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Wednesday, September 18, 2019 from 6:30 PM to 8:45 PM (PDT)

Storage Valley Supper Club 2019

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Entitles the member or his designate to attend the 2019 dinner meeting.
Sep 15, 2019 $40.00 $2.99

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Storage Visions® 2019

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Storage Valley Supper Club!

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 6:30 PM

New Venue


385 Moffett Park Drive

Sunnnyvale, CA 94089

New Menu
Mexican, Margaritas, Beer

New Technology
New Frontiers in Storage and Memory

New Sponsor

L2 Drive



6:30 pm Arrive, Register, Networking, BAR Sponsored by  L2 Drive

7:15 pm Dinner

Mexican Buffet

~8 pm After Dinner Program

THEME: New Frontiers in Storage and Memory

SPEAKERS (Please contact Tom Coughlin or Ron Dennison if you wish to join the program)

Opening Invited Presentation:

Emerging Memories Drive the Use of AI to the Edge

Abstract: Emerging non-volatile memories such as magnetic random access memory (MRAM), resistive random access memory (RRAM) and phase change memory (PCM) will find uses in AI training as well as inference engines. This will drive the use of these memories in the data center, at the edge and at IoT end points. This talk will dicuss the uses of new memory to augment SSDs and HDDs to create a new world of applications and driving capital equipment spending to make these memory factories of tomorrow.

Tom Coughlin, President, Coughlin Associates is a digital storage analyst and business and technology consultant. He has over 37 years in the data storage industry with engineering and management positions at several companies. Coughlin Associates consults, publishes books and market and technology reports (including The Media and Entertainment Storage Report and an Emerging Memory Report),and puts on digital storage-oriented events. He is a regular storage and memory contributor for and M&E organization websites. He is an IEEE Fellow, President of IEEE-USA and is active with SNIA and SMPTE. For more information on Tom Coughlin and his publications and activities go to

Second Scheduled Presentation

After Helium, vacuum Hard Disk Drives promise even larger capacities


The last HDD technology to successfully reach the market place was Helium filled drives. It allowed for thinner platters, a higher platter count and therefore higher capacities and lower power consumption. That was almost 6 years ago. What’s next for HDDs? Energy assisted recoding methods such as HAMR and MAMR have been delayed for many years with no definitive roadmap in sight. In this talk, we’ll show how vacuum is the next logical step after Helium, how current PMR technology would be receive a 40% boost in capacity and how even HAMR and MAMR will benefit from this very innovative HDD technology.

Mr. Karim Kaddeche, the co-founder and CEO of L2 Drive, is a serial entrepreneur in southern California. He co-founded a software company, GeoMicro, in the late nineties with Mr John Wang. GeoMicro was one the early pioneers in the domain of location based services and was the first to offer GPS navigation on mobile phones including real time traffic, weather and local search features. These services were an early example of what we now call "Big Data", because they involved analysis and dissemination of very large datasets. After selling GeoMicro to a public company, John and Karim decided to leverage their experience building high performance data storage systems at GeoMicro; they founded L2 Drive, Inc with the vision of bringing higher IOPs, and capacity, to all storage system. Four years and 9 US Patents later, L2 drive has recently emerged from stealth mode by announcing their vacuum HDD technology at TMRC 2018.


8:45 pm Meeting Ends

Questions: Contact Ron Dennison: or Tom Coughlin:

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385 Moffett Park Drive
Sunnyvale, CA 94089

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 from 6:30 PM to 8:45 PM (PDT)

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