2015 Data Storage Innovation Conference Agenda

The 2016 DSI agenda is under development. In the meantime, please see the 2015 agenda below.

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Agenda times are subject to change.

Tuesday   |   Wednesday   |   Thursday

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

7:30 - 8:30

Registration Opens - Continental Breakfast and Networking


Breakout Sessions


Solid State Storage
Disaster Recovery
Storage Management

8:30 - 9:10

The Future of Flash in the Data Center: A Crash Course on Flash-Based Architectures and Next-Gen Design

Brian Evans
Global Director Flash,

Introduction to Data Protection: Backup to Tape, Disk and Beyond

Thomas Rivera
Senior Technical Associate,

Next Generation Storage Networking for Next Generation Data Centers

Dennis Martin

Hackers, Attack Anatomy & Security Trends

Ted Harrington
Executive Partner,
Independent Security Evaluators

Storage Strategy Development
Part 1: Understanding Needs and Developing Requirements

Randy Kerns
Senior Strategist,
Evaluator Group

9:15 - 9:55

Application Acceleration Using Flash Memory

Saeed Raja
Director of Product Marketing and Management,

Data Protection in Transition to the Cloud

David Chapa

Next Generation Low Latency Storage Area Networks

Rupin Mohan
Senior Manager Strategy and Planning,

Craig Carlson
Sr. Technologist - CTO Office,
QLogic Corporation

Storage Security Best Practices

Eric Hibbard
CTO Security and Privacy,
Hitachi Data Systems

Storage Strategy Development
Part 2: Evaluating, Planning and Selling the Strategy

Randy Kerns
Senior Strategist,
Evaluator Group

10:00 - 10:40

Accelerating Real-Time, Big Data Applications

Bob Hansen
VP Systems Architecture,
Apeiron Data Systems

DR in the Cloud

Ashar Baig
President, Principal Analyst and Advisor,
Analyst Connection

The Continued Evolution of Fibre Channel

Mark Jones
Fibre Channel Industry Association

Securing Your Data for the Journey to the Clouds

Liwei Ren
Senior Software Architect,
Trend Micro

When Data Pools Become Data Lakes: Managing and Storing Massive Quantities of Data

Lance Broell
Product Marketing Manager,
DataDirect Networks

10:40 - 10:55


10:55 - 11:35

Solid-State Deployments - Recommendations for POC's

Russ Fellows
Senior Partner,
Evaluator Group

Trends in Data Protection

Gideon Senderov
Director Advanced Storage Products,

SAS: The Fabric for Storage Solutions

Marty Czekalski
SCSI Trade Association

Greg McSorley
Technical Business Development Manager,
Amphenol, STA Vice President

Interoperable Key Management for Storage

Tony Cox
Director Business Development, Strategy & Alliances,

DevOps and Storage Management – Improving Storage Delivery through Continuous Improvement and Automation

Derek Stadnicki

11:40 - 12:20

The SNIA NVM ProgrammingTWG and the NVM Revolution

Walt Hubis
Hubis Technical Associates


PCIe Shared IO

Jeff Dodson
Hardware Architect,
Avago Technologies

Implementing Stored-Data Encryption

Michael Willett
Storage Security Strategist,

Cloud Storage
vSphere Performance

Johnathan Paul
Senior R&D Expert,
Siemens Medical Solutions

How Does the Cloud Fit into Active Archiving?

David Cerf
Executive President Strategy and Business Development,
Crossroads Systems

12:20 - 1:40

Lunch and Networking in the Innovation Showcase

1:45 - 1:50

General Sessions

Welcome Remarks
David Dale, Chairman, SNIA Board of Directors

1:50 - 2:15

Where to Now? Considerations for Storage in the New Data Center
Camberley Bates, Managing Director and Sr. Analyst, The Evaluator Group

Note: Camberley will be the DSI General Sessions Emcee and "Message-Bridger"

2:20 - 3:00

More with Less: Hardware and VM Orchestration with More Uptime, Less Futzing; More Performance, Less Hardware
Richard Kiene, Principal Engineer, Faithlife

3:05 - 3:45

Software-Defined Storage at Microsoft
Jose Barreto, Principal Program Manager Microsoft  

3:45 - 4:00


4:00 - 4:40

Privacy vs Data Protection
Eric Hibbard, CTO Security and Privacy, Hitachi Data Systems

4:45 - 5:25

Approaches to Challenges Facing Enterprise ICT
Gideon Senderov, Director Advanced Storage Products, NEC  

5:30 - 7:30

Networking Reception in Innovation Showcase


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

7:30 - 8:30

Registration Open - Continental Breakfast and Networking

8:30 - 8:45

General Sessions

Welcome Back and What did We Learn from Day One?
Camberley Bates,  Managing Director and Analyst Evaluator Group

8:45 - 9:30

Case Study: How the Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation Modernized Backup
Tonia Williams, CIO & IT Director, Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation

9:35 - 10:15

The Storage Revolution
Andrea Nelson, Director of Marketing, Storage Group, Intel

10:15 - 10:30


10:30 - 11:45

Peering Into the e-Discovery Legal Looking Glass
Eric Hibbard, CTO Security and Privacy, Hitachi Data Systems, with Representatives of the American Bar Association

11:50 - 12:30

Data End of Life in the Cloud: Why, When and How?
Fredrik Forslund, Director - Cloud and Data Center Erasure Solutions, Blancco  


Lunch and Networking in the Innovation Showcase


Breakout Sessions


Solid State Storage
Cold Storage
File Systems
Hard Drives
IDC Analysts Briefings

1:45 - 2:25

Creating Higher Performance Solid State Storage with NVMe

J Metz
R&D Engineer,

Yes, Virginia, There is USB Connectivity for an LTO Tape Drive!

Mauricio del Prado
Senior Engineer,

Encrypted Storage: Self–Encryption versus Software Solutions

Michael Willett
Storage Security Strategist,

SMB Remote File Protocol (Including SMB 3.x)

Jose Barreto
Principal Program Manager,

The Perennial Hard Disk Drive – The Storage Industry Workhorse

Edward Grochowski

Thomas Coughlin
Coughlin Associates

The Flash–Based Array Market

Eric Burgener
Research Director - Storage,

2:30 - 3:10

3D RRAM: Towards Next Generation High Capacity Low Latency Storage Systems

Sylvain Dubois
Vice President of Strategic Marketing and Business Development,
Crossbar, Inc

Tape Storage for Cold Data Archive and Future Technologies

Osamu Shimizu
Research Engineer - Recording Media Research Laboratories,
FUJIFILM Corporation

Hitoshi Noguchi
General Manager,
FUJIFILM Corporation

A Customer’s Point of View to Self Encrypting Disks Drives and Software Based Disk Encryption

Douglas Spindler
IT Instructor,
City College San Francisco

NFS, pNFS and FedFS: A Modern Datacenter Network Protocol

Alex McDonald
NetApp CTO Office,

RAIDShield: Characterizing, Monitoring, and Proactively Protecting Against Disk Failures

Ao Ma
Principal Engineer,

Adoption and Trends in Object Based Storage

Amita Potnis
Research Manager,

3:10 - 3:25



Solid State Storage
Cold Storage
Cloud Storage
Hot Topics
Hard Drives
IDC Analysts Briefings

3:25 - 4:05

How Fast is Fast? Block IO Performance on a RAM Disk

Eden Kim
Calypso Testers

Optical Storage - The Future of Long Term Data Preservation

Doug Ferguson
Senior Solution Consultant,
Hitachi Data Systems Federal Corporation

Optimizing the Enterprise, Lessons Learned from Deploying Private Storage Cloud

David Christel

Bringing HyperScale Computing to the Enterprise : The Need for Enterprises to Overhaul Their IT Systems

Chirag Jog
VP of Engineering,
MSys and Clogeny

Leveraging Ubiquitous Sensors to Predict Failures and Discover Data Center Flaws

Teague Algie
Software Developer,

Data Protection 2015-2025: Fundamental Strategic Transformation

Phil Goodwin
Research Director, Storage Systems and Software,

4:10 - 4:50

Considerations to Accurately Measure Solid State Storage Systems

Leah Schoeb
Storage Solutions and Performance Manager,

Archival Disc Technology

Yasumori Hino
Panasonic Corporation

Jun Nakano
Deputy General Manager,

Hybrid Cloud Storage with StorSimple

Mike Emard
Senior Program Manager StorSimple,

Containers: Future of Virtualization & SDDC

Anil Vasudeva
President and Chief Analyst,
IMEX Research

Health Monitoring and Predictive Analytics to Lower the TCO in a Datacenter

Christian Madsen
Engineering Manager,
Seagate Technology

Andrei Khurshudov
Senior Director,
Seagate Technology

Relating Information Governance to Storage Trends

Sean Pike
Program Director for Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) and eDiscovery,

4:55 - 5:35

Advanced Data Dedupe
Things to Consider When Planning for File Services in a Hybrid Cloud Environment

Bernhard Behn
Principal Technical Marketing Engineer,
Avere Systems

Distributed Storage
Green Storage

Advanced Data Reduction Concepts

Tom Sas
Product Manager,

Open Source is Changing Entire Industries

Nithya Ruff
Director - Open Source Strategy,

Massively Scalable File Storage

Philippe Nicolas
Senior Director, Industry Strategy,

Storage Systems Can Now Get ENERGY STAR Labels and Why You Should Care

Dennis Martin

5:30 - 7:30

Networking Reception in the Innovation Showcase


Thursday, April 9, 2015

7:30 - 9:00

Registration Open - Continental Breakfast and Networking


Breakout Sessions


Big Data
Software Defined Storage
Cloud Storage
Distributed Storage

9:00 - 9:40

Solving Big Data Problems: Storage to the Rescue?

John Webster
Senior Partner,
Evaluator Group

Using Software-Defined Storage to Provide a Complete BC, DR and Data Protection

Ibrahim Rahmani
Director of Product Marketing,

Rethink Cloud Strategies for Cost Effective Enterprise Storage Management

Lazarus Vekiarides
CTO and Co-founder,
ClearSky Data

Flash Cache in the Data Center-The Future is Now

Wayne Lam
Cirrus Data Systems

Using Leading-Edge Building Blocks to
Virtual Deploy Scale-out Data Infrastructure

Craig Dunwoody
GraphStream Incorporated

9:45 - 10:25

Why Scale-Out Big Data Apps Need A New Scale-Out Storage

Rob Whiteley
Vice President, Marketing,

Software Defined Storage at the Speed of Flash

Carlos Carrero
Technical Product Manager,

Rajagopal Vaideeswaran
Principal Software Engineer,

Whoever Owns the Data Owns the Customer

Luke Behnke
Vice President Products,

Lies, Damn Lies, and Performance Metrics

Barry Cooks
Vice President of Engineering,
Virtual Instruments

Is RAM the Future of Enterprise Storage? Using Distributed Fault Tolerant Memory in Virtualized Data Centers

Woon Jung
Senior Software Engineer,

10:25 - 10:40



Big Data
Software Defined Storage
Object Storage
Distributed Storage

10:40 - 11:20

Scaling Splunk Log Analytics without the Storage Headaches

Veda Shankar
Technical Marketing Manager,
Red Hat

Deploying VDI with Software-Defined Storage and Hyper-convergence

Michael Letschin
Director of Product Management Solutions,

Overcoming the Challenges of Storage Scale and Cost

Rob McCammon
Director of Product Management,

The Buzz About Flash Storage and Why Performance Testing is Critical: How to Implement SNIA Flash Storage Testing Methodologies for Real-World Environments

Peter Murray
Technical Evangelist,
Load DynamiX

Next Generation Data Centers: Hyperconverged Architectures Impact On Storage

Mark OConnell
Distinguished Engineer,

11:25 - 12:05

Protecting Data in the Big Data World

Thomas Rivera
Senior Technical Associate,

Take a Technical Deep Dive Into Hyper-convergence and Learn How It Can Simplify IT and Support Various Virtual Workloads

Kiran Sreenivasamurthy
Director of Product Management,

Object Storage – Key Role in Future of Big Data

Anil Vasudeva
President and Chief Analyst,
IMEX Research

Utilizing VDBench to Perform IDC AFA Testing

Michael Ault
Oracle FlashSystem Consulting Manager,

Untangled: Improve Efficiency with Modern Cable Choices

Dennis Martin


Sessions Conclude


Sponsors and Partners of the 2015 Data Storage Innovation Conference Included:


Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Contributing Sponsors

Industry Analyst Partners

SNIA Technology Community Partners

Association Partners

Media Partners