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Unifying Storage Management with SNIA Swordfish

In the Tech Talk recorded at Flash Memory Summit, Stephen Foskett talks with Richelle Ahlvers about SNIA’s Swordfish, an extension of the DMTF Redfish standard to enable storage and fabric management. Designed for comprehensive storage observability and control, Swordfish encompasses configuration, monitoring, event notifications, and more, and is key to managing NVMe storage environments. With integration capabilities into existing Redfish systems, Swordfish offers cross-platform administration, a feat recognized with a Best in Show award. Learn more about SNIA Swordfish in this Gestalt IT Tech Talk!

Connect with Richelle and Learn More about SNIA Swordfish

Richelle Ahlvers is the Storage Technology Enablement Architect at Intel and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors at SNIA. You can connect with Richelle on LinkedIn. Learn more about SNIA Swordfish on their website and join Storage Field Day at SNIA Storage Developer Conference (SDC) in September.

Unifying Storage Management with SNIA Swordfish

As storage technology rapidly evolves, the efficiency and management of storage solutions is critical in optimizing overall system performance. The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) is working to make it easier to handle storage and fabric management with the innovative Swordfish standard. In this Tech Talk, Stephen Foskett and Richelle Ahlvers discussed the details of this groundbreaking initiative.

Extending the DMTF Redfish Standard for Comprehensive Storage Observability and Control

At the heart of SNIA’s Swordfish is its extension of the DMTF Redfish standard, initially designed for server and fabric management. This extension broadens its scope to encompass all aspects of storage management, thereby unifying various components of the storage environment under a single, comprehensive umbrella. This move is particularly significant as it addresses the increasingly complex and diverse storage landscape, providing a standardized approach to handling various storage-related tasks.

Swordfish offers a host of capabilities designed to provide comprehensive observability and control over storage systems. From configuration and monitoring to event notifications and more, Swordfish aims to streamline storage management by providing a unified platform that caters to various needs. This not only simplifies the management process but also enhances the efficiency of storage systems, ensuring that they perform optimally at all times.

One of the key areas where Swordfish shines is in the management of NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express) storage environments. NVMe has emerged as a game-changer in terms of storage performance, and managing these advanced storage solutions requires specialized tools and standards. Swordfish steps in to bridge this gap by offering standard-based management for NVMe and NVMe over fabrics devices. This ensures that organizations can harness the full potential of NVMe storage solutions without the complexity of dealing with proprietary management approaches.

A notable feature of Swordfish is its seamless integration with existing Redfish systems. This cross-platform administration capability is a significant leap forward, enabling organizations to incorporate Swordfish into their established infrastructure without disrupting their operations. This integration allows for consistent and standardized management across different platforms, promoting greater efficiency and ease of use.

Swordfish’s potential to revolutionize storage management did not go unnoticed. SNIA’s efforts in developing and promoting the Swordfish standard were recognized with a Best in Show award in the industry standards category at the Flash Memory Summit. This accolade underscores the significance and impact of Swordfish in reshaping the storage management landscape.

Stephen’s Stance

SNIA’s Swordfish is a transformative standard that holds the promise of streamlining and optimizing storage management across diverse environments. By extending the DMTF Redfish standard, Swordfish provides a unified platform that caters to comprehensive storage observability and control. As organizations evaluate advanced storage solutions, they should demand Swordfish compliance to create an efficient and standardized storage management environment.

Learn more about SNIA Swordfish on their website and join Storage Field Day at SNIA Storage Developer Conference (SDC) in September!

About the author

Stephen Foskett

Stephen Foskett is an active participant in the world of enterprise information technology, currently focusing on enterprise storage, server virtualization, networking, and cloud computing. He organizes the popular Tech Field Day event series for Gestalt IT and runs Foskett Services. A long-time voice in the storage industry, Stephen has authored numerous articles for industry publications, and is a popular presenter at industry events. He can be found online at,, and on Twitter at @SFoskett.

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