Wednesday, August 9th
3:30-4:35 PM
SUST-203-1: Circular Economy of Storage (Sustainability Track)
Chairperson + Speaker: Jonmichael Hands, VP Storage, Chia Network

Organizer: Wayne M. Adams, SNIA Chairman Emeritus, SNIA

Paper Title: From Cradle to Cradle: A Journey Towards a Circular Economy for Data Storage

Paper Abstract: The Circular Drive Initiative (CDI) is a collaboration of global leaders in digital storage, data centers, sustainability, and blockchain in a joint effort to reduce e-waste by promoting and enabling the secure reuse of storage hardware. CDI was convened under the leadership of William McDonough, Chief Executive of McDonough Innovation and the renowned architect of Cradle to Cradle design and The Circular Economy, which brings circular design principles and reporting to data storage in the ICT industry. CDI wants to foster a sustainable future by enabling the circular economy in data storage, to ensure that data storage devices can be securely reused. The shift to a circular economy in the ICT industry through media sanitization and secure reuse will lead to increased drives entering the used storage market. However, there is a need for a standardized and transparent grading system to help customers make informed decisions. This paper outlines a comprehensive grading system for used storage devices, focusing on both solid-state drives (SSDs) and hard disk drives (HDDs), to ensure that users can confidently purchase used storage devices that meet their needs and expectations of quality and reliability. This includes a report of health monitoring, previous device usage metrics, and expected useful duration of use left.

Paper Author: Jonmichael Hands, VP Storage, Chia Network

Author Bio: Jonmichael Hands partners with the storage vendors for Chia optimized product development, market modeling, and Chia blockchain integration. Jonmichael spent the last ten years at Intel in the Non-Volatile Memory Solutions group working on product line management, strategic planning, and technical marketing for the Intel data center SSDs. In addition, he served as the chair for NVM Express (NVMe), SNIA (Storage Networking Industry Association) SSD special interest group, and Open Compute Project for open storage hardware innovation. Jonmichael started his storage career at Sun Microsystems designing storage arrays (JBODs) and holds an electrical engineering degree from the Colorado School of Mines.