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  1. New White Paper: Software Defined Storage

    12 January 2015 - This new whitepaper takes a look into attributes of Software Defined Storage, the role of Metadata and SDS within the Software Defined Data Center. Download it direct here.

  2. Non-Volatile Memory Express NVMe

    06 January 2015 - By J Metz, SNIA ESF Member (Cisco)

    First published in DCS Europe - December 2014

    When I first started in storage technology (it doesn't seem like that long ago, really!) the topic seemed like it was becoming rather stagnant. The only thing that seemed to be happening was that disks were getting bigger (more space) and the connections were getting faster (more speed).

  3. Real-World FCoE Best Practices Q&A

    22 December 2014 - Taken from blog post at

    At our recent live Webcast “Real-World FCoE Designs and Best Practices,” IT leaders from Thermo Fisher Scientific and Gannett Co. shared their experiences from their FCoE deployments – one single-hop, one multi-hop. It was a candid discussion on the lessons they learned. If you missed the Webcast, it’s now available on demand. We polled the audience to see what stage of FCoE deployment they’re in (see the poll results at the end of this blog). Just over half said they’re still in learning mode. To that end, here are answers to the questions we got during the Webcast. As you will see, many of these questions were directed to our guest end users regarding their experiences. I hope that it will help you in your journey. If you have additional questions, please ask them in the comments section in this blog and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

  4. SNIA Announces Refreshed Exams for the Certification Program

    15 December 2014 - New exams S10–210 and S10–310 available immediately

  5. The Performance Impact of NVMe and NVMe over Fabrics – Q&A

    15 December 2014 - Taken from blog post at

    More than 400 people (now 800) have already seen our recent live ESF Webcast, “The Performance Impact of NVMe and NVMe over Fabrics.” If you missed it, it’s now available on-demand. It was a great session with a lot of questions from attendees. We did not have time to address them all – so here is a complete Q&A courtesy of our experts from Cisco, EMC and Intel. If you think of additional questions, please feel free to comment on this blog.

  6. SNIA Launches New SNIA Emerald™ Recognized Tester Program (RTP)

    10 December 2014 - The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) released the Version 2.0.3 SNIA Emerald™ Power Efficiency Test and Measurement Specification in 2013, as referenced by the EPA ENERGY STAR Program Specification for Data Center Storage. To further the adoption of SNIA Emerald™, SNIA is now announcing the SNIA Emerald™ Recognized Tester Program (RTP), and designating the first test lab to qualify. RTP recognizes organizations that offer testing services by their demonstration of competency in performing repeatable SNIA Emerald™ specification test methods, procedures, and results.

  7. Data Storage & the Software Defined Data Center

    08 December 2014 - First posted in SNIA Storage Blog

    The overall success of and general acceptance of server virtualization as a way to make servers more fully utilized and agile, have encouraged IT managers to pursue virtualization of the other two major data center functions, storage and networking. And most recently, the addition of external resources such as the public Cloud to what the IT organization must manage has encouraged taking these trends a step further. Many in the industry believe that the full software definition of all IT infrastructure, that is a software defined data center (SDDC), should be the end goal, to make all resources capable of fast adaptation to business needs and for the holy grail of open-API-based, application-aware, single-pane-of-glass management.

  8. Take part in the new Object Drive Technical Work Group (TWG)

    02 December 2014 - The SNIA Technical Council has recently approved a new technical work group. The Object Drive TWG was created for the purpose of establishing architectures and standards for disk, solid state and tape drive based functionalities that allow them to be higher level storage nodes in emerging scale out solutions.

  9. Storage Security Comes of Age

    25 November 2014 - By Eric Hibbard, SNIA Security TWG and ISO Editor of ISO/IEC 27040 (HDS)

    First published in DCS UK - October 2014

    Many organizations face the challenge of implementing data protection and security measures to meet a wide range of requirements, including statutory and regulatory compliance. All too often, the implemented measures fail to address the security associated with storage systems and infrastructure (i.e., storage security) because of misconceptions and limited familiarity with the storage technology, or in the case of storage managers and administrators, a limited understanding of the inherent risks or basic security concepts. The net result of this situation is that digital assets are needlessly placed at risk of compromise due to data breaches, intentional corruption, being held hostage, or other malicious events.

  10. The Bigger the Better

    04 November 2014 - By Gilda Foss, SNIA Analytics and Big Data Committee (NetApp)

    First published in DCS Europe - October 2014

    So much data, multiplying by the second, and a never-ending opportunity to watch it grow… The power we can achieve from analyzing big data is endless. The volume of data created by U.S. companies alone each year is enough to fill ten thousand Libraries of Congress. This is a mind-blowing stat, yet there are so many more like it that exemplifies the explosive growth of data today.

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