INTEL® STORAGE BUILDERS NEWSLETTER

DECEMBER 2016

What's New?

What's New?

Welcome New Ecosystem Partners

We are pleased to welcome 14 new members who have recently joined the Intel® Storage Builders program. Program membership connects you to Intel technologies to drive first-in-market solutions, a rich ecosystem for strategic matchmaking, and Intel go-to-market channels in which to spotlight your solutions. Get to know these partners and more by visiting their individual microsites posted on our membership page.

  • ASUSTOR Inc.
  • ATICARA TECHNOLOGIES AND SYSTEMS PVT. LTD
  • Canonical Ltd.
  • Beijing FusionStack Technologies Co., Ltd
  • Hedvig, Inc.
  • Levyx Inc.
  • Nimble Storage
  • OmniTier Inc.
  • OPEN-V
  • NxtGen Datacenter & Cloud Technologies Pvt Ltd
  • ShenZhen SandStone Data Technology Co., Ltd.
  • StorPool Storage
  • Stratoscale
  • Vesper Technologies

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Intel Builders Construction Zone

The Intel Builders Construction Zone offers access to a variety of lab resources featuring the latest Intel data center products and technologies, providing Intel Storage Builders members an environment to tune and optimize their solutions. This collaborative workspace allows members and their partners to test their solution performance against Intel products, or to develop precise configuration recipes using custom boards, BIOS, Firmware, OS and libraries. Submit a proposal for lab space here.

 

Intel Storage Builders University

Intel Storage Builders University

The Intel Storage Builders University is designed to assist the technical professional in understanding and implementing storage solutions for enterprise and cloud data centers. Explore the latest storage topics including Intel® Solid State Drives, SPDK, ISA-L, Intel® CAS, new storage architectures and industry trends with Intel Storage Builders University training materials.

Featured Classes from Intel Storage Builders University

Storage 101 – In this video, Mark Henderson, Intel Storage Technology Marketing Engineer, provides an understanding of storage terminology, architectures and features.

Storage 102 – This class builds on the Storage 101 session to provide an understanding of storage terminology, architectures and features.

Storage Modernization – Modernizing and building intelligence into your storage infrastructure using solutions with Intel® technology optimized for software-defined storage helps enterprise IT, Cloud Service Providers, and end users gain the foundation to become more agile, expand their service capabilities, and drive innovation across their business. This class explores key components of storage modernization, why it's essential and provides examples of the implementation of storage modernization.

 

Intel Storage Builders Events

Intel Storage Builders Events

The Intel Storage Builders team would like to thank our membership for their participation through speakerships, demo opportunities, and networking engagements at industry events. Below is a recap of our recent activities.

Intel Storage Builders Summit and SPDK Meet-Up

October 29, 2016

Intel Storage Builders hosted an SPDK (Storage Performance Development Kit) meet up event in Shanghai. The agenda covered several top-of-mind topics such as the general introduction of SPDK, Deep Dive of SPDK User Space NVMe Driver, Accelerate iSCSI Target via SPDK, SPDK based User Space NVMf Target/Host Solution, vhost-ISCSI Acceleration via SPDK, as well as other sessions presented by customers on real SPDK usage. This event also hosted a panel discussion on "Key Value Store Optimization on Fast Storage Devices."

Presentations can be viewed here.

 

 

Intel Builders Summit at OpenStack Summit

October 24, 2016

The Intel Builders ecosystem met prior to the OpenStack Summit in Barcelona at the Fira Congress Hotel for a full day event on October 24. Gene Kim, CTO and acclaimed author, was the keynote speaker and there were multiple learning tracks for the participants as well as panel discussions, partner presentations, and several deep dive tutorials.

Videos and PDFs of presentations are available here.

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Intel Storage Builders Summit at VMworld Europe

October 16, 2016

The Intel Storage Builders ecosystem gathered in Barcelona, Spain for a summit in conjunction with VMworld, and took advantage of a vibrant agenda with keynote presentation by QCT, partner, Intel presentations and ecosystem panel discussions.

Presentations are available here.

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Technical Spotlight

Technical Spotlight

Hyperconverged Solutions Powered by Intel

Hyperconverged infrastructure is the hottest trend in IT. In this Webinar, Craig Lo Conti, Enterprise Storage Segment Manager at Intel explores how to achieve truly adaptive infrastructure using complete hyperconvergence which extends the benefits of simplicity and speed to more applications and use cases. Craig describes how to fully unlock the potential of Hyperconvergence as part of a comprehensive data center strategy with Cisco HyperFlex Systems, powered by Intel Xeon Processors.

 

 

2017 Ethernet Roadmap for Networked Storage

This Webinar from the SNIA Ethernet Storage Forum reviews the list of advances from 2016 that contribute to the popularity of Ethernet as a storage fabric. Speakers from Dell, Intel, Mellanox, and Microsoft also look to 2017 some key factors that will drive continued advancements and innovations.

 

Partner News & Collaboration

Partner Collaboration and Updates

Featured Collaboration – Microsoft Windows Server 2016 and Storage Spaces Direct

Intel collaborated with Microsoft to develop three recommended configurations for Windows Server 2016 & Storage Spaces Direct that span a range of needs from the most IOP intensive, latency sensitive business processing applications to capacity hungry data warehousing. We tested these configurations using hardware from Intel and other OEMs. We have shared the results in blogs on the IT Peer Network, and now we have a Reference Architecture [link TBD] summarizing the results, as well as a Configuration Guide sharing key learnings on configuring WS'16 and S2D.

 

 

Intel® Storage Builders Solutions Library

The Solutions Library houses storage related content from our member community. It offers reference architectures, whitepapers, and solution briefs to help build and enhance your storage solutions.

Visit the Solutions Library to search the more than 50 pieces of technical collateral currently available.

Featured Publications from the Storage Builders Solutions Library

Combining Intel and Accusys Storage to build the world's first shareable Thunderbolt storage for editing and transferring high resolution content | Download the PDF

ASRock Rack® 2U4FH-8L Optimized Converged Server with PCIe* Support: Over 3X bandwidth improvement with Intel® SSD 750 Series PCIe Storage | Download the PDF

Software Defined Storage for Media and Broadcasting Industry in China: China Media and Broadcasting industry leverages Bigtera VirtualStor™ for Simplicity and Streamlining Business Processes | Download the PDF

DataON Next-Generation All Flash-Based Hyper-Converged Storage Cluster Appliances Leverage Intel® Xeon® Processor E5 Family and NVMe-Based SSDs | Download the PDF

High Capacity, Easy Management, Cold Storage: Gigabyte's Highly Threaded, High Performance Storage Powered by Intel® Xeon® Processor Family | Download the PDF

iguazio's NextGen Data Platform for Cloud-Native Applications: Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2600 Family and Intel® SSD DC P3600 Series for PCIe* enable performance for cloud storage solutions | Download the PDF

High Reliability, Performance, and Scalability for High-End Storage. Intel® Technologies Power Enterprise-Class Data Center Storage Solution with Inspur | Download the PDF

High-Performance, Exabyte-Scale Storage Solution with Sugon: High-Capacity Public and Private Cloud Storage Powered by Intel® Xeon® Processor E5 Family | Download the PDF

Crash-Resistant 5-bay NAS for Small and Medium Businesses: Intel and Thecus deliver superior performance with uncompromising security and resilience | Download the PDF

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Social Hub

Social Hub

For our ecosystem's latest news, podcasts, webinars, blog posts, and more, visit the Storage Builders Social Hub. Recent contributions from our community include the following:

Webinar: Turn Your Data Center into Your Very Own Public Cloud

Coho Data outlines three primary factors for companies considering whether or not to use the public cloud versus staying with or building their own data center – business needs, data security and total cost of operations (CAPEX/OPEX) – Watch on demand

Webinar: Maximize Microsoft Storage Performance on All-Flash NVMe Next-Gen Infrastructure

Get the latest details on the emerging all-flash products and technologies from Supermicro and Intel, and see the configurations and performance details for leading software defined storage solutions from Microsoft on All-Flash NVMe accelerated platform – Watch on demand

Podcast: QCT Harnesses Intel NVM Express* to Solve Storage Bottlenecks in the Cloud

Quanta Cloud Technologies (QCT) discusses the company's work to solve storage bottlenecks endemic to cloud service providers, including using Intel NVM Express* storage – Listen now

Webinar: Flash for All, Bottlenecks for None

With emerging technologies such as NVMe and 3D XPoint coming into the market, this session from Nutanix will dig into the new realities for enterprise datacenters and ways to deploy flash – Watch on demand

Webinar: Application I/O Analytics and Optimization

Recognizing the need for I/O visibility in the data center, Datagres created PerfAccel, a software-only solution that is installed on the individual application server and is fully aware of every I/O that occurs from the application servers all the way back to the storage servers – Watch on demand

Webinar: Flexible Offering of Enterprise Software-Defined Solutions

Supermicro and Nexenta discussed their offering in the software defined storage space, including highlighting successful customer use cases – Watch on demand

Webinar: Intel NVMe SSD Supercharges Windows Server 2016 Hyper-Converged

DataON and Intel detail how they maximize the performance of Windows Server 2016 thanks to Intel's NVMe SSD and DataON's Hyper-Converged Cluster Appliance platform – Watch on demand

Blog: SolidFire is Helping Transform Cloud Storage

NetApp highlights of their new SolidFire solution built on Intel® Xeon® processors – Read now

Webinar: True Enterprise Class Centralized NVMe Storage From E8 Storage

E8 Storage highlights their centralized NVMe storage solution, the E8 D24, using Intel dual-ported SSDs. This solution provides performance (up to 10M IOPS in a 2U form factor) and Enterprise class storage features such as controller and path failover (made possible by using Intel dual-ported SSDs) – Watch on demand

Webcast: Decoupling Storage from Compute in Apache Hadoop with Ceph

Intel and QCT partnered to create a block storage solution that delivers multi-tenancy, workload flexibility, and massive scalability utilizing Ceph – Watch on demand

Podcast: E8 Storage Harnesses Intel® Rack Scale Design for High-Performance Storage

E8 Storage discusses bringing Intel Rack Scale Design, Generation 2 Flash products into software-defined data centers, detailing how applications such as machine learning, high-speed analytics, and high-performance databases require faster storage than earlier SSD systems – Listen now

Podcast: CloudPhysics Harnesses Big Data to Optimize Data Center Performance

CloudPhysics discusses their efforts to improve resource management in the data center and how CloudPhysics' SaaS solution is harnessing the power of big data to optimize the use of data center resources – Listen now

Webinar: How Zadara Storage Keeps You Agile in Uncertain Times

Learn how Zadara Storage can help you implement an "immortal storage solution" with the flexibility, scalability, and agility of the cloud while enjoying economics of pay-as-you-go Storage-as-a-Service (STaaS) – Watch on demand

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