SNIA and ISIT to host enterprise storage Academy

Academy will focus on latest enterprise storage and data centre trends

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SNIA and ISIT to host enterprise storage Academy The SNIA Academy provide vendor-neutral discussion of new technology and updates from key vendors in the enterprise space.
By  Mark Sutton Published  May 1, 2016

The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) is to hold a one-day Academy in Dubai to discuss the latest trends in enterprise storage and data centre.

Co-organised with enterprise systems integrator ISIT, the SNIA Academy will include vendor neutral technology updates and sessions from vendor sponsors including Dell, NetApp and Veeam.

The SNIA Academy will address topics such as Hyper Converged Infrastructure impact on the data centre; developments in non-volatile memory and persistent memory technologies; security considerations when moving to cloud, and data protection and availability in a virtual and cloud enabled data centre.

The SNIA Academy will take place on 11th May 2016, at the Conrad Hotel. Registration information is available at

SNIA is a non-profit trade association, designed to lead the global storage industry in developing and promoting standards, technologies and educational services to empower organisations in the management of information.

Mahesh Vaidya, chairman of SNIA Middle East Committee and CEO of ISIT said: "Data centres are going through an unprecedented change due to advances in new technologies and availability of new IT delivery models with the availability of cloud. Economic considerations are also impelling data centre managers to look at efficient and cost effective ways of delivering IT. Convergence, hyper convergence and cloud are all targeted at driving efficiencies and lowering Capex in the data centre.

"While more of our customers are looking at options to move their backup and Disaster Recovery to the cloud, many lack meaningful criteria by which to evaluate security and privacy of data in the cloud. The academy seeks to educate the IT audience on these issues to help them evaluate new technologies as they make the transition from their traditional data centre to the next generation model in a secure manner."

Ossama El Samadoni, vice chairman of SNIA Middle East Committee and Director of Enterprise Solutions at Dell added: "Last year's academy focused on Flash and software defined storage. Since then, Flash storage adoption increased significantly and we saw an upsurge in interest in hyper-converged solutions enabled by software defined storage. New developments expected in the area of Non-Volatile and persistent memory technologies will further increase IOPS and bandwidth and significantly reduce latencies in server-storage communications. Today's flash still relies on IO protocols designed for spinning disk. This year's Academy will continue to educate storage and data centre stakeholders on the newer developments and help them sift through the technologies in a way that makes sense to their business."

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