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Challenges and Opportunities in Next Generation Storage Systems
Brian Pawlowski, Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, Network Appliance, Inc.
Date & Time: November 22, 2007 10:00
Venue: SIC 301, ā€˜Cā€™ Block, 03rd floor, Kanwal Rekhi Building
Abstract:
At Network Appliance we have an approach called the "Three C's" for understanding areas where innovation can arise: Customers, Competition and technology Curves. Data center economics covering the shifting equation of hardware costs due to rapid commoditization with the rapid uptake of clustered application deployments are fighting with utility costs related to power and cooling. Thorwing gasoline on the fire is the introduction of ubiquitous low cost application virtualization. Conditions are ripe for not only fresh thinking in terms of storage products that match the emerging capabilities of next generation data centers, but for fruitful collaboration between industry and academia in areas of analytics, models, policy driven load management, rapid lightweight provisioning, availability and resiliency, and new paradigms for managing storage. This talk will touch on particularly fruitful areas needing investigation - using customer requirements and problems and technology curves to motivate the discussion.
Speaker Profile:
Brian Pawlowski is Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Network Appliance, Inc. Since joining NetApp in 1994, Brian has been involved in the design of high performance, highly reliable storage systems. Brian has been working on open protocols for storage since his earlier position at Sun Microsystems, was co-author of the NFS Version 3 specification and is currently co-chair of the NFS Version 4 working group at the IETF. Brian led the design team for NetApp's first SAN product and holds several patents related to that work. Additionally, Brian has been driving the Open Source strategy at Network Appliance, defining NetApp's community engagements and directing funding to open source efforts critical to NetApp's customer's success.
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