August 31, 2011 13:31 ET

SNIA Announces Keynote Speaker for Storage Developer Conference and SNIA Cloud Burst Summit

CIFS/SMB/SMB2 Plugfest to Again Co-Locate With SDC

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Aug 31, 2011) - The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) today announced that Eric Baldeschwieler, CEO of Hortonworks -- an Apache Hadoop company, will be included in the featured speakers line-up for the 8th annual Storage Developer Conference (SDC) 2011, and will simultaneously deliver the opening keynote address on September 22nd for the SNIA Cloud Burst Summit attendees.

Scheduled for September 19-22, 2011 in Santa Clara, CA, SDC 2011 is expected to attract a few hundred storage and cloud developers who will share best practices and learn about leading storage development matters including advances in hardware, cloud storage, data deduplication, Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), file systems, green technologies, virtualization, security, solid state storage, storage management, storage system testing, and CIFS/SMB/SMB2.

Rackspace and NetApp are Platinum level sponsors of SDC. Microsoft and Rackspace will have executives participating in the general sessions. EMC, Emulex and Oracle are Gold level sponsors and will have breakout sessions featuring some of the latest technologies in cloud and other storage technologies. The conference will bring together leading minds and perspectives from companies including Facebook, Red Hat, IBM and many others. Register to attend at

SNIA Cloud Burst Summit
As the leading industry event focused on storage in the cloud, the SNIA Cloud Burst Summit will again be co-located with SDC on September 22. The event is designed to bring together end users, cloud providers and storage vendors for a unique, single-day experience including demos, a showcase, and in-depth sessions. The SNIA Cloud Burst Summit will assemble IT storage professionals that are looking to cloud storage as a solution for their IT environments. The day's agenda will include presentations from cloud industry luminaries, technical sessions, the latest cloud development panel discussions, a deeper dive on cloud backup, and a social networking reception following the sessions. Register to attend or to participate via a live video stream at

CIFS/SMB/SMB2 and Cloud Plugfests
Microsoft will be the underwriter, this year in partnership with NetApp, to support the 5-day CIFS/SMB/SMB2 Plugfest which is co-located with SDC 2011. The CIFS/SMB/SMB2 Plugfest will start on Sunday, September 18, and will allow vendors to bring their implementations of CIFS/SMB/SMB2 to test, identify, and fix bugs in a collaborative setting with the goal of providing a forum in which companies can develop interoperable products. Last year's Plugfest featured over 100 engineers and developers from 26 companies testing over 50 products and platforms. Participants included Addonics Technologies, Apple, Centrify, Cisco, Citrix, Codenomicon, EMC, Erion, IBM, Isilon, Konica Minolta, Likewise, Microsoft, NetApp, Nexenta, Novell, Oracle, Quantel, Red Hat, Riverbed, Samba, Scale Computing, SwiftTest, Ubiqx, and Visuality Systems.

New to SDC in 2011 is a Cloud technology Plugfest that will have vendors testing their implementation of SNIA CDMI standard and OGF OCCI cloud-standards. The purpose of this Plugfest is for vendors to test, identify, and fix bugs in a collaborative setting with the goal of providing a forum in which companies can develop interoperable products.

Contact Arnold Jones of SNIA at 407.574.7273 or for information on participating in either of the above Plugfests.

About the SNIA
The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) is a not-for-profit global organization, made up of some 400 member companies 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 organizations 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 For information on sponsoring and participating in either SDC or the Cloud Burst Summit, or, in joining SNIA, contact Marty Foltyn at 619.992.2195 or


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