GM, Advanced Research
Hideo Inoue is Project General Manager for the Future Project Division at Toyota’s Advanced Vehicle Research Project, where he focuses on planning for cutting-edge technologies. He was previously General Manager of the R&D Management Division and of the Integrated System Engineering Division. He has developed vehicle control technologies such as active safety systems and helped promote them in the marketplace. He has also worked on development of driver assistance, integrated safety, energy management, and intelligent transportation systems. He is a manager for the Japan Science and Technology Agency’s Autonomous Driving System project. He serves as a part-time lecturer at the Kyushu University and a Guest Professor at the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology. The holder of many patents in automotive technology, he has presented at such events as IEEE IEDM, IFAC Symposium on Advances in Automotive Control, and the FISITA World Automotive Conference.
Abstract: Driving Intelligence for Safe Automobiles
Japan faces a rapidly aging society. Two collaborative projects in intelligent vehicle research and development are currently underway to meet the associated challenges. The first is developing an intelligent driving system to achieve a safe, secure traffic society for elderly drivers. The second, the Smart Traffic Flow Control Project, is developing an advanced driver assistance system that can both enhance safe, secure driving and reduce congestion. Flash memory plays a key role in achieving the goals of safety, security, and improved traffic flow.
Toyota (NYSE: TM) established operations in the United States in 1957 and currently operates 10 manufacturing plants. Toyota directly employs over 31,000 in the U.S. and its investment here is currently valued at more than $23 billion, including sales and manufacturing operations, research and development, financial services and design. More information is available at Toyota.
Sr VP Flash Storage Systems
Mike Workman leads the global engineering and development of Oracle’s all-flash storage arrays, the FS Series, which leads the industry in performance and scalability. Before joining Oracle, Mike was the founder, Chairman, and CEO of Pillar Data Systems, an enterprise storage company. Pillar, which pioneered the use of business-value driven Quality-of-Service in storage, was acquired by Oracle in July 2011. Mike has held many senior-level positions in the storage industry, including Vice President of Worldwide Development for the IBM Storage Technology Division, Senior Vice President and CTO of Conner Peripherals, and Vice President of OEM Storage Subsystems for IBM. Mike’s teams have developed over 60 products ranging from disk drives through NAS and SAN storage systems and to today’s all-flash arrays, generating over $17 billion dollars in worldwide sales. The coauthor of a textbook on digital control and the author of many publications, Mike has a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford, a Masters from Stanford and a Bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley. He holds 15 patents.
Abstract: Flash, Fireworks and the Cloud
Network connectivity and compute power have advanced exponentially over the past decade, enabling new information delivery systems such as the cloud. However, the missing piece for a true high-performance cloud has been low-latency storage. The emergence and quick adoption of all-flash storage leads to the possibility of low-latency, near real-time clouds. This new all-flash storage architecture will enable a whole new set of cloud applications. They will light fireworks as vendors fight for survival in the rapidly changing data center landscape.
Oracle offers a comprehensive and fully integrated stack of cloud applications, platform services, and engineered systems. With more than 400,000 customers—including 100 of the Fortune 100—in more than 145 countries, Oracle provides a complete technology stack both in the cloud and in the data center. Oracle’s industry-leading cloud-based and on-premises solutions give customers complete deployment flexibility and unmatched benefits including application integration, advanced security, high availability, scalability, energy efficiency, powerful performance, and low total cost of ownership. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), visit oracle.com.
Corporate VP Memory Marketing
Senior Vice President, Memory Solutions Lab
Bob Brennan leads Samsung’s Memory Solutions Lab (MSL), which is chartered with creating system and platform architectures aligned with the growth of Samsung’s memory business. MSL also develops and enables world-class products such as NVMe and PCIe flash drives. Before joining Samsung, Bob was the Lead Architect of Intel’s Datacenter System on Chip products, with his most recent focus on Intel’s storage and microserver products. During his 22-year Intel career, Bob also led many design teams, including Notebook System Architecture, Mobile SoC Architecture, and Communication Architecture. Bob holds a BSEE from Duke University and an MSEE from the University of Virginia.
Abstract: Memory Technology Advances Shape a New Era in Flash Innovation
Semiconductor memory technology will advance tremendously over the next several years. The storage industry will benefit from better ways of designing flash memory chips, with greater stacking efficiency, reduced power consumption, and increased performance. There will also be bold efforts to harness NAND’s full potential, including the promise of adding storage intelligence to perform workload management. Solid state storage (SSDs), especially with 3D V-NAND, will mushroom in importance, achieving much higher bandwidth in such applications as all-flash arrays. Advances in memory technology will thus play a major role in achieving critical goals such as instant access, massive amounts of flash-based storage, instant connectivity, and instant relevance. So too, flash-optimized data centers will be able to much better support big data, real-time analysis, and the Internet of Things.
Samsung Semiconductor is a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics. As the leader in advanced memory solutions for home, mobile, and office applications, Samsung Semiconductor is the world’s largest producer of DRAM, flash, SRAM, and high-end graphics memory. In addition, it is a major global producer of optical disk drives, hard drives, system logic, sensors, and controllers. Samsung also has emerged as the largest producer of LCD displays, providing the widest range of products for TVs, desktop monitors, notebook/netbook PCs, and mobile devices. Furthermore, Samsung provides fabless and fab-lite customers with state-of-the-art design and manufacturing at 90, 65, 45, and 32/28 nanometers. More information is available at Samsung.
Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
Kevin Conley serves as SanDisk’s chief technology officer and is focused on fostering strategic innovation at the company. Previously, he served as senior vice president and general manager of SanDisk's Client Storage Solutions from January 2011 to April 2015. Prior to that, Conley was the vice president of engineering at Corsair. In addition to his GM role in CSS, Conley has spent over 15 years at SanDisk holding several key system engineering leadership positions and is listed as the inventor or co-inventor on 50 patents in the area of non-volatile memory architecture and management. Conley started his career as an engineer in the hard disk drive industry. Conley earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and his master's degree in computer engineering from Santa Clara University and is a graduate of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Program (SEP).
Abstract: Flash as the Great Disrupter
For a little more than three decades Flash memory has grown from a novelty technology to a disruptive force that has profoundly transformed consumer electronics, mobile computing, and now the data center. Through a combination of technology scaling and innovations in multi-bit-per-cell storage, flash technology has outpaced Moore's law. This has achieved unprecedented levels of performance and capacity at ever-lower cost, allowing flash to displace legacy media in multiple markets. Flash is now changing the fundamental computing paradigm for both mobile and enterprise applications. As a result, the way we do business is rapidly evolving around a wave of new innovation spanning mobile to cloud computing. The need for managing massive amounts of data, while maintaining responsiveness for near real-time decision-making, has opened up a new frontier for the transformative power of flash storage that will affect every aspect of our lives.
SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company, is a global leader in flash storage solutions. For more than 25 years, SanDisk has expanded the possibilities of storage, providing trusted and innovative products that have transformed the electronics industry. Today, SanDisk’s quality, state-of-the-art solutions are at the heart of many of the world's largest data centers, and embedded in advanced smart phones, tablets and PCs. SanDisk’s consumer products are available at hundreds of thousands of retail stores worldwide More information is available at SanDisk.
Shigeo (Jeff) Ohshima
Technology Executive, Memory Design and Application Engineering
Semiconductor and Storage Products Company
Jeff Ohshima is a member of the Semiconductor and Storage Products executive team at Toshiba, where he focuses on memory design and applications engineering. He was previously VP Memory Technology Executive at Toshiba America Electronic Components focused on flash memory with an emphasis on SSDs. He has also been Senior Manager R&D in the advanced NAND flash memory design department, responsible for 70 nm, 56 nm, 43 nm, and 32 nm part design. He has worked on memory at Toshiba for over 30 years, including 20 years on DRAM where he acted as a lead design for application specific memories and did technical marketing. Ohshima has served as a Visiting Research Scientist at Stanford University. He holds a BSEE and MSEE from Tokyo’s Keio University.
Abstract: Advances in 3D Memory: High Density Storage for Hyperscale, Cloud Applications. and Beyond
NAND flash storage is being deployed more widely as it delivers cost/performance benefits in hyperscale and cloud applications. Ever higher densities are necessary to provide more cost effective solutions and to meet rapidly increasing demand for storage. However, floating gate technology is reaching the limits of its scalability. The key to supporting higher densities for the storage market is a 48-layer 3D solution that will enable a smooth migration to 3D technology. High performance, lower power, increased efficiency, and scalability are essential to making competitive 3D memory-based storage solutions a practical reality.
Toshiba Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, channels world-class capabilities in advanced electronic and electrical product and systems into five strategic business domains: Energy & Infrastructure, Community Solutions, Healthcare Systems & Services, Electronic Devices & Components, and Lifestyles Products & Services. Guided by the principles of The Basic Commitment of the Toshiba Group, "Committed to People, Committed to the Future", Toshiba conducts global operations with the aim of securing "Growth Through Creativity and Innovation". The company is intent on helping reach the goal of a world in which people everywhere live in a safe, secure, and comfortable society. Founded in Tokyo in 1875, today's Toshiba is at the heart of a global network of over 590 consolidated companies employing over 200,000 people worldwide, with annual sales surpassing 6.5 trillion yen (US$63 billion). More information is available at Toshiba.
CEO and Co-Founder
Riccardo Badalone is a Co-Founder of Diablo Technologies and has served as a director since the company’s inception in 2003. Mr. Badalone has been CEO since 2007 and was previously the CTO. Before co-founding Diablo, Riccardo worked for Nortel Networks, where he was pivotal in delivering advanced Serializer/Deserializer (SerDes) technologies for switching and framer applications. Riccardo has also been manager of the OEM Hardware design group at Matrox Graphics, where his team designed and supported desktop motherboard platforms for major PC OEMs. Riccardo holds a BSEE from Concordia University (Montreal, Quebec, Canada).
Abstract: Disruptive Memory Technology Enables New In-Memory Applications
Applications are evolving to harness the potential of in-memory compute. Storage-centric architectures simply cannot keep pace with the demanding performance required by real-time analysis and large-scale big data processing.
A groundbreaking new memory solution will enable economical, real-time processing of many terabytes of data in a single server. As a result, storage and networking bottlenecks are eliminated, providing dramatic improvements in performance and extending in-memory compute to innovative new use cases.
Founded in 2003, Diablo is at the forefront of developing breakthrough technologies to set the standard for next-generation enterprise computing. Diablo's Memory Channel Storage solution combines innovative software and hardware architectures with non-volatile memory to introduce a new and disruptive generation of Solid State Storage for data-intensive applications. More information is available at Diablo.
Sr VP, Head of Nand
Kyo Won Jin is Senior Vice President and Head of the NAND Division at SK Hynix. He is responsible for all NAND development activities from product planning through development and productization. He previously oversaw the DRAM Product Development Group and NAND Product Planning Office.
With his extensive 30 years of experience in DRAM and NAND design, product planning, and productization, Kyo Won has played a major role in SK Hynix’s turnaround, helping the company become a global leader. He also served as the Head of the Semiconductor Planning Office at SK Telecom (a wireless telecommunications operator in Korea) for two years where he acquired broad knowledge of business development in the telecom industry.
In recognition of his contributions to the semiconductor industry, he was awarded the Presidential Citation of the Republic of Korea. He holds a BS in physics from Seoul National University.
Abstract: Advances in Non-Volatile Memory Will Continue to Revolutionize Computing
NAND flash will keep on revolutionizing computing and applications for the near future. NAND flash, particularly its 3D version, will provide higher densities, lower prices, and much better performance for the next several years. Persistent memory and all-flash arrays will keep finding new users and new applications. The revolution in computing and applications will continue with greater emphasis on in-memory computing and intelligent storage. Research and technology to leverage 3D’s benefits in a wide range of storage applications such as mobile and computing will also continue. The idea will be to find the best approach for a variety of usage and workload scenarios.
About SK Hynix:
SK Hynix, headquartered in Korea, is a top tier semiconductor supplier providing Dynamic Random Access Memory chips (“DRAM”), flash memory chips ("NAND Flash") and CMOS image sensors to a wide range of global customers. More information is available at SK Hynix.
VP/GM Storage Business Unit
Darren Thomas is Vice President and General Manager of Micron’s Storage Business Unit, where he oversees the solid state storage business that ranges from hard disk drive replacements with solid state drives (SSDs) to enterprise-class storage solutions. He was previously VP/GM Storage at Dell, where he transformed the company from providing strictly OEM solutions to having its own distinct strategy and product lines, leading several acquisitions including EqualLogic and Compellent. He has also been VP/GM Storage at Compaq Computer, where he built the storage business to include server-based storage, midrange, and enterprise product lines. He has over 30 years of technical industry experience. An engineering graduate of the University of Memphis, Thomas was also instrumental in founding the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA).
Abstract: When Will Flash Dominate Storage?
Everyone agrees that flash is the logical choice for primary storage. It is fast, low-power, rugged, all-electronic with no moving parts, long-lasting, small, and easy to interface to other semiconductor solutions. So why, even though flash has been around for a long time, is it still only 5% of total storage deployments worldwide? Will new semiconductor processes be sufficient to close the price gap with hard drives? When will the crossover occur? What role does software, especially tiering and data management stacks, play? How will 3D NAND affect the consumption and deployment of flash storage? Can flash storage move even further afield, such as into the cold data and deep archive spaces?
Micron is one of the world's leading providers of advanced semiconductor memory solutions. Micron’s DRAM, NAND and NOR flash components are used in today’s most advanced computing, networking, storage, and communications products, including computers, workstations, servers, storage arrays, cellphones, wireless devices, digital cameras, gaming systems, and many embedded applications. More information is available at Micron.
President, Cloud Systems and Electronics Solutions
Phil Brace is interim president for the Cloud Systems and Solutions and Electronics Solutions organizations, with responsibility for the full breadth of enterprise storage systems and services at Seagate.This includes Seagate's growth initiatives in cloud computing and solid state technology, optimized to build storage solutions for next-generation workloads and new levels of performance for OEM and cloud customers. Brace brings over 20 years of semiconductor and systems experience to his current role.
Earlier, Brace headed up Seagate’s Electronics Solutions organization. Before joining Seagate, he spent nine years at LSI in senior technology and business leadership roles, including executive vice president of the Storage Solutions Group, senior vice president and general manager of the Storage Peripherals Division, and senior vice president of the marketing communications, corporate communications, investor relations and strategic planning functions.
Earlier in his career, Brace worked at Intel, where he served as general manager of Server Platforms Group Marketing, leading the organization charged with worldwide product and technical marketing, including demand creation for technologies across all of Intel’s server business.
Brace received his MSEE from California State University, Sacramento and his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo (Canada).
Abstract: Flash and Hard Drives: A Winning Combination for Future Data Centers
Obviously, the amount of data is growing exponentially and is overwhelming most facilities. Big data, real-time analytics, video and image processing, mobile access everywhere, and the Internet of Things are all leading to needs for more storage and faster access. At the same time, costs must be reasonable, and legacy applications must be preserved. Future storage systems must combine flash memory and hard drives in an efficient, cost-sensitive manner. The industry must find ways to ensure that enterprises and other users get the most out of the storage they have and the most return for their dollars. The methods used to achieve this must be easy to implement, simple to administer, fully scalable, consistent in performance, and flexible enough to meet demands we cannot yet even imagine.
Seagate is the global leader in data storage solutions, developing amazing products that enable people and businesses around the world to create, share and preserve their most critical memories and business data. Over the years the amount of information stored has grown from megabytes all the way to geopbytes, confirming the need to successfully store and access huge amounts of data. As demand for storage technology grows the need for greater efficiency and more advanced capabilities continues to evolve..
Today data storage is more than just archiving; it’s about providing ways to analyze information, understand patterns and behavior, to re-live experiences and memories. It’s about harnessing stored information for growth and innovation. Seagate is building on its heritage of storage leadership to solve the challenge of getting more out of the living information that’s produced everyday. What began with one storage innovation has morphed into many systems and solutions becoming faster, more reliable and expansive. No longer is it just about storing information; it is about accessing and interpreting information quickly, accurately and securely. More information is available at Seagate.
VP, Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group
Derek Dicker is responsible for all aspects of enterprise SSD controller products and solutions. He was instrumental in creating and developing the NVM Solutions Group and in directing it to produce the industry’s first PCIe NVMe controller. He previously led the introduction of the 12G SAS product portfolio, which resulted in $50 million of new customer revenue for expanders. Derek joined PMC in 2010 as Vice President, Enterprise Storage Division Marketing. Before that, he was VP/GM for IDT’s Networking Division. Derek began his career at Intel, spending more than 10 years in OEM sales, marketing, strategic planning, and applications engineering positions.
Abstract: Breaking Down the Barriers to PCIe SSD Adoption
Data centers are incorporating SSDs into their storage tiers to significantly improve data access times and CPU efficiency. Last year, the emergence of the new NVMe standard, merchant PCIe flash controllers, and Software Defined Flash ("managing the flash via software rather than it being fixed in hardware") together led to the arrival of the first standardized PCIe SSDs in the enterprise market. The new drives offer much lower latency and an order of magnitude higher performance than SATA SSDs, and can be optimized for specific workloads, as well. Technical advances have enabled a new level of performance, capacity, customization and now, scalability. New infrastructure products solve the challenges of scale-out NVMe flash storage. When combined with a second-generation Software Defined Flash platform, such developments are breaking down the barriers to PCIe SSD adoption.
PMC (Nasdaq: PMCS) is the semiconductor and software solutions innovator transforming networks that connect, move and store Big Data. Building on a track record of technology leadership, the company is driving innovation across storage, optical and mobile networks. PMC’s highly integrated solutions increase performance and enable next-generation services to accelerate the network transformation. More information is available at PMC.
Cloud Czar, Office of the CTO
Val Bercovici is the NetApp Cloud Czar, responsible for overall technology vision as well as strategy for the company’s Cloud Data Fabric portfolio. He has led the market opportunity assessment and initial strategy summits, co-developed pioneering cloud products, evaluated possible acquisitions and partner companies, and acted as the public spokesperson for media and analysts. He has also directed NetApp’s research investments and established the company’s big data initiative. He established and chaired the SNIA Cloud Storage Initiative, co-chaired the foundational solid-state storage standards body (SSSI), and introduced the first international cloud standard. A popular conference presenter and chairperson, he has been a speaker at events around the world. He has three pending patents related to the use of augmented reality to configure and verify physical data center infrastructure. Mr. Bercovici earned a BS in computer science from the University of Ottawa (Canada).
Abstract: Data Center Evolution: Hyperscale vs. Enterprise Architectures
If you’re building a new application today, hyperscale computing (as demonstrated in public clouds, hyperconverged websites, or co-location facilities) is likely to be an important consideration in your deployment plan. Could the scale-out white box approach be the key to delivering the right balance of speed and cost for all your storage needs? Do the performance and data management strengths inherent in classical enterprise storage architectures still matter? How has the emergence of cloud computing changed design approaches from traditional on-premises solutions? This session will explore the differences between the two options and how developers can make the best choice for their storage needs, based on their workloads and use cases.
NetApp creates innovative storage and data management solutions that deliver outstanding cost efficiency and accelerate business breakthroughs. Our commitment to living our core values and consistently being recognized as a great place to work around the world is fundamental to our long-term growth and success, as well as the success of our partners and customers. More information is available at NetApp.
Shachar Fienblit is CTO at Kaminario, a leading developer of flash storage arrays for enterprise applications. He is responsible for research, development, technology strategy and strategic roadmap for future growth. His major expertise is in real-time software development, architecture, performance optimization, and large-scale team management for storage products. Before becoming CTO, Shachar was Kaminario’s VP of Engineering and was responsible for developing Kaminario’s industry-leading K2 all-flash array. Before joining Kaminario, he was a Storage Development Architect in IBM’s Haifa Laboratory, where he was responsible for the architecture, definition, design, and development of enterprise storage products including DS8000 and SVC. He architected advanced copy functions for IBM’s backup, replication, and business continuity systems. He holds a BSc in computer science from Haifa University.
Abstract: All-Flash Arrays Require Scalable, Cost-Efficient Software-Defined Architectures
All-flash arrays are obviously a huge success in data centers. They offer much higher performance and lower TCO than HDD-based storage. But what kind of arrays will meet the challenges of big data, real-time analytics, mobile access everywhere, and the Internet-of-Things? Which will adapt better to rapid advances in flash technology? In the first place, architectures must be software-defined to meet new requirements and provide the flexibility that enterprises, clouds and hyperscale data centers demand. They must also be both scale-out and scale-up to allow cost efficient expansion without massive infrastructure or software changes, thus meeting data center requirements without overprovisioning capacity or performance. Designers cannot predict the future, but they can provide the flexible, cost-efficient, agile architectures data centers will surely need.
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Kaminario is the leading provider of enterprise-class all-flash storage, delivering unparalleled cost efficiency, with an average price of $2/GB and the industry’s only guaranteed effective capacity. Built from the ground up to take advantage of the most modern flash SSD capabilities, Kaminario K2 is the only product to feature a true scale-out and scale-up architecture that allows organizations to grow capacity and performance based on their needs. The company is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, with offices in Yoqneam, Israel, Silicon Valley and New York City, and backed by Sequoia, Pitango, Globespan, Tenaya, Silicon Valley Bank and others More information is available at Kaminario.
Rohit Kshetrapal is co-founder and CEO of Tegile Systems, where he provides strategic direction, product planning, and market and industry leadership. His goal is to transform enterprise IT by improving substantially the performance and economics of enterprise storage. He is leading the development of innovative flash-optimized storage solutions that provide much better cost/performance tradeoffs for businesses of many different sizes and with varied applications.
Rohit has focused on developing products for emerging Web and network-based enterprises for many years. Before co-founding Tegile, he co-founded and was President of Perfigo, a network admission control company acquired by Cisco Systems. Its product remains a key element of Cisco’s product line and reached an annual run rate of $300M. He also held a key executive position at Brience, a leading mobile software developer which he co-founded. His approach has been to start with small, seasoned entrepreneurial teams and create innovative products that offer unmatched value to customers. He earned an MS and BS in computer science from the University of Denver.
Abstract: Hybrid or All-Flash Array: Both Are Right for Data Centers
Hybrid (mixed flash and hard drives) and all-flash arrays are now both widely available from many suppliers. Which is best for data centers? The answer is both, and the choice depends on the individual situation. The all-flash array is right when performance is the key (that is, mission-critical applications), since it will outperform storage that includes hard drives. The hybrid array is right when cost is more significant, since it will be much cheaper on a per-gigabyte basis. An intelligent hybrid system is an attractive compromise – it assigns flash to particular applications depending on their needs or importance. Come hear how users of both intelligent hybrid and all-flash storage systems decided on the approach that best suited their needs and how their solutions have worked out in practice.
Tegile Systems is pioneering a new generation of flash-driven enterprise storage arrays that balance performance, capacity, features and price for virtualization, file services and database applications. With Tegile’s line of all-flash and hybrid storage arrays, the company is redefining the traditional approach to storage by providing a family of arrays that accelerate business critical enterprise applications and allow customers to significantly consolidate mixed workloads in virtualized environments.
Tegile’s patented IntelliFlash™ technology accelerates performance and enables inline deduplication and compression of data so each array has a usable capacity far greater than its raw capacity. Tegile’s award-winning solutions enable customers to better address the requirements of server virtualization, virtual desktop integration and database integration than any other offerings. Featuring both NAS and SAN connectivity, Tegile arrays are easy-to-use, fully redundant and highly scalable. They come complete with built-in snapshot, remote-replication, near-instant recovery, onsite or offsite failover, and VM-aware features More information is available at Tegile.
VP Corporate Marketing
Shaun Walsh is Vice President of Corporate and Solutions Marketing at QLogic. He is responsible for worldwide global marketing, OEM and channel marketing, industry alliances, and technical solution marketing. His major emphasis is on developing and driving markets for virtual LAN, WAN, and SAN technology for software-defined data centers. He was previously Sr VP Marketing and Corporate Development at Emulex, where he managed strategic vision, established thought leadership programs and social media communities, completed new channel and government programs that captured considerable market share, created joint development programs with RSA and Cisco/SourceFire, and managed the global marketing team.
Mr. Walsh is an active industry speaker and contributor of thought provoking and visionary content on next generation cloud computing, IT infrastructure, strategic OEM and channel developments, and corporate and social media communications programs.
He has over 30 years experience in storage and networking with such companies as Quantum, Overland Storage, JNI, STEC, and Dot Hill. He holds a BS in management from Pepperdine University.
Abstract: oftware-Defined Flash Storage Allows Applications to Rule the Day
“Software-defined” is the catchword for today’s attempts to restructure the data center continually to meet the needs of specific applications. No more hardware definitions based on proprietary controllers. Instead, we have a layer in which administrators or systems software can reshape the storage architecture to produce the best possible performance. Software-defined flash means that organizations, algorithms, usage patterns, management methods, interfaces, and other characteristics are all selectable rather than fixed. Such methods have proven invaluable in major clouds to provide high performance, low cost, scalability, and high availability. After all, clouds run huge numbers of varying applications about which the system knows little or nothing. So fixed hardware will never come close to offering the best choices. For example, software-defined flash can be tuned to meet the needs of block, file, or object storage systems or relational, object-oriented, NoSQL, or document databases. And software-defined flash obviously fits well with such broader concepts as software-defined storage (SDS) and the software-defined data center (SDDC). The trend toward using ever-larger amounts of commodity hardware in hyperscale clouds will make software-defined flash the standard in tomorrow’s data centers.
QLogic (Nasdaq:QLGC) is a global leader and technology innovator in high performance server and storage networking connectivity products. Leading OEMs and channel partners worldwide rely on QLogic for their server and storage networking solutions. More information is available at QLogic.