2014 Data Storage Innovation Conference Speakers


Adrian Cockcroft

Technology Fellow, Battery Ventures


Adrian Cockcroft has had a long career working at the leading edge of technology. He’s always been fascinated by what comes next, and he writes and speaks extensively on a range of subjects. At Battery, he advises the firm and its portfolio companies about technology issues and also assists with deal sourcing and due diligence.

Before joining Battery, Adrian helped lead Netflix’s migration to a large scale, highly available public-cloud architecture and the open sourcing of the cloud-native NetflixOSS platform. Prior to that at Netflix he managed a team working on personalization algorithms and service-oriented refactoring.

Adrian was a founding member of eBay Research Labs, developing advanced mobile applications and even building his own homebrew phone, years before iPhone and Android launched. As a distinguished engineer at Sun Microsystems he wrote the best-selling “Sun Performance and Tuning” book and was chief architect for High Performance Technical Computing.

He graduated from The City University, London with a Bsc in Applied Physics and Electronics, and was named one of the top leaders in Cloud Computing in 2011 and 2012 by SearchCloudComputing magazine. He can usually be found on Twitter @adrianco

Siddhartha Roy

Group Program Manager, File Server and Clustering, Cloud and Enterprise, Microsoft Corporation


Siddhartha has been in storage, server, and management product development for over 20 years. Sid manages the Windows File Server, Storage, and Clustering teams at Microsoft. His team plans and delivers file, availability and storage foundational services - including file/block access (SMB3, NFS v4.1, iSCSI), distributed and cluster file systems, namespaces, replication, clustering, HADR, scale out file services, and distributed private cloud storage.

Sid played a key role in driving the Windows Server 2012/R2 software defined storage strategy and activities across Microsoft teams. He has experience in both engineering management and startup co-founder roles. He has a Bachelors (CS&E) from Jadavpur University and Masters (CS) from the University of Connecticut.


Greg Schulz

Senior Advisory Analyst, StorageIO


Greg Schulz is founder of the Server and StorageIO (StorageIO) Group, an IT industry analyst and consultancy firm. Greg has worked with various server operating systems along with storage and networking software tools, hardware and services. Greg has worked as a programmer, systems administrator, disaster recovery consultant, and storage and capacity planner for various IT organizations. He has worked for various vendors before joining an industry analyst firm and later forming StorageIO.

In addition to his analyst and consulting research duties, Schulz has published over a thousand articles, tips, reports and white papers and is a sought after popular speaker at events around the world. Greg is also author of the books Resilient Storage Network (Elsevier) and The Green and Virtual Data Center (CRC). His blog is at www.storageioblog.com and he can also be found on twitter @storageio.


Gideon Senderov

Director, Advanced Storage Products, NEC


Gideon Senderov has over 21 years of experience within the storage industry in product management, technical marketing, and engineering. As director of Advanced Storage Products at NEC Corporation of America, Gideon is responsible for the product management, strategic direction, and technical marketing of NEC’s storage products in North America, including HYDRAstor scale-out grid storage platform and M-Series SAN storage.

Prior to joining NEC, Gideon held senior product management leadership positions for storage virtualization and storage management software solutions at Attune, MonoSphere, Brocade, TrueSAN and ConvergeNet (acquired by Dell). Previously, Gideon spent seven years at IBM Storage Systems in SCSI and FC firmware development and product and test engineering for ESS (Shark) and RAMAC storage subsystems. Gideon earned a BSEE at the University of Florida, an MSEE from the University of Southern California, and an MBA with honors from Santa Clara University.


Marty Stogsdill

Architect, Discover Financial Services


Marty Stogsdill is a Consultant in Database Architecture & Engineered Systems for Discover Financial Services. Marty has responsibility for creating and operationalizing infrastructure designs for mission critical OLTP database solutions for DFS’s business units. Marty was previously employed as an Enterprise Architect at Oracle, Business Consultant IV at EDS/HP, and Advisory IT Specialist at IBM Global Services.


Andy Walls

CTO and Chief Architect for Flash Systems, IBM


Andy Walls has worked for IBM his entire 32 year career. He was appointed a Distinguished Engineer in 2006 and has been located in San Jose, California since 1987. In April of 2014, Andy was appointed an IBM Fellow, IBM’s most prestigious technical honor. Andy has worked in storage for most of his career since and is an industry recognized expert in storage systems architecture and NAND Flash storage for the enterprise. Andy led the acquisition of Texas Memory Systems in 2012. He is currently the CTO and Chief Architect for Flash Systems, which includes the TMS team. Andy is working on the next generation high performance systems. He is known as an innovator and has over 70 patents to his name. He graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a BSEE in 1981.


Andy Warfield

CTO / Co-Founder, Coho Data, and CS Professor, University of British Columbia


Andrew Warfield, CTO / Co-Founder, Coho Data, and CS Professor, University of British Columbia Andy is an established researcher in computer systems, specializing in storage, virtualization, and security. At Coho Data, Andy leads the technology vision and directs the engineering team in building elegant and functional systems that enable customers to focus on the data and applications instead of the underlying infrastructure that drives them.

As a PhD at the University of Cambridge, he was one of the original authors of the Xen hypervisor, and has since done award-winning research in virtualization and high availability. At XenSource and Citrix Systems, he was the Technical Director for Storage & Emerging Technologies.


Rob Whiteley

VP, Product Marketing, Riverbed


Rob Whiteley is currently VP of Product Marketing at Riverbed Technology. He leads a team responsible for the awareness, demand generation, and enablement for Riverbed’s branch converged infrastructure solution, Granite. Rob previously spent 10 years at Forrester Research as industry analyst, research director, and operations effectiveness leader. Rob started by driving the research agenda for networking, data centers, security, and application delivery and eventually expanded to driving Forrester’s overall research agenda. Rob has a B.S in Computer Engineering from Tufts University.


Irfan Ahmad, CTO and Co-Founder, CloudPhysics

Irfan is co-founder and CTO of CloudPhysics, who provides intelligent operations management for virtualized workloads. Previously, he was at VMware for nine years where he was R&D lead and co-inventor for flagship products, including Storage DRS and Storage I/O Control. He worked extensively on interdisciplinary endeavors in memory, storage, CPU, and distributed resource management, and developed a special interest in research at the intersection of systems. He also spent several years in performance analysis and optimization, both in systems software and OS kernels. Before VMware, he worked on a software microprocessor at Transmeta.  

Jeff Asher, Principal Architect, NetApp

Jeff Asher has more than 15 years experience in designing and implementing complex, networked storage solutions. Jeff is a member of the SNIA Ethernet Storage Forum and has held a variety of positions as a network and systems engineer. He is currently a Principal Architect at NetApp with a particular interest in architecting clustered storage solutions for enterprise customers. Jeff is a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Ram Ayyakad, COO and Biz Dev, Interscape Technologies Inc.

Ram is partner & VP Biz Dev of Interscape Technologies. Working in “Pro-Active” SAN & NAS Infrastructure Performance Analytics, Capacity Planning, Optimization & Consolidation/Migration Planning Services Company that delivers projects using highly specialized SME Techs, automated Perfonics™ Tool set & highly experience R&D Team for small to large multi-vendor, multi data center Enterprises & Cloud Service Providers. Ram was founder & CEO, NuBay, NJ (‘10 – ’12) Mobile Cloud & Video Apps. Ram is director , Alcatel-Lucent, NJ (‘07 – ’10) Mobile Laptop Security Cards. Ram was founder & CEO, Ranch Networks, NJ (‘99 – ‘07) Proprietary Voice & Data Security Appliances. Ram was founder & President - Aisha Inc., NJ (‘91 – ’00) Architecture & Design Services for Large Scale IP & ATM Switches. He also was Bell Labs President’s Gold Medal Winner for outstanding level of technical Innovation & Excellence.


Bryan Bond, Senior System Admin, eMeter, A Siemens Business

Bryan Bond has over 20 years of experience in the IT industry. He is a VMware super fan that enjoys sharing virtualization knowledge and experience in the cloud and virtualization community. He is the lead architect in designing the virtualization and DR strategy and implementation for Siemen's eMeter infrastructure, leveraging vCloud Suite. Prior to joining , eMeter, Bryan worked for Logitech, Genitope, Lockheed Martin, Omnicell Technologies and Tellme Networks.

Shawn Brune, Sc.D., Business Line Manager, Data Protection and Retention, IBM, the LTO Program

Shawn Brume Sc.D. is a Business Line Manager for the Data Protection and Retention portfolio at IBM Storage Development Labs in Tucson, USA. Shawn is a Computer Science graduate from Southern California University, and holds a Doctorate of Science in Engineering and Technology. Shawn joined IBM in 2000 and has worked in Tape technology Development, starting in test and in recently moved to the Business Line Management team with responsibility for the Data Protection and Retention portfolio. Shawn is a member of the marketing team for the LTO Program.

Gleb Budman, CEO, Backblaze

As the CEO and a co-founder of Backblaze, Gleb Budman has led the company from a start-up to a profitable online backup company managing 85 Petabytes of customer data. Prior to Backblaze, as Senior Director of Product Management at SonicWALL, Mr. Budman led the worldwide rollout of their Email Security products and services. As Vice President of Products at MailFrontier, he led the organization’s product strategy, management, and marketing, from pre-launch through acquisition four years later by SonicWALL. Previously, he led product teams for Excite@Home’s 30 million portal visitors, and directed product management and marketing for collaboration and search startup Kendara through its acquisition by Excite@Home.

Eric Burgener, Research Director, Storage, IDC

Eric Burgener serves as a Research Director for IDC’s Storage Practice, which includes Storage Systems, Software and Solutions research offerings, quarterly trackers, end-user research as well as advisory services and consulting programs. Mr. Burgener’s areas of coverage include flash (from a solutions not a component point of view), data protection and storage virtualization solutions. He has worked with enterprise storage technologies since 1991, including both hardware and software-based solutions. For most of his career on the vendor side, Mr. Burgener worked with emerging open systems technologies, including high availability in the early 1990s, replication, SAN management and storage virtualization in the late 1990s, continuous data replication and most recently flash and software-defined storage for use in virtual environments.

Prior to joining IDC, Mr. Burgener held various leadership positions in product management, product marketing, business development and technical support at leading high tech companies like Tandem Computers, Sun Microsystems, Veritas Software, ConvergeNet, Dell, Topio, and Mendocino Software. He also worked a stint as an Executive in Residence at Mayfield, a leading venture capital firm based in the Silicon Valley. Most recently, Mr. Burgener was the Vice President of Product Management at Virsto Software, a company acquired by VMware in 2013.

Mr. Burgener holds an undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College and an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley.

Craig Carlson, Technologist, Office of the CTO, QLogic Corporation

Craig Carlson is a Technologist with the CTO Office at QLogic Corporation. Craig has over 15 years of experience in Storage Networking technologies. He is currently Chair of ANSI INCITS Task Group T11.3, the committee that defines Fibre Channel protocols. He is also Technical editor for the T11 Standards FC-LS-2, and FC-GS-7, as well as the Chair of T11 Standard FC-SW-7. He is also involved with the IEEE 802.1 Data Center Bridging Task Group and is the editor of the IEEE Draft Standard 802.1Qaz (Enhanced Transmission Selection).

Craig’s background includes many years of development of storage networking products including being on of the team of architects for the first public loop Fibre Channel switch. He also has many years of standards experience within ANSI/INCITS T11, IEEE, and IETF. Also, Craig was one of the key contributors to the SANMark Fibre Channel interoperability compliance program.

Craig has also won numerous industry awards including the INCITS Gene Milligan Award for Effective Committee Management for his role as T11.3 Chair, and most recently an FCIA achievement award for his contributions to the growth of Fibre Channel SAN Storage technology.

David Cerf, Executive Vice President of Business and Corporate Development, Crossroads Systems

David Cerf is executive vice president of business and corporate development at Crossroads Systems. With more than 25 years of corporate development experience in the IT industry, David is a frequent speaker on data growth, storage and protection issues at several national industry conferences. Joining Crossroads in 2005, he currently leads global efforts to expand Crossroads innovative data protection solutions and develop relationships with key early technology adopters. Serving as a key member of Crossroads’ executive team, he helps distinguish the company’s future product roadmap and overall business direction.

David Chapa, Chief Technology Evangelist, EVault

David A. Chapa is EVault Chief Technology Evangelist, with more than 25 years in the storage industry, focusing specifically on data protection, DR, and business continuity. He has held several senior level technical positions with companies such as Quantum, OpenVision (Veritas), ADIC, Unisys, NetApp and the ESG (Enterprise Strategy Group).

Prior to joining EVault, David served as the CTE for Quantum Corporation, establishing the strategic technology vision for the company and traveling worldwide to increase market presence and positive customer sentiment. As Senior Industry Analyst with the ESG, he authored the first market landscape report covering the Backup as a Service segment in addition to a number of research reports and briefs.

David is a member of SNIA’s Data Protection and Capacity Optimization (DPCO) Committee, whose mission is to foster the growth and success of the storage market in the areas of data protection and capacity optimization technologies.

Larry Chisvin, VP, Strategic Initiatives, PLX Technology

Larry Chisvin is vice president of strategic initiatives at PLX Technology, a leader in high-speed connectivity solutions for the enterprise data center. He is primarily responsible for driving the company’s ExpressFabric initiative, which enables the use of PCI Express as a high-performance, cost-effective converged fabric for data center and cloud computing applications.

Floyd Christofferson, Director, Storage Product Marketing/Chairman of the Board, SGI/Active Archive Alliance

Floyd is responsible for storage product marketing at SGI and is Chairman of the Board for the Active Archive Alliance. As a professional focused on content management and storage workflows over the last 25 years, Floyd has paid particular attention to the technology associated with massive data environments, both from the perspective of hardware strategies and of workflow. At SGI, Floyd works closely with the core storage hardware and software teams to leverage SGI's rich legacy of innovation in all aspects of data and metadata management. This is increasingly focused on scalable solutions to help SGI's customers effectively manage the exponential growth of data in cost-effective manner.

Cashton Coleman, CEO, ClearDB

Cashton Coleman is the founder and CEO of ClearDB. He has been building highly available systems and services for more than 15 years, and designed and implemented the core technology behind ClearDB. Before ClearDB, he was the chief architect for Salon.com. He also worked for Baylor University and Zend.

Thomas Coughlin, President, Coughlin Associates

Tom Coughlin has worked for over 30 years in the data storage industry at numerous companies. He has over 60 publication and 6 patents to his credit. Tom is active with the IEEE Magnetics Society, IEEE CE Group, SMPTE, IDEMA, and other professional organizations. He has served in several IEEE leadership positions. Tom is the founder and organizer of the Annual Storage Visions Conference, a partner to the CES as well as the Creative Storage Conference. Coughlin associates provides market and technology analysis as well as Data Storage Technical Consulting services. For more information go to www.tomcoughlin.com

Marco Coulter, Vice President, 451 Research

Marco utilizes nearly 30 years of experience in senior management and strategist positions on both the corporate and vendor sides of the IT industry. Marco’s expertise include storage, internal and external cloud, data center operations, software/hardware purchasing, software development, marketing, and product programs. Prior to the 451 Research, Marco was an advisor to Enterprise Information Systems where he led the re-architecture of storage capacity and fabrics designing for a cloud-competitive future. Mr Coulter brings experience as a product line Vice President growing sales of the incubation project by 20% within one year while managing remote teams in India, Israel and China. Marco has held senior management positions in Storage Strategy and Product Management. Considered an industry expert in storage management technologies and international leadership, Marco is a sought after speaker at executive events worldwide.

Marty Czekalski, President, SCSI Trade Association

Marty Czekalski brings over twenty years of senior engineering management experience in advanced architecture development for Storage and IO subsystem design, ASIC, and Solid State Storage Systems. He is currently Sr. Staff Program Manager within Seagate’s Corporate Strategy and Planning Group. Previous industry experience includes engineering management roles at Maxtor, Quantum and Digital Equipment Corporation. Mr. Czekalski has participates in multiple interface standards committees and industry storage groups. He was a founding member of the Serial Attached SCSI Working Group during that lead to the development of Serial Attached SCSI. He currently serves as Vice President and member of the Board of Directors of the SCSI Trade Association. Mr. Czekalski is also an active member of T10, SNIA, and JEDEC. Mr. Czekalski earned his MS degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland, and his BE degree in Electrical Engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology.

David Dale, Director Industry Standards, NetApp

David Dale is Director Industry Standards at NetApp, where he is responsible for identifying the standards activities that are important to NetApp and its customers, driving NetApp’s standards participation, and representing NetApp in industry associations and at industry events.

With extensive experience in the computer industry, he is a knowledgeable and valuable technology resource for customers, peers, and the media. He is a highly regarded presenter and technology evangelist. He serves as Chairman of the SNIA Board of Directors, and on the Board of Directors of the DMTF.

He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Physics from University College London.

Mike Davis, Director of Marketing, File Storage Solutions, Dell

Mike Davis currently manages planning teams for NAS and data-reduction solutions implemented across Dell's product lines. Mike has successfully led a variety of next generation storage initiatives in large and small companies including Ocarina Networks, which was acquired by Dell in July 2010. Mike is based in Dell's Silicon Valley Development Center.

David Deming, Chief Technologist, Solution Technology

David is the Chief Technologist and founder of Solution Technology. With more than 25 years of industry experience, David is one of the industry’s leading technologist, visionaries, trusted educational resources and rock star.

John Dickinson, Director of Technology, SwiftStack

John joined SwiftStack as director of technology coming from Rackspace where he worked on Rackspace Cloud Files and OpenStack Swift, the large-scale distributed object storage system which SwiftStack is built on. As the Project Technical Lead (PTL) for OpenStack Swift, John is also leading much of its community development efforts.

Sylvain Dubois, Senior Director, Strategic Marketing & Business Development, Crossbar, Inc.

Sylvain Dubois joined the Crossbar management team in 2013 as its senior director of strategic marketing and business development. With over 13 years of semiconductor experience in business development and strategic product marketing, he brings a proven ability to analyze market trends, identify new, profitable business opportunities and create precise product positioning that is in perfect sync with market demands to drive market share leadership and business results.

Prior to joining Crossbar, Mr. Dubois led strategic product positioning and market engagement for developing new products at Spansion. Responsible for identifying new growth opportunities and expanding the product portfolio, Mr. Dubois was instrumental in defining the Spansion Flash memory product roadmap.

Paul Evans, Principal Architect, Daystrom Technology Group

Paul is a Storage Optimization specialist offering years of expertise in creating system reliability, operational efficiency and maximized (green) utilization.

Paul specializies in Storage Optimization Best Practices, Solution Engineering & Deployment, HA Change Management, Customer Relationship Management, Cash Flow & Value Creation Analysis, Business Process Re-engineering, Capacity & Resource Planning, Project Lifecycle Management, Testing Procedures & Analysis, Cross-Functional Team Leadership, Pulling Tall Rabbits from Short Hats and his specialties are IT & Rich-Media Storage Architecture, Implementation and Optimization.  

Connor Fee, Director of Marketing, Nasuni

Connor Fee, Director of Marketing, leads marketing and product strategy for Nasuni by working closely with customers and the engineering team to design, build, and deliver new and critical aspects of the service. He has a deep knowledge of the Nasuni solution and how it can be best deployed in unique and challenging real-world environments. An engineer at heart, Connor believes the best marketing comes from happy customers and a great product.

Ali Fenn, Senior Director of Advanced Storage, Seagate

Ali Fenn is senior director, Advanced Storage at Seagate. Ali’s career includes 15 years in business development, strategy, and sales leadership roles across the enterprise software, infrastructure, and SaaS application market segments.

Dustin Fennel, Vice President and CIO, Mission Community Hospital

Dustin’s passion for organizational success is readily apparent in his ongoing quest to ensure that IT is always regarded as an innovative strategic partner and not as a cost center. The advances that he drives always greatly enhance the accessibility and reliability of technology while driving down costs.

Dustin is known for speaking in clear language that others can relate to and easily understand, helping stakeholders, end-users, and decision-makers exploit existing technologies before considering new purchases, understanding what departments and divisions beyond IT are trying to accomplish within tight budgets and ensuring that ideas and recommendations he puts forward have a timely and substantial ROI.

Armed with a Masters in Computer Information Systems and nearing completion (2013) of an IT Doctorate with a project management specialty, Dustin also has earned several awards and nominations.


Sam Fineberg, Distinguished Technologist, HP

Dr. Fineberg is a Distinguished Technologist in the HP Storage Chief Technologist Office. In that role he leads HP’s technical strategy for cloud storage products, including OpenStack block, file, and object storage. Dr. Fineberg is co-chair of the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) Long Term Retention Technical Working Group, and a member of the SNIA Analytics and Big Data Committee.

Mark Fleischhauer, Tape Solutions Manager, HP

Mark Fleischhauer is a Tape Solutions Manager with Hewlett Packard. He’s been with HP/Compaq for almost 25 years and has spent the last 15 years in tape storage. Early in his career, he lead a test and solution team that integrated tape libraries into SANs and developed solutions that included a variety of operating systems, platforms, primary storage platforms, application software and tape. Most recently, Mark has shifted his focus from backup to archive and spends a significant amount of time working with a end users from a wide variety of business verticals and industry partners to identify and develop new solutions to address this growing market. Mark has a degree in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University and resides in Tomball, Texas.

Marty Foltyn, President, BitSprings Systems

Marty Foltyn has over 17 years of consistent success in directing corporate teams and providing outsourced guidance, direction, content, and support on a variety of long- and short-term projects in the high-technology marketplace. Her specialty is outsourced sales and marketing services backed by market analysis, industry knowledge and contacts. Foltyn has in-depth expertise in a breadth of marketing and management functions, including strategic planning, market research, business development, marketing communications, product management, and program management. As founder and principal at consulting firm BitSprings Systems, and as a marketing executive at NavStor, Overland Storage, Conner, and Computer Associates, Foltyn has worked with leading IT, security, storage, networking, and biotech companies in manufacturing, health care, financial, and education markets.

Gurmeet Goindi, Principal Product Manager, Oracle Corporation

Gurmeet Goindi is a product manager in Oracle Database High Availability org with focus on storage, data protection and flash. Gurmeet comes to Oracle from NetApp, where he was in the Engineering organization for 7+ years. Most recently he was the lead engineer for NetApp’s flagship product, FAS6200. Prior to NetApp, he worked for Motorola, designing Ethernet switch blades for ATCA. Prior to Motorola, he was with Nortel (Bay Networks), focusing on various platform-level hardware/software engineering projects.

Gurmeet has a Bachelors of Engineering in Electronics at Government Engineering College, Jabalpur, India, and an MBA from University of Chicago - Booth School of Business

Augie Gonzalez, Director of Product Marketing, DataCore

Augie Gonzalez is director of product marketing for DataCore Software and has more than 25 years of experience developing, marketing and managing advanced IT products.

Edward Grochowski, Computer Storage Consultant

Ed Grochowski, Computer Storage Consultant: Ed Grochowski is a well known speaker on storage technology. He has a 50+ year career association with the computer industry, 41 of which were with IBM. Ed worked at the IBM Almaden Research Center where his interests included hard disk drive and component evolutionary trends. Ed’s charts are frequently used to describe HDD and storage progress by numerous industry presenters at many conferences. He holds twelve patents and has authored and presented numerous articles on HDD, Flash memory and component technologies. Ed served as Executive Director of DISKCON and the Symposium series for many years. He was a long time coordinator of the 4K-byte sector standards committee, and is a member of the IEEE. For more information see http://edwgrochowski.com

Subo Guha, VP of Product Management and Marketing, Unitrends

Subo Guha is the vice president of product management and marketing at Unitrends. In this role, Guha is responsible for defining and implementing Unitrends’ product strategy and development, as well as the company’s approach to market enablement.

For the past 20 years, Guha has served in a variety of executive roles in the areas of cloud, automation, virtualization, systems management and server technologies at leading companies including CA Technologies, Dell, NCR and Egenera Inc.

In addition to being a proven technology leader, Guha is an accomplished author, with more than 16 major publications in esteemed Management Information Systems (MIS) journals. He is also a frequent speaker at industry events in the areas of systems management and virtualization. Guha holds a Ph.D. in business administration, as well as a master’s and bachelor’s degree in engineering.

Keith Hageman, Storage Technology Evangelist, X-IO Technologies

Keith Hageman is the Director of Technical Marketing at X-IO in Colorado Springs, CO, working with partners to develop new products, reference architectures, benchmarks and case studies that demostrate real-world customer solutions.

With more than 30 years in the high-tech industry, Mr. Hageman has a proven record of shipping hardware and software products as well as working with developers and partners worldwide. He comes to X-IO from Microsoft, where he worked for 12 years shipping 10 versions of Windows and Windows Server, worked with partners simplifying advanced storage products shipping more than 75 products through the Microsoft Simple SAN Initiative in its first year alone; and evangelizing the benefits of Microsoft Open Protocols and Windows Storage Technologies around the world. Prior to Microsoft, he worked for a combined 18 years at StorageTek, NBI, GTE Communication Systems, AT&T and U.S. WEST as a member and leader of technical staff in various development roles.

Mr. Hageman holds a bachelor of science degree in computer science from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, and is a retired professional soccer referee.

Bob Hansen, Managing Director, Kitaro Consulting

Bob Hansen brings more than 30 years experience in the Storage, Server and Semiconductor industries. He has worked in various rolls in Strategic Planning, Product Development, Technical Business Development and Marketing. Bob spent 20 years in the Storage industry working for Hewlett Packard, Agilent Technologies, Xyratex and NetApp. Bob is currently the Managing Director of Kitaro Consulting where he provides professional services in the areas of Storage Solutions, Technology and Strategic Planning.

Eric Herzog, CMO, Violin Memory

Eric Herzog is the chief marketing officer and senior vice president of business development of Violin Memory. He joined the Company in March, 2014.

Eric has more than 29 years of marketing and business development experience in the storage solutions, storage hardware and storage software markets managing all aspects of marketing, product management, sales and business development in both start-up and Fortune 500 environments. Most recently, Eric served as senior vice president of marketing for EMC’s Enterprise and Mid-range Systems Division where he was responsible for the VNX, VMAX, and VNXe family of storage solutions. Prior to EMC, Eric held positions as the vice president of business line management and vice president of marketing for IBM’s Storage Technology Division, where he had P&L responsibility for its more than $300 million OEM RAID and storage subsystems business.

During his career, Eric has also held executive positions in marketing, sales and business development with startup companies including Tarmin Technologies, Maxtor, Asempra, ArioData Networks, Topio, Zambeel, and Streamlogic. Eric holds a B.A. degree in History from the University of California, Davis.

Eric Hibbard, Senior Director, Data Networking Technology, Hitachi Data Systems

Eric Hibbard is the CTO Security and Privacy in Hitachi Data Systems where he is responsible for product security strategies. Mr. Hibbard is a senior security professional with 30+ years of experience in ICT, working for government, academia, and industry.

Hibbard serves as the International Representative for INCITS/CS1 Cyber Security, Vice Chair of the ABA Cloud Computing Committee, Co-Chair of the Cloud Security Alliance International Standardization Council, Chair of the IEEE Information Assurance Standards Committee, Chair of the SNIA Security TWG, and the Editor of multiple ISO/IEC daft standards. He is also a SME on the new (ISC)2 cloud security credential.

Mr. Hibbard currently holds the (ISC)2 CISSP certification as well as the ISSAP, ISSMP, and ISSEP concentrations. He also holds the ISACA CISA and the SNIA SCSE certifications. His educational background includes a B.S. in Computer Science and a Certificate of Proficiency in Data Communications.

Walt Hubis, Storage Standards Architect, Hubis Technical Associates

Walt is a Storage Standards Architect with Hubis Technical Associates. He is an expert in storage interface and storage security standards organizations with a focus on protocols and software interfaces and how innovative and disruptive computer storage technologies impact these standards. Walt has over twenty-five years of experience in storage systems engineering in both development and managerial positions and has authored several key patents in RAID and other storage related technologies. He is the vice-chair of the SNIA SSSI Initiative and has served as the Chair of the Trusted Computing Group Key Management Services Subgroup, Chair of the IEEE SISWG P1619.3 Key Management subcommittee, and Secretary of the IEEE Security in Storage work group (SISWG). He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.

James Hughes, Principal Technologist, Seagate

James Hughes is a Principal Technologist at Seagate Technology working in Seagate's Advanced Storage organization. Formerly with Huawei, and Sun Microsystems where he was a Sun Fellow, VP and the Solaris Chief Technologist. James is a recognized expert in the area of storage, networking, and information security. Before Sun, James worked at StorageTek, Network Systems, and Control Data Corp. He has over 40 years experience in OS, storage, networking, information security and cryptography and is the holder of 30 patents with many more pending.

Alok Jain, Founder and CEO, Interscape Technologies Inc.

Mr. Alok Jain is the founder & CEO of Interscape Technologies Inc., the creator of Perfonics™ tool and a provider of niche Performance Analysis and Capacity Planning services for the Systems and Storage Area Networks which uses its “Performance As A Service™” methodologies.

He has over 20 years of professional experience in the IT Storage industry. He has given multiple talks at various user groups and also hosted webinars. Mr. Alok Jain received his Masters degree in Computers Science from New Jersey Institute of Technology in 1989. He also has a B.S. in Computer Science from Stockton State College (NJ) and B.S. in Physics from University of Calcutta (India).

Lavan Jeeva, IT Operations Manager, KIPP Foundation

Lavan Jeeva joined KIPP Foundation in December 2012. He is responsible for the Foundation’s internal IT infrastructure and the KIPP National Data Center. He has spent most of his career working in IT, supporting different companies' infrastructure. Lavan graduated from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Science.

Eden Kim, CEO, Calypso Testers

Eden is the CEO of Calypso Systems, Inc. - a leading provider of industry standard solid state storage test and measurement systems and supplier of the SNIA PTS Reference Test Platform. Eden is also chair of the SNIA SSS Technical Working Group and chair of the SNIA SSSI TechDev and PCIe SSD committees. Eden has authored white papers on SSD Device level test, SSD Performance Testing, SNIA PTS specification and Solid State Storage Workloads and Performance States.

Matthew Kinderwater, Director of IT Services, iCube Development (Calgary) Ltd.

Matthew Kinderwater is the Director of IT Services at iCube Development (Calgary) Ltd. – a Canadian based data recovery lab. Since December of 2005, Matthew Kinderwater has been of charge of Western Canada’s largest data recovery lab and has been the recipient of 8 industry leadership awards. Matthew Kinderwater is a recognized disaster recovery educator for eForensics Magazine and has been featured on Global TV News. Ethics Awards:

Raj Krishnamurthy, Senior Product Manager, SunGard Availability Services

Raj Krishnamurthy is a Principal Product Manager at SunGard Availability Services, with specific focus on Recover to Cloud products/services. He has 16+ years of software product development, technology operations, sales enablement and product management for leading IT enterprises, across both infrastructure and application domains.

David Langley, Director of System Engineering, CommVault

David serves as Director of Systems Engineering for CommVault for the Western United States. In his current role, David is relentlessly focused on driving the best possible customer experience through his team of Enterprise Pre-Sales Engineers. His focus on creating synergies between outstanding individual contributors into an engineering force across the West is the benchmark of his leadership goals.

An electrical engineer by trade, David began his CommVault career in 2001 when he joined the company as a Systems Engineer. Over the next 6 years David took on a number of different roles, including Channel and Account Executive positions. Leaving CommVault in 2008 to assist a friend in starting a reseller business, David returned in 2009 as a Systems Engineering District Manager for the West. During his tenure, he helped revamp the teams’ recognition as subject matter experts, improve communication and engagement strategies, and greatly influence customer relations.

A graduate of Purdue University, David began his IT career by starting a small emergency room documentation software company in New Orleans.

Michael Letschin, Sr. Product Manager, Nexenta

Michael has over 15 years of experience in the IT industry, achieving technical certifications from multiple storage and virtualization vendors. He was awarded the VMware vExpert award each of the past 3 years for his work on his blog(thesolutionsarchitect.net), on social media (@mletschin) and in the IT community as a whole. Currently a Product Management/Marketing Manager at Nexenta, he integrates his technical knowledge with a business impact as an MBA graduate of Mt. St. Mary's University.

Neil Levine, VP Product, Inktank

With a background in large systems infrastructure and open-source software, Neil is responsible for Inktank’s product strategy. Neil was co-founder and VP Product at venture-backed start-up Nodeable, and before that was GM/VP at Canonical, the commercial sponsors of the Ubuntu operating system, where he ran the unit which built tools and delivered services to Ubuntu’s enterprise customers, as well as being responsible for server and cloud product strategy. As CTO of Claranet, one of the largest independent internet service and hosting providers in Europe, Neil helped build the company from 15- employee organization to a 650-strong company operating in nine countries.

Tom Leyden, PMM WOS, DataDirect Networks

Tom has 15 years’ experience working for disruptive technology companies (from emerging stage to acquisition) including seven years in cloud computing. Through his collaboration with Belgium-based technology incubator Incubaid, Tom has been involved in several successful startups, including data deduplication pioneer DataCenter Technologies, cloud Innovator Q-layer and Object Storage provider Amplidata. Today, Tom is Director of Product Marketing for DataDirect Networks’ Web Object Scaler (WOS), a disruptive object storage platform the company built to respond to new storage requirements in the industry.

During his career Tom spent 2 years at Sun Microsystems; here he held a pivotal role within the product management team responsible for building the Sun Cloud, designed as a more open alternative to the Amazon web services offering. After Oracle acquired Sun, Tom spent a year with the combined OVM product management team.

Chris Lionetti, Reference Architect, NetApp

A veteran in the storage industry who has been building complex Systems/SANs for 16+ years. Has been actively involved with SNIA from the start and been an engineer for HP, Dell, Microsoft, and presently employed by NetApp as a Reference Architect.

Sujee Maniyam, Co-Founder and Principal, Elephant Scale

Sujee has been developing software for 15 years. In the last few years he has been consulting and teaching Hadoop, NOSQL and Cloud technologies. Sujee stays active in Hadoop / Open Source community. He runs a developer focused meetup and Hadoop hackathons called 'Big Data Gurus'. He has presented at variety of meetups. Sujee contributes to Hadoop project and other open source projects. He writes about Hadoop and other technologies on his website.

Dennis Martin, President, Demartek

Dennis Martin is the founder and President of Demartek (www.demartek.com), a computer industry analyst organization with its own ISO 17025 accredited test lab. Demartek focuses on lab validation testing and performance testing of storage and related hardware and software products and is recognized by the EPA as an official test lab for ENERGY STAR Data Center Storage. Dennis has been working in the Information Technology industry since 1980, primarily involved in software development and project management in mainframe, UNIX, and Windows environments. These include a variety of large and small end-user customers, and engineering and marketing positions for storage vendors such as StorageTek. Dennis has made numerous presentations at conferences and has authored many industry articles. Dennis has been a Microsoft File System Storage MVP since 2005.

Alex McDonald, CTO Office, NetApp

Alex joined NetApp in 2005, after more than 30 years in a variety of roles with some of the best known names in the software industry (Legent, Oracle, BMC and others). With a background in software development, support, sales and a period as an independent consultant, Alex is now part of NetApp’s CTO Office that supports industry activities and promotes technology & standards based solutions, and is currently co-chair of the SNIA CSI (Cloud Storage Initiative), and co-chair of the SNIA NFS Special Interest Group.

Mark McKinnon, Information Technology Architect, Grand River Conservation Authority

Mark McKinnon is an Information Technology generalist with more than 23 years of experience architecting, procuring, implementing and managing technology solutions for SMB sized departmental and regional public sector agencies. As alumni of Mohawk College with a Chemical Engineering advanced diploma, an early career path saw McKinnon as a research technologist for Environment Canada. During this period, achievements included several papers published in the scientific literature. At a time when departmental computing was shifting away from mainframe systems, McKinnon naturally gravitated to the IT support needs of the branch, switching focus to the IT industry after leaving Environment Canada. Continuing on the IT career path, a natural technology instinct seen McKinnon working as a PC support analyst for a large local insurance brokerage; a systems analyst and administrator for the Waterloo Region Catholic District School Board; and IT Architect at the Grand River Conservation Authority, where McKinnon has been employed for the past 15 years.

Greg McSorley, Vice President, STA

Greg McSorley is Technical Business Development Manager at Amphenol’s High Speed Interconnect Div. where Greg leads the company’s standards committee activities. Greg has remained active throughout his career in various standards committees, including INCITS T10 and T11, IEEE and SFF where he took part in chairing working groups. 

Jay Migliaccio, Director of Cloud Solutions, Aspera

Jay is responsible for Aspera's On Demand product line, providing high-speed transport to, from and across cloud infrastructure and object storage to enable big data applications in the cloud. In his previous role as director of sales engineering, Jay spearheaded the architecture and deployment for numerous Aspera installations in support of complex end-to-end file-based media workflows.

Jay brings over 11 years of experience providing OEM sales, sales engineering, and business development services to technology companies with a focus on Open Source platforms. Prior to joining Aspera, Jay held business development and partner management roles at Novell and SUSE Linux. Jay holds a BS in Engineering from the University of Massachusetts.

Bala Narasimhan, Director of Products, PernixData

Bala Narasimhan serves as director of products at PernixData, where he is responsible for product strategy and roadmapping. Prior to joining PernixData, he was director of products at ParAccel, a leading big data provider focused on data warehousing and analytics. Bala has nearly a decade of experience as a software engineer, having designed and developed features in the Oracle RDBMS and the HP-UX operating system. He holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in Computer Science, as well as an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.

Philippe Nicolas, Director of Product Strategy, Scality

Philippe Nicolas is a recognized storage industry expert with more than 20 years of experience. He currently drives the Product Strategy at Scality (www.scality.com) and recently joined the Technical Advisor Board of Guardtime (www.guardtime.com). Before, he launched The IT Press Tour and initiated a P2P dispersed storage software project named KerStor. Previously, he was at Brocade for 2 years as technology evangelist and strategist and spent nearly 10 years at Veritas Software and Symantec in different technology and product roles. Prior 1997, he served various technical positions at SGI and Compaq. He holds an engineering degree in computer sciences from ESI.

He introduced StorSimple and Solix in Europe a few years ago. Previously, he also collaborated with Exalead, now a Dassault Systems’ company, and established 2 oems agreements with Exanet and Atempo.

In parallel, Philippe started the SNIA Europe France regional committee in 2001, and he served as Chairman for France until February 2010. He was also 2 times board director of the SNIA Europe in 2001-2002 and between 2007 and 2009. He created also 4 SNIA Tutorials around Data Sharing, File Storage, Massive Scalability and Cloud Storage since 2002. He received in 2005 the "Outstanding Service Award", from the SNIA Europe, for his industry and association contribution and he's a founding member of SNIA Cloud Storage Initiative.

Yoram Novick, Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer, Maxta, Inc.

With a proven track record of building successful startups, and deep expertise in enterprise systems, storage and software, Yoram drives Maxta’s vision and strategy. Prior to founding Maxta, he founded Topio, known for its data replication and recovery prowess, and led the company as its CEO from inception until it was acquired by NetApp. Following the Topio acquisition, he served as Vice President and General Manager of NetApp’s Data Replication Business Unit. Prior to Topio, Yoram spent 13 years at IBM in storage research and development capacities. He holds 25 patents in the systems and storage domains and sits on several boards of directors, guiding other entrepreneurial tech companies along their own paths to market success. He holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in computer science from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, both Summa Cum Laude.

Pat O'Day, CTO, Bluelock

As Bluelock’s Chief Technology Officer, Pat is responsible for commercializing and making the company’s “Infrastructure as a Service” (IaaS) cloud computing model a business reality. With more than 15 years of experience as an information technology professional, he defines Bluelock’s services, spearheads its strategic vendor alliances and oversees the solution strategy.

After starting his career in network management and systems integration and then transitioning into managed IT services, data center outsourcing and disaster recovery, Pat is uniquely qualified to develop and continue to grow Bluelock’s innovative Virtual Datacenter services.

He is currently serving on the advisory council for the School of Information Technology at Harrison College as well as the CIO council for NPower Indiana.

He is also the co-founder and former president of the local Association of Internet Professionals, a former board member of the technology peer group for TechPoint, Indiana’s only statewide information technology association and has served on the board of Directors for both the Zionsville Boys and Girls Club and NPower Indiana.

Darryl Pace, Storage Architect, Optimal Computer Solutions, Inc.

Darryl V. Pace is a 16 year veteran of the IT industry, 12 years of which have been concentrated on the Data Storage portion of the IT world. Darryl received his B.S. degree in Engineering Science from Vanderbilt University, and his M.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of TN, Knoxville. Currently Darryl works as a consultant in the role of Storage Architect for a State government. When not engaged in data storage related activities, Darryl spends his time reading, exercising, and relaxing with his wife, 3 kids, and dog.

Dan Pollack, Senior Operations Architect, Aol Inc.

Dan Pollack was introduced to UNIX in 1988 and has been a System Administrator since 1990. He has worked in the financial, government and online service industries. For the past fifteen years he has designed and implemented numerous storage systems for large scale applications and services. Most of these systems have been based on storage networking technologies and more recently he has applied this work to cloud and object storage services. In 2001 he authored a book based on the knowledge gathered from his storage experience called "Practical Storage Area Networking." He currently resides at AOL in Northern Virginia where he is Chief Architect for the Storage Operations group.

Adrian Proctor, VP Marketing, Viking Technology

Adrian has been working in the memory & storage industry for 20+ years. Currently at Viking Technology, Adrian is responsible for driving NVDIMM technology innovation, SSD & memory product development. He also serves as Chair of the NVDIMM SIG (Special Interests group), within SNIA-SSSI.

Simona Rabinovici-Cohen, Researcher IBM

Simona Rabinovici-Cohen is a research staff member at the IBM Research Laboratory in Haifa, Israel. She holds M.Sc. and B.Sc. degrees in computer science, both from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. Simona leads Preservation DataStores in the Cloud that provides preservation-aware cloud based storage services to ForgetIT European Union integrated project. Preservation DataStores was also the storage infrastructure component in the concluded CASPAR and ENSURE integrated projects. In SNIA, Simona co-chairs Long Term Retention technical working group that develops the Self-contained Information Retention Format (SIRF). Prior to that, Simona was the leader of various projects in the area of information integration and knowledge management systems, including kiosk technology deployed in the Hermitage museum in Russia, data integration for performance management, integrated medical records, de-identification, biomedical information integration, and IBM Clinical Genomics solution.

Molly Rector, CMO, DataDirect Networks

With 15 years of experience working in the HPC, Media and Entertainment, and Enterprise IT industries running global marketing programs, Molly Rector serves as DDN's Chief Marketing Officer responsible for product management and worldwide marketing. Rector's role includes providing customer and market input into the company's product roadmap, raising the Corporate brand visibility outside traditional markets, expanding the partner ecosystem and driving the end-to-end customer experience from definition to delivery. Rector is a founding member and currently serves as Chairman of the Board for the Active Archive Alliance. She is also the Storage Networking Industry Association's (SNIA) Vice Chairman of the Board and the Analytics and Big Data committee Vice Chairman. Prior to joining DDN, Rector was responsible for product management and worldwide marketing as CMO at Spectra Logic. During her tenure at Spectra Logic, the company grew revenues consistently by double digits year-over-year, while also maintaining profitability. Rector holds certifications as CommVault Certified System Administrator; Veritas Certified Data Protection Administrator; and Oracle Certified Enterprise DBA: Backup and Recovery. She earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in biology and chemistry.

John Reed, Product Manager, NetApp

John Reed is the Product Manager for Windows File Services at NetApp. His responsibility includes driving the SMB protocol and associated Windows File Services features and products, on which solutions for Microsoft Hyper-V, SQL, SharePoint, file sharing, technical applications, and mobile data access are built.

Thomas Rivera Sr., Technical Associate, Hitachi Data Systems

Thomas Rivera has over 27 years of experience in the storage industry, specializing in file services and data protection technology, and is a Senior Technology Associate, with Hitachi Data Systems. Thomas is also an active member of the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), participating as vice chair of the Data Protection and Capacity Optimization (DPCO) Committee, and is a member of the Archive & Preservation Special Interest Group under SNIA’s Cloud Storage Initiative.

Octavian Paul Rotaru, IT Project Manager and SAN/Storage/Backup Line Leader, Amdocs

Dr. Octavian Paul Rotaru received his B.Eng., M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest in Romania, and his MBA from Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS, USA.

He has over 15 years of experience in IT, mainly in the telecommunication industry. Currently Dr. Rotaru is the global IT SAN/Storage line leader for a major telecommunication software company. He was involved in many large-scale IT infrastructure projects for telecommunication companies on 5 continents. Dr. Rotaru has extensive experience in SAN, storage and backup areas, as well as in IT architecture and design.

Dr. Rotaru is an Adjunct Professor and Independent Course Developer (part-time) at American Sentinel University since 2012, teaching Business Intelligence and Decision Support Systems classes. He is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Associate Business Continuity Professional (ABCP). His current research interests cover mathematical modeling of storage systems behavior, storage tiering estimation models, efficient replication and disaster recovery solutions. Dr. Rotaru has over 20 papers published in peer-reviewed conference proceedings and technical journals. He lectured around the world and contributed to research projects. His past research interests include design patterns and pattern languages, software components and databases, metrics, and software architecture.

Ramani Routray, STSM and Manager, IBM Master Inventor, IBM Almaden Research

Ramani Routray IBM Research – Almaden, 650 Harry Rd San Jose CA, 95120 (routrayr@us.ibm.com). Mr. Routray is a Senior Technical Staff Member and Manager in the Storage Services Research Department at IBM Almaden Research Center. Mr. Routray joined IBM in 1998. Mr. Routray has architected and delivered several key products and service offering in the area of storage Disaster Recovery, Storage Management and Virtualization, and Cloud Service Architectures. Mr. Routray received a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Bangalore University and a Master's degree in Computer Science from Illinois Institute of Technology. He has received multiple IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement awards, authored over 30 scientific publications, technical standards, and is IBM Master Inventor being author or co-author of 40+ patents.

Subhash Sankuratripati, Technical Director, NetApp and Co-Chair, KMIP TC, OASIS

Subhash Sankuratripati is a Technical Director at NetApp. In this role, he is responsible for influencing and leading the technical direction of NetApp’s product strategy around security which includes encryption and key management among other things.

Stacy Schwarz-Gardner, Strategic Technical Architect, Spectra Logic

Stacy has over 25 years of experience in Information Technology. She has a broad technical background focused in the areas of data management, storage, data protection, disaster recovery, and cloud computing. Prior positions include technical management and architecture roles for Comdisco, Acuson, Syntex (Roche Pharmaceuticals), and Integrated Archive Systems. Stacy currently serves as a Strategic Technical Architect with subject matter expertise on active archive, global data protection, storage, cloud and other data management strategies.

Hubbert Smith, Office of CTO, Alliance Manager, LSI

Currently with LSI office of CSO/CTO. Leadership roles in big data alliance management and Hadoop product management. Published author and patent holder with approaching 30 years industry experience in enterprise storage, software and computing.

Page Tagizad, Senior Product Marketing Manager, SanDisk

Page Tagizad is a senior product marketing member of SanDisk’s Enterprise Storage Solutions group, specifically focusing on the company’s PCIe and memory channel storage solutions. Tagizad has more than 12 years of senior product management and marketing experience, including past tenures Broadcom, Emulex and Altera. Prior to joining SanDisk, Tagizad served as product line director at Broadcom, where he helped grow revenues to a $100 million annual run rate. Tagizad earned his bachelors of science in electronics engineering at Pacific States University.

Bruce Thompson, CEO, Action Information Systems

Bruce Thompson is a 30 year veteran of the storage industry and a serial entrepreneur. After spending the first 10 years of his career at Hewlett-Packard, he worked at, created, and managed various storage startup companies and then became a storage consultant focused on the technical and strategic aspects of unstructured data. After working with over 100 companies, it became apparent there was an underlying problem with the approach storage was taking in the area of unstructured data. Bruce formed Action Information Systems in 2004 and has spent the last 10 years creating Expedite, its software product focused on solving the root cause of the unstructured data problems. Bruce has a BA in computer engineering as well as an MBA and holds several storage patents.

Anil Vasudeva , President & Chief Analyst, IMEX Research

Anil Vasudeva is President and Chief Analyst of IMEX Research & Consulting – an IT advisory company focused on NextGen Data-Center Infrastructures encompassing Servers, Storage, Networks and Data Management, Cloud Computing, Virtualization and Convergence technologies, products, solutions and practices. A 25-year veteran of the computer industry, he has held senior executive and operational positions in technology and marketing at Fujitsu, Amdahl, Memorex/Unisys and multiple startups. Presently as founder and President of IMEX Research, he leads a team of analysts in research and consulting in providing industry wide reports, emerging technology and markets consulting and advisory services to IT-75 companies and new startups worldwide. Mr. Vasudeva has an MSEE from University of Arizona, spent 3 years towards doctorate studies at UCLA and received his MBA from University of Santa Clara.

Doug Voigt, Distinguished Technologist, HP and SNIA Technical Council

Doug Voigt is a Distinguished Technologist in the Chief Technologist’s office of HP’s Storage Division. Doug has over 35 years of experience in HP’s storage business and has provided technical leadership for numerous protocol, implementation, architecture and advanced development projects in disk and disk array product lines. His contributions include work on Service Oriented Storage, Quality of Service, IPv6, Storage Utility, Storage Consolidation, Federated Arrays, HP AutoRAID, Attribute Managed Storage, Disk Controller Fault Tolerance, Solid State Storage, the SNIA NVM Programming Model and various protocol standardization and implementation efforts. Doug holds MS and BS degrees computer science and electrical engineering respectively from Cornell University. He currently has 31 US patents, primarily in the field of virtual arrays with 16 patents pending.

Paul Von Stamwitz, Senior Storage Architect, Fujitsu

Paul is a Sr. Architect in the Storage Planning Division at Fujitsu. He leads an advanced development team focused on next generation storage architectures.

John Webster, Senior Partner, Evaluator Group

John Webster is a Senior Partner and contributes to Evaluator Group’s ongoing research into data storage technologies including hardware, software and services management. His specialties include storage and big data analytics, data management, virtualization, and analysis of storage infrastructure acquisition alternatives.

Michael Willett, Storage Security Strategist, Samsung

Dr. Willett received his Masters /PhD/mathematics; after a career as a university professor of computer science, joined IBM, moving into IBM's Cryptography Competency Center; Senior Director at Seagate Research, focusing on storage self-encryption; consultant re: marketing storage-based security; Samsung, storage security strategist, advising their self-encryption strategy for storage products.

Gary Woodruff, Enterprise Infrastructure Architect, Sutter Health

Gary has over 13 years in data storage management and storage problems. He has been the lead architect in the Current Sutter Health VNA project. He feels that the integration of Clinical need allows planners to better use storage infrastructure in these designs. Sutter is implimenting a 2.4PB system that is projected to grow to 7PB in 5 years.


SW Worth, Senior Standards PM, Microsoft Corporation

SW Worth is a Sr. Program Manager at Microsoft, and an elected member of the SNIA Board of Directors. From 2002 through 2006 he was the worldwide lead for the SNIA Tutorials. Before joining Microsoft in late 2003, SW was Technical Marketing Manager at Crossroads Systems. From 1991-1999 he was an internal IT consultant with a large integrated electric and gas utility in the northeastern United States. He has a background in environmental engineering, and worked in paper mills in several U.S. states and in France.

Felix Xavier, Founder and CTO, CloudByte

Xavier has more than 15 years of development and technology management experience. He has built many high-energy technology teams, re-architected products and developed features from scratch. Most recently, he helped NetApp gain leadership position in storage array-based data protection by driving innovations around its product suite. He has filed numerous patents with the US patent office around core storage technologies. Prior to this, Xavier worked at Juniper, Novell and IBM, where he handled networking technologies, including LAN, WAN and security protocols and Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS).

Nikolay Yamakawa, Analyst, 451 Research

Nikolay is an analyst for 451 Research, where he identifies trends, relationships and synergies within and across five key IT sectors: storage, cloud computing, information security, networking, and servers & virtualization. Prior to joining 451 Research, Nikolay served as an Analyst and Project Manager at International Access Corporation's Washington DC and Tokyo offices. He analyzed venture capital investment trends, assessed energy-efficient technology implementations, evaluated investments from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), and delivered updates on the IT and telecom sectors. Nikolay has also worked at Nomura Research Institute in New York, and at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Moscow. He holds an MBA in Information Systems from the CUNY Baruch College and a BA in Business Administration from Boston University.