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    Memory Channel Storage Demystified at Next PCIe SSD Committee Meeting on March 10

    February 21st, 2014

    Join SSSI members for an “open” call on March 10, 2014 at 7:00 pm ET/4:00 pm PT.  SSSI member Jerome McFarland, Principal Product Marketer at Diablo Technologies, will talk about how memory channel storage technology works, how it’s deployed, and its advantages for applications.

    Dial in at 1-866-439-4480 passcode 57236696.  A WebEx will be available at http://snia.webex.com, meeting number 792 152 928, password sssipcie.

    The SSSI PCIe SSD Committee is a SSSI member committee that provides guidance to the marketplace on SSDs.  This can take the form of educational materials, best practices documents, and SNIA standards.

    The ”open” calls of the SSSI PCIe SSD Committee are designed to foster a broad understanding of technologies.  All SNIA and SSSI members, and those who are simply interested in technology advances, are welcome to attend.  Spread the word!

    SSD Education Afternoon Monday January 27 at SNIA Symposium in San Jose

    January 24th, 2014

    Interested in the latest information on SSD technology?  Join the SNIA Solid State Storage Initiative Monday January 27 for lunch and an afternoon of the latest on:

    • Flash/SSD technology
    • SCSI Express
    • SAS
    • NVM Express
    • SATA Express
    • SSD performance
    • SSD Markets

    Lunch begins at noon, with presentations from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.  There is no charge to attend this session at the Sainte Claire Hotel in downtown San Jose CA. You can attend in person – register at www.snia.org/events/symp2014 or by WebEx (click here for details and the agenda).

    Add to your NVDIMM Knowledge – Attend the January 28 Summit

    January 15th, 2014

    Over 150 individuals participated in the BrightTALK Enterprise Storage Summit NVDIMM webcast.  If you are eager for more information on NVDIMM, you will want to attend an upcoming SNIA Event – the Storage Industry Summit on Non–Volatile Memory.

    This Summit will take place at the Sainte Claire Hotel in San Jose, CA on January 28th as part of the SNIA Annual Members’ Symposium, and will offer critical insights into NVM, including NVDIMMs, and the future of computing. This event is complimentary to attend and you can register here.

    The Summit will take place from 8:15 AM to 5:30 PM and speakers currently include:

    • Nigel Alvares, Senior Director of Marketing, Inphi
    • Bob Beauchamp, Distinguished Engineer and Director Hardware Technology and Architecture, EMC
    • Matt Bryson, ABR Investment Strategy, LLC, SVP-Research
    • Jeff Chang, Vice President, Marketing & Business Development, AgigA Tech
    • Tom Coughlin, Founder, Coughlin Associates
    • Mark Geenen, President, TrendFocus
    • Jim Handy, Analyst, Objective Analysis
    • Jay Kidd, CTO, NetApp
    • Eden Kim, CEO, Calypso
    • Tau Leng, VP/GM, Supermicro
    • Jeff Moyer, Principal Software Engineer, Red Hat
    • Wes Mukai, VP of Cloud Computing, System Engineering, SAP
    • Jim Pinkerton, Lead Partner Architect, Microsoft
    • Adrian Proctor, VP Marketing, Viking Technology
    • Andy Rudoff, Senior Software Engineer, Intel
    • Esther Spanjer, Director, Marketing Management, SanDisk
    • Garret Swart, Database Architect, Oracle
    • Nisha Talagala, Lead Architect, Fusion-IO
    • Doug Voigt, Distinguished Technologist in Storage, HP

    Visit http://www.snia.org/nvmsummit for more information and we hope you will join us in San Jose!

    Join the SSSI at Flash Memory Summit August 12-15 in Santa Clara CA!

    August 7th, 2013

    SSSI returns to the Flash Memory Summit in booth 808, featuring information on updates on new tests in the SNIA Solid State Storage Performance Test Specification-Enterprise 1.1, NVM programming, and Workload I/O Capture Program (WIOCP) activities; new tech notes and white papers, including a PTS User Guide Tech Note, a PCIe SSD 101 Whitepaper, and a Performance Primer Whitepaper; and PCIe SSD demonstrations from SSSI members Bitmicro, Fastor, and Micron.

    flash memory summitAll current SSSI members attending FMS and individuals from companies interested in the SSSI and their activities are cordially invited to the SSSI Solid State Storage Reception Monday evening August 12 from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm in Room 209-210 at the Santa Clara Convention Center.   At the reception, SSSI Education Chair Tom Coughlin of Coughlin Associates will provide an overview of the SSD market, and SSSI Chair Paul Wassenberg of Marvell will discuss SSD performance.  SSSI Vice Chair Walt Hubis of Fusion-io will discuss SSSI programs, including PTS, NVM Programming, Workload I/O Capture, and PCIe SSD.  Refreshments, table displays, and an opportunity drawing for SSDs provided by SSSI members Intel, Micron, and OCZ will be featured.

    FMS conference activities begin August 13, and the agenda can be found here.  SSSI members speaking and chairing panels include:

    Tuesday August 13

    4:35 pm – Paul Wassenberg of Marvell on Standards

    Wednesday August 14

    8:30 am – Eden Kim and Easen Ho of Calypso Testers – PCIe Power Budgets, Performance, and Deployment

    9:50 am – Eden Kim and Easen Ho of Calypso Testers -  SNIA Solid State Storage Performance Test Specification

    3:10 pm - Walt Hubis of Fusion-io – Revolutionizing Application Development Using NVM Storage Software

    3:10 pm – Easen Ho of Calypso Testers –  SSD Testing Challenges

    4:30 pm – Paul von Behren of Intel -  SNIA Tutorial: SNIA NVM Programming Model:  Optimizing Software for Flash

    Thursday August 15

    3:10 pm – Jim Pappas of Intel – PCI Express and  Enterprise SSDs

    3:10 pm – Jim Handy of Objective Analysis – Market Research

    An open “Chat with the Experts” roundtable session Tuesday August 13 at 7:00 pm will feature Jim Pappas of Intel at a Standards table, Eden Kim of Calypso Testers at a SSD Performance table, Easen Ho of Calypso Testers at a Testing table, and Paul Wassenberg of Marvell at a SATA Express table.MESS - Final logo #2-Megan Archer

    The Media Entertainment and Scientific Storage (MESS) will hold their August “Meetup” at the Open Chat with the Experts, and also be located in SSSI Booth 808 for further discussions.

    Exhibit admission is complimentary until August 8.  SNIA and SSSI members and colleagues can receive a $100 discount on either the 3-day conference or the 1-day technical program using the code SNIA at www.flashmemorysummit.com.


    Recommended Reading List on SSDs and Performance

    February 3rd, 2012

    SSSI has developed an extensive library of educational materials about SSD performance and how to use the SSS Performance Test Specifications to measure it.  If you’re new to SSDs or simply want to become more knowledgeable on the subject, we can help.

    Below is a list of white papers, presentations, webcasts, and even a video that discuss SSDs, SSD performance and how it should be measured.  The list is in the recommended order of reading / viewing, and ranges from basic overviews to technical details.  Hope you find this useful.

    1. What more logical place to start than Solid State Storage 101?  This white paper talks about SSDs, how they work and how they fit into system architectures.
    2. Another white paper, NAND Flash Solid State Storage for the Enterprise, looks at Flash memory in more detail and how SSD controllers work.
    3. Facing an SSS Decision? Here is How SNIA is Helping Users Evaluate SSS Performance is a presentation that starts to delve into SSD performance and the basic principles of the SSS Performance Test Specification.
    4. The presentation Validating SSS Performance also introduces the SSS PTS, but in additional detail.
    5. The Solid State Storage Performance Test Specification (SSS PTS) White Paper provides an easily understandable introduction to the SSS PTS.
    6. Here’s a video of our own Eden Kim Describing the SSS PTS at Storage Visions 2012.
    7. SNIA Solid State Storage Test Specification is a more technical description of the contents of the SSS PTS.
    8. Now that you’ve read all about them, the actual SSS PTS documents can be downloaded here.
    9. And finally, SSSI has put together a webpage on Understanding SSD Performance, which explains the test results generated from the SSS PTS and what they mean to users.

    You can find a lot of other informative material related to SSDs on the SSSI Education page.

    If you have any questions, comments or requests, please comment on this post or send a message to asksssi@snia.org.

    Understand SSD Performance Project

    January 17th, 2012

    At last week’s Storage Vision conference, SSSI announced the Understanding SSD Performance project, which is intended to educate users about how to use the SSS PTS (Performance Test Specification) to make intelligent decisions about SSD performance.  You can find the press release here.

    The project outcomes so far include a new webpage at www.snia.org/forums/sssi/pts, a white paper (www.snia.org/forums/sssi/knowledge/education), and a webcast.

    Join us for the webcast on January 19 at 11AM Pacific Time by going to www.brighttalk.com/webcast/663/40549.


    Webcast – The Benefits of Solid State in Enterprise Storage Systems

    June 6th, 2011

    Update:  A recording of this webcast is available here.

    Presenter: Tom Coughlin, SNIA Solid State Storage Initiative and President, Coughlin Associates

    Abstract: This session presents a brief overview of the solid state technologies which are being integrated into enterprise storage systems today, including technologies, benefits, and price/performance. It describes where they fit into today’s typical enterprise storage architectures today, with descriptions of specific use cases. Finally, the session speculates briefly on what the future will bring.

    Webcast on Thursday, 12/16

    December 13th, 2010

    Check out a new Webcast this week by analysts Jim Handy and Tom Coughlin.

    When: December 16, 2010 at 9:00AM PT

    What: Why HDD and Flash Belong Together

    To attend: http://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/23850 

    Please be sure to log on and learn from two top industry analysts.

    Understanding Flash Impact on Enterprise Storage Architectures

    May 20th, 2010

    In London this week, I was invited to present on solid state storage at the SNIA Europe Data Center Academy event.  It was  a well-attended event with a good mix of  IT managers, consultants and press in the audience – including Chris Mellor from The Register who subsequently published this blog.  Chris is one of the most perceptive journalists in the industry and really nailed the key issues in his blog.  Check it out!

    BTW, the presentation is among the latest batch of SNIA tutorials, which you can find here.

    Spring SNW – Recap

    April 21st, 2010

    Last week’s SNW show in Orlando had encouraging signs that the recession is receding. IT end-user attendance was slightly up on previous shows (although vendor attendance was down); IT end users had budget and were looking for the optimal way to invest it, and there was clear excitement around a number of topics – including solid state storage.

    Solid State Storage was well represented on the agenda, both in the vendor-neutral SNIA Tutorials, and in the SNW sessions:

    SNIA Tutorials:

    Executive Overview and Current Topics in Solid State Storage, Rob Peglar, Xiotech
    Apples to Apples, Pears to Pears in SSS Performance Benchmarking, Esther Spanjer, Smart Modular Technologies
    Latency: the Heartbeat of a Solid State Disk, Levi Norman, Texas Memory Systems
    The Benefits of Solid State in Enterprise Storage Systems, David Dale, NetApp
    Using SSD MLC NAND in Data Center Applications, Tony Roug, Intel
    Solid State Storage Architectures, Jamon Bowen, Texas Memory Systems

    SNW Vendor Presentations:
    Panel: Is SSD Right for your Enterprise? Moderator: Jeff Janukowicz, IDC; Panelists: David Dale, NetApp; Steve Johnson, LSI Corporation; Gary Tressler, IBM; Rich Vignes, Seagate; Tom Lattin, HP
    Dynamic Tiering – Taking Advantage of the Best of HDDs and Solid State, Ron P. Bianchini, Avere Systems
    Getting the Most out of SSDs- Data Center IT System Optimization Best Practices, Mike Chenery, Pliant Technology
    Flash Solid State Storage reliability & data Integrity – Are We There Yet? David Flynn, Fusion-io

    All of the presentations are available on the SNW website. In addition, the SNIA Tutorials are available on the SNIA website.

    Check them out.