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Storage – The Final Frontier of Innovation – Minneapolis/St. Paul Regional CMG Meeting

March 14, 2019 @ 9:15 am - 3:15 pm CDT

Storage – The Final Frontier of Innovation

Date:                 Thursday, March 14, 2019

Time:                 9:15 AM – 3:15 PM

Location:           Veritas

Address:          2815 Cleveland Ave, Roseville, MN 55113

The meeting is open to anyone who would like to attend at no charge.

Sponsorships are Available


9:15– 9:30       Business Meeting – CMG Board

9:30– 10:30     “Standards for protection of data on storage device are emerging from both the US and EU” – Henry Newman – CTO Seagate Government Solutions

Abstract:         This talk will cover current, and emerging standards and implications.

Bio: Mr. Henry Newman has over 37 years of advanced systems architecture and performance analysis expertise in solving the most complex challenges for customers in government, scientific research, and industry around the world.  This comprehensive experience includes hardware and software requirements analysis and design; file system and HSM design and optimization; system performance analysis and optimization; storage system architecting; high-performance networking; and; capacity planning with a focus on high performance computing and advanced UNIX, Linux and Windows systems.  For the last few years, Mr. Newman has been focusing on security issues for large storage systems. Mr. Newman worked at Cray Research in a variety of capacities for over 11 years until 1992.  Mr. Newman was then the CTO/CEO of Instrumental until its recent acquisition by Seagate.  Mr. Newman is now the CTO for Seagate Government Solutions and works with engineering teams across Seagate’s production lines from individual storage components to complete systems, with a special emphasis on security.


10:30 – 11:30  “The Future of Archiving” – Harriet Coverston, CTO of Versity Software, Inc

Abstract:         Large scale archiving for data protection and seamless retrieval is the topic of this talk. Versity is a data archive software platform designed for petabyte scale sites. Tape, disk, and cloud archival storage tiers are all managed from a POSIX interface.

Biography:      Harriet Coverston is co-founder and CTO of Versity, where she architected the Versity Storage Manager. VSM is large scale, high performance, high I/O archival storage software deployed on Linux. Harriet has a long history in design and development of HPC systems. Her previous roles include Sun Microsystems Distinguished Engineer, co-founder and CTO of LSC, Control Data Senior Engineer, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory software engineer.

11:30 – 12:00 Lunch – Sponsored by Veritas


 12:00 – 1:00    “This presentation will take a look at the tension between fancy new data storage paradigms and old-school network file protocols, and how those tensions provide opportunities for innovation in the well-established NAS world” – Chris Hertel Director of SMB Development at WekaIO.

Abstract:         It has been several years now since one of my Samba Team colleagues declared that we were all “dinosaurs” during a keynote speech at a major storage conference.  Samba hasn’t been cool for a long while.  NAS hasn’t been cool for a long while either.  New storage systems are designed to support modern workloads; video processing, data mining, and AI.  Still, these fancy new data storage systems, with SSDs, Non-volatile RAM, distributed access, and RDMA back-ends still need to be accessed by old-fashioned end-users–and us dinosaurs are still employed.

Biography:      A long time ago, probably in Chicago, Christopher R. Hertel fell into a vat of molten magnetic media and emerged with a superhuman tolerance for network storage protocols.  He joined the Samba Team, wrote a book on CIFS (SMB1) implementation, and was also lead author (under contract) of Microsoft’s official SMB1 protocol specification (which became moot when SMB1 was deprecated).  Over the past several years his work has focused on integrating SMB2/SMB3 with distributed file systems.  Chris is currently Director of SMB Development at WekaIO.

1:00 –2:00     Presentation by  Neville Yates, INFINDAT CTO, Data Protection Solutions

Abstract:       TBA

Biography:      Neville is a visionary leader with a successful record creating and delivering new technologies to enterprise IT markets.  He recently led the go to market team for INFINIDAT’s data protection solution, after spending 30+ years in the data storage and protection space.  His view of the storage industry is unmatched, from experience bringing start-up storage innovations to market, to consulting with the likes of IBM and HP on corporate strategies, he will challenge your view of the conventional wisdom of the industry.


2:00- 2:15 Break – Sponsored by INFINDAT

2:15 –3:15       TBA


Local Officers 

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MSP CMG Board of Directors

Chair: Tom Becchetti
Twitter: @tbecchetti

Treasurer: Jim Goergen

Director: Barry Pieper – CMG member number 6868 (since 1983)

Director: Doug Morris

Director: Mark Weber

Advisor: Bill Feeney

Advisor: Judy Jones

Director: Tim Plas
Twitter: @tjplas


March 14, 2019
9:15 am - 3:15 pm CDT
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