Storage Visions
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After Dinner Program


Opening Invited Presentation:

 Scott Shadley
Scott Shadley, Storage Technologist and VP, NGD Systems

Computational Storage, The right kind of Converged Infrastructure

Abstract: We no longer need to think of storage as simply a place to store and move raw data. With Computational Storage Devices (CSx) you can store raw data, and only get back the data that has true value. This saves on transit times, congestion and overall latency. Whether direct attached, in fabrics, or any other storage architectures. Convergence of Compute and Data within a Storage device is the innovation that has been long overdue in the industry. Learn more and hear real-world examples.

Biography: Scott Shadley, Storage Technologist and VP of Marketing at NGD Systems, has more than 20 years of experience with Storage and Semiconductor technology. Working at STEC he was part of the team that enabled and created the world’s first Enterprise SSDs. He spent 17 years at Micron, most recently leading the SATA SSD product line with record-breaking revenue and growth for the company. He is active on social media, a lover of all things High Tech, enjoys educating and sharing and a self-proclaimed geek around mobile technologies.

2nd Invited Presentation

 John Monroe
John Monroe, VP Research, Gartner

The Velocity and Distribution of Enterprise Data

 Abstract: Increased storage at any point in the world wide web — bear in mind that a mobile phone is a point in the web — increases the possibilities for storage in every part of the web. We are only beginning to see the enormous implications of that simple fact.

 HDD and SSD suppliers must be prepared to deliver more than 3 million enterprise PB in 2025 and more than 10 million enterprise PB in 2030.

 Despite considerable increases in SSD production capacity and declines in SSD costs, Gartner believes HDD technologies will still account for more than 70% of enterprise PB delivered in 2030.

 Because of technology and supply-side economics and dynamics, large gaps between HDD and SSD availability and costs/GB will persist throughout the decade of the 2020s. The annual decreases in costs to produce evolving generations of NAND-based SSDs will moderate during the 2020s to a 10%-to-15% range, down from the 25% ranges seen in recent years. Also, irrespective of the competitive costs/GB relative to HDDs, the NAND industry’s ability to satiate all enterprise storage needs prior to 2030 is doubtful.

Biography: John Monroe is a VP Research in the Quant Innovation/Personal Tech and Data Center Infrastructure Group at Gartner. He is responsible for tracking all aspects - including technology, market trends, and financial results - of the hard-disk drive (HDD) industry in addition to tracking the evolution and future interplay of HDDs with NAND-based solid-state drives (SSDs). With other storage analysts, he is also responsible for tracking the history and forecasting the future of the external controller-based (ECB) storage system markets, with an emphasis on solid-state arrays (SSAs). Mr. Monroe has established a reputation as an eloquent, imaginative industry spokesperson; has been quoted in many newspapers and magazines, including Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times; and has been an invited speaker at conferences in Japan, Singapore, Thailand, China, France and the United States.

 Ken Grohe
Ken Grohe, SVP, Stellus

The Stellus Data Platform: Revolutionizing the Way Companies Manage Unstructured Data
Abstract: Stellus is revolutionizing the way companies manage their unstructured data. The Stellus Data Platform is built on key-value over fabrics technology and offers decoupled capacity and performance at throughput rates that are unheard of in the industry. However, it’s not just about the speed in which we do it. It’s about what that speed enables in real-world applications. The Stellus Data Platform improves time-to-result in the work that is transforming the world and saving lives:
In Media & Entertainment, Stellus customers can run 32 simultaneous streams of 4k uncompressed data across 32 screens. That processing power gets movies out of post-production editing in record time—weeks or even months faster—so that the blockbuster movies’ ingest-to-enjoyment rate is significantly faster, and studio costs are dramatically improved.
In Life Sciences, Stellus allows high-speed microscopy and genomic sequencing teams’ work to continue 24/7, with real-time access to data. Legacy solutions were causing bottlenecks in data transfer delays, allowing researchers to use their equipment only four hours per day. Now, with 24/7 access to their data, the Stellus technology is enabling research teams to speed-up their research and hopefully facilitate cures and treatments for diseases that affect millions of people across the world.
In IoT, smart manufacturing and smart cities are acquiring a lot more data, the performance requirements around that data are increasing precipitously, and there’s a need for a parallel access pattern for consistent service. On the industrial IoT side, we enable an increase in the number of supported cameras on the manufacturing floor. We can sustain write rates and have received tremendous support about the consistency of our write path, as well.
The Stellus Data Platform brings the performance and capacity of hyperscale technology to the enterprise data center.

Biography: Ken Grohe is Stellus SVP, Chief Revenue Officer where he oversees the company’s global Go-To-Market strategy including Field Sales, Systems Engineering, Sales Operations, Inside Sales, Customer Service, Marketing, and Professional Services. A technology sales veteran with over 30 years of experience, he is also responsible for worldwide expansion and growth. Prior to Stellus, he was President of SignNow, Senior Vice President & GM at Barracuda, CRO at Virident (WDC acquired) and 25 years at EMC, culminating in running the Flash Division. Ken holds a BS from Boston College and is attending Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Michael Cornwell, Chief Technology Officer, Qumulo

Abstract: Adoption of modern file systems is rapidly accelerating. Public cloud and NVMe are two key technology enablers that are helping customers achieve data driven outcomes, faster. Michael will share insights into how public cloud is influencing workload design and how Qumulo optimizes its file storage to leverage NVMe.
Biography: Michael is responsible for the technology direction of Qumulo's industry leading hybrid cloud file storage, focused on enabling customers to move to NVMe and the Cloud to accelerate data driven business results. He joined Qumulo from Microsoft, where he served as the general manager of storage technologies for Azure Infrastructure. Prior to his time at Microsoft, Michael spent eight years at Pure Storage as a founding engineer and leading the development of Pure’s first all-flash hardware platform. He also led pioneering storage development teams at Sun Microsystems and Apple.

What Attendees say about past Storage Visions®

  • "It's a must attend event for anyone serious in the storage world and emerging technologies." - Tim Bono, BonoLabs, LLC
  • "Storage Visions consistently brings together some of the most innovative developments in storage technology with practical use cases from early adopters in a personal setting that allows for real dialogue. It is a unique and valuable event among industry technology workshops."-- Michelle Munson, Founder, Eluvio
  • “The topic of managing the tsunami of unstructured data is one of increasing importance and the Storage Visions conference is one of the only events that focuses on this topic.  It brings together both industry thought leaders and practical implementations to give a wide range of perspectives.  It’s always a highly interesting and engaging event.”– Geoff Stedman

  • "In a mere 2 days, SV really brought me up-to-speed on the industry from a technical, business, and market outlook point of view so it provided excellent ROI for the time." - Brian Zahnstecher, Principal, PowerRox
  • "Storage Visions provides a focused opportunity to get deep into the issues of storage technologies. I've attended two years in a row and find the information gained is applicable throughout the remainder of the year" - Karl Paulsen, CTO, Diversified Systems.
  • “This is the best event for connecting with respected storage industry veterans.” Prior SV Attendee

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