Systems like GMail and Picasa keep massive amounts of data in the cloud, all of which has to be constantly backed up to prepare for the inevitable. Typical backup and recovery techniques don't scale, so Google has devised new methods for securing unprecedented volumes of data against every type of failure.
There are many unique challenges, both obvious and subtle, in delivering storage systems at this scale; we'll discuss these and their solutions as well as some alternatives that didn't make the grade.
Raymond Blum leads a team of Site Reliability Engineers charged with keeping Google's and its users' data safe and durable. Prior to coming to Google he was the IT director for a hedge fund after spending a few lifetimes developing systems at HBO and on Wall Street. In his meager spare time he indulges his interests in robotics and home automation and reads too much science fiction.
The agenda for this event is:
5:30 - 6:30 pm: Attendees Register / Networking
6:30 - 6:35 pm: Welcome & Intro
6:35 - 7:35 pm: Presentation
7:35 - 8:00 pm: Q/A
Please note the venue entrance is on the 8th Avenue side of the building, and you should enter at the 8th Ave / 16 St corner. If you mistakenly go to the 9th avenue entrance, building security will ask you to walk around the building (on the outside!) to the 8th Avenue side. The A,C,E trains stop on the 8th Avenue side of the building.
The RSVP name will be provided to the building security in advance - so please do register with your real name (first/last) as this will significantly speed up registration. Security requires you to show a form of identification at the time of check-in.
Google volunteers will also be present at the event to answer any questions you may have, look for people who are wearing "Google" t-shirts.
Registration will open on Thursday, Oct 17th at 2:30 pm.
See you there!