEO, GovCloud Network, LLC Recorded: Jan 24 2019 37 mins
    Cloud computing innovation will power enterprise transformation in 2018. Cloud growth is also driving a rapid rise in the big data storage market, exacerbating the enterprise challenge around storage cost and complexity.

    Join this webinar with Kevin L. Jackson, CEO, GovCloud Network LLC and globally recognized cloud computing thought leader. He will show how Cloud Storage 2.0 can be used to address this proliferation of real-time data from the web, mobile devices, social media, sensors, log files, and transactional applications, and how all of these are affecting today's data centers.
  • Blockchain in 2019: The Impact on Enterprise Storage and Data Security
    Blockchain in 2019: The Impact on Enterprise Storage and Data Security
    Ian Smith, CEO and Reuben Thompson, VP Technology, Gospel Technology Recorded: Jan 24 2019 61 mins
    Join this webcast with Ian Smith, CEO and Reuben Thompson, VP Technology at Gospel Technology, as they discuss:

    - Private enterprise blockchains vs public ecosystems (i.e. crypto)
    - Enabling data transactional trust without compromising speed
    - How blockchain can be used to store and protect data

    Gospel is an enterprise data platform built on blockchain, providing data storage for the distributed era, as well as enterprise data security and data breach avoidance.

    About the speakers:
    Ian is a serial entrepreneur and experienced enterprise technology executive, at one point holding a VP Product Management role for IBM Storage, and has been involved in solving some of the largest and most complex infrastructure and data problems in enterprise business.

    Reuben is responsible for all Gospel platform development and has extensive experience of managing large-scale software projects, scalable, distributed, service-oriented software architectures, and satisfying complex and divergent compliance requirements (FCA, PCI, etc).
  • 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…
  • NVMe in the Data Center: How to Expand Above and Beyond your Local Server
    NVMe in the Data Center: How to Expand Above and Beyond your Local Server
    Petros Koutoupis, Senior Platform Architect, IBM Cloud Object Storage Recorded: Jan 22 2019 32 mins
    NVMe adoption has taken the Data Center by storm. And while the technology has proven itself to outperform all other competing SSD implementation, it is still quite limited and restricted to the local server it is attached to. This is where NVMe Targets come into the picture. In this presentation, we will explore how NVMe devices can be exported across a network and attached to remote server nodes.

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