SNIA Tutorials cover a wealth of Storage knowledge (SNW Spring 2008 Update)

I’m always amazed by the vast amount of knowledge being posted online for free download.
If you are an IT Professional who deals with Storage (or if you manage one of them), check out the high-quality tutorials just posted online by the Storage Network Industry Association (SNIA).
These peer-reviewed, vendor-neutral tutorials, offered by the SNIA Education Committee, cover a variety of very current Storage-related topics.
They were delivered live during the recent Storage Networking World conference in Orlando, FL (SNW Spring 2008) and I was able to attend some of them in person.
Here’s a snapshot of what they covered, organized by track:

  • Application (Joshua Tseng, Track Manager)
    • Recent Advances in WAN Acceleration Technologies (Joshua Tseng)
    • High Availability Using Fault Tolerance in the SAN (Mark Fleming)
  • Data Management (Michael Fishman, Track Manager)
    • Introduction to Data Protection: Backup to Tape, Disk and Beyond (Jason Iehl)
    • Trends in Data Protection and Restoration Technologies (Michael Rowan)
    • Identifying and Eliminating Backup System Bottlenecks: Taking Your Existing Backup System to the Next Level (Jacob Farmer)
    • Deduplication Methods for Achieving Data Efficiency (Devin Hamilton)
    • Best Practices for Long-term Retention of Digital Information (Michael Peterson and Gary Zasman)
    • Records Managers and Storage Managers Speak:  Get the Real Story Behind ILM (John Webster - Moderator, Panel: Jenny Jolinski, Wendy Betts, Lynn P. Herbert, Marty LeFebvre)
    • The Secret Sauce of ILM (Bob Rogers)
    • Classification:  The Cornerstone for Compliance and Cost-driven Information Management (Edgar St.Pierre and Sheila Childs)
    • Storage Considerations for Database Archiving (Julie Lockner)
  • File Management (Paul Massiglia, Track Manager)
    • Unified NAS and iSCSI Technology Overview (Wolfgang Singer)
    • A Crash Course in Wide Area Data Replication (Jacob Farmer)
    • High Availability and Disaster Recovery for NAS Systems (Paul Massiglia)
  • Green Storage (SW Worth, Track Manager)
    • Green Storage I - Economics, Environment, Energy and Engineering (SW Worth)
    • Building the Green Data Center:  Towards Best Practices and Technical Considerations (Sol Squire and Rick Bauer)
    • Growing the Green Storage Environment (Miklos Sandorfi)
  • Networking (Howard Goldstein, Track Manager)
    • Fibre Channel Technologies: Current and Future (Dr. M. K. Jibbe, Steven Wilson and Tom Hammond-Doel)
    • IP Storage Protocols - iSCSI (John Hufferd)
    • Comparing Server I/O Consolidation Solutions: iSCSI, Infiniband and FcoE (Walter Dey, Gilles Chekroun and Errol Roberts)
    • SAS & SATA Combine to Change the Storage Market (Marty Czekalski and Harry Mason)
    • Ethernet Technology (Sunil Ahluwalia and Manoj Wadekar)
    • Infiniband Technology Overview (Dror Goldenberg)
    • FCoE: Fibre Channel Over Ethernet (John Hufferd)
    • PCI Express and Storage (Ron Emerick)
    • TCP/IP Optimizations for High Performance WANs (Joseph White)
  • Security (Eric Hibbard, Track Manager)
    • Saving Private Data:  An Introduction to Storage Security (Richard Austin)
    • ABCs of Encryption (Roger Cummings)
    • An Introduction to Key Management for Secure Storage (Walt Hubis)
    • Storage Security Panel: Learning from Others Experiences (Blair Semple, Moderator - Panelists: David Murray, Dave Stauffacher, Neil Strand)
    • TCG TrustedStorage Specifications (Jason Cox)
    • SCSI Security Nuts and Bolts (Ralph Weber)
    • Information Security and IT Compliance (Roger Cummings and Frank Bunn)
    • How E-Discovery Will Impact Your Life as a Storage Professional (David Stevens)
  • Storage (Brandy Barton-Hammack, Track Manager)
    • Desktop, Nearline and Enterprise HDDs - What's the Difference? (Willis Whittington)
    • Storage Performance 101 (Ray Lucchesi)
    • The Storage Evolution:  From Blocks, Files and Objects to Object Storage Systems (Christian Bandulet)
    • Storage Consolidation with IP Storage (David Dale)
    • Solid State Storage for the Enterprise (Woody Hutsell and Brian McKean)
    • Continuous Available Commodity Storage (Dr. Rekha Singhal and Zia Saquib)
    • Advanced iSCSI Management Capabilities (Gene Nagle)
    • Consolidated Primary and Secondary Data Storage (John Matze)
  • Storage Management (Marty Foltyn, Track Manager)
    • An Introduction to Managing Storage (Russell Warren)
    • Storage Resource Management - Managing SAN Costs and Complexity (Jerry Duggan)
    • SRM - Can You Get What You Want? (John Webster)
    • The Real World State of Storage Management (Julie Ryan)
    • Storage Management Within the NEW ITIL Version 3 Context (Dr. D. A. Robinson)
  • Virtualization/Standards (Rob Peglar, Track Manager)
    • Storage Networking Standards: Recent Developments (David Black)
    • Virtualization I - What, Why, Where and How? (Rob Peglar)
    • Storage Virtualization II - Effective Use of Virtualization (Rob Peglar)
    • Server and Storage Virtualization with IP Storage (David Dale)
    • Storage Management: SMI-S to Management Frameworks (Mark Carlson)
    • SMI-S:  Building the Case for a Standard (Paul von Behren and Mike Walker)
    • eXtensible Access Method (XAM) - A New Fixed Content (Mark Carlson)
    • Best Practices in Managing Virtualized Environments (Mike Matchett)
  • Professional Development (David Deming, Track Manager)
    • Trustology - The Secret Sauce of Productive Teams and Profitable Organizations (David Deming)
    • Best Practices for Innovation (Lynne VanArsdale)
    • Marketing for Geeks:  Why You Should Care About Storage Services (Harriet Pea)
    • Building Magnificent Technical Presentations (Howard Goldstein)

I would encourage all my industry colleagues to check these out!
To view the latest list of topics and access the tutorials in PDF format, visit
Be sure to check the Legal Notices on the documents about how you can use them.

For more information about SNIA, check
It's also never too early to plan to check the next wave, to be delivered during the next SNW in the Fall in Texas.


This is an updated version of my previous blog post at: