2009 SDC Speakers


Dhruba Borthakur

Project Lead, Apache Hadoop Distributed File System, Facebook

Biography

Dhruba Borthakur is the Project Lead for the Open Source Apache Hadoop Distributed File System. He has been associated with Hadoop almost since its inception while working for Yahoo. He currently works for Facebook.

Earlier, he was a Senior Lead Engineer at Veritas Software (now acquired By Symantec) and was responsible for the design and development of software for the Veritas San File System. He was the Team Lead for developing the Mendocino Continuous Data Protection Software Appliance at a startup named Mendocino Software. Prior to Mendocino Software, he was the Chief Architect at Oreceipt.com, an e-commerce startup based in Sunnyvale, California. Earlier, he was a Senior Engineer at IBM-Transarc Labs where he was responsible for the development of Andrew File System (AFS) which is a part of IBM's e-commerce initiative WebSphere. Prior to his experience in the United States, Dhruba developed call processing software for Digital Switching Systems at C-DOT Delhi.

Dhruba has an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a B.S. in Computer Science from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani, India. He has 10 issued patents and 11 patents pending.


Michael Cornwell

Lead Technologist, Flash Memory, Sun Microsystems

Biography

As Sun's Lead Technologist for Flash Memory, Michael Cornwell is responsible for development of NAND flash memory technology for server and enterprise applications. Previously, he was the Manager of Storage Engineering for Apple’s iPod division. In this role, he was instrumental in the adoption of NAND flash in Apple products, including iPod and iPhone. Before joining Apple, Michael worked at Quantum as a Storage Architect focused on storage management, virtual tape, and disk-based backup technologies. He also currently serves as Global Director of Standards and Technology for the International Disk Drive Equipment and Materials Association. Michael holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the University of California at Santa Cruz. He has several patents pending and 4 patents awarded in storage technology.


Greg Donnells

VP Check Infrastructure, CERTEGY, a division of Fidelity National Information Services, Inc.

Biography

Currently, Greg is VP Check Infrastructure for CERTEGY, a division of Fidelity National Information Services. CERTEGY is an industry leader in real-time fraud and risk management for check transactions. For CERTGEY, Greg manages five datacenters and their associated infrastructure, systems, storage, databases, and redundancy.  Previously, Greg has held IT leadership positions with General Parts, The Casey Group, Intermedia, DCI, Verizon, AT&T, and Harris performing roles as a program director, enterprise architect, system architect, and hardware architect. Over his 30 years in the IT industry, Greg has worked for 25 companies and over 70 projects, most of which involved new technology infusion, high transaction volumes, excessive storage demands, redundancy, and near-real-time data accessibility.

Greg holds a BS in CIS, math minor from The Ohio State University.


Garth Gibson

Professor, Carnegie Mellon University; Founder and CTO, Panasas

Biography

Garth Gibson is Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Panasas Inc. (www.panasas.com) and a professor of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University.

Gibson received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley in 1991. While at Berkeley he did the groundwork research and co-wrote the seminal paper on RAID, then Redundant Arrays of Inexpensive Disks, and now a checklist feature throughout storage industry products. Joining the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in 1991, Gibson founded the Parallel Data Laboratory (www.pdl.cmu.edu), one of the premier academic storage system research lab; founded the Network-Attached Storage Device (NASD) working group of the National Storage Industry Consortium (NSIC); and led storage systems research in the Data Storage Systems Center (DSSC), one of the largest academic magnetic storage technology research labs. Gibson participates in a variety of academic and industrial professional organizations including an ongoing role on the steering committee of USENIX's File and Storage Technology (FAST) conference and as a past member of the technical council of the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA).

ANSI T10's emerging standard for Object-based Storage Devices (OSD), and its sister SNIA OSD technical working group, were seeded by Gibson's CMU and NSIC/NASD research. In 1999 Gibson co-founded Panasas, a scalable storage system cluster vendor pioneering the commercial realization of object storage and targeted at Linux cluster computing.

Gibson's contributions to computer storage have been recognized by the prestigious 1999 IEEE Reynold B. Johnson Information Storage Award for outstanding contributions in the field of information storage.


Brewster Kahle

Digital Librarian, Director and Co-Founder Internet Archive

Biography

Brewster Kahle, digital librarian and co-founder of the Internet Archive, has been working to provide universal access to all knowledge for more than twenty-five years.

Since the mid-1980s, Kahle has focused on developing technologies for information discovery and digital libraries. In 1989 Kahle invented the Internet's first publishing system, WAIS (Wide Area Information Server) system and in 1989, founded WAIS Inc., a pioneering electronic publishing company that was sold to America Online in 1995. In 1996, Kahle founded the Internet Archive which may be the largest digital library. At the same time, he co-founded Alexa Internet which helps catalog the Web in April 1996, which was sold to Amazon.com in 1999.

Kahle earned a B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1982. As a student, he studied artificial intelligence with W. Daniel Hillis and Marvin Minsky. In 1983, Kahle helped start Thinking Machines, a parallel supercomputer maker, serving there as a lead engineer for six years. He serves on the boards of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Public Knowledge, the European Archive, the Television Archive, and the Internet Archive.


Jim Pinkerton

Partner Architect, Storage Solutions Division, Microsoft Corporation

Biography

Jim Pinkerton came to Microsoft in 2000 (from Silicon Graphics), to focus on high speed networking. This resulted in a new standards organization being created (RDMA Consortium) as well as a new working group in the IETF (Remote Direct Data Placement). In parallel Jim led the creation of a general purpose stateful offload architecture in Windows, referred to as "Chimney", which was targeted to a variety of offloads, including TCP, IPSec, SSL, and RDMA. This culminated in shipping the Scalable Networking Pack, which was a high priority for both HP and Dell, among other OEMs. Other offloads which he helped architect include Receive Side Scaling (RSS) and Large Send Offload, version 2.

After 5 years in Windows Core Networking, Jim transitioned into the Windows Core File Systems team and took part in creating the Storage Solutions Division (SSD). He was the main catalyst for the work that resulted in SMB/Client-Side Caching support for the "BrancheCache" feature of Windows (a peer-to-peer caching engine, created by Windows Core Networking). He has also spearheaded the work to move SMB from its traditional role of client focus to be credible as a file serving protocol for mission critical server applications, including Microsoft SQL Server and Hyper-V. This resulted in Windows 7 resilient handles (transparent network fault tolerance) and SMB large PDUs for optimized bulk transfers on 10 gigabit Ethernet. Jim represents protocols related to file storage on the Microsoft architecture review committee as well as to the Samba team and leads the Protocol documentation work for SSD.


Theodore Ts'o

CTO, Linux Foundation

Biography

Theodore Ts’o is the first North American Linux Kernel Developer, and organizes the Annual Linux Kernel Developer’s Summit, which brings together the top 75 Linux Kernel Developers from all over the world for an annual face-to-face meeting. He was a founding board member of the Free Standards Group, and was chair of that organization until it merged with OSDL to form the Linux Foundation. He is one of the core maintainers for the ext2, ext3, and ext4 file systems, and is the primary author and maintainer for e2fsprogs, the user space utilities for the ext2/3/4 file systems. At IBM, Theodore served as the architect for the Real-Time Linux development team. Theodore is currently on assignment with the Linux Foundation where he serves its Chief Technology Officer.

2009 SDC SPEAKERS






Wayne Adams, Senior Technologist, Office of the CTO, EMC
Wayne M. Adams is a Senior Technologist and Director of Standards within the Office of the CTO, responsible for expanding and managing EMC technology initiatives with the industry standards bodies. Wayne has proudly served on the SNIA Board of Directors since 2003 and was previously elected Chair for two years. Wayne also is a Board Member for the DMTF technology association and serves as the Vice President of Marketing. Within EMC, previous managing positions include partner management and software product management, where responsibilities included API licensing and product lifecycle management for Storage Resource Management, SAN Management, and I/O pathing product lines. Prior to EMC, Wayne was responsible for product marketing and business development of various strategic software and hardware products at Digital Equipment Corporation. He started his high-tech career at Eastman Kodak as a system designer of real-time control systems. Wayne holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a dual major in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Nitin Agrawal, PhD Candidate, University of Wisconsin
Nitin Agrawal is a final year PhD candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison working with Professors Andrea Arpaci-Dusseau and Remzi Arpaci-Dusseau; he will join NEC Research Labs in Princeton as a Researcher starting September 2009. His research has focused on various aspects of file and storage system design, evaluation, and implementation. During his graduate studies he has interned at Microsoft Research Redmond, Microsoft Research Silicon Valley, and IBM Almaden Research. His work has received a Best Paper Award at FAST 2009 and a top paper selection at FAST 2007. More details about his work are available at http://www.cs.wisc.edu/~nitina

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Christian Allred, Senior Software Design Engineer, Microsoft
Christian Allred is a Senior Software Development Engineer in Microsoft’s File and Block Storage group.  He worked on Transactional NTFS for six years, writing significant portions of it.  For Windows 7 Christian implemented extensions and improvements to the oplock mechanism used by the Windows SMB server, and is currently transitioning to ownership of the Windows cache manager.

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Saad Ansari, Distributed File Systems, Microsoft Corporation
Saad Ansari has been a relative newcomer to the storage industry having worked in the Storage Services Division at Microsoft for the past 3 years. He currently works in the Distributed File Systems – Namespaces team and has been working on end-to-end workload performance in virtualized environments. Saad obtained a Masters degree in Computer Science from Stanford University where he conducted research at SLAC (Stanford Linear Accelerator Center) in high-speed networking.

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Gordon Arnold, STSM, Technical Strategy Storage Software, IBM
Gordon Arnold has served as the Chair of the SNIA Storage Security Industry Forum (SSIF) since 2007. Gordon is the technical strategy lead for storage software for IBM, where he defines strategy and roadmaps for storage software including Information on Demand, security, compliance, data governance, and archive/backup products.     Gordon joined IBM through acquisition in 1994. Prior to joining IBM he worked in a variety of technical and development management positions for e-mail and directory integration company Soft-Switch. His focus in IBM has been on large-scale Internet deployments, security, and storage. He was part of the core team that brought to market IBM storage virtualization offerings.     Gordon has a BA in Liberal Arts and Sciences from the University of Illinois, over 25 years experience in IT products development, and holds the Senior Technical Staff Member grade in IBM. He also is a past board member of the SNIA Data Management Forum.

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Jose Barreto, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation
Jose Barreto is an experienced IT Professional, with over 20 years in the field working in different technical roles. He graduated in Computer Science at the Universidade Federal do Ceara in Brazil in 1989 and holds several industry certifications, including CISSP, ITIL, MCITS, MCT and many other Microsoft certifications. Jose Barreto is currently working as a Senior Program Manager with the File Server Foundation team at Microsoft. He also keeps an active blog at http://blogs.technet.com/josebda/

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Dr. Alexandros Batsakis, Member of the Technical Staff, NetApp
Dr. Alexandros Batsakis graduated with a Ph.D. in Computer Science from The Johns Hopkins University in October of 2008. His dissertation research focused on file server scalability, including memory optimizations, and I/O prioritization and scheduling. Alexandros earned his M.S. from The Johns Hopkins University in 2005 and his B.S. degree from the Department of Telecommunications and Informatics at the University of Athens in 2002. He is currently a Member of the Technical Staff at  NetApp in Sunnyvale, CA.

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Kai Blin, Developer, Samba Team
Kai Blin is a computational biologist by education and a software developer by passion.  When he is not working on his M.Sc. degree, he writes Open Source code for Samba, an Open Source implementation of the SMB/CIFS protocol and Wine, an Open Source compatibility layer that allows running Windows software on Linux/Unix systems.

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Jeff Bonwick, Distinguished Engineer, Sun Microsystems
Jeff Bonwick is a Sun Fellow and Vice President at Sun Microsystems.
He is the chief architect of ZFS, a new kind of file system that provides simple administration, transactional semantics, end-to-end data integrity, and immense scalability using commodity hardware.  Prior to ZFS Jeff invented the slab allocator, which has been adopted by most modern operating systems, is featured in OS textbooks, and has become part of the curriculum at major universities worldwide.  Jeff created observability tools including kstat and lockstat, and authored many core Solaris services, including mutexes and rwlocks, priority inheritance, task queues, and the LZJB compression algorithm. Jeff holds a BS in Mathematics from the University of Delaware and an MS in Statistics from Stanford.  He has over 50 patents granted or filed.

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Brad Boyer, Sr. Principal Software Engineer, Symantec
Brad Boyer is a Principal Software Engineer with Symantec’s Storage and Availability Management Group in Mountain View, California, where he is currently responsible for Cluster File System development. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Bradley University in Peoria, IL.

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Mike Brasher, Principal Software Development Engineer, Microsoft Corporation
Mike Brasher was the original developer of the OpenPegasus open-source CIM implementation. He cofounded the OpenPegasus project, contributed the initial proof of concept to the Open Group, served as architect in the early years, and continued contributing over the years. Mike was also the original developer of the open-source projects SimpleWBEM (previously CIMPLE) and KonkretCMPI. Prior to his work in the open-source community, Mike worked on the PATROL core team at BMC Software, where he lead a team in developing PATROL agent infrastructure. Mike now works for Microsoft on the System Center Cross-Platform group, where he develops server and storage management infrastructure.

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Molly Brown, Principal Development Lead, Microsoft Corporation
Molly Brown is a Principal Development Lead at Microsoft Corporation for the Windows Offline Files team. Molly has been at Microsoft for 10 years. In her previous roles at Microsoft, she worked on the file system cache manager in the Windows kernel and the file system filter driver architecture.

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Gleb Budman, Co-Founder and CEO, Backblaze
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Mark Carlson, Senior Architect, Sun Microsystems
Mark A. Carlson, Senior Architect at Sun Microsystems' Systems Group, has more than 30 years of experience with Networking and Storage development and more than fifteen year's experience with Java technology. He has spoken at numerous industry forums and events. He is the chair of the SNIA Cloud Storage, NDMP and XAM SDK technical working groups, chairs the DMTF Policy working group, serves on the SNIA Technical Council, and represents Sun Microsystems on the DMTF Technical Committee as well as the DMTF Board of Directors where he serves as VP of Alliances.

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Gerald Carter, Senior Software Engineer, Likewise Software, Inc
Gerald Carter is employed by Likewise Software as the the current Likewise Open community project lead.  He serves as a Senior Software Engineer and spends his time working on the Likewise SMB/CIFS server stack and open source development.  Gerald spent 11 years as a member of the core Samba development team, and has authored "LDAP System Administration" and the third edition of "Using Samba" for O'Reilly Publishing.  He has also been teaching on Open Source technologies since the late 90's.

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Mike Chenery, President and Co-founder, Pliant Technology
Mike Chenery is a co-founder and president of Pliant Technology, a leading developer of Enterprise Flash Drives (EFDs). Before founding Pliant, he served as the vice president of advanced engineering at Fujitsu Computer Products of America. At Fujitsu, he developed and managed the creation of an advanced architecture development group, as well as the design and introduction of three new serial interfaces. Under Chenery’s leadership, the launch of these products helped dramatically enhance the market perception of Fujitsu’s technical leadership capabilities. He has more than 35 years of experience in the storage industry, and has held senior management positions with Memorex, Unisys, Andor Technology, and Micropolis Corporation. Chenery holds the equivalent of a B.S. in Electrical Technology from the South-East London Technical College.

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Bikash Roy Choudhury, Solutions Architect, NetApp
Bikash is a Solutions Architect at NetApp designing and architecting solutions around Software development applications like Perforce, PLM/CAD Applications for Automotive designs like Siemens PLM on different protocols like NFS, iSCSI and FCP and qualifying Oracle database over NFSv4 with NetApp Storage. He also performs competitive analysis on performance evaluation and protocol analysis with different storage vendors over NFS. He is also a speaker at vendor industry conferences like PLM World, Redhat Summit and user forums like Linux Symposium, SNIA and at internal NetApp user communities like SE/PS conferences and Tech ONTAP Live. Prior to this role he was a NFS Partner Engineer partnering with vendors like Redhat, SUSE to provide Linux Alliance support for Pre/Post Sales empowerment and also providing alliance and partner support. He also provided documentation and collateral regarding best practices, performance tuning for customer and Sales. He also has experience as a Technical Global Advisor and a Tech Support Engineer before this, where he managed and provided technical support for enterprise accounts like Oracle, Broadcom, Chevron and Motorola.    Bikash has almost 17 years of hi-tech industry experience behind him. Before joining NetApp he was working a Professional service provider for some of the key accounts. He also was a System Administrator for UNIX setups at University working on various communication projects funded by the government.    Bikash received a B.Sc. in Computer Science Engineering from Regional Engineering College, India and MSCIS from University of Phoenix, San Jose.

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Neal Christiansen,Microsoft Corporation
Neal Christiansen is a Principal Software Development Lead for the NTFS file system team in the Windows Core OS File and Block Storage Group at Microsoft (Redmond WA). Neal joined Microsoft in 1999 as a member of the Core File Systems Group working in the File System Filters team. He later led this team and was involved with the design and implementation of the Windows FilterManager. Neal has 30 years of system software development experience. He led the design and implementation of the NSS File System for NetWare while at Novell. Neal also led the design and implementation of the Motorola 68000 based WMCS operating system for Wicat Systems. Neal has a BS in Computer Science from Brigham Young University.

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Chris Cicchetti, Product Marketing Manager, JDSU Corporation
Chris Cicchetti is a Product Marketing Manager for the Storage Network Test group within JDSU Corporation, a leader in test, measurement, and monitoring equipment for the storage networking industry. In his marketing role, Chris is responsible for business oversight of a variety of JDSU’s Test and Measurement (T&M) products. In his 13 years with the company, Chris has held a number of positions in engineering and engineering management. His experience in these multiple roles gives him a deep technical knowledge of test and monitoring equipment within the storage area networking sector. Prior to JDSU, Mr. Cicchetti accumulated seventeen years of engineering development experience with high-technology companies including hardware and software development, and technical management.

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Simona Cohen, IBM
Simona Rabinovici-Cohen is a research staff member in IBM Haifa Research Laboratory in Israel. She holds B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in computer science, both from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. She was the technical leader of various projects in the area of information integration and knowledge management systems, including data  integration for performance management, integrated medical records, de-identification, biomedical information integration, and IBM ClinicalGenomics solution. Currently, she works on technology to support long-term digital preservation as well as co-chairing SNIA Long Term Retention (LTR) TWG.

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Thomas Coughlin, President, Coughlin Associates
Tom Coughlin, President, Coughlin Associates has been working for over 28 years in the data storage industry at companies such as Ampex, Polaroid, Seagate, Maxtor, Micropolis, Syquest, 3M and other companies.  He has over 60 publications and 6 patents to his credit.  One of his regular market and technology reports covers digital storage in the media and entertainment industry.  Recently a division of Elsevier published his book, Digital Storage in Consumer Electronics:  The Essential Guide.  Dr. Coughlin is active with IDEMA, the IEEE Magnetics Society, IEEE Consumer Electronics Society, SNIA SSSI, SMPTE and other professional organizations.  He is the founder and organizer of the Annual Storage Visions Conference (a partner of  the International CES) as well as the Creative Storage Conference (held in conjunction with the annual NAB show). Coughlin Associates provides market and technology analysis as well as Data Storage Technical Consulting services.  For more information on Coughlin Associates please see: www.tomcoughlin.com.

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Jason Cox, Editor, Storage Architecture Core Specification, Trusted Computing Group
Jason Cox is a software engineer and system architect working in Seagate Technology Research, where he is primarily involved in defining security subsystem architectures for hard drives.  Jason participates in the Trusted Computing Group Storage Working Group as editor of the TCG Storage Architecture Core Specification.  He also is a contributor to the Storage Interface Interactions, Key Management Services, and Storage Conformance SWG Subgroups.

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John Crandall, Network and Storage Management Office of the CTO, Brocade
John Crandall is Senior Staff Engineer for Brocade’s Technology Group, responsible for ensuring management standards integration into the Brocade architecture. Crandall works closely with standards organizations such as SNIA and DMTF to develop, drive, and promote standards to simplify management of heterogeneous Storage Area Networks.

While at Brocade, Crandall was one of the original architects of the Bluefin Specification and is a Principal Author of the SNIA’s Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) and core team member of it’s steering group. Crandall also chairs the SNIA’s Fibre Channel Technical Work Group, is a member of the DMTF Technical Council, is the SNIA’s liaison to the DMTF, and is the Chair of the DMTF Core Schema Work Group. Also Crandall has been recognized by the SNIA as a SMI Distinguished Engineer and by the DMTF with the Star Award.

Crandall has been with Brocade for over four years, has more than 10 years of experience in enterprise system management, and over 20 years as a high technology engineer. Prior to Brocade, Crandall was a Project Lead at Intel’s Fabric Components Division, responsible for defining requirements for Intel’s InfiniBand management products. While at Intel, Crandall developed the first prototype CIM provider for fabrics using InfiniBand prototype hardware.

Prior to Intel, he held multiple project leadership positions at Siemens, where he worked on enterprise and network management. Prior to that, he spent a decade at GE developing flight control systems, advanced radar systems, voice switching control systems, and reactor information systems. Crandall holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science Engineering from San Jose State University.

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Kevin Crook, VP Product, Clearpace Software
Kevin Crook has over 20 years experience in the IT industry with more than 15 years experience in product management and engineering.  Kevin spent time working in the UK before moving abroad to North America working for Crystal Decisions before it was taken over by Business Objects and grew to over 5000 employees.  Finally returning to the UK in the year 2007 to join Clearpace Software running the product management and engineering team.  Clearpace developing a database archiving product called NParchive which provides archiving solutions for the long-term retention and retrieval of structured data within the enterprise.

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David Cuddihy, Principal Engineer, ATTO Technology
David Cuddihy is a Principal Engineer at ATTO Technology, Inc. in Amherst, NY. As part of ATTO’s Embedded Software Group over 10 years, he has been integral to the development of many ATTO products; most notably, David is the chief architect for ATTO’s Virtual Device Architecture, which is at the core of all of ATTO’s storage appliance products. Additionally, he developed ATTO’s support for protocols and technologies including Internet SCSI (iSCSI), Network Data Management Protocol (NDMP) and Virtual Tape (VT). David’s research interests include IP-based storage and data encryption. An avid musician, he has a BS in Computer Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology (1992), and before joining ATTO, designed radio firmware at Harris RF Communications in Rochester, NY.

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Steven Danneman, Software Development Engineer II, Isilon Systems
Steven Danneman is a Software Development Engineer at Isilon Systems in Seattle, WA makers of scale-out NAS clusters.  He is also a member of the Samba team developing open source Windows interoperability software for the *nix world.  Steven has a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Washington.

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David Deming, President, Solution Technology
David Deming is the president and founder of Solution Technology. He is a certified experiential facilitator and coach who has an extensive background in both the storage networking industry and personal growth techniques and technology.

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David Dodgson, Software Engineer, Unisys Corporation
David Dodgson has been a software engineer with Unisys Corp. for over thirty years. He has worked on programming languages such as COBOL and C++, operating systems, and storage solutions. David is currently on the architecture team for the Unisys Stealth Security project.

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Gary Drossel, Director VP Product Planning, Western Digital Solid State Storage Business Unit
Gary Drossel is the director of product planning at Western Digital’s Solid State Storage Business Unit.  Prior the March 2009 acquisition of SiliconSystems by Western Digital, Drossel was the vice president of product planning at SiliconSystems.  Previously, Drossel has also held various marketing, sales and field engineering management positions with SimpleTech, Motorola Computer Group's Pro-Log division and the industrial automation group of Parker Hannifin.  Drossel graduated with a B.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Wisconsin

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Chris Dunder, Student, Santa Clara University
Chris Dunder is a student with Santa Clara University working towards his BSc and MA in Computer Engineering. He worked as an intern for Intel, Data Domain and Agami Systems, on data deduplication and other projects. The work presented here has been done while working as an intern for Symantec.

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Michael Eisler, Editor for NFSv4.1 Specification, NetApp
Michael co-authored RFC3530, the NFSv4 specification and is currently an editor for the NFSv4.1 specification. He  works for NetApp on NFS and things related to NFS. He was the primary author for RFC2203, which adds real security to NFS, and he led the SEAM project at Sun that produced the first NFS implementation that used Kerberos V5 authentication.

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Liu Jun Feng, Staff Software Engineer, IBM CSTL
Jun Feng Liu joined IBM since 2004, currently focus on system management software development and design.

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Dr. Sam Fineberg, HP
Dr. Sam Fineberg is a Distinguished Technologist in HP Software’s Information Management Chief Technologist office.  In that role, he focuses on HP’s next generation archiving and product integration strategy.  Dr. Fineberg is an expert in the technology areas related to information management including search, classification, content management, deduplication, records management, and archiving.  Prior to his current role, he was the senior architect for HP’s Integrated Archiving Platform.  Dr. Fineberg has published papers and filed patents in the areas of storage systems, deduplication, parallel and distributed systems, high performance computing, databases, and I/O.  He was a key contributor to the Message Passing Interface (MPI) and MPI Input/Output (MPI-2 I/O) specifications, the Direct Access File System (DAFS), and the NAS Parallel Benchmarks.

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Vincent Franceschini, Senior Director of Future Technologies, Hitachi Data Systems
Vincent Franceschini is the Senior Director of Future Technologies for Hitachi Data Systems, reporting directly to the Corporation’s Chief Technology Officer. In this role he is responsible for defining the future direction of Hitachi Data System's Data Networking solutions on a worldwide basis and for selecting the key future technologies and solutions that the corporation will market.

Vincent is also Hitachi Data Systems' primary representative in leading industry standards bodies such as the SNIA. Board director of SNIA between 2001 and 2005, Vincent was elected Vice-Chairman of the Board in 2002 and 2003, and Treasurer of the SNIA Executive Committee in 2004. Re-elected Board Director in 2006, Vincent is proudly serving his second year as Chairman of the Board. Since 1999, Vincent has contributed to and held leadership roles in various SNIA activities such as SNIA International, Strategic Alliances, Storage Management Initiative and Grid.

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Igor Gokhman, Senior Developer, Visuality Systems Ltd
Igor joined Visuality Systems in 2003. As a lead developer, he is responsible for implementing mission-critical core of the Visuality products. Igor has contributed to  NQ CIFS and CAX products as well as for a number of portings on a range of platforms from Linux to very exotic systems. Igor holds a BSc in Computer Science.

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Leonid Grossman, Title, Company Pending
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Anil Gurumurthy, Architect, Wipro Technologies
Anil Gurumurthy is an architect with Wipro Technologies with over 8 years of experience in systems programming, embedded systems, storage and networking. He is a graduate from University of Mysore with a bachelor's degree in Engineering in Computer Science.  In his current role, he works as a consultant to a market leader in 10Gbe, working on their next generation 10Gbe adapters. Prior to this, he had worked on multi protocol routers for a leading HBA manufacturer, storage virtualization and tape virtualization products for an industry leader in tape products.  His interests include virtualization, storage networking and application development on storage platforms.

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Marcello Hasegawa, Software Engineer, Microsoft Corporation
Marcello Hasegawa is a Software Engineer in Test with Microsoft’s Storage Solution Division. He graduated in Physics at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil and holds a Master degree in theoretical Physics. Marcello Hasegawa worked previously for the aerospace industry developing software for simulation in aircraft design. He is currently working on feature and performance testing for the Distributed File Systems Namespace component on Windows Server.

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Christopher Hertel, CTO, ubiqx Development, Inc
Christopher R. Hertel is a Samba and jCIFS Team member, founder and CTO of ubiqx Development, Inc., and author of "Implementing CIFS--The Common Internet File System".

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Tom Hickman, Founder, Inside Outsource Consulting
Tom is a thought leader in the fields of IT outsourcing (ITO) and outsourced product development (OPD). He has extensive speaking experience in networking, storage, and software development forums.  During his professional career, Tom has built and managed a multi-vendor multi-campus outsourcing portfolio employing over 300 engineers in a variety of disciplines. Prior to his work in global team management, he built industry leading backup and storage technologies at Iron Mountain and Connected Corp, and deployed high-end OSS and provisioning solutions at Internet service providers across the globe for Cisco Systems.     In April 2008, Tom founded Inside Outsource Consulting (www.isosconsulting.com) to provide turnkey management of engineering and technology outsourcing services for his clients.     Tom has a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from The Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Larry Hofer, Office of the CTO, Security Architect, Emulex
Larry Hofer is responsible for architecting industry-leading security solutions for Emulex and has a broad knowledge of protocols, products, and the Common Body of Knowledge. His experience includes secure protocol applications, application of cryptography, access controls, applications and system development, security architectures, and storage network security.    Larry is an active member of the SNIA Security TWG and other standards groups and was a major contributor to the ANSI T11.3 Fibre Channel Security Protocol (FC-SP) standard. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and has completed Dept. of Commerce training, Stanford Computer Security Certificate, BSEE and MSCIS degrees. Larry is a licensed Professional Engineer and an IEEE member.

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Abhinav Jawadekar, Founder, Sound Paradigm Software Engineering Services Pvt. Ltd.
Abhinav is a recognized expert, trainer and speaker in the area of Storage, Virtualization and Information Lifecycle Management related technologies and has presented at many technical forums.     During his professional career spanning 15 years, Abhinav incubated several teams to work on software products as head of the Storage Technology practice at Symphony Services, Pune, India and designed high profile storage area networks and developed storage array software at Digital Equipment/Compaq/HP Corporation, Colorado Springs, USA. He started his software career by writing firmware and device drivers for storage devices.     In May 2008 Abhinav founded Sound Paradigm Software Engineering Services Pvt. Ltd. (www.soundparadigm.com) to provide training and consulting services in the areas of Storage, Virtualization and Information Lifecycle Management Technologies, Global Team Operations as well as Software Techno-Management.     Abhinav possesses M. Sc. (Comp. Sc.) from the Department of Computer Science, University of Pune.

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Dr. Joy Jiang, Product Line Manager, Finisar
Dr. Jiang is an active FCIA and T11 member on behalf of Finisar. She has extensive experiences on FCoE/Enhanced Ethernet technology. She works closely with FCoE ecosystem partners for introducing and promoting FCoE at early stage. As Product Line Manager at Finisar, Network Tools division, she is in charge of designing and marketing protocol testing solution for FCoE technology. She holds the Ph.D. degree of Mechanical Engineering from University of California, Berkeley.

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Dr. M. K Jibbe, Distinguished Engineer/Tech Manager, LSI Corporation
Dr. M. K. Jibbe manages the test architect & Interoperability team in Wichita, Ks, and Product Certification Team in India at LSI Corporation (ESG). As an architect lead, Dr. Jibbe and his group define and design the test requirements and test processes for all the LSI Storage products. Dr. Jibbe has been awarded 18 US / Canada patents, 29 others in Patent Pending State, and published over 47 papers in different technical Conferences held in USA and Europe. Dr. M. K. Jibbe is an Adjunct Professor at The Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas, USA. Dr. Jibbe teaches classes related to hardware simulation, MPP, Interface protocols, Computer Architecture, Programming Languages and Standards, and other Basic Electrical and Computer engineering classes.

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Madhu Jujare, Senior Software Design Engineer, Microsoft
Madhu Jujare is a Senior Software Design Engineer with Microsoft Corporation, Redmond where he is currently working on System Center Virtual Machine Manager project. He is been working at Microsoft on server virtualization and storage technologies for past 5 years. Prior to Microsoft, he worked in IBM Beaverton on SAN file system and NUMA Server technologies. He holds a Masters in Computer Science from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon.

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Ran Kalach, Principal Development Manager, Microsoft
Ran Kalach is a Development Manager in the Storage Solutions Division in Microsoft. Ran works on data management for file servers and currently manages several projects:
(1) FSRM – File Resource Manager
(2) FCI – File Classification Infrastructure, new in Windows Server 2008 R2
(3) New initiatives for data management and data optimization.

Ran joined Microsoft in early 1999 working as a Software Design Engineer in the File System and Storage group in Windows core. Since then he worked as a Development Lead and Manager on several storage related project, among them VSS (shadow copies), backup and volume management. Before coming to Microsoft, Ran worked in Comverse – a companies which develops voice-mail and call-centers solutions, with a large development center in Israel. Ran has a BA in Math and Computer Science from Tel Aviv University.

In his spare time, Ran enjoys hiking, traveling and spending time with the family - his twin boys (5 years old) and daughter (8 tears old) keep him busy.

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Kirubakaran Kaliannan, Principal Software Engineer, Symantec
Kirubakaran Kaliannan is a Principal Software Engineer with Symantec's Storage and Availability Management Group (SAMG) headquartered in Mountain View, California, where he is actively engaged in the design and development of Thin-Provisioning in Volume Manager. I have 11 years of experience include the development of thin provision support, Dynamic multipathing, cluster volume manager and unix kernel development. His professional interests include kernel memory management and web designing.

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Girija kumar raghav Kasinadhuni, Software Engineer, Wipro Technologies
Girija Kumar Raghav Kasinadhuni is a software engineer with Wipro Technologies for close to 2 years with experience in embedded system and storage technologies. In his current role, he is working on developing SMI-S solution for next generation RAID solution. His main focus is in developing specialized software stack for RAID storage processors.

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Sajjad H Khazipura, Chief Architect and General Manager, Wipro Technologies
Sajjad Hussain Khazipura is the Chief Architect and General Manager serving Wipro’s customers in the Technology Vertical. He is responsible for driving Wipro’s product engineering services addressing the needs of information infrastructure product vendors.

Sajjad brings over 19 years of industry experience leading engineering teams and developing reliable, available, scalable SMP and NUMA Operating Systems, Server Technologies, Storage Software for the industry’s leading product vendors.

In his capacity as the Chief Architect & General Manager, Sajjad owns the Service Management function for delivering new R&D services, leading co-innovation between Wipro’s customers and Wipro engineering teams in the design and architecture of new solutions.

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Nico Kicillof, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation
Nico is a Lead Program Manager in the Protocol Engineering Team at Microsoft where he creates functional specifications and manages the software development process for testing tools. Previously, Nico was an Assistant Professor at University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he taught Programming Languages and Formal Methods. He was also an active researcher in the Software Engineering field, in projects funded both by government agencies and the private sector. He has several peer-reviewed publications in prestigious conferences and journals. After various visits to Microsoft as a Research Intern Research and a Graduate Research Fellow, he moved to the Seattle area with his wife to participate in the project of testing Microsoft’s protocol documentation for interoperability.

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Zack Kirsch, Software Development Engineer II, Isilon Systems
Zack Kirsch is a Software Development Engineer at Isilon Systems in Seattle, WA.  Zack works on NFSv4 and CIFS/SMB interoperability and is the expert on Isilon's ACL system.  Zack has a B.S. in Computer Science from Purdue University.

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Frederick Knight, SAN Standards Technologist, NetApp
Frederick Knight is the principal SCSI and Fibre Channel standards representative  for NetApp.  He is involved with organizations such as INCITS T10 (SCSI), T11 (FC),  T13 (ATA), IETF (iSCSI), SNIA (MMA), and the FCIA (FC).  He implemented the world's  first FCoE target device; which is the NetApp target in the end-to-end FCoE demo  seen at SNW, and is the FCoE Evangelist within NetApp.    He has over 30 years of experience with Computer Systems, Operating System and  Storage system design and implementation.    Prior to NetApp, Knight was the architect at HP for the Tru64 TruCluster I/O stack.  Prior to HP, he did operating system design for UNIX as well as proprietary Operating  Systems for COMPAQ.  He was also a Computer Systems Educator with Digital Equipment  Corporation.  He has contributed to many ANSI storage standards, and holds several  patents related to Operating System and Storage System designs.

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David Kruse, Lead Software Developer, Microsoft
David Kruse is a Lead Software Developer at Microsoft, and has been working on SMB/CIFS at Microsoft for all major releases from Windows 2000 through Windows 7.  He has also worked on related storage technologies at Microsoft, including the Offline Files abilities in Windows and the WebDAV redirector.

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Mohamed Lawindi, Software Development Engineer II, Microsoft Corporation
Mohamed Lawindi joined Microsoft in 1999 after graduating from the American University in Cairo with a B.Sc. in Computer Science. Lawindi worked for several years on Windows Service Packs Networking and Windows Storage teams. He has worked on Microsoft iSCSI technology for over five years. Lawindi is currently working in the System Center Cross Platform and Interop team with storage management solutions and the adoption and development of SMI-S technology.

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Albert Lee, Software Design Engineer II, Microsoft Corporation
Albert is a Software Development Engineering II in the Protocol Engineering Team at Microsoft where he leads a development team to work on testing Microsoft’s protocol documentation for interoperability with the model base testing tools. Albert graduated as Statistic Bachelor from Tianjin University of Financial and Economic. Before joining Microsoft he had 9 years of experience on internet technology.
 

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Volker Lendecke, Samba Team/SerNet
Volker Lendecke is member of the Samba Team and Co-Founder of SerNet GmbH, the main Samba support company in Europe with a strong customer base in the US.

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Paul Long, Network Monitor Technical Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation
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Raghu Malige, Technical Director, Symantec
Raghupathi  (Raghu)  Malige is a technical director  with Symantec’s Storage and Availability Management Group (SAMG) headquartered in Mountain View, California, where he is currently responsible for developing special database software for Oracle Database. His 20+ years of experience include improving Oracle performance with Storage Foundation and special tools for managing  Oracle  database.  Raghu  holds two patents  in specialized locking and snapshot technology for Oracle. He holds Master of Engineering  in Electrical Communication Engineering from Indian Institute of Science Bangalore, India.

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Murthy Mamidi, Technical Director, Symantec
Murthy V Mamidi is a technical director with Syamantec's file system group headquartered in Mountain View, California. He is currently working on advanced file system features with a data center wide storage tiering focus. His expertise includes file system applications, data governance, unix and unix like kernels and device drivers, graphic applications and databases. He likes hands-on approach and is quite involved in the product and feature implementations. He likes to work on usable storage optimization technicques. Earlier he was an active member of SNIA/File System Working Group. He holds a masters degree in computer sciences.

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Paul Massiglia, Technical Director, Symantec
Paul Massiglia has been an engineer, product manager, and marketing manager in the   data storage industry since 1979, with such companies as Digital, Adaptec, Quantum,   Veritas, and Symantec. He is a former BoD member and Education Committee   Chairperson of the SNIA, and originated the SNIA certification, tutorial, and   technology booklet programs. A former vice chairman of the RAID Advisory Board, he   is the author of 13 books on data storage topics, including The RAIDbook.

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Brian McKean,Storage Architect, LSI
Brian McKean is a storage architect in the Advanced Development Group at LSI Engenio Storage Group. He has been recently been working with flash technology in storage systems.  Brian has been developing products for the computer storage industry since 1990. Products Brian has contributed to include disk array subsystems, printers, disk drives and magneto-optic drives. He holds 18 storage systems related patents.  Brian has a BS from Purdue University and a MS ECE from University of Texas.

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Michael Mesnier, Storage Systems Researcher, Intel Corporation
Michael Mesnier is a storage systems researcher at Intel. He leads the Differentiated Storage Services project in Intel Labs and has led numerous other projects, including relative fitness modeling, parallel I/O trace replay (//TRACE), and attribute-based learning environments (ABLE).  Mike is an active member of the storage community. He created Intel’s Open Storage Toolkit (industry’s first release of iSCSI), and he co-chaired the SNIA working group for object-based storage. Mike received a masters of computer science from UIUC (’98) and a PhD in computer engineering from CMU (’07).  He holds two patents and has numerous publications.

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Bill Moore, Distinguished Engineer, Sun Microsystems
Bill Moore is a Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems, and is currently working in Sun Labs, exploring optimized system designs for running ZFS. He previously served as Chief Engineer for the Storage Server group, working on the design of Sun's next-generation storage servers. He co-led the team (along with Jeff Bonwick) that delivered Sun's innovative ZFS filesystem. Bill first joined Sun in 1996 working on the SunFire x800 series of servers. He left Sun in 1999 to help form a startup, 3PARdata, focused on delivering a highly scalable enterprise storage system, where he was involved in every aspect of the overall HW and SW design. Bill re-joined Sun in 2003 to apply his storage industry expertise towards ZFS and the design of Sun's ext-generation storage servers.

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Anirban Mukherjee, Software Engineer, Symantec
Anirban Mukherjee is a Software Engineer with Symantec's Storage and Availability Management Group (SAMG) headquartered in Mountain View, California, where he is actively engaged in the development of Veritas File System (VxFS). His 3 years of experience include the development of thin provision (reclaim) support, enhancement of mount lock feature, enhancement of in-house kernel profiler. He holds a Masters degree in Computer Science from Chennai Mathematical Institute(CMI), India. His professional interests include cryptography and algorithms.

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Govindan Nampoothiri, Software Engineer, Wipro Technologies
Govindan Nampoothiri is a software engineer with Wipro Technologies for close to 4 years of experience in embedded systems and storage technologies. He is a graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Engineering in Computer Science. In his current role he is working on developing SMI-S solutions for next generation RAID solution. His main focus is in improving the performance of RAID providers while interacting with devices from multiple vendors. Prior to this, he has worked on technologies related to virtual tape library, GUI and provisioning. His interest includes optimizing SMI-S providers in Linux and Windows operating systems.

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Bartosz Nyczkowski, Software Development Engineer, Microsoft
Bartosz Nyczkowski joined Microsoft in 2006 after graduating from Poznan University of Technology in Poland. He is currently working as a Software Development Engineer in the Server Performance team and focuses on the file systems performance.

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Adi Oltean, Senior SDE, Microsoft Corporation
Adi Oltean is a Software SDE in the Windows File Server team, having more than 10 years of expertise in developing storage technologies within Microsoft. His main focus is architecting next-generation storage management services, one such examples being the File Classification infrastructure. Being passionate about storage standards, one of his past achievements was prototyping and demonstrating the integration of SMI-S standards with other Microsoft storage services.

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David Peterson, Senior Advisory Engineer, Brocade
David Peterson, Senior Advisory Software Engineer at Brocade, has more than 25 years of experience with Storage and Networking development and more than ten year's experience with standards development. He is the working group chair and technical editor for numerous standards (e.g., Fibre Channel Protocol for SCSI, SCSI tape, and the Fibre Channel Backbone standards including FCoE). He represents Brocade at the INCITS T10, INCITS T11, and IEEE 802.1 technical committees and is also the INCITS T11 International Representative. Dave has been employed by companies such as Network Systems, StorageTek, NuSpeed, Cisco, SBS Technologies, CNT and McData.

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Mark Rabinovich, Project Manager, Visuality Systems Ltd
With 25 years software development experience Mark heads the development of the NQ CIFS and CAX Products range being also the Software Architect for the same product lines. Prior to joining Visuality Systems in 2002, Mark managed the completion of three large scale development projects. Mark holds an MD in Electronics.

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Ravi Rao, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation
Ravi Rao is a Senior Program Manager in the Windows Networking team and manages the BranchCache program. Prior to BranchCache, Ravi was responsible for building and shipping the peer to peer platform and protocols in various windows releases and the .NET framework as well. Before working on Peer to Peer, Ravi built Universal Plug and Play, an industry-wide initiative to allow for PCs and devices in homes to effectively network and communicate with each other. Ravi holds an MS in computer science from Michigan State University where he specialized in distributed systems.

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Sudhir Rao, Storage Platform Management Architect, IBM
Sudhir Rao has a master's degree in Computer Engineering from Indian Insitute of Science, Bangalore and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Indiana University. He worked in Wipro Information Technology on graphic workstation design. He later worked in Informix Software on parallel database servers and cluster management. After IBM's acquisition of Informix Software, he worked on SAN filesystems, cluster management, HA, storage management, and virtualization management.

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Erik Riedel, PhD, Senior Director, Technology & Architecture, EMC Corporation
Chair, SNIA Green Storage Technical Work Group (TWG)
Member, SNIA Technical Council

Erik Riedel, Ph.D. is Senior Director of Technology & Architecture in the Cloud Infrastructure Group at EMC in Cambridge, MA. The group is working to build cloud storage technology for deployment in private and public clouds. Focus areas include scalability, robustness, metadata-informed policy, multi-tenancy and security.

Erik is a member of the SNIA Technical Council, helping to lead industry-wide education, technology promotion and standardization efforts.

Before joining EMC, Erik was Director of Interfaces & Architecture at Seagate Research in Pittsburgh, PA.  The group he founded and led focussed on novel storage devices and systems with increased intelligence to optimize performance, improve security, improve reliability, and enable smarter organization of data.  The technology targetted both large-scale enterprise storage clusters and ad-hoc collections of consumer and mobile storage devices working together.  Previously, Erik was a researcher in the storage program at Hewlett-Packard Labs in Palo Alto, CA.
He has authored and co-authored eleven granted patents and a number of pending patent applications, as well as numerous technical publications on a range of storage-related topics.

Erik holds B.S., M.S.E. and Ph.D. degrees from Carnegie Mellon University.  His thesis work was on Active Disks as an extension to Network-Attached Secure Disks (NASD).

 

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Ramani Routray, Senior Software Engineer, IBM
Ramani Routray is a Senior Software Engineer at IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, California. His research interests are: storage systems, integrated server-network-storage management, disaster recovery, SAN Simulation, HPC Management and machine learning. He has been with IBM since 1999. He has authored several IBM academy papers, publications in external conferences, IBM Redbook and has filed several patents. One of the patent(U.S. Patent US7246254B2) - ADR(Autonomic Data Recovery) was awarded with Autonomic Computing special patent award. He has also made significant contributions to IBM Totalstorage Productivity Center (TPC), Eclipse Aperi SAN Simulator.

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Afshin Salek, Staff Engineer, Sun Microsystems
Afshin is the Senior Engineer on the OpenSolaris CIFS service.

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Spencer Shepler, CTO, Storspeed
As the CTO, Spencer is responsible for guiding the technical direction of Storspeed. Spencer's broad storage experience includes key positions at IBM and Sun Microsystems where he was responsible for the delivery of NFS implementations for both AIX and Solaris. Spencer is currently the co-chair of the NFS working group of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and is a co-author of the NFSv4.0 RFC and co-editor of the NFSv4.1 RFC. He has been a contributor to the SPEC organization in the delivery of the SFS benchmarks. Spencer holds a BS in Computer Science from Ball State and a MS in Computer Science from Purdue.

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Piyush Shivam, Piyush Shivam
Piyush Shivam is a kernel engineer at Sun Microsystems in the NFS group.  Piyush currently works on design and development of pNFS server for OpenSolaris. Before joining Sun, Piyush worked on the design and development of network protocols for high performance computing, end-to-end performance modeling of computer applications and systems, and exploring the role of statistical learning techniques for automated system management. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Duke University and his MS in Computer and Information Science from The Ohio State University. He is the author of several refereed conference and workshop papers.

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Richard Solomon, Host Interface Architect, LSI Corporation
Richard Solomon is the Host Interface Architect for LSI's Storage Components Division in Colorado. He has been involved in the development of PCI storage controllers dating back to the NCR 53C810 and pre-1.0 versions of the PCI specification. Richard was a key contributor to both the Single Root and Multi-Root PCI Express I/O Virtualization specifications, and he continues to represent LSI on wide variety of PCI-SIG workgroups. Richard holds a BSEE from Rice University and seventeen US Patents.

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Vivek Srinivasa, Tata Consultancy Services
Vivek is a solution engineer for storage systems product engineering practice of TCS for the last four years. Vivek has extensive experience in engineering solutions for NAS systems, virtualization, Green IT and Performance engineering.

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Dr. Gradimir Starovic, Developer, Storage and Availability Management Group (SAMG), Symantec
Dr G.Starovic is a developer with Symantec’s Storage and Availability Management Group (SAMG) headquartered in Mountain View, California, where he is currently working on the Scalable File Server. He's been 8 years with Veritas Software and then Symantec working on the development of VxFS and on related projects. He holds PhD and MSc in Computer Science from Trinity College Dublin.

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Lew Tucker, Sun Microsystems
Lew Tucker is Vice President and CTO of Cloud Computing at Sun Microsystems, Inc. His focus today is on the evolution of computing as it moves into the cloud, but his contributions span several waves of technology innovation over the last twenty years.  Prior to re-joining Sun Microsystems, he was a Vice President at Salesforce.com where he created the AppExchange, advancing the company's strategy to become the leading SaaS platform for business applications. He went on to be CTO at Radar Networks, an innovative semantic-web based Internet service for tracking interests. During his previous tenure at Sun Microsystems, Tucker was an early member of the JavaSoft executive team at Sun driving developer adoption of the Java platform, and later became Vice President, Internet Services, with overall responsibility for Sun's Internet sites and services.

Tucker's interest in distributed computing started in the mid 80’s as a research scientist and Director of advanced development at Thinking Machines, working on machine vision and system architecture to create the massively parallel Connection Machine.  He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science and has a background in Artificial Intelligence, Neurobiology, and large-scale parallel algorithms.

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Denis Vilfort, Senior Product Manager, Sun Microsystems
Denis Vilfort is Sr. Product Manager at Sun Microsystems responsible for Sun’s storage portfolio and definition of new new storage products.

Since joining Sun in 2002, Denis has played a pivotal role in growing Sun’s data management and storage offerings. A popular speaker, Denis frequently presents at Sun’s many venues and also enjoys consulting with Fortune 1000 customers on how to optimize data management strategies for maximum business impact.

Denis’ distinguished 20-year Silicon Valley career spans executive, marketing, and technical sales management. Before joining Sun Microsystems, Denis was Sr. SAN Architect for QLogic Corporation, a leading provider of SAN HBAs and fabric switches. Prior to QLogic, Denis was Director of Strategic Marketing for Gadzoox Networks

 

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Masroor VP, Senior System Engineer, Wipro Technologies
Masroor is a Senior Systems Engineer in Wipro Technologies with over 4 years of experience. He has experience working on development of industrial protocol stacks on Embedded Linux. In Wipro, he has worked on the driver development of 10Gb Ethernet adapters on Linux platform. He is also involved on the performance analysis of the IO virtualization assisted Ethernet Adapters on Xen virtualization environment. He also has developed a Pre Executable Environment(PXE) driver for the high speed Ethernet Adapters.  He has got a graduation in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Calicut University.

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Lisa Week, Software/Kernel Engineer, Sun Microsystems
Lisa Week is a kernel engineer at Sun Microsystems in the NFS group.  She graduated from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering and has been at Sun for 7.5 years.  Lisa currently works on developing the pNFS server for OpenSolaris and specializes in the design and implementation of the pNFS data server and the pNFS management interfaces.

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SW Worth, Senior Standards Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation
SW Worth is a Senior Standards 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 Worth 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

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Alan Wright, Senior Staff Engineer, Sun Microsystems
Alan is the Senior Staff Enginner, architect and team lead for OpenSolaris Windows interoperability and the OpenSolaris CIFS service.

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Jian Yan, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation
Started my storage experience in Microsoft Exchange, I worked on storage performance verification for Exchange Server 2003. I developed JetStress to do most deployment verification, and worked on the ESRP (Exchange Solution Reviewd Program). 3 years ago, I moved to the Windows File System team, to get closer to the storage. I worked on several applications on Windows, including disk management, Storage manager for SAN, Share and storage management. I’m now part of the File Server Foundation team, working on the Windows File Servers.

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Bo Zhou, Software Engineer, Sun Microsystems
Bo Zhou joined Sun Microsystems as a software engineer in 2007. He
received his M.E in Computer Science and Technology from Beijing
University of Posts and Telecommunications. Now he is a member of OSS
Core I/O group. His engineering and research work is mainly focus on
SCSI target drivers. Before joining Sun, Bo was a research intern at
Microsoft Research Asia.

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