Storage Short Take #7

In Storage, Technology by J Michel Metz2 Comments

So much for my attempt at a 2-week cadence. After traveling for 3 weeks straight (and an unusually difficult bout of jet lag), I didn’t quite get this out the way I had hoped I would. Oh well.

Let’s get started with the Storage Short Take #7!

More Storage Predictions for 2019

A final storage prediction account, this time from Carol Silwa of TechTarget. Includes input by me, so your own mileage will vary. 🙂 By way of comparison, you can check out how well I did for my 2018 predictions, too.

Storage Media

Just as Samsung ramps up production of 96-layer 3D-NAND Flash, Taiwanese chipmaker Macronix announces it can do the same… but cheaper.

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Storage Companies in the News

Micron has found itself on the receiving end of a class-action lawsuit, as Robbins Arroyo LLP claims collusion and misleading shareholders based on operations in China.

First Xilinx, then Microsoft, now Intel? Mellanox now has another reported suitor. For $6Billion, apparently.

Want to get a quick-and-dirty handle on the new names in storage? NetworkWorld compiled a list of new storage companies that, while it’s a bit older now, is still a good reference.

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Industry Associations and Standards

The SCSI Trade Association announced its 2019 Board of Directors (No, I’m not one of them…).

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Webinars and Conferences

SNIA is extremely busy.

I presented  NVMe™/TCP with Sagi Grimberg, the lead author of the spec, on January 22, moderated by Tom Reu of Chelsio, in The What NVMe™/TCP Means for Networked Storage webinar.

Why Composable Infrastructure? occurred on February 13th. It discussed what composable infrastructure is (and is not) and then explain how composable infrastructure meets cloud data centers’ requirements to rapidly construct virtual pools of compute, network and storage based on the needs of particular customers or applications, then have those resources dynamically and automatically flex as needs change.

On February 26th, What’s New in Container Storage brings back Keith Hudgins from Docker and Alex McDonald, the Chair of the SNIA CSTI to discuss the constantly changing container landscape. With new standards emerging every few months, you’ll learn what’s new, what to pay attention to, and how to get involved in the container community. If you don’t know Keith, he was a guest speaker at SNIA’s most popular webinar to date: Intro to Containers, Container Storage Challenges and Docker.

Want to go back to basics? The Great Debates series covered File vs. Block. vs. Object Storage on February 5.

Also on February 5, SNIA NSF held a webinar on Networking Requirements for Hyperconvergence, with yours truly and Christine Mcdonigal of Intel.

On the Fibre Channel front, there will be a great FCIAwebinar on February 20th, FICON 201. In this webinar, Patty Driever of IBM and Howard Johnson of Broadcom return as a follow up to their highly-rated FICON 101 webinar.

I’ll be presenting a NVMe and NVMe over Fabrics Deep Dive (BRKDCN-2494) and The Networking Impact of NVMe over Fabrics (BRKDCN-2729)at CiscoLive-Melbourne in March.

You can follow SNIA’s Networking Storage Forum and FCIA on Twitter, too.

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Synology Security News

Please see earlier Storage Short Takes for additional Synology advisories (#6, #5, #4).

Important Severity

Affected: Docker. A vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary commands via a susceptible version of Docker

Status: Ongoing.

Solution: None yet.


  • runc through 1.0-rc6, as used in Docker before 18.09.2 and other products, allows attackers to overwrite the host runc binary (and consequently obtain host root access) by leveraging the ability to execute a command as root within one of these types of containers: (1) a new container with an attacker-controlled image, or (2) an existing container, to which the attacker previously had write access, that can be attached with docker exec. This occurs because of file-descriptor mishandling, related to /proc/self/exe.

Reference: CVE-2019-5736

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Bonus Round

Chris Evans has written a short guide to implementing NVMe in the Data Center (he’s English, so I suppose we can use his spelling – Data Centre). According to the description, it appears he’s done a good job of restricting topics to a manageable chunk. I haven’t read it yet, but it looks like it’s really well laid-out. Reminds me that I’m way, way behind on my NVMe Book, that I still have open in another window, calling my name…

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And now… a pretty picture.



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