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The Art of Storage Management

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.
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    John Kim, NVIDIA; Brian Will, Intel; Ilker Cebeli, Samsung
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    Bill Martin; Samsung; John Kim, NVIDIA
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    Thomas Rivera, Co-Chair, SNIA Data Protection & Privacy; Eric Hibbard, SNIA Security TWG Chair; J Metz, SNIA Board Chair
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    •The role that security plays with key privacy regulations
    •Data breach implications and consequences

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  • SNIA Swordfish™ Swims in Open Waters Recorded: Feb 27 2019 47 mins
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    Tools for speeding your implementation of the next-generation storage management standard

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    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.
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    Storage devices
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    Block
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    Files
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    Objects
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    •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…

    After the webcast, check out the Q&A blog http://sniaesfblog.org/author-of-nvme-tcp-spec-answers-your-questions/
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  • Take the Leap to SNIA’s Storage Management Initiative Specification 1.8 Recorded: Dec 5 2018 36 mins
    Mike Walker, former Chair SNIA SMI TWG and former IBM Engineer, Don Deel, SNIA SMI Board Chair, SMI TWG Chair, NetApp
    If you’re a storage equipment vendor, management software vendor or end-user of the ISO approved SNIA Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S), you won’t want to miss this presentation. Enterprise storage industry expert Mike Walker will provide an overview of new indications, methods, properties and profiles of SMI-S 1.7 and the newly introduced version, SMI-S 1.8. If you haven’t yet made the jump to SMI-S 1.7, Walker will explain why it’s important to go directly to SMI-S 1.8.
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    · Impact of technology changes such as Cloud
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    Recently, distributed storage has become more popular where storage lives in multiple locations but can still be shared. Advantages of distributed storage include the ability to scale-up performance and capacity simultaneously and--in the hyperconverged use case--to use each node (server) for both compute and storage. Attend this webcast to learn about:
    •Pros and cons of centralized vs. distributed storage
    •Typical use cases for centralized and distributed storage
    •How distributed works for SAN, NAS, parallel file systems, and object storage
    •How hyperconverged has introduced a new way of consuming storage

    After the webcast, please check out our Q&A blog http://bit.ly/2xSajxJ
  • RoCE vs. iWARP Recorded: Aug 22 2018 64 mins
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    The goal of this presentation is to provide a solid foundation on both RDMA technologies in a vendor-neutral setting that discusses the capabilities and use cases for each so that attendees can become more informed and make educated decisions.

    Join to hear the following questions addressed:

    •Both RoCE and iWARP support RDMA over Ethernet, but what are the differences?
    •Use cases for RoCE and iWARP and what differentiates them?
    •UDP/IP and TCP/IP: which uses which and what are the advantages and disadvantages?
    •What are the software and hardware requirements for each?
    •What are the performance/latency differences of each?

    Join our SNIA experts as they answer all these questions and more on this next Great Storage Debate

    After you watch the webcast, check out the Q&A blog http://bit.ly/2OH6su8
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