Pre-conference SNIA Tutorials   Saturday, January 3, 2015



Practical Secure Storage:  A Vendor Agnostic Overview

Walt Hubis, President, Storage Standards Architect, Hubis Technical Associates



This tutorial will explore the fundamental concepts of implementing secure enterprise storage using current technologies. It has been significantly updated to include current and emerging technologies and changes in international security standards (e.g., ISO/IEC).


The focus of this tutorial is the implementation of a practical secure storage system, independent of any specific vendor implementation or methodology. The high level requirements that drive the implementation of secure storage for the enterprise, including legal issues, key management, current technologies available to the end user, and fiscal considerations will be explored in detail. In addition, actual implementation examples will be provided that illustrate how these requirements are applied to actual systems implementations.




Walt is a Storage Standards Architect with Hubis Technical Associates. He provides expertise related to storage interface and storage security standards organizations with a focus on protocols and software interfaces and how innovative and disruptive computer storage technologies impact these standards. Walt has over twenty-five years of experience in storage systems engineering in both development and managerial positions and has authored several key patents in RAID and other storage related technologies. He is the vice-chair of the SNIA SSSI Initiative and has served as the Chair of the Trusted Computing Group Key Management Services Subgroup, Chair of the IEEE SISWG P1619.3 Key Management subcommittee, and Secretary of the IEEE Security in Storage work group (SISWG). Walt holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.




Enterprise Applications: How to create a Synthetic Workload Test

Eden Kim, CEO, Calypso Systems, Inc. 



Introduction of Synthetic Application Workloads and new testing that focuses on IOPS and Response Times as demand intensity increases.  Discussion of SSD performance states, PTS test methodology for drive preparation and test, definition of synthetic application workloads and a case study showing IOPS and Response Time saturation as demand intensity increases.  Particular focus on response time Quality of Service and confidence levels up to 99.999% (or 5 nines) of confidence.


Learning Objectives


·         Understanding Demand Intensity, Confidence Levels and Quality of Service

·         Defining Synthetic Application Workloads

·         Developing a test plan using SNIA SSS PTS test methodologies

·         Evaluate Response Time QoS as demand intensity increases - selecting optimal OIO operating points




Eden is CEO of Calypso Systems, Inc. and Chair, SNIA Solid State Storage Technical Working Group; Chair, SNIA SSSI PCIe SSD & TechDev Committees; and Member Governing Board SNIA SSSI.  He is author of several technical white papers on the SSS PTS, NAND Flash Performance, IO workloads, PCIe SSDs and more. 




Massively Scalable File Storage

Philippe Nicolas, Senior Director, Industry Strategy, Scality




Internet changed the world and continues to revolutionize how people are connected, exchange data and do business. This radical change is one of the causes of the rapid explosion of data volume that required a new data storage approach and design. One of the common elements is that unstructured data rules the IT world. How famous Internet services we all use every day can support and scale with thousands of new users and hundreds of TB added daily and continue to deliver an enterprise-class SLA ? What are various technologies behind a Cloud Storage service to support hundreds of millions users? This tutorial covers technologies introduced by famous papers about Google File System and BigTable, Amazon Dynamo or Apache Hadoop. In addition, Parallel, Scale-out, Distributed and P2P approaches with open source and proprietary ones are illustrated as well. This tutorial adds also some key features essential at large scale to help understand and differentiate industry vendors and open source offerings.


Learning Objectives


·         Understand technology directions for large scale storage deployments     

·         Be able to compare technologies           

·         Learn from big internet companies about their storage choices and approaches




Philippe Nicolas is a recognized storage industry expert with more than 20 years of experience. He currently drives the Industry Strategy at Scality ( after leading the Product Strategy since October 2011. In addition, he is a member of the Technical Advisor Board of Guardtime ( Before, he launched The IT Press Tour and initiated a P2P dispersed storage software project named KerStor. Previously, he was at Brocade for 2 years as technology evangelist and strategist and spent nearly 10 years at Veritas Software and Symantec in different technology and product roles. Prior 1997, he served various technical positions at SGI and Compaq. He holds an engineering degree in computer sciences from ESI.




What You Should Know About Solid State Storage

Marty Czekalski, President, SCSI Trade Association



This session will appeal to Data Center Managers, Development Managers, and those that are seeking an overview of Solid State Storage. It’s comprised of excerpts from SNIA Solid State Tutorials and other sources. It touches on the highlights of the driving factors behind Solid State Storage, its performance, endurance, interfaces, and future directions.



Marty Czekalski brings over twenty years of senior engineering management experience in advanced architecture development for Storage and IO subsystem design, ASIC, and Solid State Storage Systems. He is currently Sr. Staff Program Manager within Seagate’s Corporate Strategy and Planning Group. Previous industry experience includes engineering management roles at Maxtor, Quantum and Digital Equipment Corporation. Mr. Czekalski has participates in multiple interface standards committees and industry storage groups. He was a founding member of the Serial Attached SCSI Working Group during that lead to the development of Serial Attached SCSI.  He currently serves as Vice President and member of the Board of Directors of the SCSI Trade Association. Mr. Czekalski is also an active member of T10, SNIA, and JEDEC. Mr. Czekalski earned his MS degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland, and his BE degree in Electrical Engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology.




Reforming EU Data Protections…No Ordinary Sequel – author Eric Hibbard, presented by Thomas Rivera, Senior Technology Associate, Hitachi Data Systems



After reviewing the diverging data protection legislation in the EU member states, the European Commission (EC) decided that this situation would impede the free flow of data within the EU zone. The EC response was to undertake an effort to "harmonize" the data protection regulations and it started the process by proposing a new data protection framework. This proposal includes some significant changes like defining a data breach to include data destruction, adding the right to be forgotten, adopting the U.S. practice of breach notifications, and many other new elements. Another major change is a shift from a directive to a rule, which means the protections are the same for all 27 countries and includes significant financial penalties for infractions. This tutorial explores the new EU data protection legislation and highlights the elements that could have significant impacts on data handling practices.


Learning Objectives


·         Highlight the major changes to the previous data protection directive.

·         Understand the differences between “Directives” versus “Regulations”, as it pertains to the EU members.

·         Learn the nature of the Reforms as well as the specific proposed changes – in both the directives and the regulations.




Thomas Rivera has over 27 years of experience in the storage industry, specializing in file services and data protection technology, and is a Senior Technology Associate, with Hitachi Data Systems. Thomas is also an active member of the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), participating as co-chair of the Data Protection and Capacity Optimization (DPCO) Committee, and is a member of the Archive & Preservation Special Interest Group under SNIA’s Cloud Storage Initiative, as well as a member of the newly formed Analytics and Big Data Committee.