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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Object Storage 201 Q&A

    31 October 2014 - Taken from blog post at www.sniablog.org

    Now available on-demand, our recent live CSI Webcast, “Object Storage 201: Understanding Architectural Trade-Offs,” was a highly-rated event that almost 250 (edit: now 500) people have seen to date. We did not have time to address all of the questions, so here are answers to them. If you think of additional questions, please feel free to comment on this blog.

  7. Three Levels of Readiness

    21 October 2014 - By Glyn Bowden, SNIA Europe UK Committee (HP)

    First published in DCS UK - September 2014

    When looking to deploy cloud services it’s never going to be a binary transformation. There are very few organisations that have existing IT services that will just be able to transition from that current state to a full cloud solution. This is true no matter what technology is deployed as the solution, it will always be an iterative progression where gains are steadily realised.

  8. SNIA Europe members packages from €4,500 at the new and remastered Powering the Cloud

    01 October 2014 - Event now over, but keep an eye out for future event discounts as a member of SNIA Europe!

  9. NVM Programming Model: A Catalyst for Disruptive Change in Data Centers Around the World

    30 September 2014 - By Walt Hubis, Vice-Chair of SNIA's Solid State Storage Initiative (Hubis Technical Associates)

    First published in SNS Europe - September 2014

    Recent advances in non-volatile memory (NVM) technologies are blurring the line between storage and memory and causing a disruptive change to the way software is written. These technologies have the potential to transform the future with performance a thousand times faster than flash.

  10. Expanding Your Data Center with FCoE – Q&A

    16 September 2014 -

    Taken from blog post at www.sniablog.org

    At the recent live ESF Webcast, “Expert Insights: Expanding the Data Center with FCoE,” SNIA ESF examined the current state of FCoE and looked at how this protocol can expand the agility of the data center if you missed it, it’s now available on-demand. As there was not have time to address all the questions, here are answers to them all. If you think of additional questions, please feel free to comment on this blog.

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