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Thursday, November 1


Opening Keynote: Software Defined Storage and Role of Storage in Big Data Revolution- Zynga & Nexenta

New pathways for data storage come our way all the time. In this webinar, you will learn about software-defined storage and how it can help your company maintain data effectively, securely, and cost effectively.

Discover how software-defined storage (SDS) allows organizations and IT staff to control how information from the data center is deployed, provisioned, and managed through software, enabling industry standard hardware to be used, and allowing for a broader range of cloud-computing services at a much lower cost.

Also discover why VMware spent $1.26 billion on acquiring Nicera and what this tells us about the  possibilities and advantages of software-defined storage.

And then learn how Nexenta is changing the storage landscape with its flagship software-only platform, NexentaStor, which delivers high-performance, ultra-scalable, cloud- and virtualization-optimized storage solutions.

Presenter: Evan Powell

Big Data revolution has started over an year ago and storage is considered one of the key catalyst of this revolution. Ganesh Harinath from Zynga will give a quick overview about the big data revolution and his perspective of how reduction in storage cost with improved IOPS could accelerate the Big data revolution.

Presenter: Ganesh Harinath


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Ganesh Harinath

Technical Manager, Big Data Solutions, Zynga
In his current role, Ganesh is responsible for Big Data infrastructure for operational data. He leads the | initiatives around building solutions to improve security and operational efficiencies on the cloud. Ganesh joined the Big Data revolution more than a year ago and is keen on innovating data fabric, along with cost effective and reliable infrastructure for near real-time operational analytics platform(s). Before Zynga, he was a technical... Read More →
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Evan Powell

CEO, Nexenta Systems
A revolution is a struggle between what will be and what was. The data storage revolution is no different. Evan Powell’s vision for the future of data storage includes openness, hardware-agnostic solutions, flexibility, long-term affordability, and end-to-end data security for all enterprise storage customers. | | Like many entrepreneurs, Evan started his first 'business' in grade school. A wildly successful enterprise selling paper... Read More →

Thursday November 1, 2012 8:00am - 8:30am
Online Session



Getting involved in open source software is a significant commitment of time and energy, but involvement affords a range of opportunities to match and grow your abilities. This talk considers the particular issues in getting involved in illumos and the reasons for doing so, from the perspective of someone who was an outsider eighteen months ago now working on the project professionally but previously active in the voluntary community side via the OpenIndiana project.

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Bayard Bell

Nexenta Systems
Bayard Bell works is a Software Engineer at Nexenta Systems, Inc. A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, a SunKey membership launched his Unix career, leading to a nine-year stint as a sys admin and Unix engineer at a major investment bank, which he left as a vice president. He entered the illumos community by being mentored by Dan McDonald in the summer of 2011 for an IPsec project, and this summer he was illumos's org admin for Google... Read More →

Thursday November 1, 2012 8:45am - 9:15am
Online Session


Big Data and High Performance Storage- Zynga

At Zynga Operational Analytics is a key service of the backbone for play that supports the Zynga game platform, enabled by tapping into the operational big data platform we built. Operational Analytics is around near realtime data. I would like to take this opportunity to explain the need for high performance and high density storage on Operational Analytics.  I will touch upon some of the important use cases at Zynga which would clearly emphasize the need for such storage.

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Ganesh Harinath

Technical Manager, Big Data Solutions, Zynga
In his current role, Ganesh is responsible for Big Data infrastructure for operational data. He leads the | initiatives around building solutions to improve security and operational efficiencies on the cloud. Ganesh joined the Big Data revolution more than a year ago and is keen on innovating data fabric, along with cost effective and reliable infrastructure for near real-time operational analytics platform(s). Before Zynga, he was a technical... Read More →

Thursday November 1, 2012 8:45am - 9:15am
Online session


A Technical Introduction to OpenStack Cloud- Mirantis

OpenStack Cloud open source software provides a powerful, versatile platform for building Infrastructure as a Service. With components that automate deployment and integration lifecycle for compute, networking, object storage, image management,  and identity/authentication, OpenStack gives cloud operators a rich set of interfaces for controlling and automating a massively scalable fabric of virtualized IaaS resources. Building on a brief introduction of the problems OpenStack was designed to solve, this session explores how the components of the Nova compute infrastructure work together with platform services such as mysql and rabbitmq.  We'll illustrate key components of the OpenStack Cloud architecture by traversing the request flow of provisioning a VM.


Lee Xie

Senior Technical Engagement Architect, Mirantis
Lee Xie is Senior Technical Engagement Architect at Mirantis, with 10 years of experience in IT and systems administration. Prior to Mirantis, he worked at Sony Electronics as Systems Architect, where he designed  business solutions insfrastructure for Digital Cinema. He was also tech manager for data center operations experience at Opsource, a startup SaaS enablement company.

Thursday November 1, 2012 9:30am - 10:00am
Online session


Scalable Open Storage to Keep Ahead of the Data Gap- SGI

As a manufacturer of some of the world's most powerful computing platforms, SGI knows about generating big data. But such massive data creation also requires some place to store it, repurpose it and protect it. Fulfilling that need resulted in SGI sales of over 1/2 an Exabyte of storage in FY12.  In this session Floyd Christofferson will look at the best practices SGI sees among its large customers,  and how an Open Storage approach is integral to managing the explosion of file-based data.

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Floyd Christofferson

Director, Storage Product Marketing, SGI
Floyd Christofferson is the director of storage product marketing at SGI. As a professional focused on content management and storage workflows over the last 25 years, Floyd has paid particular attention to the technology associated with effective management of massive volumes of data, both from the perspective of hardware strategies and of workflow. At SGI, Floyd works closely with the core storage hardware and software engineering teams to... Read More →

Thursday November 1, 2012 9:30am - 10:10am
Online Session


OpenStack 201 & a demo- Morphlabs

Morphlabs will speak to how Nexenta’s storage functions with OpenStack to create an enterprise-ready product today. High level benefits of a solution are shifting the market towards open storage, driving vendors towards a solution such as mCloud, and simplifying the building of mCloud. This is what drives OpenStorage.

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Christopher Aedo

Sr. Director of Technical Operations, Morphlabs
Christopher Aedo oversees the technology and operations side of Morphlabs. In this position, he works with a globally distributed team of engineers managing the care and feeding of systems owned by the company and their affiliates. He also works directly with Morphlabs’ clients to help them gain the most benefit possible from their cloud solutions.

Thursday November 1, 2012 10:15am - 10:45am
Online Session


ZFS Based Storage VS. Legacy Storage- Silicon Mechanics

The last bastion of proprietary technology top to bottom in the datacenter today is legacy storage. If we look back in time, virtually every solution from every technology vendor had its own proprietary stack. There were distinct advantages associated with tightly coupling the hardware, software and database into a single platform, but the cost associated with those solutions forced customers to look for more open solutions, where the software, hardware and database were decoupled and could be deployed on multiple hardware platforms. Customers now had a choice when it came to hardware vendors, which helped drive cost down. The applications were now the driving force behind business decisions as opposed to technology driving the business.

This talk will look at the evolution of storage to that very same model. A software only ZFS solution provides significant deployment advantages over legacy storage. By decoupling the hardware and software, integrators and customers now have many different ways to deploy storage in a very cost effective manner. From clustering, to Virtual Storage Appliances, to high performance VDI appliances, the future of storage is open and the future has never looked brighter.

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Steve Scherer

Solutions Manager, Silicon Mechanics
Steve Scherer is an industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience with HP in the Business Critical Server division.. He Currently is the Solutions Vertical Manager at  Silicon Mechanics, Inc. in Bothell, Washington. Steve has been working with ZFS and open source solutions since 2008 and has a wealth of knowledge associated with many successful ZFS deployments.

Thursday November 1, 2012 10:30am - 11:10am
Online Session


Leveraging High Speed, Multi-port Ethernet Adapters for High Performance Networks in OpenStorage Ecosystems- HotLava Systems

In this presentation, attendees will learn how multi-port Ethernet adapters can be used in the OpenStorage ecosystem. Storage systems designed with OpenStorage technology allow system designers a whole new level of ability to move data in and out of their media of choice. However, data needs to move through a network to be truly useful in a dynamic environment. Advances in Ethernet have greatly increased available bandwidth from 1Gbps to 40Gbps and beyond; but, while the speed of the network has improved, most systems are generally configured with one or two native Ethernet ports limiting the ways that a system can connect to the network.  Multi-port Ethernet adapters eliminate these bottlenecks by maximizing the number of ports available and giving network engineers the flexibility they need to create robust and reliable networks that satisfy their most demanding customers.


Paul Houseworth

Director of Business Development, HotLava Systems, HotLava Systems
Paul Houseworth is the Director of Business Development at HotLava Systems

Bill Young

Founder & President, HotLava Systems
Bill Young is Founder and President of HotLava Systems.

Thursday November 1, 2012 11:00am - 11:40am
Online Session


Nexenta Object Storage for OpenStack- Nexenta

Nexenta Object Storage for OpenStack (NOST) product will add Object Storage services to NexentaStor 4th gen (4.x) servers. NOST is built upon Nexenta's Cloud Copy-on-Write (CCOW) technology that relies on ZFS data integrity while bringing ZFS design philosophy to object storage.

Unlimited scalability is easily, and frequently, claimed but rarely substantiated. This presentation will explain how CCOW basics and architecture, including: manifest (metadata) and chunk (payload) tracking subsystems that enable scaling without limits by mostly ignoring each other; cryptographic hashing that enables global deduplication; unlimited versioning which works even when during the worst possible network partitions. This presentation will further say how CCOW both relies on ZFS and extends the "copy on write" design strategy to the Cloud.

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Alex Aizman

Chief Technology Officer, Nexenta Systems
Alex, along with Nexenta co-founder Dmitry Yusupov, created the iSCSI stack that was accepted into the Linux kernel in mid-2005. They also built the innovative hybrid operating system, Nexenta Core Platform, with an OpenSolaris kernel and a GNU (Ubuntu/Debian) user space. | Prior to founding Nexenta Systems, Alex was Director, Software Architecture at Neterion, Inc., and Director of Software Engineering at Silverback Systems, Inc. (acquired by... Read More →

Thursday November 1, 2012 11:15am - 11:45am
Online Session


A Blueprint for an OpenStorage based Splunk Architecture- Racktop Systems

Splunk is a powerful tool for analyzing machine data in real time.  The value and success of a Splunk implementation is heavily dependent upon the architecture and performance of the underlying systems. Discover the foundational components of building a highly available and scalable Splunk architecture. Walk away with a blue print for implementing your own Splunk infrastructure optimized for scalability, performance, and value.

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Jonathan Halstruch

COO, Racktop
Jonathan Halstuch is the co-founder and principal storage and virtualization architect for RackTop Systems.  A graduate of Georgia Tech, Jonathan holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering, as well as a Master’s degree in Engineering and Technology Management from The George Washington University. Prior to joining RackTop, Jonathan spent more than 15-years working for the federal government as an engineer... Read More →

Thursday November 1, 2012 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Online session


Building Hadoop on Top of Nexentastor, a Pragmatic Tour of the Process- Nexenta

As open source software that helps process and manage large unstructured data sets across clusters of servers, Hadoop carries out data processing across a number of machines that sit in a cluster, speeding up large computations and hiding I/O latency through increased concurrency. Assigning key value pairs to all of the data, Hadoop is based on MapReduce and HDFS and it is changing the dynamics of large scale computing or Big Data.

Hadoop can scale from one single server to thousands of machines, with a very high degree of fault tolerance. Rather than relying on high-end hardware, the resiliency of these clusters comes from the software’s ability to detect and handle failures at the application layer. It is used by Yahoo, eBay, LinkedIn,Facebook, and many more.  

Hadoop especially is well-suited to large data processing tasks (like searching and indexing) because it can leverage its distributed file system to cheaply and reliably replicated chunks of data to nodes in the cluster, making data available locally on the machine that is processing it.

This session will be a pragmatic tour of the process for Building Hadoop on top of NexentaStor


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Robert Novak

Director of Systems Architecture, Nexenta Systems
Robert Novak is the Director of Systems Architecture for Nexenta Systems. He is responsible for working with the Worldwide 2000 to create innovative storage solutions built on commodity hardware. Previously, he was the Director for Enterprise Servers with Supermicro Computer, Inc.  Prior to Supermicro, he | has served on the board of directors for GarrettCom, Inc. from 1992-2006. An experienced computing professional, Robert has had a... Read More →

Thursday November 1, 2012 12:45pm - 1:15pm
Online Session


Latest Updates in Cloud and Virtualization- VMware

The integration of VSA4View with View and Mirage. The combo allows VSA4View to handle persistent desktop case well.

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Daniel Beveridge

Sr. View Architect, Office of CTO, VMware
Daniel brings both end-user experience managing virtual infrastructure and extensive consulting experience in server- and desktop-related technologies. He is the author of VMware’s reference VDI paper(VDI―New Desktop Strategies) and is a four-time VMworld speaker on advanced VDI design topics.  Daniel’s experience with Fortune 100 companies—architecting large scale complex projects―give him a unique view for... Read More →

Thursday November 1, 2012 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Online Session


VDI Deployment- STEC

VDI Deployments are bringing improvements in end user response time and quality of service. This has become possible by using SSDs in the storage and servers deployed for VDI Deployments. The current presentation will highlight the different configurations using STEC SSDs that provide the best deployments for the best bang for buck.

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Swapna Yasarapu

Director, SSD Product Marketing, STEC
As a Director for advanced computing SSD products at STEC, Swapna Yasarapu is charged with leading STEC advance SSD computing group to deliver state of the art design and products. With a  Masters in Electrical Engineering from University of California, Irvine, specializing in Computer systems and software, along with an MBA from Anderson School of Management, University of California, LA with emphasis in Marketing and Strategy, Swapna... Read More →

Thursday November 1, 2012 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Online Session


Building Storage as a Service with OpenStack CloudObject based storage- Mirantis

OpenStack's flexibility and extendability allows provider to build powerful applications and offer highly scalable services using OpenStack. Compute, storage and network related OpenStack services can be extended to deliver flexible block and file storage services to both cloud and non cloud based enterprise tenants. Nexenta's ability to deliver cost effective, high performance storage solutions can used be as an essential foundation block behind these scalable Storage as a Service infrastructures. This presentation will provide an overview of the existing OpenStack storage architecture, how OpenStack can be turned into a scalable storage as a service platform and the key role that Nexenta's offerings can play in delivering these services.


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Greg Elkinbard

Senior Director of Technical Program Management, Mirantis
Greg Elkinbard has over 2 decades of experience in platform and cloud engineering, working on creating breakthrough technology for cloud and high performance computing arena.  As Senior Director of Technical Program Management for Mirantis, he is responsible for building on demand IaaS and PaaS layers for public and private clouds at marquis Fortune 1000 and late stage venture-funded customers. Greg has led... Read More →

Thursday November 1, 2012 1:45pm - 2:15pm
Online Session


Nexenta VSA for View- Nexenta

To meet the increasing demand for scaling storage capacity and I/O performance, Nexenta’s VDI offering — NexentaVSA for View — uses ZFS, an open storage file system that effectively counters the high cost, poor performance, and high management complexity of traditional VDI storage. In addition, VDI implementations, as with all Nexenta solutions, are hardware agnostic, eliminating costly vendor lock-in. Join this session to learn more.

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Sakthi Chandra

Sr. Director, Product Marketing, Nexenta
Sakthi Chandra is responsible for product marketing at Nexenta Systems. Previously Sakthi has held senior and management positions at Siebel Systems, Salesforce.com and Citrix Systems. At Citrix Systems he was instrumental in ground up efforts to deliver 4 new products for the Desktop Virtualization division. Sakthi brings unique perspectives from the Enterprise Software Application industry to build and market software to small, medium and large... Read More →

Thursday November 1, 2012 2:15pm - 2:45pm
Online Session


Turning Network Attached Storage into a Multipurpose Platform- IXsystems

FreeNAS 8.2.0 brought the much anticipated Plugins Framework. This new feature enables the community to step forward and extend their NAS with custom features that have no real place in a traditional storage product. Using the all-in-one PBI format borrowed from PC-BSD, users will be able to create stand-alone packages that integrate with and extend the current GUI for even easier usability. The FreeNAS plugin PBIs are built around the FreeBSD ports system, giving users some 20,000+ potential packages to take their storage system and create their own dream machine.


Joseph Atkinson

Joseph Atkinson has 15 years of experience with BSD based operating systems. He is a developer with the FreeBSD Project and an evangelist for Open Source. He has also made contributions to projects such as Ardour, Exaile, and VLC.  Joseph takes a special interest in multimedia and insists that technology is yet another tool for creativity.  Joseph is the latest addition to the FreeNAS developer team at iXsystems and is helping to... Read More →

Thursday November 1, 2012 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Online Session


RDMA Solutions for OpenStorage- System Fabric Works

The requirements for Cloud, Virtualization and Big Data I/O are driving research, architectural deliberation, technology selection and product evolution throughout. Enterprise/Cloud/Web computing, networking and storage systems. Analysis of the leading edge data centers during the past decade reveals that it has been an era when standard commodity I/O technologies have come to dominate, almost completely. Speeds have gone from 1 Gigabit to over 50 Gigabits, latencies have decreased 10X to below a microsecond and software has evolved towards open source software stacks. Both Private and Public Cloud are now adopting these capabilities at a rapid rate...

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Bill Boas

Vice President of Business Development, System Fabric Works
Bill has 30 years of experience in the field of high-performance open source computing, networking, file | systems and storage.  From 2002 to 2006, as program manager with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL), he was responsible for the adoption of InifiniBand, OpenFabrics software (OFED) and the Lustre File System. During the early 1990's Bill co-founded Essential Communications, a manufacturer of HIPPI-800 and HIPPI-6400... Read More →

Thursday November 1, 2012 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Online Session


Leveraging Storage Performance in the Cloud- LSI

No one disputes cloud computing as a viable resource delivery model. Now the challenge?  Deliver the best solution in a world where processor power follows Moore’s law, storage is bound by the physics of spinning media, and cloud providers need to deliver optimized system level performance at a reasonable cost. 

 Solid State Storage combined with dynamic, intelligent caching software to “learn” data “hot spots” and move them transparently onto flash memory fills the gap.  LSI’s Scott Cleland will describe three flash based application acceleration alternatives for providers looking to move ahead of the crowd.

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Scott Cleland

Product Marketing Manager, Worldwide Channel Sales and Marketing, LSI
Scott Cleland leads the channel product group at LSI Corporation.  With nearly 30 years of engineering and marketing experience in disk and tape storage, he enjoys a rich environment of storage and networking IP and focus. Previously, Cleland was the director of worldwide marketing for Adaptec and prior to that spent six years at AMCC’s 3ware storage division.  He was a key contributor in the 3ware achievement of the number one... Read More →

Thursday November 1, 2012 3:15pm - 3:45pm
Online Session


Building Super-Computing/Super-Scale Storage from an Open-Storage Foundation- Daystrom

Many approaches to processing and storing petabyte-sized data are in use today, with the focus suitably at the 'Top' of each technology 'stack'. Popular examples include Hadoop, Lustre, and OpenStack.  What is often overlooked is the need for a trustworthy layer at the *base* to provide a reliable and scalable foundation for the top layers. 

In this talk we will cover the base-layer options available for the most common massive-scale storage solutions, and discuss real-world results of production deployments. 

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Paul Evans


Thursday November 1, 2012 3:15pm - 3:45pm
Online Session