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Storage Valley Supper Club XV

Entertainment Storage Alliance

Thursday, March 9, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PST)

Storage Valley Supper Club XV

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Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Dinner Ticket
includes dinner and program on the night in question. Refunds may be made up to one week before the event. Substitution of another attendee is allowed if you are unable to attend. This ticket is sold at our cost.
Mar 8, 2017 $39.00 $1.97
Annual Membership
Entitles the member or his designate to attend 4 consecutive dinners. No refund will be made for missed events. This bargain ticket is sold below our cost!
Mar 8, 2017 $150.00 $4.74

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Event Details

Thursday March 9th, 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  EasyCo   


7:15 pm Dinner

Fire grilled salmon
Asian glazed chicken breasts
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

THEME: Storage in 2017

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


Andy Marken
Andy Marken, Owner and President, Marken Communications Inc.

It’s Only a Movie..But It’s Their Movie
The M&E industry is about as broad and diverse as any you can think of. It runs from people producing 1-3 minute social media series to IMAX VR spectaculars. Whether the film’s budget is no more than a new car or as luxurious as a home in Beverly Hills the filmmakers all shoot it right, fast and once; store/save every frame, every pixel; always use the best storage possible, when in doubt ask a fellow filmmaker and back-up, back-up, back-up. The 58,000+ filmmakers like Pixar, ILM, John Putch, Lewis Smithingham are the toughest, most loyal storage customers you’ll ever win whether it’s flash, HD, tape or cloud storage. Your success relies on empathy not sales technique.

Andy is Owner and President of Marken Communications Inc. a marketing and communications Consultant, since August 1977. He has been involved with a broad range of corporate and marketing activities and author of more than 400 articles on management, marketing, communications, industry trends. Experience includes strategic, market planning and execution in the content production/distribution field including InterVideo, Ulead, OWCDigital, Sonic, Corel, Panasonic, Pinnacle, Corel, Plasmon, Nikon, Verbatim, Newer Tech and other hardware/software organiz

 David Rosenthal
David S. H. Rosenthal, Stanford Libraries
DNA as a Storage Medium
DNA has properties that would make it useful as an archival storage medium. It is very dense, very stable in a shirt-sleeve environment, and can be replicated massively at low cost. The past few years have seen a number of research efforts, which have demonstrated that it is possible to write small amounts of data to DNA and later read it back. They have attracted remarkable amounts of publicity, most of it highly misleading. How real is this technology?

David S. H. Rosenthal was an early employee and Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems, employee #4 and Chief Scientist at NVIDIA, and an early employee at Vitria Technology, all three of which IPO-ed.
For the past 18 years he has been working at the Stanford Libraries on the problems of keeping data safe for the long term in the LOCKSS (Lots Of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) Program.

Doug Dumitru
Doug Dumitru, Founder and President EasyCo
Building durable all flash storage appliances for 70 cents/GB

It's actually pretty easy to build an All Flash Array (AFA) storage solution which performs slowly and wears out quickly. The price is decent as well. Then again, if you want performance and durability, you were stuck with either mirroring expensive enterprise SSDs, or using expensive pre-built solutions.

EasyCo is now working with Open-E to provide complete turn-key AFA appliance software. Open-ESS is a simple to install, self contained OS, that turns commodity server hardware into true enterprise storage for less. You get the storage features you want, easy point and click management, exceptional "wire-speed" (we write faster than we read) performance, superior durability, and superior data protection. All of this for a build cost that is 1/10th of what some vendors charge.

~9 pm Meeting Ends

Questions: Contact Ron Dennison: or Tom Coughlin:

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Dave and Busters
940 Great Mall Drive
Milpitas, CA 95035

Thursday, March 9, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PST)

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