Past Meetup

SSD Storage Deep Dive with Intel and SolidFire

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6:00 - 7:00 Networking, Introductions, Food and Refreshments

7:00 - 7:45 Software and the Battle to Bring Real Virtualization to Storage

Server virtualization came along just when IT needed it most, and changed everything about the relationship between workloads and the hardware that supports them. The idea that servers weren’t the commodity, but that the CPU and RAM they contained were the resources that mattered revolutionized how hardware was bought, how maintenance was performed and how application sizing was done.

Unfortunately, while this transformation was going on, storage steadfastly refused to get the memo. A lack of innovation, a clear desire to rely on old, limited architectures to protect margins and an ecosystem that didn’t demand those things left us with a storage market full of legacy products, incapable of adapting to new technology or consumption models.

With the advent of flash, however, both the flaws and some possible solutions to this situation have become clear. Flash-only, scale out architectures have begun appearing on the landscape, with the promise of doing to storage what the first wave of virtualization did to the server market. What are these new architectures? How are they changing how storage is managed? How are they changing how IT looks at and purchases the resources needed to support new and different workloads?

Join Jeramiah Dooley, Principal Flash Architect from SolidFire, to discuss these topics and more, and take a look at how storage architecture might be able to change the industry.

Speaker Bio: Jeramiah Dooley, Principal Architect, Technology Solutions
Jeramiah Dooley is a Principal Architect, focusing on VMware, OpenStack and SolidFire converged infrastructure solutions. He brings more than 17 years of technology and design experience to his industry efforts.

He was most recently part of the VCE Office of the CTO, working with technology executives around the world on strategies to converge and transform IT infrastructure and operations. Previously, he was the global SME for Service Provider business development, multi-tenancy and vCloud Director design as part of the Field Enablement team within the VCE Corporate Engineering Group.

He also developed Service Provider and Vertical Solutions for VCE, helping customers by providing pre-tested and validated guidelines for running different applications on Vblock platforms, including Cisco Unified Communications, VMware vCloud Director, and ESRI ArcGIS Server among others.

Prior to joining VCE, Mr. Dooley was the Director of Engineering for Managed Services at Peak 10, a regional service provider based in Charlotte, NC. He directed the overall strategy, design and development of Peak 10's Managed Services platform, which included the company's Cloud Services, Data Protection, Managed Storage, Managed Security Device Management and BC/DR divisions. He has also held technology positions in the healthcare, legal and telecommunications fields during his career.

8:00 - 8:45 Intel's 3D XPoint™ Technology Revolutionizes Memory and Storage

Intel engineers shattered all the rules with 3D XPoint™ technology, a simple, stackable and transistor-less design that creates fast, inexpensive, and nonvolatile storage memory with low latency to unleash processors’ true potential.

The presentation will provide a brief history of memory technology from the 1960's to now and how the 3D XPoint™ breakthrough technology combines memory and storage in one non-volatile device that is cheaper than DRAM and faster than NAND.

Greg Calfin serves as Regional Applications Manager within in Intel’s Compute & Embedded Sales Group. He leads a team of people focused on winning key designs at the company’s local OEM customers in the Eastern United States. Greg is 28-year Intel veteran with prior experience in a variety of applications including automotive embedded control, high-performance computing, networking, storage, and client platforms. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) in Flint, MI and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. More information about Greg’s background can be found here:

8:45 - Evaluations and raffle prizes