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SNIA

The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) is a not-for-profit global organisation, made up of some 400 member companies and 7,000 individuals spanning virtually the entire storage industry. SNIA's mission is to lead the storage industry worldwide in developing and promoting standards, technologies, and educational services to empower organisations in the management of information. To this end, the SNIA is uniquely committed to delivering standards, education, and services that will propel open storage networking solutions into the broader market. For additional information, visit the SNIA web site at www.snia.org.

See also:- SNIA - editor mentions on StorageSearch.com

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SNIA mentions in SSD market history

In September 2008 - SNIA announced the formation of its Solid State Storage Initiative. Unlike the SSD Alliance , which was launched a year earlier in 2007, founding members of SNIA's SSSI include manufacturers of both RAM SSDs and flash SSDs. There were already over 86 companies actively marketing SSDs in Q3 2008 listed on StorageSearch.com by the time of this announcement.

In April 2009 - SNIA published a new white paper - "NAND Flash Solid State Storage for the Enterprise - an in-depth Look at Reliability." (pdf) It's co-authored by:- Jonathan Thatcher Fusion-io, Tom Coughlin Coughlin Associates, Jim Handy Objective Analysis and Neal Ekker Texas Memory Systems. The article contains the best integrated explanation I've seen of the design trade-offs for error correction schemes and how they affect bit error rates compared to the raw uncorrected results.

In July 2010 - SNIA announced the availability of its Solid State Storage Performance Test Specification (version 0.9) for public review. 2 years earlier StorageSearch.com published an article called - Can you trust flash SSD specs & benchmarks? - because it had been obvious to me for some time that oems and magazines which did benchmark testing of SSDs often didn't know about what I called the "halo effect" which could make some SSDs look better than they really were

In October 2013 - SNIA started running an online survey on SSD features (interfaces, apps etc) - to learn more about the market.
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SNIA proposes new standard for virtualizing SSD implemented memory
Editor:- January 27, 2014 - It's years since the first thoroughbred SSD software horses were seen to be leaving the stables - but last week - a standards ORG - SNIA announced an effort to bolt these doors with the release of version 1 of what it hopes will be a new standard called the NVM Programming Model (pdf)

Editor's comments:- Currently if you use SSDs as memory using PCIe SSDs from Fusion-io or Virident, or if you plan to use memory channel SSDs from SanDisk - then you're potentially looking at working in 3 different software environments.

The viable permutations of hardware and software compatibility levels shrink for users when they converge at a popular market application level such as virtual desktops - but explode into crazy unsupportability for 3rd party software developers as they try to step back from proprietary APIs and hang onto more general hooks in operating systems which were never designed around the core class of capabilities offered by low latency SSDs.

Whether the long term solution to the current messy state of ad hoc SSD software lies in adapting current OS's - or maybe in bypassing old OS's entirely and starting again with cloud level service-like abstrations in virtualized servers - is interesting to speculate.

In the meantime software developers have to work with existing de-facto software environments (to generate revenue) and also keep an eye on future standards in the hope that standardization will reduce their costs (one day in the remote future).

The SSD software platform and the optimum level of engagement for vendors is a lottery which will suck billions more dollars from VCs before it is resolved. And I think that market dominance will be a bigger part of the solution than a set of committee based standards.
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