Micron’s VP of Advanced Storage, Rob Peglar, was recently appointed to the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) Board of Directors. I had the chance to talk with him about his appointment to learn a bit more about SNIA, its charter, and why this is such an important organization for Micron.
Kirstin Bordner: Congratulations on your appointment to the board of directors for SNIA. Can you tell us about SNIA and its charter?
Rob Peglar: Thank you! It’s great to be back on the SNIA board. SNIA has a straightforward mission: To lead the storage industry worldwide in developing and promoting standards, technologies, and educational services to empower organizations in the management of information. This has been the mission since SNIA was formed in the late 1990s with the help of Micron’s current senior VP of the Storage Business Unit, Darren Thomas.
Kirstin Bordner: What is your role as a member of the SNIA board?
Rob Peglar: My role as a director is to help the organization achieve its mission and, more specifically, provide expertise and advice in its business segments—serving the 400-some-odd corporate and individual members—and also its technical working groups, forums, and initiatives. SNIA is well known for its leadership in several areas of concern to the storage industry and the consumers of storage technology.
Kirstin Bordner: Why is it important for Micron to have an active role in SNIA?
Rob Peglar: As a world leader in storage technology, Micron benefits by serving SNIA to further its collaboration efforts with many other SNIA members who are Micron’s partners in both business and technology development. Micron benefits by being able to provide expertise and thought leadership through SNIA technical working groups, forums, and initiatives, particularly those related to solid state disk and nonvolatile memory technology.
Kirstin Bordner: Flash is fundamentally changing the storage landscape—how is SNIA looking at this from a standards perspective?
Rob Peglar: SNIA is quite active in this area (flash) through both the SNIA Solid State Storage Initiative (where I served as one of its initial officers) and, in particular, the NVDIMM Special Interest Group, as well as the new NVM Programming Model, which is a spec describing the behavior of a common set of software interfaces that provide access to nonvolatile memory. The goal is to encourage a common ecosystem for NVM-enabled software without limiting the ability to innovate. Concepts such as block access to SSDs made of NAND flash, as well as a new programming model for persistent memory, are covered—which is a great example of how SNIA is helping to define a common standard.
Kirstin Bordner: As a SNIA board member, you are in a unique position to look across the industry at the innovative technologies—and companies—driving the industry forward. Can you share with us what the future may hold?
Rob Peglar: As Niels Bohr said, “Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future.” Still, I believe the future is very bright indeed for innovative companies like Micron. The world of compute is changing rapidly with new memory techniques, both volatile and nonvolatile. We are at the proverbial tip of the iceberg concerning solid state storage with the advent of technologies like 3D NAND and NVM Express. As a SNIA board member, I look forward to helping shape the industry and ultimately deliver tremendous value to the consumers of this technology in the foreseeable future.