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  • 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. Come join us to look at the future of Ethernet for storage and join the SNIA ESF webcast on December 1st register here.
  • Current State of Storage in the Container World Current State of Storage in the Container World Eric Forgette, Technical Director, Nimble Storage, Chad Hintz, SNIA-ESF Board, Cisco Recorded: Nov 17 2016 58 mins
    The first wave of adoption of container technology was focused on micro services and ephemeral workloads. The next wave of adoption won’t be possible without persistent, shared storage. This webcast will provide an overview of Docker containers and the inherent challenge of persistence when containerizing traditional enterprise applications. We will then examine the different storage solutions available for solving these challenges and provide the pros and cons of each.

    In this webcast we will cover
    •Overview of Containers
    ◦Quick history, where we are now
    ◦Virtual machines vs. Containers
    ◦How Docker containers work
    ◦Why containers are compelling for customers
    ◦Challenges
    ◦Storage
    •Storage Options for Containers
    ◦NAS vs. SAN
    ◦Persistent and non-persistent
    •Future Considerations
    ◦Opportunities for future work

    This webcast should appeal to those interested in understanding the basics of containers and how it relates to the storage used with containers.
  • The Magic and Mystery of In-Memory Apps The Magic and Mystery of In-Memory Apps Shaun Walsh, SNIA SSSI Member and Managing Partner G2M Communications; Marty Foltyn, SNIA Business Development, Moderator Recorded: Nov 8 2016 60 mins
    Businesses are extracting value from more data, more sources and at increasingly real-time rates. Spark and HANA are just the beginning. This webcast details existing and emerging solutions for in-memory computing solutions that address this market trend and the disruptions that happen when combining big-data (Petabytes) with in-memory/real-time requirements., It provides an overview and trade-offs of key solutions (Hadoop/Spark, Tachyon, Hana, NoSQL-in-memory, etc) and related infrastructure (DRAM, Nand, 3D-crosspoint, NV-DIMMs, high-speed networking) and discusses the disruption to infrastructure design and operations when "tiered-memory" replaces "tiered storage"
  • 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.
  • Clustered File Systems: No Limits Clustered File Systems: No Limits John Kim, SNIA-ESF Chair, James Coomer, DDN, Alex McDonald, SNIA-ESF Vice Chair Recorded: Oct 25 2016 64 mins
    Today's storage world would appear to have been divided into three major and mutually exclusive categories: block, file and object storage. Much of the marketing that shapes much of the user demand would appear to suggest that these are three quite distinct animals, and many systems are sold as exclusively either SAN for block, NAS for file or object. And object is often conflated with cloud, a consumption model that can in reality be block, file or object.

    But a fixed taxonomy that divides the storage world this way is very limiting, and can be confusing; for instance, when we talk about cloud. How should providers and users buy and consume their storage? Are there other classifications that might help in providing storage solutions to meet specific or more general application needs?

    This webcast will explore clustered storage solutions that not only provide multiple end users access to shared storage over a network, but allow the storage itself to be distributed and managed over multiple discrete storage systems. In this webcast, we’ll discuss:
    •General principles and specific clustered and distributed systems and the facilities they provide built on the underlying storage
    •Better known file systems like NFS, GPFS and Lustre along with a few of the less well known
    •How object based systems like S3 have blurred the lines between them and traditional file based solutions.

    This webcast should appeal to those interested in exploring some of the different ways of accessing & managing storage, and how that might affect how storage systems are provisioned and consumed. POSIX and other acronyms may be mentioned, but no rocket science beyond a general understanding of the principles of storage will be assumed. Contains no nuts and is suitable for vegans!
  • Storage Performance Benchmarking: File Components Storage Performance Benchmarking: File Components Mark Rogov, EMC, Ken Cantrell, NetApp, Alex McDonald, NetApp Recorded: Oct 20 2016 61 mins
    The storage performance benchmarking dynamic duo, Mark Rogov and Ken Cantrell, are back. Having covered storage performance benchmarking fundamentals, system under test and most recently block components, this fourth installment of the Webcast series will focus on File Components.

    Register now to learn why the File World is different from the Block World. Mark and Ken will walk through the basic filesystem theory to how filesystem data layout affects performance, covering:

    • Why file?
    • Local vs. shared filesystems
    • Compare and contrast typical file performance use cases
  • Intro to Containers, Container Storage Challenges and Docker Intro to Containers, Container Storage Challenges and Docker Chad Thibodeau, Principal Product Manager, Veritas, Keith Hudgins, Tech Alliances, Docker, Alex McDonald, Chair SNIA-CSI Recorded: Oct 6 2016 67 mins
    Containers are the latest in what are new and innovative ways of packaging, managing and deploying distributed applications. In this webcast, we’ll introduce the concept of containers; what they are and the advantages they bring illustrated by use cases, why you might want to consider them as an app deployment model, and how they differ from VMs or bare metal deployments.

    We’ll follow up with a look at what is required from a storage perspective when using Docker, one of the leading systems that provides a lightweight, open and secure environment for the deployment of containers. Finally, we’ll round out our Docker introduction by presenting the takeaways from DockerCon, an industry event for makers and operators of distributed applications built on Docker, that took place in Seattle in June of this year.

    Join us for this discussion on:
    •Application deployment history
    •Containers vs. virtual machines vs. bare metal
    • Factors driving containers and common use cases
    • Storage ecosystem and features
    • Container storage table stakes
    •Introduction to Docker
    •Key takeaways from DockerCon 2016
  • Enterprise Key Management: The Real Story – Q&A with EKM Server Vendors Enterprise Key Management: The Real Story – Q&A with EKM Server Vendors Moderator: Tony Cox, Director Bus Dev, Strategy & Alliances, Cryptsoft Recorded: Sep 22 2016 47 mins
    Representatives from a range of established KMIP Key Management server vendors answer questions from the moderators and from the audience on various aspects of encryption, standardized key management via KMIP and some of the deployment issues and opportunities brought about through enterprise key management.
  • Managing Data Security for Storage of High Value Content Managing Data Security for Storage of High Value Content Robert Wann, Founder, President & CEO, Enova Technology Corporation Recorded: Sep 22 2016 38 mins
    As Cybersecurity shifts from the “best practice” environment to being mandated by regulations and prioritized by the high costs for data breaches, IT groups and data center operators are facing multiple challenges. One of these challenges is how to address the security of a mix of legacy storage devices, unencrypted devices, encrypted devices, new technology storage and eDrives in a single environment. Yet another challenge is how to construct a robust, trusted identity-based authentication (or role-based authentication or as a matter of coming the two) to fend off malware and Trojan infection. A system solution that can simplify the security management of mixed drives with high valued data content will be presented. The solution has at least one smart hardware interface controller that performs all security features internally while offers in-line cryptographic performance without degrading data rate.
  • Key Management and the Storage Eco-system Key Management and the Storage Eco-system Tim Hudson, CTO, Cryptsoft Recorded: Sep 22 2016 41 mins
    Security and Storage covers a diverse range of technologies and approaches that can make it challenging to distill a workable strategy from the mix of architectures, tools, techniques, recommendations, standards and competing vendor solutions. Guidance on how to contrast the various security approaches in storage and evaluate the right mix for your specific problem domain forms the majority of the material covered in this session.