Storage Visions

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The Storage Visions® 2016 Conference Theme:

      Storage for the NEXT 5000 Years

Join us for our 15th Anniversary!

  • Learn the latest on hyperscale and cloud storage and its impact on your business
  • Find out how the internet of things will impact your digital storage needs and hierarchy
  • Explore the latest information on the rapidly evolving digital storage technology that will change your life
  • Develop your vision of storage for the next ... years


Two-full days packed with industry leading keynotes, sessions and exhibits featuring the latest architectures in memory and storage technologies

Key Sessions:

  • Drive Trust: Protecting Our Stuff
  • Software in the Fast Lane: The Impact of SNIA’s NVM Programming Model
  • Analyst Perspectives: How will we Use Ubiquitous Storage?
  • Next Millennium Storage: New Developments Propel Storage System Options
  • Epic Proportions: Storage for High Resolution Content Capture and Production
  • Storage End Users on The Long Term
  • Storage Visions 2016 Rising Stars, Young Engineers Panel
  • Saving Data Forever: Long Term Content Preservation and Archiving
  • Pumping Big Data: Putting Data Where it Needs to Be
  • Business and Consumer Cloud Storage: What will we do up there?
  • Storage and the Wearable Sensors of Today and Tomorrow
  • Keeping it Now: Emerging Storage Infrastructure Technologies

Announcing the 2016 Storage Visions® Awards

Storage Visions® Conference will present the 2016 Storage Visions Awards to industry’s leading creative and innovative technologies


Don’t miss this opportunity to represent memory and storage industry leading technologies alongside the U.S.’s largest consumer electronics show, CES Las Vegas! Utilize this power-packed two-day event to network with members of the vast data storage ecosystem.

What Attendees say about past Storage Visions®

  • “A fantastic way to start the new year, inspiring creative ideas to act upon!” Rakesh Cheerla Sr. Director SMART Modular, Inc.”

  • “I get more information from the real movers and shakers at Storage Visions than I get at the whole CES. Its like a private seminar because of the people and size.” - Charles Azar, Instant Replay

  • "Storage Visions provides a focused opportunity to get deep into the issues of storage technologies. I've attended two years in a row and find the information gained is applicable throughout the remainder of the year." - Karl Paulsen, CTO, Diversified Systems.

  • "A wealth of storage information in two days.” - Steve Moskowitz, VSTN-Vegas Trade Show Newswire.

  • “It was an informative conference with distinguished speakers providing their knowledgeable views on the storage market. It was my first time attending Storage Visions, and I will definitely be back next year.” - George Mykytyn, Bloomberg Industries.

  • “Storage Visions has the reputation of being the focal point for all storage technologies. Leading manufacturers and users of all storage types—magnetic and optical disc, tape, flash and other special storage technologies—come together every year to share new products and new approaches to using that technology. It’s always an eye-opening experience.” - Jim Handy, Objective Analysis

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Preconference Details

Saturday January 3, 2015

1:00 PM to 5:00 PM SNIA Tutorials

1:00 – 1:45 PM Thomas Rivera, Sr. Technical Associate, HDS, "Privacy vs Data Protection: The Impact of EU Data Protection Legislation"
1:50 – 2:35 Carl Waldspurger, Research and Development, CloudPhysics, Inc. and Irfan Ahmad, CTO, CloudPhysics, Inc., "Practical Online Cache Analysis and Optimization"
2:40 – 3:25 Philippe Nicolas, Industry Advisor, Rozo Systems, "Massively Scalable File Storage"
3:30 – 4:15 Ramin Elahi, Adjunct Faculty, UC Santa Cruz Silicon Valley, "Fog Computing and its Ecosystem"
4:15 – 5:00 PM Michael Willett, Vice President, Marketing, Bright Plaza, "Implementing Stored-Data Encryption "

Main Conference Agenda

Download the Agenda in .pdf format

Day 1 - Monday January 4, 2016

7:30 to 8:00 AM Continental Breakfast

8:00 to 8:15 AM
Introduction: Tom Coughlin, Coughlin Associates

8:15 to 9:15 AM
A1: Drive Trust: Protecting Our Stuff

Sponsored by Drive Trust Alliance

This session covers the challenges facing security and protection of stored content, including content on mobile devices as well as at home and in the cloud. It explores the reasons why OPAL based client encrypted storage will be a key factor in data security. Standardized security products are making data security easier than ever while enabling desired content sharing.

Moderator: Michael Willett, Bright Plaza


9:15 to 9:30 AM Morning Break

9:30 to 10:00 AM Keynote 1 Rob Peglar, Vice President of Advanced Storage, Micron Technology

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
B1: Software in the Fast Lane: The Impact of SNIA’s NVM Programming Model
Session Sponsored by Intel

The programming model was conceived in SNIA in the expectation new persistent memory (PM) technologies would emerge. Recent announcements have proven such technologies have become viable, and the time for the Model, which is suitable to any specific technology, has come.

This panel of developers of the Model will cover:

Moderator and Organizer: Jim Pappas, Intel


11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
C1: Analyst Perspectives: How will we Use Ubiquitous Storage?

What trends are driving VCs and investors in new storage start-ups and acquisitions? What are emerging storage applications that will drive new market growth? What do leading analysts think will be the balance between storage in the cloud, in local storage systems, consumer electronics and computers? What are the trends and technologies that will drive the growth of the professional entertainment and consumer storage markets?

Moderator: Dennis Waid, Peripheral Research


12:00 to 1:30 PM Women in Technology Lunch and Exhibits Sponsored by Intel and Women in Technology International with Special Luncheon Guest Leslie Chilcott, Director, "CodeGirl" who will screen her film "CodeGirl" after the Luncheon at 2:30 PM in Nile B (Function Room 1)

1:30 to 2:00 PM Keynote 2 Bev Crair, Vice President and General Manager, Storage Group, Intel

2:00 to 3:30 PM
D1: Next Millennium Storage: New Developments Propel Storage System Options
Sponsored by Neuralytix

Find out about exciting new storage devices, device interfaces and systems architectures for computers, mobile devices, and enterprise storage systems including thin client computers with cloud access, SSD-based computer and hybrid and dual storage computers and storage systems offering the advantages of flash memory and hard disk drives in various combinations.

Moderator: Jean Bozman, Neuralytix




3:30 to 3:45 PM Afternoon Break and Networking

3:45 to 5:00 PM
E1: Epic Proportions: Storage for High Resolution Content Capture and Production

This session addresses digital storage and the requirements for capturing, rendering, editing and archiving content. File-based and object-based workflows, 4K and even 8K content, as well as multi-camera video are transforming the media industry. Larger content libraries support an increasing diversity of content delivery methods while raw video content of several petabytes is not uncommon for a single project.

Moderator: Chris Pfaff, Chris Pfaff Tech/Media LLC


5:00 to 6:00 PM
F1: Storage End Users on The Long Term
Sponsored by Digital Production Buzz

The world has suddenly gone visual – outstanding photography, feature films, documentaries, TV shows – are increasingly being used to entertain, educate and sell ideas and products Whether they use still or video cameras, creators are intent on capturing every bit of color, sound and information they possibly can to tell their stories and capture viewers’ attention. Capture today is increasingly being stored on flash memory – SD and SSD – and moved as quickly as possible to higher capacity, robust storage. Large film files (still and motion) demands the highest quality, fastest media possible in the field and in the production facility. More economical, higher performance cameras and hardware as well as feature rich software puts theater-quality production and brilliant image production in the hands of people without unlimited budgets. What do the creative people need today and tomorrow? How are the using, trusting storage? What do they need tomorrow?

Moderator: Larry Jordan, Digital Production Buzz


6:00 to 8:00 PM Reception Sponsored by Storage Visions Conference,
                                               Music by Alan Land

Alan Land

Alan’s music is a mix of original songs and vocal classics from jazz, pop, Broadway, folk, and international genres… delivered in a rich baritone voice, and accompanied on guitar


Day 2 - Tuesday January 5, 2016

7:30 to 8:00 AM Continental Breakfast

8:00 to 8:45 AM
A2: Storage Visions 2016 Rising Stars, Young Engineers Panel
You do not want to miss this engaging and fast-paced panel where we will be tapping into the minds of today’s youngest and brightest engineers. Among the topics The discussion will include the technological lines between privacy and personalization, the hype and heresy around wearables, as well as the passion and purpose driving each of these young bright minds. Bring your questions, queries, and quandaries (and maybe a job application or two!) and get them addressed by these young rising stars within the IEEE community. This is sure to be a real crowd-pleaser of a session, so don’t be late!

Moderator: Jim Handy, Objective Analysis


8:45 to 9:15 AM Keynote 3 Dave Elliott, Global Product Lead, Google Cloud Platform

and Jeff Kember, Cloud Solutions Architect, Media, Google

9:15 to 9:30 AM Morning Break Sponsored by FujiFilm

9:30 to 11:00 AM
B2: Saving Data Forever: Long Term Content Preservation and Archiving

High resolution content won’t last forever unless content owners create a rational archive that includes good metadata and digital asset management. Today’s archives serve as active libraries for a multitude of content distribution networks as well as long-term content repositories. As the complexity and resolution of digital content increases, archiving technology will play a bigger role in making sure today’s content survives. This session will help you with your long-term data protection plan.

Moderator: Tom Burniece, Tom Burniece Consulting



11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
C2: Pumping Big Data: Putting Data Where it Needs to Be
As file sizes continue to grow and the number of users and files increase dramatically, moving content to be available wherever and whenever through the Internet becomes more difficult.

Cloud storage is the key, but there remain challenges & rewards for getting content to where it is needed quickly and securely and in the required format, especially given the array of consumer electronic devices and screen sizes amidst several operating systems.

There are many opinions as to how the future of content transport will evolve. This includes what will occur with extensive installation of fiber by telcos, cablecos and Google.

There is also considerable discussion of how sales of spectrum will impact the growth as society becomes increasingly mobile.

Major organizations such as Facebook and Google are also experimenting with balloons, drones and other methods to deploy into developing countries in order to extend the reach of the internet in those locales.

This panel will take a close look at the future, envisioning content transport into the future.

Moderator and Organizer: Marty Shindler, Shindler Perspective


12:00 AM to 1:00 PM Lunch and Exhibits Sponsored by
                                     The Entertainment Storage Alliance

1:00 to 2:30 PM
D2: Business and Consumer Cloud Storage: What will we do up there?
Sponsored by BackBlaze
Distributing content as well as on-line back-up and disaster recovery are driving demand for remote storage. Cloud storage now includes personal clouds as well as storage as a service and may use private clouds, public clouds or a hybrid of the two. This session exposes the storage requirements and trends for on-line content delivery and remote storage as well as storage technologies to support cloud applications. Learn about new business opportunities and how they’ll impact the growth and use of storage in this growing market.

Moderator: Chris Preimesberger



2:30 to 3:00 PM Keynote 4 Barbara Murphy, Vice President of Marketing, Elastic Storage Platforms Group, HGST

3:00 to 3:30 PM Afternoon Break Sponsored by Aspera

3:30 to 4:30 PM
E2: Storage and the Wearable Sensors of Today/Tomorrow
Sponsored by Marken Communications

Today everyone has, is being prescribed or is planning to use multiple wearable devices that monitor, capture data on how your body is acting, reacting. Depending on the type of wearable device, the wearer’s activities and the professional’s requirements the devices can capture, store and transmit from 10GB to 100GB of information a day. The devices have to be low-power, secure, stylish and make the captured information immediately available to the wearer or authorized personnel. How can the devices store more of the vital information on the device? What safe, secure external storage solutions are being considered, evaluated, needed. What added storage and storage management requirements will be needed as wearable sensors become more intelligent, more widely adopted and used on a daily basis. Find out what capture/communications devices designers are working on and the personal/business requirements

Moderator: Clint Wheelock, Tractica


4:30 to 6:00 PM
F2: Keeping it Now: Emerging Storage Technologies
What storage technologies will provide tomorrows’ content storage needs and what new applications will that make possible? Find out about the latest in storage technologies such as hard disk drives, solid state drives, flash memory, and emerging storage technologies and how they are changing storage architectures. Learn about new software, networking and system architectures to deliver effective, green and speedy storage devices and networks.

Moderator: Jim Harrison, Electronic Products Magazine


6:00 PM Conference Ends

Exhibit Hours

Day 1 (Monday January 4, 2016): Noon to 8 pm

Day 2 (Tuesday January 5, 2016): Noon to 5:00 pm


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2016 keynotes+

Rob Peglar
Rob Peglar, Vice President of Advanced Storage, Micron Technology

Always Where you Need it: New Approaches to Traditional Device Memory and Storage

This talk will discuss the architectural aspects of using non-volatile memory to support both existing applications and to enable new applications. The best way to reduce bottlenecks in processing is to re-architect the relationship between persistent data and processors, and thereby enable workloads and applications, which were previously out-of-scope in terms of the time and expense required.

Bev Crair
Bev Crair, Vice President and General Manager, Storage Group, Intel

The Storage Revolution

The world is in a storage revolution. Major storage trends are having a direct effect on the world population and are completely transforming the IT industry. Join Bev Crair, Intel Vice President of Storage, for insights into how Intel is leading the storage transformation across Cloud Service Providers and Enterprise Datacenters through next generation technologies and solutions.

Dave Elliott
Dave Elliott, Global Product Lead, Google Cloud Platform

Jeff Kember
Jeff Kember, Cloud Solutions Architect, Media, Google

Cloud, Archiving, & The Future

Data is the lifeblood of many organizations, but are you taking full advantage of your assets? Cost, durability, and access have been the canonical tradeoffs in storage and archiving, but cloud computing is rapidly changing the calculation. This talk will explore hyper-scale computing delivered by the public cloud vendors, Moore's law of cloud pricing, and the potential to create new businesses from archived assets.

Barbara Murphy
Barbara Murphy, Vice President of Marketing, Elastic Storage Platforms Group, HGST

Keep Your Data Active

Learn how the HGST Active Archive System helps you meet backup and archive demands with real-world customer examples. Streamline your storage footprint and turn your organization's data assets into competitive knowledge. We’ll discuss the challenges of data at scale and demonstrate the benefits of a centralized repository for analytics.


Lesley Chilcott
Special Women in Technology International Luncheon Guest Leslie Chilcott, Director, "CodeGirl", who will screen her film "CodeGirl" after the Luncheon

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2016 Sponsors

Diamond Sponsor
Data Direct Networks
Active Storage
Coughlin Associates
Drive Savers
Drive Trust Alliance
Industry Academic Partnership
Hard Disk Drive Failure Analysis
Research Development Consultants Inc.
Trusted Computing Group
Adobe Video World
Advantage Video Systems
Bright Blue Innovation
Broadcast Beat
Colonial Purchasing
Coughlin Associates
Davis Consultants Asia
Digital Cinema Society
Digital Production Buzz
Drive Trust Alliance
Entertainment Storage Alliance
Ethernet Alliance
Flash Memory Summit
Hard Disk Drive Failure Analysis
Industry Academic Partnership
Infiniband Trade Assn
The Shindler Perspective
IT Central Station
Markee 2.0
Media Entertainment & Scientific Storage
Media and Entertainment Technology
NexGen Cloud
Objective Analysis
Olga Media
Parks Associates
Post Perspective
Research Development Consultants Inc.

Saint Petersburg State University of Film and Television

SCSI Trade Association
Storage Search
Tech Target - Storage Decisions
Tape Storage Council
The Channel Company
Trusted Computing Group
Women in Technology


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