Storage Valley Supper Club IX
Thursday, April 30, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)
Thursday April 30th, 6 PM at Dave and Busters, The Great Mall, Milpitas, CA
Our Charter/Purpose is three-fold:
• To promote fellowship among the participants in the storage industry.
• To provide a informal forum for and to foster the continuing development of storage technology.
• To Eat, Drink, Be Merry, and Network!
Because it's ALL about STORAGE!
Who is eligible to attend participate:
Anyone with present or past affiliations in the storage arena—including components, drives, systems and software: optical, magnetic, and solid state.
6:00 pm Arrive, Register, Networking, BAR Sponsored by Connected Data!
7:15 pm Dinner
Fire grilled salmon served over sauteed spinach
Asian glazed chicken drums
(Vegatable Lasagna by special request)
Honey glazed baby carrots
Spicy rice medley
Garlic herb roasted potatoes
Fresh baked rolls with butter
Unlimited coffee, tea and sodas
~8 pm After Dinner Program
1. Geoff Barrall, Founder & CEO of Connected Data
Is It Really All Going to the Cloud?
Recent research shows that almost 50% of employees in large companies are bypassing traditional files servers and using Dropbox without IT¹s permission. Increasingly mobile workforces and privacy issues with public cloud have put pressure on IT departments to find solutions that satisfy both end user demands and corporate policies. This ³IT Dilemma² is giving rise to a new class of private cloud storage appliances that deliver the simple sync, access and share solution that users want on private devices that companies own and control.
Geoff Barrall has over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur, investor and executive. He has founded over six companies and is currently serving on the board of several companies from startup to publicly traded. Prior to Connected Data, Geoff was the founder and CEO of Data Robotics. He drove the design and development of Drobo, one of the most widely recognized brands in digital storage. He grew sales to a $40M annual run rate within ten quarters of initial product launch. Geoff was also the founder and CTO of BlueArc, which was sold to Hitachi Data Systems in 2011.
Geoff Barrall earned his PhD in Cybernetics at The University of Reading.
2. Geoff Stedman, Senior Vice President, StorNext Solutions
Geoff Stedman is Quantum’s senior vice president of StorNext Solutions, focused on expanding the company’s leadership in scale-out storage solutions across current and new vertical markets. Stedman has a broad range of storage experience and has held a number of executive positions leading go-to-market strategy and execution. Before joining Quantum in March 2014, he was head of marketing at Tintri, where he played a key role in helping the company achieve record revenue growth. Prior to Tintri, Stedman spent two years as senior vice president of marketing and general manager, Storage Business Unit at Harmonic, which he joined in conjunction with the company’s acquisition of Omneon. In addition to leading corporate marketing activities at Harmonic, Stedman oversaw product and market development for the Omneon MediaGrid storage product line. Before the acquisition, he served as Omneon’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing for seven years. Earlier in his career, Stedman held marketing positions at SonicWALL, Aladdin Knowledge Systems, Preview Systems and Silicon Graphics.
3. Gleb Budman, CEO and co-founder, Backblaze
Scaling to a Zettabyte of Cloud Storage, On a Budget
How do you build a cloud storage system that can store a zettabyte of data, without breaking the bank? Backblaze has designed it’s own hardware and software and currently stores over 150 petabytes of data. In this presentation, Gleb will share the hardware design, which the company open-sourced; the newly announced Vault software; and the approach to scaling to a zettabyte.
Gleb Budman is CEO and co-founder of Backblaze, a leading cloud backup service that automatically backs up unlimited computer data for $5 per month per computer. Gleb bootstrapped Backblaze to millions in revenue and profitability. Previously, Gleb led the product teams from pre-funding through acquisition at Kendara and MailFrontier, and founded three prior companies. He received his B.S. in mechanical engineering and MBA from Berkeley, has been a speaker at GigaOm Structure, SNIA, and Massive Storage Systems Technology conference; profiled by Inc. and Forbes; was a mentor for Founders Institute and Teens in Tech; and holds 5 patents on security. @GlebBudman
~9 pm Meeting Ends
Questions: Contact Ron Dennison: Ron@RonDennison.com or Tom Coughlin: Tom@TomCoughlin.com
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