03 September 2013 - There are just a few weeks to enter the Tech Trailblazers Awards. Enterprise IT start-ups that are 5 years old or younger, privately owned and privately funded (including Angel, Seed and VC up to and including C-series) should enter now for a chance to win at www.techtrailblazers.com.
27 August 2013 - If you attended Flash Memory Summit along with thousands of other business professionals, you soon learned that solid state keynotes, breakouts, and show floor booths, while informative, could be mystifying. Fortunately, the SNIA Solid State Storage Initiative (SSSI) was at FMS to provide enlightenment in the form of a SSS Reception, four new publications on SSS, and three SSSI member demonstrations.
20 August 2013 -
Originally from sniablog.org
“Software Defined” is a label being used to define advances in network and storage virtualization and promises to greatly improve infrastructure management and accelerate business agility. Network virtualization itself isn’t a new concept and has been around in various forms for some time (think vLANs). But, the commercialization of server virtualization seems to have paved the path to extend virtualization throughout the data center infrastructure, making the data center an IT environment delivering dynamic and even self-deployed services. The networking stack has been getting most of the recent buzz and I’ll focus on that portion of the infrastructure here.
20 August 2013 - Originally from sniablog.org Theres been a lot of press recently about whats going on in the world of storage regarding the utilization of PCIe as a device interface. Of course, PCIe has been around a long time as a system bus, while SATA and SAS have been used as storage device interfaces. But with SSDs getting faster with every new product release, its become difficult for the traditional interfaces to keep up.
13 August 2013 -
Original blog post by Jeff Goldner (Microsoft) available here.
Although my day job is no longer working on SMI-S, I did want to let folks know that a lot of work went into the Standards-Based Storage Management Service (aka Storage Service) in the upcoming Windows Server release. Here are the highlights:
05 August 2013 -
A new revision of the Enterprise Solid State Storage Performance Test Specification (PTSE 1.1) is now available for public review. The PTS is an industry standard test methodology and test suite for the comparison of SSD performance at the device level. The PTSE 1.1 updates the PTSE 1.0 released in 2011 and adds tests with specific types of workloads common in the enterprise environment. The PTSE 1.1 may be downloaded at http://www.snia.org/publicreview
30 July 2013 -
On July 24, 2013, at the Distributed Management Task Forces (DMTFs) co-located Alliance Partner Technical Symposium and Management Developers Conference events, DMTF and SNIA successfully demonstrated interoperable cloud management utilizing three existing cloud standards simultaneously. For the first time, the DMTFs Cloud Infrastructure Management Interface (CIMI) and Open Virtual Format (OVF), an ISO standard, and SNIAs Cloud Data Management Interface (CDMI), also an ISO standard, were shown in multi-vendor implementations. This was part of a series of Cloud Plugfests, the next of which will take place during Cloud Interoperability Week, being held September 16-20, 2013, in Madrid, Spain, and simultaneously in the U.S. in Santa Clara, California.
23 July 2013 -
By Gilda Foss, SNIA SSSI Governing Board (NetApp)
First published in Storage Networking Solutions - June 2013
A solid-state drive (SSD), also called a flash drive, is a type of storage device that is revolutionizing how consumers use computers. These storage devices are transforming businesses globally. SSDs use a special kind of memory chip with erasable, writeable sections that can hold data even when powered off. Think of them as a much larger relative of the trusted memory stick. Similar to standard hard drives, an SSD uses a special area on its chips for cache memory. Cache memory can increase processing speeds by holding data that is needed repeatedly and frequently. With the data close at hand in the cache, it does not need to be retrieved from the main storage area each time it is needed.
22 July 2013 United States of America - Once again this year, SNIA was represented at the prestigious annual Computerworld Honors Program at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. by our Executive Director, Leo Leger and Chairman, Wayne Adams.