Notice to Test Organizations and Testers performing SNIA Emerald™ Testing:

The SNIA Green TWG (technical work group) and Green Storage Initiative (GSI) will deliver 6 hours of training through a webinar format on July 20th and July 21st. Each day will feature a 3 hour segment from 1PM–4PM Pacific time; July 20th will cover the technical details of the SNIA Emerald v2.1 Specification and supporting test tools; and July 21st will cover the program details for SNIA Emerald Programs, USA EPA EnergyStar Program, and supplementary sessions by testing services and certifying body services.

A highlight of the changes in the V2.1 Specification include:

  • Corrections and clarity to the V2.0.2 specification
  • Required use of Vdbench and a SNIA provided Vdbench test script
  • Improvements in COM testing
  • Changes in pre–fill criteria percentages
  • Change in metric stability criterion
  • Online and near–online categories are combined

Overall, these changes and improvements may reduce the time and effort required to generate a set of storage system test data for industry report submission and posting.

To RSVP for the July 20–21 webinar training, please send an email no later than July 16th with your name, title, email address, company name to There is no fee to register and attend the training. After the training sessions, training materials will be posted to A detailed training agenda along with the webinar details will be emailed in advance of the webinar.

Attendees should review the following resources prior to the training:

To learn more about SNIA GSI and Green Storage TWG, please visit these URLs:
Visit the SNIA Emerald web–links section for EPA ENERGYSTAR for Data Center Storage

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