26 June 2012 - SNIA today announced the release of an updated Performance Test Specification (PTS) for Client workloads - the PTS-Client version 1.1. The PTS is the industry standard test specification for comparative performance testing of NAND Flash based Solid State Drives. This specification prescribes standardized procedures for preparing SSDs for test by defining pre-conditioning methodologies, steady state determination criteria, and standard performance test measurements.
17 June 2012 - The things we keep in digital storage just keep on growing in size and number. One of the biggest uses for digital storage, whether for consumers or media professionals, is storing video... A representative of the SNIA Long Term Retention working group will talk at the Creative Storage Conference about their SIRF specification for keeping data useful for future applications.
01 June 2012 - Since the turn of the millennium, enterprise IT and datacenters have quickly evolved and adapted to new demands of larger databases, internet/intranet/extranet, vast email repositories and the new norm of Web 2.0s unstructured data. These demands continue to push data requirements to new heights: reliability, performance, ease of use, ability to scale and management of the data domain. Serial Attached SCSI (SAS), and the underlying small computer system interface (SCSI) protocol has evolved and adapted to meet these demands.
01 June 2012 - Explosive data growth is a reality and its trajectory is rising quickly. In order to accommodate and support this level of intensification, more robust and powerful data management solutions are becoming increasingly important. By Gilda Foss, Co-chair of SNIA's Analytics and Big Data Committee, NetApp.
08 May 2012 - The European Commission has just published a report entitled 'Advances in Cloud - Research in Future Cloud Computing' where a Group of Experts provides a state-of-the-art view on cloud computing technologies, its position in and its relevance for Europe.
07 May 2012 United Kingdom - Compulsive hoarding (or pathological collecting) is a pattern of behavior that is characterized by the excessive acquisition and inability or unwillingness to discard large quantities of objects that would seemingly qualify as useless or without value. When it comes to data, it would appear that we are all hoarders.
07 May 2012 United Kingdom - In my role as chairman of the UK Committee of SNIA Europe I would like to encourage you to take a new look at participating in our Academy program this year. The 2012 edition of the SNIA Europe Datacenter Technologies Academy scheduled for Wednesday 23rd May 2012 at the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, London E1 promises to raise the bar in terms of the content this year with new speakers and content focussed on the business issues surrounding IT deployments in 2012 and beyond.
01 May 2012 - NFSv4 has been a standard file sharing protocol since 2003, but has not been widely adopted. Yet, NFSv4 improves on NFSv3 in many important ways. In this white paper, we explain the how NFSv4 is better suited to a wide range of datacenter and HPC use than its predecessor NFSv3, as well as providing resources for migrating from v3 to v4. And, most importantly, we make the argument that users should, at the very least, be evaluating and deploying NFSv4.1 for use in new projects; and ideally, should be using it wholesale in their existing environments.
23 April 2012 - Deep Dive: Server virtualisation is no longer just a topic for server admins; it also affects the management of storage and networking equipment. And the introduction of server virtualisation means that all of a sudden server operations people have to learn how to deal with storage.
19 April 2012 United Kingdom - Launching a public cloud deployment is no "plug and play" matter for most business users, says Nicos Vekiarides, CEO of TwinStrata, one of dozens of companies that help manage cloud deployments for businesses.