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  • Rockin’ and Rollin’ with SMB3
    Rockin’ and Rollin’ with SMB3 Ned Pyle, SMB Program Manager, Microsoft, John Kim, SNIA-ESF Chair, Mellanox Recorded: Apr 5 2017 69 mins
    Server Message Block (SMB) is the core file-transfer protocol of Windows, MacOS and Samba, and has become widely deployed. It’s ubiquitous - a 30-year-old family of network code.

    However, the latest iteration of SMB3 is almost unrecognizable when compared to versions only a few years old. Extensive reengineering has led to advanced capabilities that include multichannel, transparent failover, scale out, and encryption. SMB Direct makes use of RDMA networking, creates block transport system and provides reliable transport to zetabytes of unstructured data, worldwide.

    SMB3 forms the basis of hyper-converged and scale-out systems for virtualization and SQL Server. It is available for a variety of hardware devices, from printers, network-attached storage appliances, to Storage Area Networks (SANs). It is often the most prevalent protocol on a network, with high-performance data transfers as well as efficient end-user access over wide-area connections.

    In this SNIA-ESF Webcast, Microsoft’s Ned Pyle, program manager of the SMB protocol, will discuss the current state of SMB, including:

    •Brief background on SMB
    •An overview of the SMB 3.x family, first released with Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, MacOS 10.10, Samba 4.1, and Linux CIFS 3.12
    •What changed in SMB 3.1.1
    •Understanding SMB security, scenarios, and workloads
    •The deprecation and removal of the legacy SMB1 protocol
    •How SMB3 supports hyperconverged and scale-out storage
  • The Art of Storage Management
    The Art of Storage Management George Crump, Curtis Preston Recorded: Dec 15 2016 62 mins
    Any organization that takes a moment to study the data on their primary storage system will quickly realize that the majority (as much as 90 percent) of data that is stored on it has not been accessed for months if not years. Moving this data to a secondary tier of storage could free up massive amount of capacity, eliminating a storage upgrade for years. Making this analysis frequently is called data management, and proper management of data can not only reduce costs it can improve data protection, retention and preservation.
  • Containers: Best Practices and Data Management Services
    Containers: Best Practices and Data Management Services Keith Hudgins, Tech Alliances, Docker, Andrew Sullivan, Tech Marketing Engineer, NetApp, Alex McDonald, Chair SNIA-CSI Recorded: Dec 7 2016 57 mins
    Now that you have become acquainted with basic container technologies and the associated storage challenges in supporting applications running within containers in production; let’s take a deeper dive into what differentiates this technology from what you are used to with virtual machines. Containers can both complement virtual machines and also replace them as they promise the ability to scale exponentially higher. They can easily be ported from one physical server to another or to one platform—such as on-premise—to another—such as public cloud providers like Amazon AWS. In this Webcast, we’ll explore “container best practices” that discuss how to address the various challenges around networking, security and logging. We’ll also look at what types of applications more easily lend themselves to a microservice architecture versus which applications may require additional investment to refactor/re-architect to take advantage of microservices.

    After the webcast, check out the Q&A blog http://www.sniacloud.com/?p=233
  • 2017 Ethernet Roadmap for Networked Storage
    2017 Ethernet Roadmap for Networked Storage Brad Booth, Microsoft, Brad Smith, Mellanox, Vittal Balasubramanian, Dell, Fred Zhang, Intel, John Kim, Mellanox Recorded: Dec 1 2016 60 mins
    When the SNIA Ethernet Storage Forum (ESF) last looked at the Ethernet Roadmap for Networked Storage in 2015, we anticipated a world of rapid change. The list of advances in 2016 is nothing short of amazing:

    •New adapters, switches, and cables have been launched supporting 25, 50, and 100Gb Ethernet speeds including support from major server vendors and storage startups
    •Multiple vendors have added or updated support for RDMA over Ethernet
    •The growth of NVMe flash and release of the NVMe over Fabrics standard are driving demand for both faster speeds and lower latency in networking
    •The growth of cloud, virtualization, hyper-converged infrastructure, object storage, and containers are all increasing the popularity of Ethernet as a storage fabric

    The world of Ethernet in 2017 promises more of the same. Now we revisit the topic with a look ahead at what’s in store for Ethernet in 2017. With all the incredible advances and learning vectors, SNIA ESF is here to help you keep up. Here’s some of the things to keep track of in the upcoming year:
    •Learn what is driving the adoption of faster Ethernet speeds and new Ethernet storage models
    •Understand the different copper and optical cabling choices available at different speeds and distances
    •Debate how other connectivity options will compete against Ethernet for the new cloud and software-defined storage networks
    •And finally look ahead with us at what Ethernet is planning for new connectivity options and faster speeds such as 200 and 400 Gigabit Ethernet

    The momentum is strong with Ethernet, and we’re here to help you keep on top of the lightning-fast changes.

    After you watch the webcast, check out the Q&A blog http://sniaesfblog.org/?p=586
  • DRaaS Offerings for Hosted Clouds with IBM Spectrum Virtualize Software
    DRaaS Offerings for Hosted Clouds with IBM Spectrum Virtualize Software Michelle Tidwell, IBM Storage Program Director Recorded: Nov 22 2016 35 mins
    Come learn about the new capabilities for running IBM Spectrum Virtualize as software defined storage (SDS). This webinar will show how end users, MSPs and CSPs can better optimize block storage infrastructures as well as provide new storage services, such as disaster recovery. We will cover new deployment models for the software and share exciting new use cases around this SDS offering, which will enable hybrid cloud and software defined architectures.
  • DRaaS in Finance: Re-inventing BCP and DR from the Ground up
    DRaaS in Finance: Re-inventing BCP and DR from the Ground up Ray Bricknell & Craig Felton, BEC, Parimal Kumar & Krisztian Kenderesi, RMG, Johnny Carpenter, iLand Recorded: Nov 22 2016 29 mins
    Join a group of experts for a panel discussion on all things Disaster Recovery as-a-Service, Business Continuity, Cloud and Virtualization in the finance world. Representatives from iLand, Behind Every Cloud, and more will deep dive into:

    - Disaster Recovery: a potted history of the technologies and limitations
    - Virtualization Layer Replication: Disaster Recovery Re-invented
    - What Next? Changing Finance Requirements and "Cloud"
    - DRaaS: Disaster Recovery cost models re-invented
    - The "perfect" Finance focused DRaaS model
  • Everything You Wanted To Know About Storage But Were Too Proud To Ask/Mauve
    Everything You Wanted To Know About Storage But Were Too Proud To Ask/Mauve Fred Knight, NetApp, John Kim, Mellanox, Chad Hintz, Cisco, Dror Goldenberg, Mellanox, J Metz, Cisco Recorded: Nov 1 2016 51 mins
    In this part of the series, “Everything You Wanted To Know about Storage But Were Too Proud To Ask,” we’re going to be focusing on the network aspect of storage systems.

    As with any technical field, it’s too easy to dive into the jargon of the pieces and expect people to know exactly what you mean. Unfortunately, some of the terms may have alternative meanings in other areas of technology. In this Webcast, we look at some of those terms specifically and discuss them as they relate to storage networking systems.

    In particular, you’ll find out what we mean when we talk about:

    •Channel versus Busses
    •Control Plane versus Data Plane
    •Fabric versus Network

    For people who are familiar with Data Center Technology, whether it be Compute, Programming, or even Storage itself, some of these concepts may seem intuitive and obvious… until you start talking to people who are really into this stuff. This series of Webcasts will help be your Secret Decoder Ring to unlock the mysteries of what is going on when you hear these conversations.

    After you watch the webcast, check out the Q&A blog http://sniaesfblog.org/?p=588
  • Optimizing Storage for Virtualization in Windows Server
    Optimizing Storage for Virtualization in Windows Server Anil Desai, Independent IT Consultant Recorded: Oct 19 2016 60 mins
    Virtualization workloads generate many requirements and challenges for IT departments, including high performance, low latency, high-availability and the ability to quickly move and reconfigure workloads based on changing demands. This presentation focuses on best practices for employing a wide array of different storage features in the Windows Server platform. Details range from the SMB 3.x protocol to data-deduplication, clustering, Hyper-V Replica, and many more related features. The presentation will begin with suggestions for determining requirements for different kinds of virtual disks and different business workloads. Based on these requirements, we'll drill-down in to practical advice on how, when, and why these features can help increase service delivery and reduce costs for virtualized environments of all sizes.

    Join Anil Desai, independent consultant and author of over 20 technical books around Windows Server platform, virtualization, databases and IT management best practices. He has over 20 years of experience in architecting, implementing, and managing IT software and datacenter solutions. He has worked extensively with IT management, development, and database technology. Anil holds many technical certifications and is a twelve-time Microsoft MVP Award recipient (currently Cloud/Datacenter Management).
  • Virtualization: The Key to Approachable Disaster Recovery
    Virtualization: The Key to Approachable Disaster Recovery Jim Hannan, Principal Architect & Chris Vacanti, Senior Consultant, House of Brick Technologies Recorded: Oct 19 2016 58 mins
    Come prepared to look at disaster recovery planning with a 360 degree view for the enterprise and SMB space, and walk away with technical ideas you can begin to implement immediately. During this presentation, we will discuss disaster recovery planning considerations and partnerships. We will also walk through technical solutions that provide a way to use virtualization and storage strategies for an approachable DR solution.
  • BrightTALK Summit Sneak Peak: Storage and Virtualization & Next-Gen Data Centers
    BrightTALK Summit Sneak Peak: Storage and Virtualization & Next-Gen Data Centers BrightTALK Recorded: Sep 13 2016 2 mins
    View this sneak preview of what's to come in our October Summits on BrightTALK! Storage and Virtualization and Next-Gen Data Centers live on the BrightTALK platform October 18-20, 2016.

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