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INTEL® STORAGE BUILDERS NEWSLETTER

JANUARY 2017

What's New?

What's New?

Looking Ahead to 2017

In 2016, we launched Intel® Storage Builders with 74 members and continued to build momentum through the year, ending with more than 120 members in our ecosystem. During our initial year, we also launched a new Intel Builders Innovation Fund Program, Intel Storage Builders University and Intel Builders Construction Zone. Our ecosystem produced 45 solutions briefs, 58 microsites, 45 blogs, 23 webinars with 2,550 subscribers, 14 podcasts with 52,045 listens and participated in six Intel Storage Builders Summits!

Storage is entering a new era with next generation technologies, new services based cloud architectures and requirements for ubiquitous secure data access. Storage transformation is an unprecedented opportunity for Enterprise and Cloud Service Providers to actually transform their business and meet the ever-increasing demand of secure, available data required of their storage infrastructures. Successful transformation happens at many different levels within the industry.

First, Enterprise Data Centers need to galvanize their resources and collaborate in order to accelerate the availability of "cloud-ready," tested, and aligned solutions into the marketplace. Intel Storage Builders plays a fundamental role in this solution development phase as a platform in which partners can drive technical innovation, more efficient solution architectures, performance characterization, proofs of concepts, and trials. In 2017, the industry can expect more opportunities to engage with the program at the technical enablement level.

Second, our ecosystem and end users alike need to continue ramping their practical and technical knowledge of software defined storage and cloud storage environments in order to expedite the modernization of storage. Last year, the Intel Storage Builders University was launched to benefit our community and end users. This year, our community will benefit even more from the university as we work to further increase the depth and breadth of our training curriculum.

And finally, in order for us to see actual traction within the industry, our ecosystem needs to have an accurate and comprehensive understanding of the pain points experienced by our end user community. The Intel Storage Builders program will facilitate, in 2017, channels of communication and collaboration between end users and our vast ecosystem of partners in order to simplify roadmaps of adoption.

We have accomplished a lot together in 2016; however, there is a lot of good work ahead of us. Intel Storage Builders is committed to working closely with our partners and customers, embracing initiatives that drive growth and innovation in the industry and together making 2017 the most successful year yet in accelerating next generation storage solutions.

Looking forward to another amazing year!

Shawna Meyer-Ravelli

Director, Intel® Storage Builders Ecosystem & Storage Marketing

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New Ecosystem Partners

We are pleased to welcome new members to 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.

  • Advantech
  • Aptira
  • DriveScale Inc.
  • StorONE
  • Veeam Software
  • ZTE

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Intel® Builders Innovation Fund

The Intel® Builders Innovation Fund received more than 40 applications from Intel® Cloud Builders, Intel Network® Builders, and Intel Storage Builders members. Congrats to Intel Storage Builders members E8 Storage, Echostreams, FlashGrid, Simplivity, and Sugon who were among the 17 companies receiving funding for their proof of concept projects.

 

 

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

Software Defined Infrastructure 101 – Develop an understanding of software-defined infrastructure and how it will transform networking in this presentation by Lynn Comp, Director of Market Development in Intel's Network Platforms Group.

OpenStack* Enhanced Platform Awareness 101 – In this course, Petar Torre, technical lead for the Intel Service Provider Group, explains OpenStack* Enhanced Platform Awareness (EPA). The session looks at the impact of EPA on an NFV system and reviews results from early proof of concept trials.

OpenStack* Enhanced Platform Awareness 102 – James Chapman, Platform Applications Engineer at Intel, provides an overview of OpenStack* EPA features including CPU pinning, huge page, NUMA, PCIe pass-through and SR-IOV.

 

Technical Spotlight

Technical Spotlight

Intel® Intelligent Storage Acceleration Library V2.17

The Intel® Intelligent Storage Acceleration Library (ISA-L) team recently released ISA-L v2.17. Intel® ISA-L provides tools to maximize storage throughput, security, and resilience, as well as minimize disk space usage. The release focused on extending the performance of the highly-optimized DEFLATE algorithm known as igzip and the addition of CRC64 support. Additional features include new fast decompression and compression improvements such as fast custom Huffman code generation, and speed and compression ratio improvements.

 

 

Storage Performance Development Kit

The Storage Performance Development Kit (SPDK) provides a set of tools and libraries for writing high performance, scalable, user-mode storage applications. The newly released SPDK 16.12 provides several major additions, including the release of a userspace NVMe over Fabrics host driver, otherwise known as a NVME-oF initiator. The new release also includes NVMe hotplug, multi-process NVMe support, and a Cepth RBD blockdev module.

 

Partner News & Collaboration

Partner News & Collaboration

Featured Collaboration – Zadara

At their annual Summit, Intel Storage Builders member Zadara announced that their Zadara Storage Cloud will offer Intel-based flash storage solutions in pure OpEx-based model at a pricepoint that is similar to traditional hard disk drive configurations. Learn more about Zadara solutions and listen to their recently episode of Conversations in the Cloud where CEO Nelson Nahum discussed Zadara's Storage-as-a-Service products.

 

 

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

Intel and HPE modernize and accelerate SQL server infrastructure by using a software-defined, NVMe-optimized platform powered by Intel. Better performance, uptime and scalability in a cost-optimized manner. | Download the PDF

FlashGrid software and Intel® SSD DC PCIe*-based family of storage devices allows companies to build hyper-converged Oracle RAC clusters using standard servers to maintain high database performance. | Download the PDF

QNAP, Intel® Core™ Processor i5 and i7 families, and Thunderbolt™ 2 deliver 40 percent higher productivity along with more scalable and powerful storage solutions. | Download the PDF

Wiwynn designs ST7200-30P/60M, the high-capacity, high-performance all-flash NVMe storage with Intel SSD DC Series for PCIe. | Download the PDF

VMware combines Hadoop*with All-Flash VMware vSAN*, which runs on standard Intel® architecture based servers to simplify storage and configuration. | 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: Using Storage Infrastructure as an Accelerator of DevOps Maturity

This webinar with NetApp will dive into the role and value extensible storage infrastructure has in accelerating software development activities, improving code quality, revealing multiple deployment options through automated testing, and supporting continuous integration efforts. – Watch on demand

Podcast: SimpliVity's New All-flash Hyperconverged Solution Run on Intel SSDs

SimpliVity provides an outline of their vision to simplify enterprise IT, and highlights the the roll out of their all-flash hyperconverged solution that runs on Intel SSDs. – Listen now

Podcast: Zadara Offers Enterprise Storage-as-a-Service Using Intel Architecture

Learn more about Zadara's on-premises, hybrid, and cloud Intel-based Storage-as-a-Service (STaaS) solutions that eschew up-front capital expenditures in favor of more manageable, ongoing operating expenditures. – Listen now

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

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