April 12-15, 2010 · Rosen Shingle Creek, Orlando, FL

Agenda – Session Speakers

Bill Chambers, Founder and President/CEO, LeftHand Networks

Bill Chambers has more than 20 years experience in high technology companies, specializing in new product introductions and market creation and development.  During his career, Mr. Chambers has held key management positions in a number of high technology start-ups and Fortune 500 companies.  As Founder, President, and CEO of LeftHand Networks, Mr. Chambers has led the company through two rounds of private investment funding, development of the storage industry’s first IP-based Storage Area Networks (IP SAN) solution, successful and active partnerships with Fortune 100 and emerging growth companies, and widespread acknowledgement of the company as the industry leader in the rapidly growing IP SAN market.  Prior to LeftHand Networks, Mr. Chambers was President and CEO GE Fanuc Asia Pacific, a joint venture between General Electric, Inc., and Fanuc, Ltd, of Japan. He started his career with Texas Instruments in sales and sales management roles. 

Bill holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and a certificate of completion from the Stanford University Executive Mangement Program.

James E. Geis, Director, Storage Solutions, Forsythe
As Forsythe’s director of storage solutions, Jim Geis manages Forsythe’s professional services practice focused on information policy, information lifecycle management, tiered and hierarchical storage, operational backup and recovery, and data replication and archiving. His practice area also encompasses storage technology infrastructure, including networked storage, and business continuity and disaster recovery as related to storage.  In addition, Geis led his consulting team in developing Forsythe’s unique information management framework-the road map Forsythe uses for information and storage consulting engagements. This framework combines the people, processes, and technology elements necessary for his team’s holistic approach to consulting services including strategic assessments and delivery engagements.  Prior to joining Forsythe in January 2003, Geis managed the Central region project management office (PMO) at EMC Corporation in Chicago. Previous to his tenure at EMC, Geis served for many years as a system programmer for the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Geis has served as an expert source for publications such as CIO, Network World, CRN, Storage, and Storage Management Solutions, and has been published in Computer Technology Review and Computerworld.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial technology from Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Ill.

Paul Seay, Chief Infrastructure Architect, Northrop Grumman Information Technology

Paul Seay is responsible for Northrop Grumman’s internal information systems infrastructure architecture in the domains of servers, clients, storage, networking, wireless, operating systems and integration of these technologies. His efforts provide platforms for application delivery to each of Northrop Grumman’s operating sectors. Seay’s background comprises 25 years of experience with computing platform environments from mainframes to hand-helds in the disciplines of operating systems, systems and network management, storage management, and applications. He earned his bachelor’s of science in mathematics with computer sciences from Hampden-Sydney College in Hampden-Sydney, Va.
Northrop Grumman Corporation is a global defense company headquartered in Los Angeles, Calif. Northrop Grumman provides technologically advanced, innovative products, services and solutions in systems integration, defense electronics, information technology, advanced aircraft, shipbuilding and space technology. With 125,000 employees, and operations in all 50 states and 25 countries, Northrop Grumman serves U.S. and international military, government and commercial customers.

Mark M. Hilburger, Technical Architect, Government Acquisitions
Mark Hilburger is responsible for all technical activities for Government Acquisitions, Inc – a federal systems integrator. Mr. Hilburger has over 20 years experience in the information systems field. He has 5 years of Fortune 100 systems experience and was a MRP Manager for $1.6 billion per year operation. Before joining GA, Mr. Hilburger was an Advisory Systems Engineer at EMC for 4 years and architected some of the largest Storage Area Networks (SAN’s) in the Civilian Government. In between these jobs, Mr. Hilburger had various jobs in systems engineering management and software development. He graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Canisius College and earned his Masters at University of Buffalo. Mr. Hilburger lives in northern Virginia with his wife and 3 children, where he enjoys practicing karate with his son.

Chris Johnson, Senior Network Administrator, Mustang Engineering L.P.
Chris Johnson has served as Network Administrator for Mustang throughout the past 7 years, with a total experience in the IT industry of just over 10 years. Through his position at Mustang, Chris is the primary person responsible for networking, IT security, and data storage. Chris helps coordinate a team of network administrators, desktop technicians, and help desk personnel to support the 2,000+ user environment. This environment includes 80+ Windows servers, NetApp filers, IBM SAN, and Oracle Financials. Among other technologies, Chris has expertise in data storage including SAN and NAS, security and connectivity including firewalls, VPN, and WAN, server applications including Exchange, SQL, and SMS, and a variety of switches, routers, etc. Over the past year and a half, Chris was responsible for working with the various vendors and VAR’s to architect Mustang’s award-winning three-tiered file lifecycle management solution.

Mike Koclanes, Chief Technology Officer, CreekPath Systems
Mike is a co-founder of CreekPath and an IT veteran with more than 25 years in the software and storage industries. He brings a wealth of leadership experience from a number of established companies including Sun Microsystems where he was Director of New Products and Director of Information Technology for eight years. Mike was a key player in establishing Sun’s leadership in the network computing market and helped build Sun’s European headquarters in the UK. Prior to CreekPath, Mike was Vice President and General Manager of Exabyte’s Storage Automation and Solutions Division where he pioneered storage area network technologies and brought industry-leading SAN management architectures to market. Mike earned a B.S. in computer science from the University of Missouri-Rolla.

James Lee, Vice President Marketing, Princeton Softech 

Jim Lee directs Princeton Softech’s Product Marketing efforts coordinating with Development, Marketing Communications and Sales. With more than 15 years of experience in application development and consulting, Lee’s background includes application development, short and long-term product planning, risk assessment, cost-benefit analysis, customer consulting and evaluating emerging technologies.  Jim joined Princeton Softech in 1997 as Development Manager. His project teams delivered several new releases of Princeton Softech’s Relational Tools ä and Archive for DB2 ä . A storage and database industry expert and frequent speaker on storage alternatives, he regularly contributes technical expertise at Active Archiving Workshops ä that assist companies in determining the benefits of an effective active archiving strategy. He also works with customers to develop active archiving strategies across the enterprise.  Before joining Princeton Softech, Lee rose to the position of Director, Application Development Technology at Seer Technologies, Inc. in New York. He successfully managed all facets of software development for an integrated case tool that accounted for 20 percent of the company’s software revenue. He held earlier positions as Associate Director of Application Development Technology and Senior Development Manager.  Lee began his career with IBM as a Staff Programmer and Senior Associate Programmer. He moved on to the First Boston and then served as a Technical Consultant at Automated Data Processing.

Lee holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Applications and Information Systems and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from New York University, College of Business and Public Administrations.

Mark S. Lewis, Executive Vice President, EMC Software, EMC Corporation
Mark Lewis is Executive Vice President of EMC Software at EMC Corporation, the world leader in information storage systems, software, networks and services, with 2003 revenues of $6.24 billion and more than 20,000 employees worldwide. Lewis’ overall responsibility for the EMC Software Group is providing best-of-breed software products and integrated ILM solutions. The EMC Software Group has elevated EMC to the ranks of the top software companies in the world. Lewis oversees the engineering, product management, program management, and business operations activities of all of EMC Software Group’s development organizations.
Lewis joined EMC in July 2002 from Hewlett-Packard/Compaq, where he was Vice President and General Manager of Compaq’s Enterprise Storage Group., the second largest storage organization in the world after EMC, with total P&L responsibility for the $2 billion business segment. Prior to that, he spent 13 years in storage-related engineering and product development at Digital Equipment Corporation. Lewis holds eight U.S. patents in storage technology.

He has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Colorado, Boulder. His graduate studies include Business Law, Marketing and Accounting from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, and the Executive Education Program at the Harvard Business School.

John McArthur, Group Vice President, Worldwide Storage Research

Mr. McArthur is Group Vice President of IDC’s Storage Hardware, European Storage Hardware, and Hardware Channels research programs. His worldwide team of analysts provide insight and analysis for IT professionals, investors, resellers, distributors, and manufacturers. Mr. McArthur’s personal research practice includes analysis of the storage systems and storage mechanisms markets. He provides custom research and consulting for IDC clients on product requirements, marketing strategies and alliances opportunities for storage and storage-management solutions. He is an internationally recognized speaker on storage and storage management trends at end-user, trade organization, and manufacturer sales training events around the world.  Mr. McArthur has more than 13 years of experience in IT operations, management, and finance. He came to IDC in 1995, from State Street Bank and Trust Company where he was Manager for Information Technology Procurement. Prior to this he held a number of research and operations management positions in banking, financial services, education, and healthcare. Mr. McArthur earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of South Florida in Tampa

Michael Prince, VP and Chief Information Officer, Burlington Coat Factory
Michael Prince’s love of computers began in 1973 when the former naval Aviator attended a brief computer course during a class reunion at Dartmouth College. Mr. Prince immediately grasped the potential for computers in Industry and set about learning to program so that he could develop software for his own retail clothing business. Mr. Prince founded Teledata in 1976. Teledata provided computer, software development, and consulting services for a variety of firms. Burlington Coat Factory, an early customer, acquired Teledata in 1983 and Mr. Prince was designated Burlington Coat Factory’s Director of Information Services. His title was subsequently upgraded to Chief Information Officer.
Burlington Coat Factory has enjoyed non-stop growth. Since 1983 the company has expanded from 32 to more than 300 stores. The company has successfully followed a progressive Open Systems strategy. Early in 1993, Mr. Prince turned off their mainframe completing a successful migration to a distributed UNIX computer network. Mr. Prince has been in the news, in recent months, because of his descision to use Linux to power the systems in Burlington Coat Factory’s retail stores. Burlington Coat Factory’s Information Services Department is the recipient of several prestigious awards including the 1993 UNIX Expo International Award for Excellence and the 1995 UniForum Open Systems Award. The Company was also honored in 1995 having been nominated for a Smithsonian Award resulting in documentation of its systems made part of the Museum’s permanent collection. Outspoken advocacy of Open Systems has resulted in Mr. Prince being quoted frequently in the press and being a popular speaker at computer industry events. Mr. Prince was a founder of MOSES (Massive Open Systems Environment Standards). MOSES worked to identify the requirements for administering large, mission critical, Open Systems. The group published several highly regarded white papers. He is a former a member of the Board of Directors of UniForum . Mr. Prince and his wife of 34 years, Jeanne, have three grown sons. They are avid bicyclists. They also enjoy travel and frequently take their bicycles on trips.

Bob Shinn, Principal, SSgA
Bob Shinn is a Principal and responsible for Information Life Cycle Management at State Street Global Advisors (SSgA). The Information Life Cycle Management strategy is comprised of five key areas: Strategic Direction, Advance Engineering, Operations, Records Management and Service/ Cost Accounting. SSgA is an acknowledged leader in institutional investing with over $1.2 trillion in assets under management; the world’s largest institutional asset manager and leader in several other investment ranking systems.  Bob Shinn is best known for the Fluid Computing Model and maturing Storage Services as a component to achieve dynamic fluid IT services. Shinn composes business methods, proven technology, refined processes and human resources into technology services focused on delivering shareholder value.  The physical environment Shinn manages encompasses more than 250 TB of primary storage, over 1000 ports, tape storage exceeding 500 TB and 2 DWDM Rings.  Shinn has a MBA from Babson College and post graduate work in Corporate Entrepreneurship.

Additionally, he received his BA in History at Bridgewater State College as a member of the National History Honor Society and two time Wrestling Captain.

Bill Terrell, CEO and Co-Founder, Troika Networks, Inc.

 Bill Terrell is CEO and Co-Founder of Troika Networks, Inc. Terrell is responsible for the day-to-day operation and management of the company, as well as defining the vision and direction of Troika’s technology. Terrell’s entrepreneurial spirit and innovative technology approaches are rooted in his experiences working with start-up companies for 20 years. Since the mid-1980s, Terrell has made contributions in the development of computer systems architecture, ASIC technology, storage architecture and standards, including SCVI, T11, SRP and Infiniband T-10. While at Vitesse, as Director of Standard Products, Terrell played a vital role in the early development of Fibre Channel and obtained three integrated circuit patents. Prior to Vitesse, Terrell was at Hewlett-Packard working on standards development and on microprocessor ASIC designs, including the first HP Precision Architecture (PA) RISC. Terrell’s experience in technology innovation has led to the development of Troika’s Accelera Network Storage Services Platform, a high-performance, fabric-agnostic, open platform for hosting network-based storage services software.

Bill received his Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology. He enjoys traveling, cycling and has played Ultimate Frisbee for 12 years.

George Fiederlein, Director, UNIX and Storage Departments, Barnes & Noble

George Fiederlein is the Director within the UNIX and Storage Departments at Barnes & Noble.  He has 21 years of experience within the IT field.  15 years have been spent in Storage Management and the last 9 years within the UNIX systems administration background.  He has been with Barnes & Noble for over 14 years.

George is the Founder and President of a non-profit organization which promotes Computer and language literacy. 

Bill Williams, Manager of Storage Operations, Cisco Systems

Bill Williams is the Manager of Cisco’s Storage Operations team, where he focuses on storage total cost of ownership (TCO), metrics, and operational efficiencies. Bill joined Cisco in 1998 as an ERP systems administrator. In January of 2002, Bill moved to the virtual storage team at Cisco, where he was integral in creating a dedicated Enterprise Storage Systems Team within Cisco IT. In May of 2003, the Enterprise Storage Systems Team won Cisco’s CIO Award.

In October of 2002, Bill began studying the total cost of ownership for storage at Cisco, and the following year he began a consolidation project to lower Cisco’s storage TCO. As the Program Manager for the Network Storage Virtual Team from 2003 to 2004, Bill guided the implementation of SAN storage and infrastructure in Cisco’s datacenters around the globe. Bill holds an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Bill also holds a Master’s degree from Harvard Divinity School. Bill lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with his wife Lia and their daughter Isabel.

Bill is the author of “The Business Case for Storage Networks” to be published by Cisco Press in October of 2004.

Bill Peldzus, Director of Storage Architecture, GlassHouse Technologies

Bill Peldzus is Director of Storage Architecture at GlassHouse Technologies Inc. where he is responsible for key client engagements and storage strategy. Prior to GlassHouse, Mr. Peldzus had more than 20 years experience working in management and technical positions at Imation Corporation’s Storage Professional Services and StorageTek’s SAN Operations business group, as well as running multiple IT groups at CNA Insurance and Northern Trust Company. Throughout Bill’s consulting career, he has directly influenced storage strategies, architectures and purchases within the telecommunications, energy, manufacturing, financial and healthcare industries. Bill often serves as a content expert in storage networking, business continuity, and IT strategy presentations and tutorials, including speaking engagements at the Storage World Conference, Networld+Interop, Storage Networking World, Comdex, IDC’s StorageVision, Storage Management, and Storage Decisions. He is frequently interviewed and quoted by leading industry trade publications such as InformationWeek, eWeek, InfoStor, Washington Technology, Storage, and Network World. In addition, he contributed to a regular column titled, “From the Lab” for the publication Computer Technology Review and has led Webinars on storage networking issues for SearchStorage.com and eWeek. Peldzus holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science with an emphasis in Management Information Systems (MIS) from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Ill.

John Gannon, President and Chief Operating Officer, Quantum Corporation

John B. Gannon is president and chief operating officer of Quantum. Previously he served as president of Quantum’s DLTtape Group and of the Quantum Hard Disk Drive Group. Gannon joined Quantum in 1998 as executive vice president of worldwide sales and corporate marketing. Before that he was with Hewlett-Packard for 17 years, where he was the general manager of HP’s commercial desktop PC business and its Digital Audio Tape business. Previously, he held various marketing management positions in the company, including marketing responsibility for the Mass Storage Group. Prior to joining HP, he was with Measurement Systems International Inc., and an officer in the United States Air Force.

Chris Collins, Senior Manager, Infrastructure Planning, Ahold Information Services

Chris Collins is senior manager of Infrastructure Planning at Ahold Information Services and is responsible for the research and assessment of infrastructure solutions and emerging technologies as well as developing recommendations for strategic IT issues and futures. In her 21+ years of experience in the IT industry, Chris has served in roles such as test engineer, systems engineer, network engineer, and operations / network manager at leading companies including Intel, Lucent, and AT&T, where she was responsible for many areas including system design, planning and implementation for many IT platforms. Chris is member of several prominent professional and industry organizations including the IBM Storage Customer Council, the Cisco Technical Advisory Board, the International Women in Technology Association, and the National Association of Female Executives. Chris has also spoken at numerous IT tradeshows and conferences, Including: Storage Networking World, International Storage Symposium, and Team RS/6000 User Conference.

Dennis Martin, Senior Analyst, Evaulator Group

Dennis Martin is a Senior Analyst at the Evaluator Group and is responsible for storage management software, including SAN management and Storage Resource Management (SRM) software, and storage security issues. He speaks at conferences on these topics, and is one of the instructors in the Evaluator Group Advanced Education for Storage Professionals classes. Dennis joined the Evaluator Group in the year 2000.  He has been working in the Information Technology industry for more than twenty-three years, primarily involved in software development and project management on mainframe, UNIX and Windows NT/2000 environments. These include a variety of large and small end-user customers, and engineering and marketing positions for storage vendors such as StorageTek.

Dennis is the founder of the Rocky Mountain Windows NT User Group in Denver, and served as its President for its first six years. Dennis enjoys photography and playing racquetball.

Don Beaty, Founder, DLB Associates

Don Beaty is the founder of DLB Associates, a consulting mechanical / electrical / industrial engineering firm. He holds engineering licenses in over 40 states, and is both the founder and current chairperson of the ASHRAE technical committee (TC9.9) for Mission Critical Facilities, Technology Spaces and Electronic Equipment.
DLB Associates has been designing and commissioning 7 by 24 facilities for over 20 years. The firm has acted in various capacities including Prime Professional, Owners Representative and Commissioning Agent on thousands of Data Center and Telecommunications (Datacom) projects ranging from very small to over 800,000 sq. ft.
ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers) is an international non-profit organization with over 50,000 members. ASHRAE technical committee TC 9.9, which includes representation from major electronics / computer manufacturers, was created to help ensure proper operation of all types of data processing, storage and telecommunications equipment within datacom facilities.

Howard Goldstein, Founder, Howard Goldstein Associates, Inc. 
Howard Goldstein has over 30 years’ experience in storage, data and telecommunications networking. His background includes positions in technology, management and education with practical technical experience in architecture, design, planning, implementation and operations. His education technical focus ranges across various storage network architectures and products including courses covering IP storage, iSCSI, SCSI, Serial Attached SCSI, SATA, Fibre Channel, TCP/IP, Gigabit Ethernet and others. He provides broad conceptual skills with his Storage Networking Solutions & Technologies making complex topics easily understood. He provides in-depth skills with his technology-specific classes. His job task approach in his Storage Networking Planning, Design, Performance and Troubleshooting classes provides the skill level required to perform specific job roles in the Storage Networking industry today. Howard Goldstein has expertise in many aspects of the human side of technology offering innovative consulting and education services on Professional Vitality and Career Development, Adult Learning, and Presentation & Teaching Techniques. Howard believes that content delivery is as important as content development and is a master of both.  Goldstein is an active member of the Storage Networking Industry Association and serves on the SNIA Education Committee. He has helped develop the SNIA Certification Program as well as the SNIA Technology Center Institute. He has been active in the publications world as technical editor of Building Storage Networks and Resilient Storage Networks and Storage Series editor for Digital Press.  Goldstein holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts and an M.S. in Telecommunications from Pace University. He is a frequent speaker at Networld & Interop and Storage Networking World. He is the founder and principal member of Howard Goldstein Associates, Inc. a technology and Education Company offering instructor led training and course development. Visit WWW.HGAI.Com for more information.

Ken Male, Founder and CEO, TheInfoPro (TIP)

Ken has over 17 years of experience working with users and vendors of, and investors in technology. He has worked with IT providers and market research firms like Gartner, DEC, Giga, and most recently Jupiter where he was SVP of Global Sales. TIP’s methodology and knowledge derived from its implementation is directly related to his experience in ascertaining what intelligence is critical for the user, vendor and investor to make sound decisions and understand the reality of conditions of an IT sector’s competitive landscape.

Ken is often quoted in the press including: Forbes, CNBC, InfoStor and Storage Magazine and is a frequent speaker at key industry events. He works closely with the three constituencies served by TIP: IT professionals, technology providers and institutional investors.

Kevin B. Rollins, President and CEO, Dell

Kevin B. Rollins is the president and CEO of Dell. Prior to becoming CEO in July 2004, Mr. Rollins served as president and COO, vice chairman, and president of Dell Americas. The company employs approximately 50,000 team members worldwide and reported revenues of $45.4 billion for the past four quarters. Before joining Dell in April 1996, Mr. Rollins was vice president and partner of Bain & Co. management consultants. While with Bain, he developed strategies around the direct selling of computer systems and services that helped propel Dell into its current global leadership position. Mr. Rollins earned his master’s in business administration and bachelor’s degrees from Brigham Young University and remains an active supporter of the school. He is a member of the university’s President’s Leadership Council and the Marriott School National Advisory Council, where he founded and continues to sponsor the Rollins Center for E-commerce. He serves at the request of the President of the United States on the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiation and is a member of the Computer Systems Policy Project and the U.S. Business Council. Mr. Rollins is active in the American Enterprise Institute and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Nancy Hurley, Senior Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group

Nancy Hurley is a Senior Analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group where she manages analyst activities across the organization and serves as the primary analyst for Enterprise Storage Management and Storage Infrastructure solutions. Nancy is a seasoned sales and marketing executive, with over 18 years experience in the storage, communications, and networking and computer industries. Prior to ESG, Nancy served as the Worldwide Strategic Planning Manager for Tektronix Communications Test Group where she drove the strategic direction for multiple product lines across the globe. Previously, Ms Hurley was with Hewlett Packard for 10 years in various senior sales and marketing positions, supporting global enterprise and telecommunications customers. She also held a digital design engineer position for a division of Lockheed/Martin.


Nancy holds a BSEE from Syracuse University.

Nelson Fernandez, Senior Manager, IT Solutions and Security, Agere Systems

AT&T Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies and now Agere Systems have employed Nelson L. Fernandez since 1980. During the 1980s Nelson was engaged in research in the fields of computer and network security, ECAD software and computer system administration. During the 1990s Nelson focused his work on E-manufacturing and business systems. He led Lucent Microelectronics business systems away from mainframe based computing and into open systems. A major project during this time was deploying Oracle 10.7 SC globally and creating a solution that was touted by Oracle and EMC as best current practice. Innovations included becoming the first major Citrix-based deployment, using Quest’s Shareplex to create a report server, and using the full set of EMC capabilities with the Oracle suite. With the 2001 “tech bust”, Nelson led a global team that within 22 months retired more than 1,400 servers and lowered the cost of Agere’s server services by 80%.

Currently, Nelson continues to support Agere’s global IT security and he also works on a small team of solution architects whose role is to continue to drive value into the business through the use of IT. Nelson has undergraduate and graduate degrees from Shippensburg University and Lehigh University.

Nick Carr, Former Executive Editor of the Harvard Business Review and author of Does IT Matter?
An acclaimed business writer and thinker, Nicholas G. Carr is the author of Does IT Matter? Information Technology and the Corrosion of Competitive Advantage, published in 2004 by the Harvard Business School Press. The book expands on the themes in Carr’s celebrated 2003 Harvard Business Review article “IT Doesn’t Matter,” which sparked a worldwide debate on the role of computers in business. Carr’s ideas have been featured in articles in the New York Times, The Economist, Newsweek, Business Week, Fortune, Forbes, and CIO, among many other publications. He was recently named one of “10 people to watch in 2004” by American Airlines’ American Way magazine. Between October 1997 and May 2003, Carr held top editorial positions at the Harvard Business Review, including executive editor and, for most of 2002, acting editor. Articles he edited won McKinsey Awards as the best articles published in HBR in 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2002. Before joining HBR, he was a principal at Mercer Management Consulting. He is currently a contributing editor at Strategy & Business, where he writes a column on innovation.  In addition to writing more than a dozen articles and interviews for the Harvard Business Review, Carr has written for the Financial Times, New York Times, MIT Sloan Management Review, Journal of Business Strategy, Wired, Boston Globe, and Business 2.0 and was a columnist for the Industry Standard for more than a year. Carr has spoken on information technology and business strategy at Harvard, MIT, Wharton, and the University of Sidney as well as at industry and corporate events throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas. He has also appeared as a business commentator on CNN, CNBC, CNBC Asia, Tech TV, and CNET.

Carr holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College and an M.A. from Harvard University. More information on him and his work can be found at www.nicholasgcarr.com.

Peter van Oppen, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, ADIC

Mr. van Oppen has served as Chairman of the Board since 1984 and Chief Executive Officer since 1994, overseeing ADIC’s transition to an independent, publicly traded company in 1996. From 1985 to 1996, he served in various positions including Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Interpoint Corporation, which owned ADIC from 1994 to 1996. Prior to 1985, he was a managing consultant at Price Waterhouse LLP and Bain & Company. He serves as a director of multiple public and private entities, including Western Wireless Corporation, the Seattle Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and The Basketball Club of Seattle. He is also a Trustee of Whitman College. Mr. van Oppen holds a B.A. from Whitman College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar.

Sat Sahota, Senior Network Consultant, TELUS Communications Canada

As a Senior Network Consultant working in the CTO office, Sat is responsible for the Storage networking connectivity architecture validation and selection process for TELUS communications Canada. Sat has 16 years of experience in the data and optical networking industry working in the service provider space. Sat has held several senior technical positions including lead roles in the TELUS technical training team, Engineering and Planning departments and most recently with the TELUS Transport and Optical Networking team, CTO Office. Sat’s past accomplishments include lead role in the TELUS data test center consolidation project where TELUS went from three data test centers to one. Setting the TELUS ATM migration strategy and implementation direction to an IP/MPLS network. Most recently as Senior Network Architect, Sat was responsible for the storage network connectivity and implementation of TELUS’ Internet Data Center (IDC) SAN islands located approximately 3800KMS apart in Calgary and Toronto. Currently Sat is evaluating metro SAN network connectivity architecture options for TELUS customers based on stringent service level agreements.

Sat Sahota is a graduate from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Telecommunications Engineering program with advanced certification from the Alberta Society of Engineering Technologists.

Shinjiro Iwata, Cheif Executive Officer, Hitachi Data Systems

In September 2001, Shinjiro Iwata was appointed CEO of Hitachi Data Systems.  Iwata began his career at Hitachi, Ltd., in 1972 in the International Sales Division. He progressed steadily through a variety of roles, from Assistant Manager of Hitachi’s Singapore Office to Section Manager of the Computer Department, to Manager of the International Trade Division Computer Department.  In 1996, Iwata was named Planning Department Manager for Hitachi’s Information Systems Group, its largest and most profitable division. Iwata joined Hitachi Data Systems in 1997 as an Executive Vice President in the storage line of business and served in this capacity until August, 2000. He then returned to Hitachi, Ltd., to act as Deputy General Manager of the International Business Planning & Development Division and subsequently served as the General Manager of Hitachi’s Global Business Development Division Planning Department.

Iwata is a native of Kagawa, Japan, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Waseda University.

Dave Reinsel, Program Director, Storage Research, IDC
Dave Reinsel is program director of IDC’s storage research. Mr. Reinsel and his team of analysts provide insight and analysis for IT professionals, investors, reseller, distributors, and manufacturers. His research team is responsible for delivering forecasts and analyses on disk storage systems and hard disk drives and component technologies, as well as for providing quarterly tracking and analysis on numerous metrics related to these same markets. In addition to his research responsibilities, Mr. Reinsel provides custom research and consulting for IDC clients on industry trends, product requirements, and marketing strategies and speaks at numerous conferences worldwide.  Mr. Reinsel has more than 11 years of experience within the IT industry. He came to IDC in 2000 from Hutchinson Technology Inc. and quickly established himself as one of the leading analysts on the hard disk drive industry. In 2002, Mr. Reinsel published IDC’s first ever detailed report on HDD component technology and in 2003 co-authored the industry’s first extensive report on external drives, as well as an in-depth report that probed the impact of serial ATA drives and tiered storage on data centers.

Mr. Reinsel earned a bachelor’s degree in education in the field of mathematics from the University of Missouri, Kansas City.

Richard Villars, Vice President, Storage Systems Research, IDC
As Vice President, Storage Systems Research, Richard Villars is a senior member of the team of analysts in storage hardware, storage software, servers, and networking that develops IDC’s viewpoint on the evolution of storage networking infrastructure and its impact on the overall storage marketplace. This interdisciplinary team delivers market and technological forecasts for Fibre Channel, iSCSI, FICON and storage area network (SAN) infrastructure products.  Mr. Villars has spent 15 years at IDC tracking the emergence of network technologies and products as well as advising companies on the impact of networking on existing IT markets. He launched IDC research on ethernet, LAN servers, LAN switches, frame relay, routers, ESCON, channel extension, TCP/IP, Intranets and the Internet, SANs, network and desktop management software, and directory services.  Richard is a frequent speaker at industry and Wall Street conferences. He has testified about the impact of ebusiness on small business before the US Senate Committee on Small Business and spoke about the influence of B2B on high tech manufacturing supply chains. Richard is also co-author of the book eCommerce for Dummies published by Hungry Minds, Inc. He has a bachelor of science in foreign service (B.S.F.S.) from Georgetown University with a concentration in science, technology, and international affairs.

Bill North, Director of Research, Storage Software, IDC
Bill North, Director of Research for IDC’s Storage Software service, is responsible for research and analysis on the dynamic and rapidly evolving worldwide markets for storage software, including the software used for backup and archiving, data migration and HSM, storage and server replication, distributed file systems, network-attached and SAN-attached storage management, and storage resource management. His knowledge of both systems and software aspects of storage gives him a unique perspective, and allows him to work closely with the IDC storage hardware and systems team. Mr. North has over 30 years of computer industry experience, ranging from operating systems development to manufacturing engineering, marketing, strategic planning, business development, and general management, with more than 20 years of storage-side experience. He has worked with industry and technology leaders, including IBM, VERITAS Software, Adaptec, Mylex, and Storage Dimensions, and has been an innovator in the development of high-reliability RAID systems and network-attached storage controllers. He was an early proponent of the development of storage area networking (SAN) technologies, and has helped establish strategic industry initiatives and partnership programs to improve the technology and accelerate widespread SAN adoption. Bill maintains close contact with the end-user community, and has been a frequent participant in independent trade organizations and standards bodies, including the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) and the RAID Advisory Board. He is the past chair of the SNIA Education Committee. He is a regular speaker and panel member at such events as Comdex, PC Expo, NetWorld+Interop, Server I/O, and Storage Networking World, and has contributed to a number of books, journals, and trade publications.

Mr. North holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering and in Humanities and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Julie Rahal Marobella, Senior Research Analyst, Information Infrastructure, IDC
Julie Rahal is a Senior Research Analyst in the Information Infrastructure group. She is responsible for research in the areas of Document Management, Records Management and Compliance Infrastructure. Some of her primary focuses within her coverage areas are the emerging records management and email archiving markets, and the convergence of technologies and services to support compliance-related IT processes such as record retention, privacy and controlled access, and legal discovery. Ms. Rahal has published studies on Content Management, Document Management, Records Management, Knowledge Management, and Customer Relationship Management Applications. She regularly speaks at industry and customer events such as AIIM Chapter Events and IDC’s Directions Conference. In addition, Ms. Rahal is often published and quoted in business and industry publications such as KMWorld and DM Review.

Prior to joining IDC, Julie worked in the sports marketing group at Northern Light Technology. She has a B.A. from the University of Michigan in Sports Management and Communications.

Doug Chandler, Program Director, Infrastructure Management Services, IDC
Doug Chandler is program director of IDC’s Infrastructure Management Services program. In this position, Mr. Chandler is responsible for two research programs, Networked Infrastructure Management Services (NIMS), and Storage and Data Management Services (SDMS). NIMS covers the spectrum of management and outsourcing services that are delivered across IT infrastructures today, while SDMS looks at the market for storage professional and support services; the Storage Service Provider (SSP) market; and various Internet-based data management services such as e-mail archiving, data backup, and file-sharing.  Mr. Chandler published the first comprehensive report in the industry on network and desktop management services in 1996. His research on the SSP market has been quoted in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Businessweek and Investor’s Business Daily. Mr. Chandler has worked in the IT industry for over 13 years. He began covering the storage industry in 1988 as an editor at PC Week newspaper. He has spoken at leading IT services conferences and events and is a contributing editor for IT Support News.

Before joining IDC, Mr. Chandler was a reporter and editor at PC Week, a computer weekly published by Ziff-Davis Publishing Co., where he helped launch PC Week’s first product evaluation effort. Mr. Chandler received his M.S. in Reporting on Science and Medicine from Boston University.

Janet Waxman, Vice President, Hardware Channels and Alliances, IDC

As Vice President Hardware Channels and Alliances, Ms. Waxman leads a team of researchers responsible for identifying and analyzing go to market strategies that are key to the success of the hardware focused IT vendors. This encompasses tracking a set of business issues that face these suppliers’ ecosystems, including distribution channels, strategic alliances, partnering strategies as well as balancing hybrid and complex routes to market. The team provides guidance and advice to a broad range of companies including start-ups through multi-national organizations. Ms. Waxman’s research specifically focuses on these key issues for server and storage related products. During her tenure at IDC, Ms. Waxman has led several in-depth studies including the Economics of the Channel as well as a series of studies tracking customer buying patterns both via direct and indirect channels. This is coupled with a continuing focus on the changes within each of these channels resulting in forecast and analysis of the products and their associated routes to market. Ms. Waxman is a recognized expert in this field as is featured speaker at a range of industry events and is often quoted in the press by both trade and business publications.

Prior to joining IDC, Ms. Waxman worked in various roles including supplier, distributor and as a VAR gaining insight into the inner workings of the channel from a broad and comprehensive perspective. She has been recognized by IDC as a winner of the James Peacock Award, Analyst of the Year Award as well an IDC Research Quality Award. Ms. Waxman is located in Framingham, MA.

Raymond Boggs, Vice President, Small/Medium Business Research, IDC
Mr. Boggs has a diverse background in the communications, computer, and office automation industries as well as consumer and channel research. He oversees all Home Office and Small Business research at IDC.  As part of his work, Mr. Boggs directs survey research, forecasting, and market analysis for advanced telecommunications, personal computing, and office automation products and services designed for small businesses and home offices. Research includes identifying key product requirements of different market segments, tracking changing customer channel preferences, and evaluating alternative strategies in response to competitive developments. Mr. Boggs has consulted extensively on changing distribution trends for advanced technology products and the emerging communications and networking needs of small and home-based enterprises.  Prior to joining IDC, Mr. Boggs directed consumer and business research in the technology practice area of Response Analysis Corporation in Princeton, NJ. He managed research activity to support the firm’s Electronic Access program and provided qualitative and quantitative primary research to a wide range of clients. Boggs had previously established and managed the Small Business/Home Office (SOHO) Research Program and the Small Business Market Strategy Service at BIS Strategic Decisions in Norwell, MA. where he was among the first to identify and examine the growing SOHO market.  Mr. Boggs has written numerous articles for major trade and general business publications and is regularly quoted in Business Week, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. He has been a featured speaker at COMDEX/Fall, the Consumer Electronics Show, and other industry trade shows. He recently served as a guest lecturer at the Anderson Graduate School of Business at UCLA. Boggs completed his undergraduate work at Hamilton College and has earned graduate degrees from Brown University and the Boston College Carroll School of Management.

John Dix, Editor in Chief, Network World

John Dix is Editor in Chief of Network World where he is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the news weekly. A 24 year industry veteran, Dix started his career at International Data Corp. in 1980 where he was an editor of executive newsletters covering developments in networking and distributed processing. He joined Computerworld in 1984 as the news weekly’s senior communications editor, then in 1986 was part of the team that launched Network World. Dix has served on the boards of many industry trade shows, including Interop, Comnet, Comdex, PC Expo and SatCon.

Aloke Guha, Founder and Chief Technology Officer, COPAN Systems
Aloke brings more than 20 years of experience in R&D senior management, creating both new technologies and new companies. He was founder and CEO of Datavail where he developed content storage management prior to Datavail’s acquisition by CreekPath. Aloke was Vice President and Chief Architect at StorageTek, responsible for technical strategy across business units, including tape, disk arrays, software and storage networking. He initiated and oversaw the development of the industry’s first intelligent storage networking switch technology. Prior to StorageTek, he was the CTO of Network Systems, an early pioneer of channel and secure networking products. Aloke has authored over 15 patent applications (6 issued) and over 65 publications in storage, networking, switching, security and parallel and distributed processing. He is a senior member of IEEE and continues to be active in leadership positions on technical committees and industry working groups in storage and networking. Aloke holds a Bachelor of Technology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota.

Greg Schulz, Senior Analyst, Evaluator Group
Greg Schulz is a Senior Analyst with the Evaluator Group, an independent storage analysis firm. He has over 20 years experience with UNIX, Windows, IBM Mainframe, OpenVMS and other environments. He has worked at various firms, and in several industries including Cooperative Power Electric Utility, DCA Benefits, BNSF Railroad, MTI, INRANGE, and CNT working with large and small customers from different industries involving storage and storage networking activities.  Greg is author of numerous published articles, papers, and a book “Resilient Storage Networks – Designing Flexible Scalable Data Infrastructures” (Digital Press Books) on storage, storage networking, I/O, capacity planning, virtualization, security, backup, database and related topics. Greg has also contributed material to other projects including being a co-author for the VERITAS book “The Resilient Enterprise” and various SNIA works. He also has been a speaker throughout the world on storage, and storage networking topics. Greg has a B.A. in computer science, M.Sc. in software engineering from the University of St. Thomas.

Jered Floyd, VP, Technology, Permabit, Inc.

Jered Floyd, one of Permabit’s co-founders, is responsible for driving key technology partnerships, developing core business processes, and evangelizing Permabit’s innovative technologies. Floyd was responsible for the deployment of effective software development methodologies, and core protocol development of the Permeon product, as well as initial server and system architectures.  As a research scientist at the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Floyd worked on the Microbial Engineering project to bridge the gap between biological and computational systems, evaluating proteins and genetic regulatory systems for building “in vivo” computational systems in bacterial cells. While at Turbine Entertainment Software, Floyd developed a robust integration language for managing active objects in a massively distributed on-line virtual environment. Floyd developed a cross-platform keying system for company-wide use while at Archetype, Inc.

Floyd has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He frequently speaks at events on technology and software development practices.

Volker Rohleder, EMEA I/T Specialist, IBM Corporation

Volker W. Rohleder is a certified I/T Specialist at the TotalStorage Executive Briefing Center in Mainz, Germany.  He has 24 years of experience providing technical support across a variety of IBM storage and virtualization products and technologies, including storage management and emerging technologies.  He had various technical positions in both marketing and development with servers, networking, and storage organization supporting EMEA. He is involved throughout the pre-sales and post-sales process, from designing end-to-end storage solutions and competitive positioning to implementation and problem determination activities across the entire range of IBM TotalStorage offerings. He is now focusing on Information Grid related solutions.

JB Blunck, Systems Integrator, Bunim-Murray Productions/Apple Computer

Joachim “JB” Blunck’s credits reflect more than 25 years experience in publishing, television and information technology. His eclectic career spans Emmy-winning television producing and directing, computer systems design and programming, award-winning newspaper design and numerous project and product launches. Most recently, JB spearheaded the largest installation of Apple’s soon-to-be-released XSan storage technology, coupled with its Final Cut Pro video and film editing software, for Bunim-Murray Productions. The final configuration includes more than 30 editing systems for offline video editing as well as standard and high-definition finishing. While still in beta form, the system handled the editing and finishing for MTV’s “The Real World,” “Road Rules Challenge,” and Fox’s “The Billionaire.”

Christopher Scholik, Manager of Network Services, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

As the Manager of Network Services for ALSAC St Jude Children’s Research Hospital (www.stjude.org), Christopher Scholik has been responsible for providing management, group leadership and technical direction for a team of Network and Server engineers. Under his direction, his staff oversees an extensive local and wide area network infrastructure and application server infrastructure to ensure that the organization is able to fulfill its fundraising mission for St Jude Children’s Research Hospital. St. Jude is unlike any other pediatric treatment and research facility anywhere. Discoveries made here have completely changed how the world treats children with cancer and other catastrophic illnesses. We are where some of today’s most gifted researchers are able to do more science, more quickly. Where doctors across the world send their toughest cases and most vulnerable patients. Where no one pays for treatment beyond what is covered by insurance, and those without insurance are never ask to pay. We’ve built America’s 4th-largest health-care charity, with a model that keeps the costs down and the funds flowing, so the science never stops.

Skip Jones, Chairman, FCIA

Skip Jones is Chairman of the FCIA.   He has 24 years of storage industry experience and extensive 10-year background with storage industry associations at the board level. He is a staunch evangelist and industry spokesperson for storage networking with numerous published materials, speeches, seminars, press-tours, webcasts, conferences, industry initiatives, etc. Since its 8-year inception, he has been Vice President and/or Board of Directors of STA. Board of Directors on FCIA/FCLC seven years, Chairman and President four years ago. He is currently Chairman of FCIA Speed/Roadmap Forum, on Board of Directors FCIA, SCSI Trade Association, and Blade Server Alliance. Named on two QLogic SCSI chip patents, SCSI Trade Association and FCIA “Recognition of Outstanding Contribution” award, named on AEA Product of the year award, Orange County Business Journal – OC Executive Review, and Smithsonian Institute for first 5.25” SCSI disc drive. Contributing editor for ENDL “The SCSI Encyclopedia”. Oklahoma State University Electronic Engineering. Career includes numerous positions in Marketing, Sales, Engineering and Management. Employment history: Texas Instruments, Priam, Maxtor, Archive/Ardat, QLogic. QLogic for past 14 years – Current position is Corporate, Director of Technology and Planning.

Marc Staimer, President, Dragon Slayer Consulting

Marc Staimer is President and CDS of Dragon Slayer Consulting in Beaverton, OR. He is widely known as one of the leading storage market analysts in the network storage and storage management industries. His consulting practice of 6 + years, provides consulting to both the end-user (>200) and vendor (>70) communities. Most of his consulting is in the areas of strategic planning as well as product and market development. Marc’s, 23 years of marketing, sales, and business experience in the storage, software, and systems industries combined with his years of research into the MIS community give him unique business, systems, and market expertise.

Steve Goldman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Isilon

Steve Goldman has 20 years experience in the technology industry, with a history of managing and building emerging companies into market leaders. Steve spent the last six years as a senior executive at F5 Networks, a leader in application traffic management. At F5 Networks, Steve built the company’s international organization from the ground up and led the sales, marketing and services teams to 13 consecutive quarters of revenue growth, over $100 million in annual revenues, and a market capitalization in excess of $1 billion. Steve also helped execute one of the industry’s strongest initial public offerings and built F5 Networks’ global sales, marketing and services organizations from zero to 300 employees in Asia, Europe and the Americas. Previously, Steve was a senior executive in the early storage networking market, overseeing sales and business operations for Logicraft Information Systems. At Logicraft, Steve helped engineer a merger that resulted in the first network storage system for CD content distribution across enterprise networks. Steve received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California at Berkeley.

Dr. Ganapathy Krishnan, President & CEO, Zetta Systems

Dr. Krishnan, a seasoned entrepreneur, started his entrepreneurial career by founding Intelligent Software Solutions (ISS), a publisher of license management software. Intelligent Software served customers worldwide. He merged ISS with Network Commerce and joined as Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer in 1996. At Network Commerce, he managed technology and business teams with over 200 professionals, and was instrumental in developing and deploying eCommerce, storage, and networking technologies.  He then joined MusicNet, a joint venture of Real Networks, AOL Time Warner, BMG, EMI, and WMG, as Chief Technology Officer and SVP Engineering and Operations, at a challenging time in the company’s history. He was responsible for building a world-class engineering and operation team that was instrumental in launching the first mainstream paid music service with AOL in February 2003. MusicNet deployed best of breed storage and networking technologies.
Dr. Krishnan is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and holds numerous advanced degrees including a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He has received two US patents.


Dr. Krishnan is active in the community as a Charter Member of TIE-Seattle, an organization devoted to worldwide entrepreneurship.

Momchil Michailov, President, CEO and Founder, Sanbolic, Inc. 

Momchil Michailov is the President, CEO, and founder of Sanbolic, Inc. Momchil’s responsibilities are product and technology development and management, as well as business strategy, planning and implementation. Momchil has a technical and international business background with extensive experience from the SAN industry. Momchil is the former founder and CEO of Number One GM, Inc. in Boston, MA, a software company and SAN integrator. The company assets were acquired by Autodesk in 1999. Prior to Number One GM, Inc., Momchil founded Number One Advertising and Publishing Agency in Sofia, Bulgaria, where he is still on the board of directors.

Mark Moroses, Senior Director, Techical Services & Security Officer, Maimonides Medical Center 

Mark Moroses is Senior Director Technical Services & Security Officer at Maimonides Medical Center, located in Brooklyn, New York. Maimonides is an almost 100-year-old vital and thriving non-profit, non-sectarian hospital that is the pre-eminent treatment facility and academic medical center in the Borough of Brooklyn – and among the best in the country. The Medical Center has 705 beds, a staff of internationally renowned physicians and more than 70 primary care and sub-specialty programs. In 2003, the Medical Center serviced more than 81,000 emergency room visits, 135,000 ambulatory care visits, and delivered more than 6,100 babies. During Mark’s tenure at Maimonides, the hospital has won several prestigious awards:
· Most Wired Hospital – 2001, 2002, 2004
· Most Wireless Hospital – 2003 – 2004
· One of the Nation’s 25 “Most Wireless” by Hospitals & Health Networks in 2004
· 2002 Davies Award for Improving Patient Care (Healthcare Information & Management Systems).
· 2002 Best Practices in Storage & Networking Award (Storage & Networking World)
· Honorable Mention 2004 Best Practices in Enterprise Management (Distributed Systems and Infrastructure Implementation)

During his 18 year career in IT, Mark has held technical roles with Pfizer, Inc., The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, Inc., and The Grand Union Company.
Mark has represented Maimonides as a quoted source and subject of feature articles in numerous technology periodicals, and has previously presented before several national healthcare and information technology professionals on various topics, including the use of SANs and distributed architectures in healthcare.
Mark earned a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science from Columbia University, New York, NY.

Greg Reyes, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.

Greg Reyes is Chairman and CEO of Brocade Communications Systems, Inc., which provides the world’s leading intelligent platform for networking storage environments. Since joining Brocade in 1998 as President and CEO, Reyes has been responsible for establishing the company as the world’s storage networking powerhouse, helping Brocade customers and partners drive the rapid evolution of the market for storage area networks (SANs) and enabling companies to significantly reduce the total cost of ownership for storage environments. Reyes’ distinguished career in the technology industry spans executive, marketing, and sales management roles in data communications, networking, hardware, and software. Before joining Brocade, Reyes was President and CEO of Wireless Access, Inc., a provider of wireless data messaging platforms and integrated circuits. Prior to Wireless Access, Reyes was a Divisional Vice President for Norand Data Systems, a developer of wireless data networks and handheld terminals. Previously, he was Vice President of Sales and Support at Banyan Systems, a pioneer in networking and data communications software.

Reyes currently serves on the board of VeriSign.

Thomas Goepel, Global Portfolio Manager, Network Storage Services, Hewlett-Packard Company

Thomas Goepel is the Global Storage Services Portfolio Manager for HP Services and has specialized in storage and storage area networks since 1997. He has over 15 years of experience working in the electronics industry, the last 11 of which at Hewlett-Packard Company, where he has held various engineering and consulting positions in R&D, sales and consulting. He has technical and project management experience in the areas of Storage, Mission Critical Computing, IT Service Management and IT Consolidation.  Thomas worked in several large international projects as systems and solutions architect and project manager. He was also involved in several IT Consolidation projects and the design of complete data centers. In the last five years he worked exclusively on storage solutions and was responsible for the global storage services portfolio within HP Consulting and HP Services.

He holds the Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Munich, Germany.

Robert Stevenson, Technology Strategist, Nielsen Media Services

Mr. Robert L. Stevenson has been working for Nielsen Media Research as a consultant and technology strategist for more than three years.  Prior to joining NMR, Stevenson had 14 years of high technology R&D experience with positions at Motorola’s R&D Labs at Schaumburg, Bell Labs with Lucent Technologies at Indian Hill, and the High Performance Computing Labs at Sun Microsystems in San Diego.  Mr. Stevenson has published at a variety of conferences, such as SUPERG, SuperComm, Storage Decisions and SNW. Stevenson also consulted to top Fortune 100 companies on technology strategy while working for Ernst & Young Management Consulting and with his own company, Dark Matter Technology Consulting.

Stevenson graduated Magna Cum Laude from Illinois Institute of Technology with a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering; he completed his Master’s in Computer Science at Illinois Institute of Technology and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. at the University of South Florida.

Mark Hargrove, Systems Engineer Consultant, StorageTek

As a Systems Engineer Consultant for StorageTek, Mark Hargrove is responsible for architecting, planning and guiding the engineering implementations of end-to-end StorageTek storage solutions. Mark brings over 25 years of technical and engineering IT experience including extensive knowledge of storage networking, multi-platform I/O systems, backup and disaster recovery methodologies and LAN/WANs. He has a unique ability to synthesize enterprise IT goals and objectives with tactical and strategic initiatives.  Mark honed his skills first in the United States Navy, and then at Kennedy Space Center, Florida where he was constantly at the forefront of new and emerging technologies in roles ranging from strategic architect to technology evangelist. He pioneered processes, best practices and standards in the early adoption of SAN technology that allowed his team of engineers to create, manage and administer the first large scale core-to-edge heterogeneous SAN at Kennedy Space Center. The SAN supported many diverse NASA initiatives including data warehousing, work instruction processing, and decision support and information delivery.   Mark has been interviewed and quoted by leading industry trade publications such as Information Week, Infostor, Red Herring and Computer World. His cover photograph and article for PC Week, in April 1999, touted his success in launching a SAN to manage massive amounts of space shuttle data. He is considered a subject matter expert in storage networking, and has spoken at numerous industry forums and events.

Mark Canepa, Executive Vice President, Sun Network Storage Products Group

Mark Canepa is responsible for growing Sun’s leadership position in the networked storage market. He oversees development, engineering, marketing and sales of
Sun’s storage solutions including Sun StorEdge(TM)-branded hardware, software and appliances. A computer industry veteran with more than 25 years of experience, Canepa was named executive vice president of Sun’s Network Storage Products Group in April 2001. The group was formed by Sun in July 1998 and today is a recognized, multi-billion dollar industry leader in the UNIX® and open systems storage market. Previously, Canepa was vice president and general manager of Sun’s Internet desktop and server products group. In this role he was responsible for driving the strategic planning, product design and development and marketing of Sun’s volume products, including the Sun Ray appliances and the industry-leading Sun workstations and entry-level servers. Before that, Canepa was vice president and general manager of Sun’s Workgroup Server Product Group. Canepa came to Sun in October 1996 from Hewlett-Packard, where he was general manager of Hewlett-Packard’s workstation division. He was responsible for the development and marketing of engineering workstations, technical servers, supercomputers and graphic subsystems. Canepa also served as general manager of Hewlett-Packard’s advanced systems division and held research and development positions directing super minicomputer processor and memory technologies. Canepa holds a B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University and the Advanced Management Program from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Chris Smith, Manager, Computer Services, PMC Sierra

Chris Smith is Manager of Computer Services at PMC Sierra. As part of his responsibilities, Mr. Smith oversees and manages the multi-site IT environment and is responsible for all decisions related to the storage infrastructure. Since joining PMC Sierra in 1999, Mr. Smith has lead the integration of six acquired companies into the PMC-Sierra environment, incorporated new products and policies into the network and continued to maintain relationships with vendors to ensure competitive pricing and best ROI. He continuously works with engineering managers to keep network environments up to the required capacity in order to complete design projects efficiently.

His technical background includes experience as a system/ network administrator and programmer. Throughout his career, Smith has operated and acted as network administrator for a variety of systems and boasts proficiency in Solaris 2.X, SunOS, Win NT, Win 2000, Win 95/98, Linux, Cisco IOS.

Richard Harada, President, Tape Technology Council 

Richard Harada is the Founder and President of Creative Businesses, Inc. (CBI), a data storage consultancy offering customized strategic planning, engineering support and training services to prominent computer and data storage manufacturers and integration support services to publicly-traded companies, banks, and healthcare companies.  Mr. Harada is also the President of the Tape Technology Council, a not-for-profit trade association. This organization, comprised of executives from tape technology manufacturers, promotes and educates data storage uses of tape storage technologies.  Mr. Harada is a member of the Board of Creative Businesses, Physician Support Services, Creative Links Communications, and 15 Charles Street.  Mr. Harada is the co-author of the MultiRead II and MultiAudio specification documents for Optical Storage Technology Association (OSTA), an organization to promote the use of recordable optical technologies and products. He also participates in Information Storage Industry Consortium (INSIC), the technology research consortium for the worldwide information storage industry and National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Data Preservation Working Group, a federal government consortium that studies data storage preservation and archiving of information which operates the High Storage Density Association (HDSA) data storage lab, which Mr. Harada was President. He has been an active member of other organizations including American College of Radiology (ACR), American National Standards Institute (ANSI), National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), and International Recording Media Association (IRMA), and National Office Machinery Dealers Association (NOMDA). Mr. Harada has been a guest speaker at Ericcson, General Electric, IBM, Iomega, Kodak, Maxell, Panasonic, Smart & Friendly, Ricoh, and Sony meetings and conferences including HDSA Automated Storage Conference, DVD-A Conference, Fall and Spring Comdex, TBOC Terabyte Storage Technology Forum, Tape Technology Council Roundtable Discussion, Computex DVD+RW Symposium, Banking Summit NYC, and keynote speaker at Multimedia Conference and MIT’s Years to Come Conference.
Prior to joining CBI, Mr. Harada held management positions in marketing and sales, product development and technical services at Sony and Panasonic. His major contributions were in product marketing of new industry-first products such as 3.5” floppy disk drive, 5.25” MO drive, DATtape, PD/Rewritable, and DVD as well as introduction of innovative word processing and notebook computers.  Mr. Harada is a graduate of Rutgers University in Economics and Electrical Engineering/Computer Science and Harvard University’s Business Administration executive program.   Mr. Harada has been recognized for his extensive volunteering effort and remains actively involved in his hometown’s youth activities. He is President of Hillsdale Soccer Association, Cub Master of Pack 331, Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 108 – an Eagle Scout from the same, and coach in the baseball, basketball, and soccer programs. Mr. Harada is married and has two children. Mr. Harada is a citizen of The United States of America.

Paul Schoenau, Senior Product Engineer, CIENA

During the last eight years, Paul Schoenau has leveraged his experience in storage and optical networking to bring new technologies to market for industry leaders such as CIENA. As Senior Product Manager for the Metro Enterprise Solutions Group of CIENA, Paul Schoenau has been instrumental in launching CIENA’s Storage over SONET/SDH solution, the CN 2000, to a global audience. Since its launch, the CN 2000 has been deployed in Fortune 1000 companies in the finance and banking, healthcare, entertainment and retail industries. Prior to joining CIENA, Paul worked on the industry’s first metro DWDM product for Cambrian Systems (which was acquired by Nortel Networks in 1998). During his tenure at Nortel, Paul worked with Fortune 500 enterprises in planning, designing and completing business case analyses of DWDM implementations for data center deployment. Paul began his career at Nortel Networks in 1996 in optical network planning after graduating from the University of Saskatchewan with a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Rod Mueller, Manager, Technology and Infrastructure, International Paper

Rod Mueller is Manager of Technology and Infrastructure at International Paper. At International Paper, he is responsible for data center servers, operating systems and storage for all platforms, technology and business alignment strategy, disaster planning and infrastructure failover, second datacenter planning, and datacenter consolidations. His past positions include Director of Operations, VP Technical Support, and Datacenter Manager.

Rob Davis, Vice President, Advanced Technology, QLogic Corporation
As vice president of advanced technology for QLogic Corp., Rob Davis plays a highly strategic role in determining the company’s direction relative to new products, markets and technologies. Davis’ career in the Fibre Channel storage industry spans more than years, in management, engineering and technical marketing. He attended the Colorado School of Mines.

Kevin Gray, Manager of Strategic Development, Enterprise Computing, Maxtor Corporation
As strategic development manager for Maxtor’s Enterprise Computing group, Kevin Gray is responsible for developing the market for the company’s future line of Serial Attached SCSI disk drives. He works directly with key customers and suppliers to expound the advantages of this new interface technology and manage inter-company marketing and product development efforts. Mr. Gray has over 20 years of experience in the computer and communications industries, and previously held senior marketing and engineering positions with NEC, Digital Equipment Corporation, and Raytheon. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and an MBA from Bentley College.

Mr. Gray’s recent speaking engagements include the SAN Conference, SHARE/Winter, SHARE/Summer, AFITC, Storage World Conference and WinHEC.

Michael Smith, Vice President & GM, Operations, Forbes.com

Michael Smith is vice president and general manager of operations for Forbes.com. He leads all of the company’s production initiatives, including application development, network engineering and operations management – in addition to audience development and ad serving. Prior to joining Forbes.com as chief technology officer, Mr. Smith was vice president and chief information officer at TheStreet.com, where he directed all of their technology efforts, including application development, network engineering, Web site operations, global technology initiatives and business support systems. Prior to that, he held several positions at Home Box Office, including director of information technology and network and communications manager. Mr. Smith has also worked in the telecommunications department of The New York Hospital-Cornell University Medical Center. He has a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and holds a network-technology related patent.

Michael T. Rowan, Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Revivio, Inc.
Michael Rowan is the visionary behind the development of Revivio’s innovative technology. An accomplished storage expert with deep technical knowledge and a strong entrepreneurial drive, Rowan founded Revivio, Inc. in 2001 to develop next generation data restoration and protection solutions. Prior to establishing Revivio, Rowan was a founder and CTO of StorageCom, a software company developing replication, journaling, and snapshot functionality for the enterprise. Rowan was the principal architect of StorageCom’s core technology and took a leadership role in all aspects of product development, customer interaction and overall company growth. He was instrumental in securing two rounds of financing for the company, and orchestrated the successful sale of StorageCom’s technology to a third party. The product is now being sold and developed by Vyant Technologies. As one of three partners at CLAM Associates (now Availant), Rowan was a key contributor in the company’s rapid growth from a startup to an industry leader employing over 140 people and posting revenues of $22M. At CLAM, Rowan was responsible for the overall architecture of all new products and was the technical visionary for product idea generation and proof-of-concept implementation. The company’s product set included IBM’s HACMP (high availability for open systems), IBM’s HAGEO (geographic disk replication), and IBM’s Concurrent Logical Volume Manager, among many others. During his tenure at CLAM, the HACMP solution was consistently ranked “best-of-breed” by D.H. Brown, Inc., a respected industry research firm. Rowan was also employed at MangoSoft, where he served as architect for advanced products and worked on research projects for the next generation product set. Rowan also spent several years as an independent consultant, specializing in high availability, storage, backup, and database engagements with companies such as Mobil Oil Company and EMC. Earlier roles include systems programming at the Purdue Computing Center, and the Free Software Foundation.

Ed Palmer, Senior Director, Product Management, Storability Software (A StorageTek Company)

Ed Palmer is a skilled, customer-focused professional with over 15 years of technical and marketing experience in the high technology industry. Since joining Storability four years ago, Palmer has been instrumental in the company’s growth from a managed storage services start-up to a leading provider of Enterprise Storage Resource Management (ESRM) software. Palmer excels at researching, designing, implementing and managing solutions that solve customer business problems. He has played a key role in both product marketing and business development, ensuring that the company’s Global Storage Manager software consistently earns market recognition as the industry’s premier ESRM solution. While at Storability, Palmer has teamed with sales to secure some of the company’s largest customer accounts and has been responsible for developing, managing, and maintaining key partner relationships. In his current position, he works closely with customers, partners, industry analysts, engineering, and sales to define product strategy and direction for Global Storage Manager. Prior to joining Storability, Palmer held several key technical and sales positions with Storage Technology Corporation, where he earned numerous awards for excellence and outstanding performance. He excelled in winning highly competitive bids and was an active participant on teams that generated over $54 million in sales revenue.

Palmer earned a B.S. in Electronic Engineering Technology from Wentworth Institute of Technology.

Don Tapscott, Bestselling Author of Paradigm Shift and Growing Up Digital

Don Tapscott is an internationally sought authority, consultant and speaker on business strategy and organizational transformation. His clients include top executives of many of the world’s largest corporations and government leaders from many countries. The Washington Technology Report says he is one of the most influential media authorities since Marshall McLuhan.  Don has authored or co-authored ten widely read books on the application of technology in business. His new book, co-authored with David Ticoll, is THE NAKED CORPORATION: How the Age of Transparency Will Revolutionize Business (Free Press, October 2003). The Naked Corporation describes how corporate transparency, accountability, and stakeholder relationships are the new frontier for competitive innovation.  Don’s penultimate book, co-authored with David Ticoll and Alex Lowy, is DIGITAL CAPITAL: Harnessing the Power of Business Webs. This bestseller describes how business webs are replacing the traditional model of the firm and changing the dynamics of wealth creation and competition. Business Week describes the book as “pure enlightenment.”  Don is President of New Paradigm Learning Corporation, which he founded in 1993, and Adjunct Professor of Management, Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. Don regularly contributes articles and opinion pieces to North American newspapers and magazines, such as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Business 2.0, and USA Today, and is a columnist for enRoute, Intelligent Enterprise and Director magazines. His earlier books include THE DIGITAL ECONOMY: Promise and Peril in the Age of Networked Intelligence (McGraw-Hill, New York, 1996), one of the best selling books about technology in business ever, appearing on a number of bestsellers lists including the New York Times business book list. It had a run of seven months on the Business Week bestsellers list. It has been translated into 20 languages.

John Halamka, MD, MS, Chief Information Officer, CareGroup Health System, and Chief Information Officer, Harvard Medical School
John D. Halamka, MD, MS, is Chief Information Officer of the CareGroup Health System, Chief Information Officer at Harvard Medical School, Chairman of the New England Health Electronic Data Interchange Network (NEHEN) , Chief Information Officer of the Harvard Clinical Research Institute (HCRI), and an Emergency Physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Halamka completed his undergraduate studies at Stanford University where he received a degree in Medical Microbiology and a degree in Public Policy with a focus on technology issues. While at Stanford he served as research assistant to Dr. Edward Teller, Dr. Milton Friedman, and presidential candidate John B. Anderson. He authored three books on technology related issues and formed a software development firm, Ibis Research Labs, Inc. Additionally, he served as a columnist for Infoworld, technical editor of Computer Language Magazine and technology consultant to several startup companies. In 1984, Dr. Halamka entered medical school at the University of California San Francisco and simultaneously pursued graduate work in Bioengineering at the University of California, Berkeley, focusing on technology issues in medicine. During medical school and graduate training, he continued his business activities and developed Ibis Research Labs into a 25 person software consultancy, specializing in medical and financial information interchange. Ibis was sold to senior management in 1992. Dr. Halamka served his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in the Department of Emergency Medicine. While at Harbor-UCLA he was an active member of the information systems team and developed a hospital-wide knowledge base for policies, procedures, and protocols. Further, he was instrumental in creating an on-line medical record, a quality control system, and several systems for medical education. His research focus during residency was building automated triage tools for patients infected with HIV. In 1996, Dr. Halamka joined the faculty of Harvard Medical School and continues to integrate his knowledge of medicine and technology focusing on the use of the Internet to exchange clinical patient data. His research includes security / confidentiality issues, scalability issues, and implementation of standards for exchange of administrative and clinical information. As a clinician as well as researcher, Dr. Halamka uses these tools to improve the care of the patients he treats in the Beth Israel Deaconess Emergency Department. He is also an active teacher, lecturing on both medical and technology topics to the students, residents, and faculty of Harvard and MIT. As Chief Information Officer at CareGroup, he is responsible for all clinical, financial, administrative and academic information technology serving 3000 doctors, 12000 employees and one million patients. As Chief Information Officer at Harvard Medical School, he oversees all educational, research and administrative including all electronic courseware development. As Chairman of NEHEN, he oversees the HIPAA transactions exchanged among the payors and providers in New England As Chief Information Officer of HCRI, he oversees the data management of clinical trials associated with Harvard Medical School.

TJ Klise, Director, Technology Services, Methodist Medical Center
TJ Klise has been involved in technology and the management of technology projects for the past 21 years. Formerly with IBM, TJ consulted with Fortune 25 customers in international oil and gas markets in Houston, Texas. Subsequent to his career with IBM, TJ moved into technology consulting and management, employed by an international banking concern managing their network and technical support department. He was a key player in launching a network consulting practice in the Midwest, and later joined Methodist Medical Center as Technology Services Director. He has been a member of the management team in Information Technology at Methodist Medical Center for the past 6 years. TJ oversees deployment of state of the art technology improving patient care through the application of advanced technology solutions. He is married and is currently pursuing his EMBA.

Philip Brotherton, Senior Director, Database Business Unit, Network Appliance

Philip Brotherton is the senior director for the Database Business Unit at Network Appliance. He oversees the company’s strategic alliance efforts with Oracle and IBM DB2. Prior to Network Appliance, Brotherton worked at JNI Corp., a leading provider of storage and system area networking infrastructure. He also worked at Acta Technologies, a data integration software company, and worked with Hewlett-Packard for nearly a decade, focusing on RISC/UNIX servers, PC servers, enterprise I/O, and storage systems. Brotherton also held positions with Teledyne and Hughes Aircraft Company. Brotherton has a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley and a Mechanical Engineering Bachelor of Science (BS) degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Steven Johnson, Storage Performance Scientist, Sun Microsystems, Inc. / Network Storage

Steven A. Johnson – Received his BS from the University of Colorado in 1981. Steve has been a Performance Scientist with Sun Microsystems for the past 4 years. Steve is currently studying Solaris workloads and studying the performance of all Network Storage’s products. Steven has been a frequent presenter at Computer Measurement Group (CMG) annual conference. He has worked for StorageTek for 15 years studying and simulating the performance of Iceberg RAID array. He also developed
several models of large tape libraries and virtual tape libraries. Steve is also the co-author of CSIM, a C-based simulation library.

Charlie Kraus, Director, HBA Division, LSI Logic Corporation

Charlie Kraus has spent 12 years in data networking on both the WAN and LAN side, experienced with both routers and switches. The past 4 years have been in Storage Networking dealing with Fibre Channel, SCSI, SAS and IP Storage HBAs and switches as well as IP Storage technologies such as iSCSI, RDMA and TOE. Charlie is currently the Director of LSI Logic’s HBA Business Unit. Charlie has a degree in Electrical Engineering and an MBA.

Bob Hammer, Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer, CommVault Corporation

Previously, Bob spent a decade leading the successful acquisition, management and growth of undervalued technology-related businesses. In that capacity, he served as Chairman, President and CEO of the Norand Corporation among others. Bob is a Venture Partner of the Sprout Group, an affiliate of Credit Suisse/First Boston.

He received his B.S. and M.B.A. from Columbia University.

Richard Sneider, Partner, InterUnity Group

Richard M. Sneider, Ph.D. is a 30 year veteran of Information Technology management and a partner of the InterUnity Group. Dr. Sneider has been a CIO, product manager, programmer, consultant and educator. He has over 21 publications and presentations on Benchmarking and Demonstrating the Value of Information Technology. While a Professor in the School of Management he authored the textbook “Management Guide to Healthcare Systems. His work has been published by CIO magazine, Darwin Magazine, Computerworld, Business Finance Magazine, Cutter Consortium. He has spoken before the Society for Information Management, IT Financial Management Institute, and the IT Financial Management Association. Dr. Sneider is the research director of the 2004 Computerworld InterUnity Group survey entitled Enterprise IT Vendors: Cost, Expectation, and Satisfaction and the 2003 Computerworld InterUnity Group Survey Emerging Trends in On-shore and Off-shore Outsourcing. His recent consulting clients include such leading companies such as IBM, Monster Worldwide, McKesson Corporation, Fidelity Investments, CCC Information Services and St. Gobain.

Vincent J. Fusca III, Operations Director, The Center for the Evaluative Clinical Sciences, Community and Family Medicine, Dartmouth Medical School

Mr. Fusca is the Operations Director for the Center for the Evaluative Clinical Sciences at Dartmouth Medical School and oversees the administration of the CECS and the Dartmouth Atlas Project. He supervises the Dartmouth Atlas Data Center production and support staff which provides direct research support with approximately 7 Terabytes of CMS Medicare data in electronic or tape format. Previously, Mr. Fusca served as United States Marine Corps officer, retiring from active service in 1998. Mr. Fusca holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree from Castleton State College and an MMS from the Marine Corps University.

Zulfiqar Qazilbash, Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer, iVivity
Zulfiqar Qazilbash serves as the Chief Strategy Officer at iVivity and is principally involved with formulating the company’s business strategy, and setting marketing, technology and product direction. Mr. Qazilbash has accumulated over 17 years of industry experience and has held several key management and leadership positions at storage market vendors like Adaptec and Veritas. Prior to founding iVivity, Mr. Qazilbash led the Advanced Product Marketing Group at Veritas. His charter was to develop product strategies for network storage and for applications intelligence. At Adaptec, Mr. Qazilbash held several key positions focused on driving product strategies in the emerging technologies arena. He represented Adaptec on many industry committees, forums and conferences relating to storage, storage networking, and fabric I/O. Prior to joining Adaptec, Mr. Qazilbash held senior product, system architecture and technology positions at Storage Dimensions. He helped launch many successful storage products including Storage Dimension’s industry leading flagship SuperFlex(R) product line. Prior to Storage Dimensions, Mr. Qazilbash served at Mylex Corporation. He holds a BSEE from University of Texas, Austin.

Chris Franklin, Consulting Software Engineer and Founder, RAIDCore

Chris Franklin, Consulting Software Engineer and founder of RAIDCore, joined Broadcom with the RAIDCore acquisition early this year and is one of the architects of Broadcom’s XelCore RAID software and Fulcrum architecture. Before founding RAIDCore in 2002, Franklin was responsible for managing the RAID software technology used in high-end RAID products at Adaptec, Inc., which became a $100 million business during his tenure. Franklin also held senior technical positions with DKI, a venture-based start-up company that was later acquired by Adaptec. Earlier, Franklin formed his own start-up company, Korax, Inc., a developer of graphics drivers for OKI and Microsoft. Franklin previously held senior technical positions with Digital Equipment Corp., where he developed graphics and workstation hardware support for VMS. Franklin has been granted four patents and he has ten more pending.

Stephen J. Sicola, VP, GM Advanced Storage Architecture, Seagate Technology
Stephen J. Sicola is VP and GM, Advanced Storage Architecture at Seagate Technology in Colorado Springs.  He has over 25 years in Storage Systems, with DEC, Compaq and Seagate.  His past experiences include Former CTO of Storageworks and a Compaq Fellow.  Sicola holds 40 patents in Storage Systems, RAID, Caching, Fault Tolerance, Disaster Tolerance, Failover, Multi-Pathing, Packaging, and Error Recovery. He received his BSEE Stanford, MS Computer Architecture NTU.

Ahmad Zamer, Senior Product Marketing Engineer, Intel Corporation
Ahmad Zamer is a Senior Product Marketing Engineer at Intel LAN Access Division. His work is focused on networked storage and iSCSI. Prior to joining Intel, Ahmad managed the PC business for Philips in North Africa and the Middle East. Ahmad has over 20 years of computer industry experience in the US and overseas. He is the acting chairperson for the SNIA IP Storage Forum. Ahmad is an accomplished technical writer who published more than 40 articles dealing with information technology and issues relevant to the computer industry. He is currently writing a book about Networked Storage.

Ben Kuo, Product Marketing Manager, Troika Networks
Benjamin F. Kuo has more than 10 years experience in the storage and networking industries with an expertise in the development of products and standards. As chairman of the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) HBA API committee, Kuo helped author and edit the widely adopted HBA API standard. He also served as official secretary of the NCITS T11.5 FAIS (Fabric Applications Interface Standards) effort. Kuo co-authored Building SANs with Brocade Fabric Switches, and is a regular contributor of storage-related articles to industry publications such as Storage Magazine and Computer Technology Review. Kuo is currently a Product Marketing Manager at Troika Networks, Inc. where he is responsible for a wide range of product marketing activities, and was most recently a Software Engineering Manager, managing a significant portion of Troika’s software development efforts. Kuo holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California.

Elaine Silber, Director of Training and Certification Manager, Infinity I/O
Ms. Silber is the Director of Training and Certification Manager for Infinity I/O, leaders in Storage Network Training. She is a Certified SNIA Level 3 Fibre Channel Specialist. Elaine also participates in Assessment and Design projects as a Senior Storage Consultant and Project Manager. Elaine participates regularly as a conference speaker, a SME for Industry Certifications and technology courseware development, as well as involves herself in the courseware development process.  As a specialist in Fibre Channel, SAN Design, and Backup Solutions, Elaine travels worldwide introducing, installing and training her audiences on the latest Storage Networking technologies. She is currently in charge of the technical development of the Infinity I/O training team, developing courseware and certifying the industry on next generation storage networking technologies. Elaine hold’s a Bachelor of Science degree in Systems Analysis from Miami University.

Harry Mason, Director, Industry Marketing, LSI Logic Corporation, Storage Standard Products Division
Harry Mason, director, industry marketing for LSI Logic’s Storage Standard Products division, is responsible for the LSI Logic’s participation in industry associations and alliances, supporting the development of industry standards. Complementing his role at LSI Logic, Harry is presently serving on the board of the Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) and has been the president of the SCSI Trade Association (STA) for five of the past six years. Harry was very instrumental in the formation of the Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) initiative, and has spent a good portion of the last three years conditioning the market for SAS adoption.

Harry has 23 years of semiconductor industry experience and has been closely involved with numerous industry milestones. These include the introduction of the industry’s first PCI component, the entry of NCR Microelectronics into the merchant semiconductor market, and the launch of LSI Logic’s host adapter in the indirect sales channel.

Harry comes to LSI Logic through the company’s 1998 acquisition of Symbios Logic. Prior to Symbios Logic, he worked for NCR Microelectronics and Texas Instruments. For these companies, he held various senior positions with responsibilities that have ranged from product line management to strategic marketing and served as the business unit director for storage products for a number of years.

Harry graduated with a BSEE and MSEE from the University of Missouri at Columbia.

Jacob Farmer, Chief Technology Officer, Cambridge Computer
Jacob Farmer is the chief technology officer for Cambridge Computer, an integrator and value added reseller specializing in data protection and storage management. Founded in 1991, Cambridge is best known in the industry for its award winning training center, which teaches classes on storage networking and data protection. Jacob is a regular speaker at industry events and travels the country consulting and teaching classes for both end users and storage manufacturers. Jacob is the senior technical advisor and a regular columnist for InfoStor Magazine, a trade magazine dedicated to the storage sector. Jacob is a graduate of Yale University.

Julie Ryan, Manager of Alliances, LSI Logic Storage Systems
Julie Ryan is currently serving as the SNIA Conferences Director, and Business Development Chair and Secretary for the SNIA Storage Management Forum (SMF) board in 2004. Last year, she was appointed the first Education Chair position for the SMF where she received the SNIA Outstanding Volunteer Award. Julie is a long-time veteran in the computer industry with a focus on storage systems partnerships, product management, and IT Management after graduating from Kansas State University.

She is currently the Manager of Alliances for LSI Logic Storage Systems and a certified Project Management Professional. Julie has published articles in various industry publications. She is also a member of Leadership Wichita.

M. K. Jibbe, Architect, Engenio Information Technologies Inc.

Dr. M. K. Jibbe manages the test architect group at Engenio Information Technologies Inc. (formerly LSI Logic Storage Systems) in Wichita, Kansas. As an architect lead, Dr. Jibbe and his group define and design the test requirements and test processes for all the LSI Storage products.

Dr. Jibbe is an interoperability architect at Engenio. In this role, Dr Jibbe verifies that the Engenio Storage products are compliant to different standards, and interoperable with all the 3rd party Vendors supported by LSI Logic.

Dr. Jibbe has been award 14 US patents and published 26 papers. The patents and papers are related to areas such as hardware development (Chips emulating RAID technology), Software development related to RAID technology, protocols and Networks compliance, and different test tools.

Dr. M. K. Jibbe is an Adjunct Professor at The Wichita State University. Dr. Jibbe teaches classes related to hardware simulation, MPP, SCSI protocol, Computer Architecture, Fibre Channel, and other Basic Electrical and Computer engineering classes.

Mark Carlson, Senior Architect, Sun Microsystems’ Network Storage Division

Mark A. Carlson, Senior Architect at Sun Microsystems’ Network Storage division has more than 25 years of experience with Networking and Storage development and more than eight year’s experience with Java technology. He has spoken at numerous industry forums and events. He is a co-chair of the SNIA Policy working group, chairs the DMTF Policy working group, serves on the SNIA Technical Council, and represents Sun Microsystems on the DMTF Technical Committee and Board. Mark was one of the original developers at Redcape Policy Software, Inc., a small Boulder, Colorado startup that was acquired by Sun Microsystems in June 1998.

Marty Czekalski, Manager, Interface Architecture Initiatives, Maxtor Corporation

Marty Czekalski brings over twenty years of senior engineering management experience in advanced architecture development for ASICs, memory, and IO subsystem design.

He currently serves as Interface Architecture Initiatives Manager within Maxtor’s Server Products Technical and Strategic Marketing Group.

Previous industry experience includes engineering management roles at Quantum and Digital Equipment Corporation. Additionally, at Digital Equipment Corp., he was a key member of the Storage Strategy Task Force and the Next Generation IO Task Force, setting the directions for storage and interface strategy.

Mr. Czekalski has participated in several interface standards committees and industry storage groups. He was an Executive Committee Member and a Founding Member for the Serial Attached SCSI Working Group during its existence as the Serial Attached SCSI founding organization. He currently serves as Vice President and member of the Board of Directors of the SCSI Trade Association. Mr. Czekalski is also active with the T10 committee.

Mr. Czekalski earned his MS degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland, and his BE degree in Electrical Engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology.

Peter Hunter, Product Marketing Manager, EqualLogic
With more than a decade of product development and marketing experience, Peter Hunter is responsible for product management and strategic marketing at EqualLogic. Hunter joined EqualLogic in 2001 as a principal storage engineer leading the company’s RAID and Dual Controller development. He is currently the Vice Chair of the SNIA IP Storage Forum Board of Directors. Previously he was a senior software engineer at IronStream, Inc. where he conducted embedded systems programming; and senior software engineer at QuickBuy Inc. where he managed development and marketing of Unix and Windows server software. Hunter has also served as a technology analyst for Alex Brown Investment Management and Darby Overseas Investments.

Philippe Nicolas, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Product and Solutions Marketing, VERITAS Software, and Chairman and Founder SNIA France
Philippe Nicolas is Senior Product Marketing Manager within EMEA Product and Solutions Marketing team at VERITAS Software, based in Paris, France.

With more than 15 years of experience in operating systems and computer storage-related technologies, Philippe, academic and engineer, delivers currently his expertise especially in information systems availability, data and storage management. Prior joining VERITAS, he served various technical positions at SGI and Compaq also in storage, availability and data management software domain.

In parallel, Philippe Nicolas started the French SNIA (Storage Networking Industry Association – www.SNIA-France.org) Europe regional bureau in 2001 and he served as Chairman for France since the inception. He also initiated the SNIA Data Sharing Tutorial early in 2002. Philippe is also a member of the DMTF (Distributed Management Task Force – www.dmtf.org) industry organization and the Global Grid Forum (www.ggf.org).

Richard Saunders, Director of Research & Programs, Atempo Inc.
Richard Saunders has over 20 years experience in storage, telecommunications, systems design, real-time and databases. He has been with Atempo Inc., a data protection and archiving ISV, for seven years. As Director of Research & Programs, he contributed to the design of the product and was responsible for the architecture and development of the hot application backup and graphical interface modules. He has held numerous technical, consulting, pre-sales and product marketing positions at ITT telecommunications, SUN Microsystems, Wind River Systems and Oracle Corporation. He holds a master’s degree in mathematics from Cambridge University, UK.

Robert Collar, Technology/Architect, Engenio Information Technologies, Inc.
Robert Collar has been involved as a pioneer within the computer industry for several decades. Some of his firsts include: the first Unix CAD/CAM workstation, first graphics desktop under Unix, and the first storage appliance to market providing continuous access to data. He has been exclusively involved in the storage industry for the past 7 years – in the field and in product management. Currently he is a technologist and architect in product management with Engenio Information Technologies, Inc. (formerly LSI Logic Storage Systems, Inc.) responsible for replication technologies within the storage product line.


Bob has spoken internationally, including SNW Japan, and published articles in the Disaster Recovery Journal.

SW Worth, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation
SW Worth is a Senior Program Manager responsible for representing Microsoft in storage industry organizations and related standards groups, including SNIA (Storage Networking Industry Association) and DMTF (Distributed Management Task Force).

SW was formerly Technical Marketing Manager at Crossroads Systems, Inc., in Austin, Texas, a leading provider of storage routers for connecting SCSI devices such as tape libraries to Fibre Channel and iSCSI storage area networks (SANs). As Crossroads’ primary external face to the storage networking industry, SW was a frequent and highly-rated speaker at conferences, tradeshows, and customer events, providing education, and strategic/competitive analysis (via whitepapers, FAQs, presentations, product planning), and extensive sales support. SW is known widely throughout the storage networking industry as an expert on backup and recovery, and is currently the vice-chair of the SNIA Education Committee, responsible for all SNIA tutorial presentations worldwide. SW is trusted by industry customers, partners, and competitors as an ethical and neutral storage subject matter expert.

Previous jobs included eight years as an internal IT consultant at a large electric and gas utility, working on technical and business issues including deregulation of natural gas and electricity, real-time control and pricing for energy transmission and distribution systems, optimization of fuel purchasing and transport, and sale and separation of generating stations from the remaining corporation. Before joining the utility industry, Worth was a successful LAN consultant in Upstate New York.

Yenyi Fu, Technical Marketing Engineer, Agilent Technologies
Yenyi Fu is a Technical Marketing Engineer with Agilent Technologies, a provider of Storage Area Network test systems and components. She has been working in the test and measurement industry for the past 5 years, and has experience in both Storage Area Networks as well as IP networks testing. In her current role, she has been working with multiple storage device vendors and storage OEMs in the development of test methodologies and strategies for SAN performance and availability testing.

Yenyi has a B.A in Electrical Engineering, and a B.A in computer science from The University of Melbourne, Australia.

Andrea Chiaffitelli, Application Aware Network Service Leader, Optical Networking and Storage Services, AT&T Business Services

Andrea Chiaffitelli is in emerging opportunities in AT&T Business Services to include Application Networking, Optical Networking, and Storage technologies. Ms. Chiaffitelli provides the overall effective leadership for product management of new leading edge managed service capabilities.

She has extensive professional experience in the services industries. Andrea specializes in defining, integrating, and implementing complex management systems throughout her diverse career given her in-depth understanding of business, process, and technical implications. She is experienced at delivering information technology and network continuity solutions in support of critical business processing with subject matter expertise in business continuity and high availability solutions that address the platform, storage, and networking layers.

Prior to AT&T, Andrea was responsible for the design and implementation of an imaging system for a start-up company. She joined Bell Laboratories as a member of their Operations Technology Center.

Ms. Chiaffitelli is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania Advanced Management Program. She holds a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Polytechnic University and a B.E. in Electrical Engineering from Manhattan College with high honors. Ms. Chiaffitelli holds a position in the academic arena as Chairperson of the Manhattan College Electrical and Computer Engineering Consultor Advisory Committee. She is AT&T’s representative to the Storage Networking Industries Association (SNIA).


Ms. Chiaffitelli lives in New Jersey with her husband and two sons. She enjoys golf, tennis, camping, and gardening.

Bill Dawkins, Dell Storage Architecture Technology Strategist
Bill Dawkins is the chair of the Common RAID Disk Data Format Technical Working Group in the Storage Networking Industry Association. He also serves as the editor of the DDF specification.

Bill joined Dell in 1999 and is currently a Storage Architecture Technology Strategist in the Office of the CTO. He has architecture responsibilities covering storage area networks, RAID subsystems, and disk enclosures. Bill also serves on Dell’s Patent Committee and has several storage related patents.

Prior to joining Dell, Bill was an R&D Engineer at Compaq Computer Corporation where he was responsible for performance analysis of Compaq’s internal and external RAID subsystems. Bill was also Compaq’s representative to the Storage Performance Council where he was one of first members and served on the SPC’s Steering Committee. Prior to Compaq, Bill developed satellite communication firmware for ViaSat, Inc. located in Carlsbad, California.

Bill received his Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from Rice University in 1993. His doctorate research was in the field of performance analysis of parallel computer systems.

David Dale, Industry Evangelist, Network Appliance, and Chair, SNIA IP Storage Forum
David Dale, an industry evangelist at Network Appliance, is Chairman of the SNIA IP Storage Forum.

With more than 25 years experience in the computer industry, he has constantly been at the forefront of emerging technologies, in roles ranging from strategic market analyst to technology evangelist and product launch specialist. As an industry spokesman, he frequently participates in IT seminars, and has recently presented at Storage Networking World, Storage World Conference, Networld+Interop, IDC Storage Vision, CeBIT, and the Intel Developer Conference.

For the past three years he has been heavily involved in the SNIA, most recently as Chair of the IP Storage Forum where he has been driving a more aggressive global IT outreach and education agenda for the Forum.

David was educated in England, and received a bachelor of science degree in applied physics from the University of London.

Frank Bunn, Senior Product Marketing Manager, VERITAS Software

Frank Bunn is Senior Product Marketing Manager at VERITAS Software for the EMEA Central Region and a member of SNIA Europe, where he is involved in a number of industry committees. Since starting his IT career in 1982 he has worked as a trainer, post- and presales system engineer, and consultant at Nixdorf Computer, Siemens-Nixdorf, and Network Systems Corporation. Before joining VERITAS Software in April 2001, he was product manager at StorageTek, managing and introducing the SAN solutions product line to the Central European market.

Mr. Bunn is a frequent speaker at international IT events, author of technical articles and white papers, and co-author of the VERITAS published book Virtual Storage Redefined. He also manages the Storage Virtualization Tutorial project for the SNIA Education Committee.

John Hufferd, Senior Technical Staff Member (STSM), IBM Corporation
John Hufferd is a Senior Technical Staff Member (STSM) with the IBM Corporation. In this position he has the responsibility for Storage Networking Strategies. John has worked for IBM for 38 years, and during this time has been primarily focused on Storage or Networking, in one form or another.

John holds degrees from University of Utah in Electrical Engineering and in Computer Science.

Currently John is not only the IBM Strategist for iSCSI but holds the position of Technical Coordinator for IP Storage (iSCSI Track) in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) Standards Organization. John began work on iSCSI in its very early years and was key in getting the 200i produced and shipped to the market place. John is also active in the IETF Remote Direct Data Placement (RDDP) workgroup and is a member of the RDMA Consortium which has defined the initial specification for RDMA on TCP/IP. As part of this consortium he has helped develop the specification for iSCSI Extensions for RDMA (iSER). John has also been active with the SNIA IP Storage Forum and the SNIA IP Storage Technical workgroup.

John has also authored the Book Called “iSCSI — The Universal Storage Connection” published by Addison-Wesley.

Laurence Whittaker, Supervisor, Enterprise Storage Management, Hudson’s Bay Company
Laurence Whittaker, Supervisor, Enterprise Storage Management, Hudson’s Bay Company, has over twenty years experience in Information Technology, mainly in IT Infrastructure Planning, Performance, Capacity and Storage Management. . He is currently Vice-Chair of the SNIA End User Council, serves on the Technical User Advisory Board for Storagenetworking.org and is a founder of the Toronto Storage Networking User Group.

Marty LeFebvre, VP of Technology Strategy, Nielsen Media Research
Marty began working at Nielsen Media Research in 1984 as a BAL Programmer/Analyst. In the eighteen years that followed, Marty moved into the PC and Open Systems arena, working on development teams for data collection and data delivery. He was a member of the first software development team at Nielsen Media Research to use the Windows 3.10 platform. When Local Area Networking began in the early 90’s, Marty built and maintained workgroup servers, supporting software development teams.

As Nielsen Media Research moved into the Client-Server arena, Marty left application development for systems, joining the team that built the first Nielsen Media Research enterprise LAN. That was followed by managing the introduction of enterprise mail service, Unix servers, TCP/IP networking, Internet connectivity, and TVRatings.com, Nielsen Media Research’s first Internet domain registration.

Currently, Marty’s role at Nielsen Media Research is to work closely with IT, the business units, and our CIO to determine what technologies can be leveraged in support of our business needs. Recent work includes the development of a hardware strategy for both servers and storage that will support nTier architecture, increase service levels, and reduce support costs. In 2004 the major focus has been the development and implementation of a SAN strategy, and a dedicated storage services team.

Marty is a member of the governing board of SNIA’s End User Council. He is also a founder and President of the Tampa Bay Storage Networking User Group. Marty is active in the storage community and is a member of the StorageNetworking.org Technology.

Mike Fishman, Technologist, EMC Corporation

Mike Fishman has spent almost 20 years with EMC as a specialist in information solutions working on backup, restore, replication and content management. Mike’s workday is divided between investigating strategic technologies for future products and architecting and delivering product solutions for data consumers. Michael is currently the education chairperson for the SNIA Data Management Forum. Prior to this role Mike was influential in delivering the first SMIS specification and has contributed to SNIA Technical work groups including chairing several Storage and NAS related groups.

Ray Dickensheets, Principal Member Technical Staff, Sprint Technology Research and Development
Ray Dickensheets, Principal Member Technical Staff, is a member of the Advanced Technology Laboratory group within the Sprint Technology Research and Development organization. He is a SNIA certified Fibre Channel SAN Specialist (Level 3) and also holds the previous SNIA Level 2, and Level 1 SAN certifications. Ray has over 35 years of experience in various areas of Data Processing and has performed technical support and capacity planning duties for mainframe, midrange, and desktop computing. Ray was one of the founders of the Kansas City chapter of the Computer Measurement Group (CMG) and has served in various offices within the chapter. Ray currently serves as a Director for KC/CMG and has presented at local chapter meetings and the International CMG Conference (www.cmg.org). He currently serves as a Director for the SNIA End User Council (EUC)

Beginning in April 1999, in order to meet the requirements of Version 2 of the web hosting architecture at Sprint, Ray developed and deployed Sprint’s first production Storage Area Network. Since October 1999, this SAN environment has been in continuous production usage, being both stable and reliable.

Ray’s current responsibilities include the evaluation of many types of computing hardware and software and also researching next generation wireless communication and wireless data access technologies. His current storage related focus is in researching methodologies of interconnecting storage and computing resources across Sprint network connections.

Rick Bauer, Chief Information Officer, The Hill School
Rick serves as the Chief information Officer for The Hill School, one of America’s leading independent boarding schools. With students from every state and 36 foreign nations, the school has established a reputation over 154 years for its quality of education, its focus on values and character, and its leadership in the effective use of technology.

Rick manages all information assets and processes for the school, located in suburban Philadelphia, over a 300-acre campus. He manages a network that spans 80 buildings on the campus, and is one of the most advanced academic computing environments in the world. Every student and faculty member has a wireless notebook computer, and the entire campus is supported by a 65-server, 16 terabyte network that features one SAN and 4 NAS devices.

Rick served in corporate IT for many years before making the move into academe, working primarily in network architecture and document imaging. He has advanced degrees from The Wharton School of Business, the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard, and The University of Florida. He is the current chair of the EUC and is an excellent fisherman. He is the chair of the department of computer science and engineering at the school, which teaches computer programming, Microsoft, Adobe, and Cisco certification courses, and was voted “Most Wired High School in America” by Yahoo’s Internet Life magazine in 2003.

Steve Rupprecht, Principal Member, A.G. Edwards Technology Group
Steve Rupprecht, is a Principal Member of A.G. Edwards Technology Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of A.G. Edwards and Sons Inc. Steve has about 30 years experience in the IT field. Starting in Computer Operations at the former McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis, then moving into Systems Programming on Control Data Mainframes. In 1987 he left MDC and moved to the Tennessee Valley Authority in Chattanooga, as technical lead of the Systems Programming Group. Steve was elected to Operating Systems Chairman of the international Control Data Users Group, VIM/Conduit (now defunct), presented at conferences across the US and 3 countries in Europe. When the decision was made to move the scientific possessing from Mainframes to Unix, Steve spearheaded the migration from Mainframes to Unix Servers. After 7 years Steve left TVA and relocated to St. Louis in his current position at A.G Edwards, (AGE).

In 1999, several large applications at AGE were coming online and it was determined that these applications would require real time data replication and application site failover capabilities in order to meet both corporate and regulatory requirements. Steve was part of a 3-member team that examined the storage industry for large-scale disk arrays, evaluated two and chose EMC as our large-scale disk array. This group also examined the industry and chose Inrange as the protocol converter that would provide the transport means for the EMC arrays synchronization of ESCON to ATM over a 20 mike Sonnet Ring.

As the SCSI Ports on the EMC frame were consumed, Steve moved the AGE disk storage to Fibre Channel and purchased our first set of Brocade switches. After 2 more years of rapid growth in additional storage units and switches, Steve conceived and designed a fully redundant Core-Edge topology for the SAN.

Steve’s current role at AGE could best be described as an internal consultant, used where others fear to tread.

Wolfgang Singer, Certified IT Specialist, EMEA Storage Group, IBM Corporation

Wolfgang Singer is working for IBM’s EMEA Storage group in Vienna, Austria. He specializes in Network Attached Storage and advanced technologies. He worked for four years at the International Technical Support Center in Raleigh where he was responsible for several networking products. Mr. Singer is a member of IBM’s “Technical Experts Council” and is the author of several books in the networking area.

Steve Duplessie, Founder and Senior Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group

Steve Duplessie is the founder and Sr. Analyst of the Enterprise Strategy Group. Recognized worldwide as the leading independent authority on enterprise storage, Steve has also consistently been ranked as one of the most influential IT analysts. Prior to founding ESG, Steve was the founder and CEO of Invincible Technologies Corp., a manufacturer of fault-tolerant NAS systems. Prior to ITC, Steve held positions at Clearpoint Research and EMC Corp. Steve holds a B.S.B.A. from Babson College.

Mike Feinberg, CTO, Strategy Process and Technology Direction, Network Storage Solutions, Hewlett-Pacakrd Company
Mike Feinberg is the Network Storage Solutions Chief Technology Officer responsible for NSS technology strategy and direction.

Most recently, Mike Feinberg was CTO of Hewlett Packard Company’s Network Storage Solutions Organization (NSSO) where he was responsible for developing and evolving the group’s technology vision, as well as overseeing the application of emerging technologies into the company’s storage solutions. Feinberg’s role also encompassed the worldwide technical promotion of the NSSO vision and offerings.

Before joining HP, Feinberg served as the CTO of StorageApps, Inc, a privately-held storage virtualization company acquired by HP in September, 2001. In his previous position as Vice President and head of global UNIX engineering for Morgan Stanley, Feinberg was responsible for all strategic decisions regarding the company’s storage technology. In addition, he has held engineering manager and operating system architect positions at IBM, and his early years were spent as an operating system
engineer with Data General.

Feinberg has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the State University of New York at Binghamton and a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Cornell University. He is located in Bridgewater, New Jersey.

David Fruend, Practice Leader, Information Architectures, Illuminata
David Freund focuses on server technology, storage, and application server issues. David has over twenty years of IT experience and covers the technologies, trends and strategies critical to building, deploying, and managing enterprise platforms and applications, including server and storage architectures, virtualization, clustering, operating systems, file systems, and middleware. Prior to joining Illuminata, Mr. Freund directed product management for Winchester Systems, Inc. and FORTEL, Inc., was a strategic and technical advisor to multinational server manufacturers, and held senior engineering and management positions for Compaq operating system, clustering, and enterprise management products.

Frank Enfanto, Vice President, Operations Delivery & Information Security, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Frank Enfanto is the Vice President of Operations Delivery & Information Security for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, the state’s largest health insurer, insuring more than 2.5 million individuals. He is responsible for all systems and network operations, testing, systems architecture, and national systems support. Frank is the overall relationship manager with EDS (BCBSMA strategic outsource vendor), in addition to managing the day-to-day working relationship with the EDS system delivery and operational units, as well as BCBSMA other outsourced relationships.

Strategically, Frank is responsible for providing the technical direction for all of BCBSMA’s systems/networking architecture and infrastructure, application/development platforms, security architecture, disaster recovery requirements and the business relationships with our key partners who provide these products and services.

Frank has more than 20 years of IT experience, and has participated as a speaker at various industry events as well as a guest lecturer for graduate level degree programs. He has also been a member of a variety of IT related technical advisory boards. Prior to BCBSMA, Frankheld executive level IT positions at Cambridge Soundworks/Hifi.Com, Lightbridge Inc., NewsEdge, and Wang Laboratories. Frank holds both a Bachelors and a Master of Arts degree in Mathematics.

Marc Farley, President, Building Storage

Marc Farley, president of Building Storage Inc. is the author of Building Storage Networks, a book many have called the “Bible” of storage networking. His experience covers all aspects of the network storage industry, including software, storage hardware and networking systems. Marc began his career in network storage in 1991 working for Palindrome Corporation, a LAN backup and recovery software company. He has also worked at Hitachi Data Systems, Crossroads Systems, ConvergeNet and SANcastle Technologies. His roles have included systems engineer, product manager, technology strategist and marketing executive.

In addition to his consulting work, Mr. Farley regularly writes articles and white papers about storage networking technology, speaks at conferences and is an on-line expert for the SearchStorage network storage web portal site.

Arun Taneja, Founder and Consulting Analyst, Taneja Group
Arun Taneja is the Founder, President and Consulting Analyst of the Taneja Group, an analyst and consulting group focused on storage and storage-centric server technologies. From late 2000 to early 2003 he was a Senior Analyst at the Enterprise Storage Group, an analyst group focused on storage technologies. He has 25 years experience in the industry specifically in the areas of Servers, Operating systems, File Systems, Storage Area Networks, Network Attached Storage, FC, iSCSI and InfiniBand, Clustering and Storage Management Software (backup/restore, replication, snapshot, SRM, virtualization, etc.). Arun has held various executive level positions in marketing and engineering with companies like Sun Microsystems, IBM, Data General, Vixel and Andataco. He specializes in identifying technologies that have disruptive market potential and assisting companies with market positioning and strategy. He works with a number of VC’s in assessing technologies (FC, iSCSI, InfiniBand and others) and companies. He speaks often at trade shows, customer and industry events and writes on technology trends and implications for IT in the mid to large enterprises. He is frequently quoted in the press as an industry expert in storage networking. Arun holds a Bachelor’s in Technology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India and an MSEE and MBA from the University of New Hampshire.

Alex Gorbansky, Senior Analyst, Taneja Group
Alex Gorbansky brings extensive product management and strategy expertise to the Taneja Group, with operational experience in the storage industry as a vendor, end-user, and strategic advisor. Most recently, while at EMC, Alex was responsible for the product definition and launch of new enterprise software products. Prior to EMC, Alex managed the definition and delivery of the storage and backup services business at Loudcloud, a managed services provider. Earlier, Alex held positions with The Boston Consulting Group and Sapient Corporation. Alex received a BS in Financial Engineering from Stanford University, where he graduated with honors.

Mark Delsman, Vice President of Business Strategy, Adaptec
Mark Delsman joined Adaptec in 1998, and is currently the vice president of Business Strategy. His responsibilities include internal operations, process development and external corporate development.

Prior to his tenure at Adaptec, Mr. Delsman had extensive experience in the storage industry with Seagate (Conner Peripherals), Maxtor and other disk storage companies. His focus has included strategy development, emerging technology and positioning, subsystem development and electronic architectures.

Mr. Delsman holds a BSEE degree from UC Santa Barbara and an MBA from the University of Santa Clara.

Erik Riedel, Department Head, Interfaces & Architecture,Seagate Research, and SNIA OSD Technical Working Group
Erik Riedel leads the Interfaces & Architecture Department at Seagate Research in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The group focusses on novel storage systems with increased intelligence for optimized performance, automated management, and content-specific optimizations.

Erik is also co-chair of the OSD (Object-baed Storage Device) Technical Work Group at the Storage Networking Industry Association working to standardize extended
storage device interfaces.

Before joining Seagate Research, he was a researcher in the storage program at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories in Palo Alto, California working on networked and distributed storage and security for storage. He received a doctorate in Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University working with David Nagle and Garth Gibson in the Parallel Data Lab (PDL) and Christos Faloutsos in the Center for Automated Learning and Discovery (CALD). His thesis work was on Active Disks as an extension to Network-Attached Secure Disks (NASD). Over the years he has spent time looking at I/O in a number of areas, including parallel apps, data mining, database, file systems, and scientific data processing.

Jon William Toigo, CEO and Founder, Toigo Partners International, LLC
Returning for his sixth appearance at Storage Networking World, Jon Toigo is a provocative and engaging critic of the storage industry, championing the cause of common-sense architecture that delivers real business value though commentary that combines in equal parts humor and technical insight. On the SNW stage and in columns read by over a half million IT professionals monthly, Toigo takes on industry marketecture, exposes product foibles, and promotes understanding and business savvy around storage acquisitions.

He is the CEO of Toigo Partners International, a services firm for technology consumers worldwide, and the founder and chairman of the Data Management Institute, a community for those who manage storage and protect data in their organizations. The author of 15 books, including the soon to be published, Cost Containment: Evaluating and Implementing Business Savvy IT Strategies, Toigo is a prolific writer for the industry trade press whose credits include articles and columns in Network Computing, Storage Pipeline, Network World, Computerworld, Enterprise Systems Journal, z/Journal, SearchStorage, SNW Online and a host of other on-line and print publications.

Hossein ZiaShakeri, Senior Vice President, Strategic Marketing and Business Development, Spectra Logic Corporation
A key employee since 1984 and the former vice president of advanced engineering, ZiaShakeri was named senior vice president of strategic marketing and business development in 2004. In this new role, he will focus on strategic partnerships, business development and analyst relationships to enhance Spectra Logic technology, business and marketing initiatives and help maintain the company’s leadership position in product innovation and business success. ZiaShakeri has more than 20 years experience in digital and analog hardware design; firmware/software development; and design engineering and management of storage subsystems and test equipment. In 1996, he formed Spectra Logic’s advanced engineering department to define, lead the execution of and establish Spectra Logic as a technology and market leader in Network Storage. Under his leadership, Spectra Logic’s SAN and NAS strategy led to the development of intelligent interface technologies supporting Fibre Channel, NDMP, ITP (Internet Tape Protocol) and iSCSI on all Spectra Logic products. ZiaShakeri earned a bachelor’s of science degree in electrical engineering from Georgia Southern University in 1982.

Karl D. Schubert, Ph.D., Executive VP and Chief Technology Officer, XIOtech Corporation
A storage industry veteran, Dr. Karl Schubert has a proven track record of developing leading-edge hardware, software, and combined product families and delivering them to existing and new market areas. Most recently, Karl served as a technology consultant to start-up companies associated with Austin Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, and Sierra Ventures.


As CTO, COO, and Senior VP of Engineering for Zambeel Inc., he was responsible for driving technology, engineering, and operations teams to produce the first enterprise-class, 4D-scalable, NAS subsystem. As VP and CTO of Dell Inc., he architected Dell’s entry into the storage business and was responsible for guiding the storage practice through its first several billion dollars of revenue. Prior to Dell, Karl spent 14 years at IBM, during which time he created the company’s OEM open storage subsystems unit.


Karl has been awarded a number of patents for early work in storage systems architecture, storage area networks, and other technology areas. He obtained a Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Arkansas, an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Kentucky, and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Arkansas. His most recent book, published by John Wiley, is The CIO Survival Guide.

Byron Grossnickle, Recovery/Archive/SAN Engineer, Sprint

Byron Grossnickle works for Sprint designing, developing and implementing recovery, archive and ILM strategies for Sprint’s data centers. He has over 15 years of IT experience with the last 5 years dedicated solely to storage and SAN.

Before taking on his current role, Byron served as a Professional Services consultant for Sprint E|Solutions and was responsible for aiding Sprint’s external customer base with their storage design, architecture and implementation needs.

Before coming to Sprint, Byron spent 10 years in the health care industry in IT in the areas of programming, operations, systems engineering and IT management.

Byron currently engineered and implemented a pilot project for Sprint that used an archival product to set up a general purpose archiving environment in one of Sprint’s data centers. This is one of the first phases of an ILM strategy for Sprint. In the pilot phase of the project, Sprint cost avoided more than 32 TB of storage and recovery infrastructure costs. The project is now out of pilot and being implemented in other data centers across Sprint.

Byron has a BA degree from Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL and an AA in Computer programming from NRI.

Marc Eisenstein, Distributed Systems Manager, Calpine Corporation

Marc Eisenstein is the Information Services Distributed Systems Manager at Calpine Corporation, a leading North American power producer. In this role, he is responsible for the management and direction of Calpine Enterprise IT distributed systems network, desktop support and help desk operations for over 3500 geographically dispersed end users.

Among his accomplishments at Calpine, Eisenstein drove the transition of IT services to outsource vendors, including the turnover of a 4500-seat end-user environment, 580 NT servers, network monitoring of all LAN/WAN devices and turn up of a new 24×7 Help Desk operations.

Certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute, Marc Eisenstein brings 23 years of professional experience in project management, system integration, customer relations management and personnel management across multiple industries with specialization in managed operations, customer technical support and people management.

Prior to joining Calpine, Eisenstein served in various management roles at IBM Global Services and ServiceMaster Company, where he gained practical experience in operational control and management of distributed systems, technical support, customer and vendor outsourcing, and asset management.

Rob Peglar, Vice President, Technical Solutions and Chief Technologist, Xiotech Corporation
Rob Peglar is Vice President, Technical Solutions and Chief Technologist for Xiotech Corporation. A 27-year industry veteran and published author, he has global responsibility for the shaping and delivery of emerging technologies, shaping Xiotech’s Solutions portfolio, including customer requirements, technical definition, planning and execution, technology, strategic direction, and industry liaison. He is the co-author of the SNIA Virtualization Tutorial. Within the SNIA, he has served as a tutorial speaker, on several technical working groups, a consultant to the Technical Council, Education Committee, IP Storage Forum and Shared Solutions Forum, the IETF, and ANSI. He has extensive experience in the architecture, design, implementation and operation of large heterogeneous SANs, distributed clustered virtual storage architectures, and is a sought-after speaker and panelist at leading storage and networking-related seminars and conferences worldwide.

Prior to joining Xiotech in August 2000, Mr. Peglar held key technology specialist and engineering management positions over a nine-year period at StorageTek and at their networking subsidiary, Network Systems Corporation. Prior to StorageTek, he held engineering and product management positions at Control Data Corporation and its supercomputer division, ETA Systems.

Mr. Peglar holds the B.S. degree in Computer Science from Washington University, St. Louis Missouri, and performed graduate work at Washington University’s Sever Institute of Engineering. His research background includes I/O performance analysis, queuing theory, parallel systems architecture and OS design, storage networking protocols, and virtual systems optimization.

Alan Yoder, Technical Staff, Network Appliance

Alan Yoder is a senior member of Technical Staff at Network Appliance Inc., responsible for storage management standards related to Netapp’s innovative Data ONTAP operating system. ONTAP provides the industry’s first truly integrated unified storage solution, serving both blocks and files via multiple protocols from a single architecture.

Yoder chairs the Data Provisioning Technical Working Group of the Enterprise Grid Alliance, and co-chairs the Disk Resource Management Technical Working Group at SNIA. He is also active in the NAS and ILM TWGs at SNIA, as well as the DMTF Systems and Devices and Utility Computing working groups..

Yoder has worked at Network Appliance for over six years, on various aspects of manageability. Prior to joining Netapp, he went back to school and obtained graduate degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Before that he held various positions in the Construction and Manufacturing industries.

Yoder holds a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from Goshen College, and MSEE and PhD/CS degrees from the University of Notre Dame. Other areas of interest and expertise include classical music composition, cooking, gardening and bad jokes (“if you watch your peonies, your dahlias will take care of themselves”).

Craig Steiger, Director of IT, Marathon Oil Corporation

Craig Steiger is director of IT for Marathon Oil Corporation, a worldwide crude oil and natural gas exploration and production company. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Marathon is among the leading energy industry players, applying innovative technologies to discover valuable energy resources and deliver the highest quality products to the marketplace.

As director of IT, Steiger is responsible for the identification and implementation of IT systems and strategic IT direction for the Marathon Oil network, which spans four continents.

Michael Peterson, President and Senior Analyst, Strategic Research Corporation, and Program Director, SNIA Data Management Forum

Michael Peterson is President and Senior Analyst of Strategic Research Corporation based in Santa Barbara CA. In this capacity, Mr. Peterson is a prominent network storage and system I/O industry spokesperson and leader, often called the “catalyst of the industry” and the “Father of SANs”. Mr. Peterson’s engineering, business, and marketing background achieved through 31 years of experience in the storage, software, and systems industries along with his years of research into the I.T. community give him unique business, systems, and market expertise. He is widely known as the leading market visionary and I.T. researcher in the “datacenter infrastructure industry (Severs, System I/O, Datacenter Networking, Storage, and Management) and is the founder, past President, and visionary behind the Storage Networking Industry Association and is currently Program Director for SNIA’s Data Management Forum with responsibility for three initiatives currently, Data Protection, Information!
Lifecycle Management, and Content Addressable Storage.

Mr. Peterson is highly visible in the press, in industry events, and with helping his customers achieve success. He provides consulting in the areas of strategic planning as well as product and market development to all the key systems companies as well as emerging technology companies. SRC is considered a necessary stop on the path to launching products or companies into the dynamic storage industry. Mr. Peterson is also the Founder and Principal of IN_fusion, LLC, the leading business development accelerator in the storage, system I/O, and management industries. For further information, see www.sresearch.com and www.in-fusion.net.

CREATOR, FOUNDER, AND DEVELOPER OF ASSOCIATIONS, CONFERENCES, AND TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES:
. Strategic Research Corp, a leading market research firm focused on datacenter infrastructure founded in 1988.
. Founded and operated 7 industry trade associations, including five in storage – the Optical Storage Trade Association, 4mm Data DAT Committee, High Capacity Floppy Disk Trade Association, and most recently the “Storage Networking Industry Association” where he served as its past President 1997-1999. Currently he is the Program Director of the SNIA’s Data Management Forum responsible for development and operations of the Data Protection, ILM, Content Addressable Storage, and Regulatory Compliance Initiatives within SNIA. Michael’s role with SNIA includes being a spokesperson and industry visionary.
. Developer and founder of 5 industry-wide conference events that ran for many years examples: “Storage Networking World”, “Server I/O”, “Network Storage”, “Market Fusion”). Currently developing the new IT focused Conference “ILM Solutions 2004” to be held in October 2004.

Kevin Granhold, Director of Desktop and Server Services at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Kevin Granhold is the Director of Desktop and Server Services at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, where he brings more than 18 years of experience in IT systems administration. As well as serving as lead network engineer and technology officer at UT-HSC, Granhold holds responsibility for mission-critical projects that impact network operations, including measures required for compliance with regulatory mandates and enforcement of internal security policy.
Granhold also instructs on advanced IT subjects at the North Harris Montgomery County Community Colleges, and sits on the curriculum advisory committee that advises on the information technology curriculum.


Granhold is a Novell CNE, a Microsoft MCSE, and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Sam Houston State University.

Larry Finklestein, Implementation Manager, Anacomp

Larry Finklestein is a Multi Vendor Services Implementation Manager with Anacomp, Inc. Larry began his career in the IT industry in 1980 as an electrical engineer working for A.M. Bruning Corporation designing microfilm duplicators, cameras and reader\printer equipment. The division was sold to CMI, Inc where the equipment line flourished and was eventually sold to Anacomp in 1989. Larry was then tasked to help start the MVS division to create the support infrastructure for the many IT systems that Anacomp now services. Larry has vast experience in networking, SAN/NAS, tape libraries, RAID systems, laser printers, optical storage systems and scanning and imaging devices.

Peter Gerr, Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group
Peter A. Gerr is an analyst with Enterprise Strategy Group covering Storage Systems, Data Management and Data Protection Software, and market trends such as Regulatory Compliance and Reference Information. Prior to joining ESG in 2001, Peter was Director of Marketing for EMC Corporation’s Service Provider business unit where he supported the development and launch of EMC’s xSPerience™ Provider and EMC Proven™ programs. Mr. Gerr previously led Competitive Intelligence and Strategic Marketing for the CLARiiON storage division of Data General Corporation from 1998 until the company’s acquisition by EMC in late 1999. Peter’s early experience in the storage industry includes Product Management and Marketing positions with Storage Computer and Workstation Solutions, and was one of the first employees at NetVault, now BakBone Software. In his current role with ESG, Peter is frequently quoted in a variety of media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and Government Computer News, as well as major storage industry publications such as Storage Magazine and Infostor.

Mr. Gerr received a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Design and Engineering from Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island.

Tom Petrocelli, President, Technology Alignment Partners
Tom Petrocelli is a veteran of 20 years in the technology arena. His background encompasses software engineering, marketing, IT, sales, marketing, and general management. He has worked in a variety of industries including defense, digital signal processing, call center/CRM, networking, and data storage and storage networking. Nr. Petrocelli has also been involved in a number of new business ventures.


Before forming Technology Alignment Partners, Mr. Petrocelli was with Entrada Networks where he served as Vice President of Business Development and Vice President/General Manager of the Rixon Adapter Business Unit. Previous to Entrada, Mr. Petrocelli was at ATTO Technology, Softbank Services Group (now ClientLogic), Niagara Workstation Systems, and a number of other startups and established companies.

Nic Roberts, Director of Information Services, GreenStone Farm Credit Services

For over a decade Nic Roberts has worked in the technology arena, managing all day-to-day aspects of the IT department. Currently, Nic works as the Director of Information Services for GreenStone Farm Credit Services, having held similar positions at Michigan House of Representatives Fiscal Agency, Pioneer State Mutual Insurance Company and Memorial Healthcare Center.

A strong advocate of technology and education, Nic has taught as an adjunct faculty member at Baker College in Owosso, MI for the last seven years, teaching most if not all of their computer courses. Nic has also served as an online faculty member for the University of Phoenix for the past year.

Nic’s prior speaking engagements have included the Xiotech Users Conference, in-class college level instructing, corporate training and the facitation/moderation of public hearing for the MI House of Representatives.

Nic holds a BS in Business Administration and MSA in Administration from Central Michigan University.

Larry Tashbook, Market/Technology Consultant, Engenio Information Technologies, Inc.

Larry Tashbook is well known in the trade having spent his entire professional career within the computer industry. He has held management and executive positions at IBM, Digital Equipment Corp., Hitachi Data Systems and LSI Logic Storage Systems, with the most recent 25 years focused exclusively on advanced storage technologies and architecture.

Among the more popular storage success stories Larry has played a major role in were the development of high capacity and high performance proprietary tape designs that were the foundation of the DLT family, the architecture of the first popular-priced disk array subsystem at U. S. Design Corp. which brought the industry into the RAID generation, and the application of storage protocol converters to bring low priced peripherals into the exclusive world of formerly expensive cluster solutions.

Larry has also served numerous established and start-up storage technology companies as a Market/Technology Consultant. He has worked for LSI Logic Storage Systems since July, 2003. Most recently his efforts have been focused on the business benefits of storage innovation, including enhancing sales productivity, and translating innovation into ‘return on investment.’

With an academic background in scientific research and college teaching, sponsored graduate studies in Geophysics/Magnetics and Business/Finance, Larry still enjoys public speaking and the opportunity to meet with true technology users and share views on the benefits new technology will bring to our lives and organizations.

Ed Walsh, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales, Marketing, and Alliances, CNT

Ed Walsh, vice president of marketing and business development, joined Articulent at its inception in 1989 and has more than 13 years of sales/marketing experience in the high-tech industry. Articulent became a part of CNT Corporation in April, 2001. In his current position, he is responsible for CNT’s corporate marketing and business development initiatives. Prior to this position, Walsh was the vice president of storage solutions at CNT.
Walsh, in addition to his 13 years in sales, has additional experience in marketing, client managing, and team sales. Prior to joining Articulent, Walsh held a marketing position at EMC Corporation.


Walsh holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts.

Tom Rose, VP, Product Marketing, AppIQ

Tom Rose is well known for his work defining and evangelizing the storage resource management (SRM) category, beginning in 1996 at HighGround Systems. During his four years as Vice President of Marketing at HighGround, Tom launched HighGround Storage Resource Manager, the industry’s first SRM solution for open systems, and positioned the company as the premier provider of SRM technology leading up to its acquisition by Sun Microsystems. Tom is now responsible for AppIQ’s worldwide marketing initiatives, including product marketing, strategic planning, and field marketing. He holds bachelor of science degrees in computer science and mathematics from Clarkson University and a master of business administration degree from Rivier College.

Paul Manning, Technical Product Manager, Oracle

Paul Manning has over 15 years of both database and storage technology experience. Working at Sybase and now Oracle he also has worked for a large storage vendor during a migration from hardware to software capabilities. He has presented paper on performance and tuning, building high availability environments and most recently, the topic of storage management from database perspective. Currently working as a technical product manager for Oracle, Paul is focused on the area of storage management.

Thomas Nosella, Director of Engineering, Cisco Systems

Thomas Nosella is director of Engineering within the Internet Systems Business Unit, which includes the Storage Technology Group since the acquisition of Andiamo Systems, Inc. in February 2004. Thomas and his team are responsible for the creation, validation, and promotion of Cisco Storage Networking designs and solutions for Cisco’s enterprise and service provider customer base. Prior to Cisco, Thomas served as Director of Engineering at Bell Canada in residential and commercial internet services leading a senior network engineering team. Thomas received his Bachelor of Engineering and Management from McMaster University in Ontario. Thomas is also Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) #1395.

Gary Sarkesian, Vice President – WW Storage Practice, Computer Associates
Mr. Gary C. Sarkesian has recently joined Computer Associates as Vice President of the World Wide Storage Practice in their Technology Services Division. Mr. Sarkesian responsibles include development of Services and Educational Programs, global best practices, Services growth strategies, customer value and thought leadership.


Mr. Sarkesian has over 20 years of progressive experience in information technology and management, and over 12 years of military background. Prior to joining Computer Associates, Gary was Director of North America Post Sales Operations for SPSS. Prior to SPSS, he served as Managing Director for Compuware Corporation and also served as CIO for a large multinational transportation company. Gary gained line management experience through various corporate information technology and sales/marketing management positions held with Software AG and HarperCollinsPublishers. He gained additional information systems experience from work with GTE and Amoco.


Mr. Sarkesian has a Master in Project Management from Keller Graduate School and a B.S. in Business Administration from The Citadel, The Military College Of South Carolina.

Charles Foley, President, Tacit Networks

Charles A. Foley joined Tacit Networks in July 2004. As president, Mr. Foley is responsible for strategic operations including the company’s business development and strategic alliances, product management, corporate positioning and marketing, and overall product direction and positioning. Mr. Foley is a veteran of the technology industry, with deep expertise in the systems, storage, and networking sectors. He is also a regularly featured speaker at industry and financial conferences where he speaks on a variety of topics related to the storage and networking industry.


Prior to joining Tacit Networks, Mr. Foley was CEO of InfiniCon Systems where he was instrumental in raising 44 million dollars in financing, securing OEM relationships with global server vendors such as Fujitsu and Langchao, and introducing the world’s most powerful server switches used in seven of the world’s Top 500 Supercomputer clusters. Previously, Mr. Foley was Executive Vice President and CTO for INRANGE Technologies Corp., a leader in the storage area networking arena. While at INRANGE, he served as the Project Manager for the company’s highly successful Initial Public Offering launched in September 2000, which reached a 25X oversubscription. Mr. Foley has also held key management positions at Amdahl Corporation, where he was instrumental in setting the company’s strategy for evolution into a services company, as well as at IPL Systems, Memorex-Telex, and IBM. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri.

Ahmet Houssein, Vice President & GM, Storage Solutions Group, Adaptec
Ahmet Houssein is vice president and general manager of Adaptec’s Storage Solutions Group. In this role he directs development and strategic marketing of Adaptec’s host I/O, RAID and external storage solutions for workstations and servers.


Mr. Houssein has nearly 20 years’ experience designing and marketing server hardware and software including RAID subsystems, chipsets for high-volume storage networking products and servers. Houssein joined Adaptec from Intel Corporation, where he was one of the key leaders in the creation of the Next Generation I/O (NGIO) architecture for Intel servers and a founding board member of the Storage Network Industry Association (SNIA). Prior to Intel, Mr. Houssein was director of Zenith Data Systems’ server-engineering group, where he drove the development of numerous award-winning, leading-edge server solutions.

Claus Mikkelsen, SVP, Storage Applications, Hitachi Data Systems
Claus Mikkelsen joined Hitachi Data Systems in 1998. As Senior Vice President, Storage Applications, he is currently responsible for new technology research for storage applications and storage virtualization. During his tenure with HDS, Claus also designed and patented the technology for NanoCopy and other related products.

He continues to work with HDS’ business partners and other vendors to develop complimentary architectures for storage solutions. Recently, Claus has been appointed to an advisory council for the Department of Homeland Security.

Prior to joining HDS, Claus was one of the chief architects for IBM’s storage replication and disaster recovery products, a position he held for 15 years. Between HDS and IBM, Claus holds 16 patents for storage subsystem architectures and is on the Technical Advisory Board for a Silicon Valley company.

He has co-authored a book “The Resilient Enterprise”, written numerous papers on disaster recovery and has spoken at several industry and financial analyst conferences.

Michael Lewin, CEO, Kashya

Michael Lewin, CEO and co-Founder, was the Head Officer in an elite research division of the Intelligence Corps of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and has successfully attracted many of the leading technologists from this unit to join him at Kashya. Subsequently, he co-founded a successful consulting business with Yair Heller and Ziv Kedem, which provided expertise in algorithmic optimization, security techniques and sophisticated communication technologies to many leading international technology companies. Previously, Michael was an algorithmic software engineer for Compugen (NASDAQ: CGEN).

Richard Zulch, Vice President, EMC Software Group, EMC Corporation

Richard Zulch joined EMC Software Group in October 2004 when EMC acquired Dantz Development Corporation, the company he co-founded with his brother Larry Zulch in 1984. He is the designer and chief architect of the award-winning Retrospect product line. In 1998, Richard Zulch was awarded a lifetime achievement “Impact”
Award for his work on Retrospect, SCSI, disk drivers, and file systems.  Prior to starting Dantz, Zulch worked at Hewlett Packard’s Colorado Telecommunications Division, where his team designed and released the HP 4953A data communications protocol analyzer. Zulch also designed and built the A-65 microprocessor-based multi-channel programmable pulse generator, used as a stimulation source for experiments in neurophysiology. Zulch has been awarded two US Patents for backup-related technologies. The first patent protects Retrospect’s breakthrough in fast, reliable data storage and retrieval. The second patent protects Retrospect’s Backup Server technology.  Zulch received a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering, with an emphasis on software design, from the University of California, Santa
Barbara.

Ravi Chalaka, Vice President of Marketing, MaXXan Systems

As vice president of marketing for MaXXan Systems, Ravi Chalaka is responsible for overseeing all activities involving the development and marketing of MaXXan’s storage networking solutions.


Prior to joining MaXXan, Mr. Chalaka spent 10 years at Adaptec, where his last title was director of marketing for the Company’s Storage Solutions Group (SSG). During his stay at Adaptec he has managed various product groups, including Storage Subsystems, SCSI and RAID HBAs, as well as desktop and portable I/O solutions.


Before Adaptec, Mr. Chalaka served as marketing manager at OmniTel, Inc., a California-based manufacturer of fax and data modems for notebooks and desktops PCs.
Mr. Chalaka holds a master of business administration in marketing degree from Youngstown State University in Ohio. Prior to that he earned a master of business administrations degree in management and a bachelor’s degree in commerce from Madras University, in Chennai, India.

Michael Maxey, Marketing Manager, Director Products, McDATA Corporation

Michael Maxey brings broad storage experience to McDATA. As a Senior Storage Analyst at Progressive Strategies in New York City, Maxey’s work delivered key technical and sales information that enabled clients to build better products and sell to new markets. With a focus on providing competitive intelligence and product direction to leading storage vendors, Maxey’s input helped to demystify the industry and speed new technologies to market. Prior to his time at Progressive Strategies, Maxey served as chief technology officer and director of product development for BigStorage, a provider of storage networking solutions. Maxey’s expertise is in the areas of storage, storage networking technologies, and storage management applications. He is a frequent contributor to various technology publications, including Computerworld and eWeek. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics degree from Montana State University.

Scott Cleland, Director of Product Marketing, AMCC Storage
Scott Cleland is the director of product marketing for AMCC Storage, where he is tasked with the development and execution of driving new SATA RAID controller products into the market. Prior to being acquired by AMCC, Scott served in a similar role at 3ware. He has worked in the storage industry since 1981 serving in engineering, marketing and sales capacities for companies such as Archive, Exabyte, Conner Peripherals, Mylex and IBM. Additionally, Scott has served on several storage and industry committees including PCI, STA, I2O and FCIA. He possesses a broad understanding of technology and solutions development best practices and has published papers on SATA, NAS and clustering technologies.

Edgar St.Pierre, Consulting Engineer, EMC Corporation
Edgar has over 26 years of experience in software engineering, including the last 8 years in storage software development and the preceding 18 years in the communications industry. At EMC, he has been responsible for requirements analysis and software architecture for the EDM and Replication Manager family of products in EMC’s information management product portfolio. He has had 5 storage-related patents issued to-date while at EMC. Edgar received his BS in Computer Science from Roger Williams University. He is currently co-chair of the SNIA DMF’s ILM Initiative Technical Liaison Group, and co-chair of the SNIA ILM Technical Workgroup.

Don Tennant, Editor in Chief, Computerworld
Don Tennant joined Computerworld as Assistant News Editor in March 2000 and became News Editor in July 2001. As editor in chief, a position he assumed in August 2004, he is responsible for all of Computerworld’s editorial operations

Prior to joining Computerworld, Don spent eight years as Editor-in-Chief of the Hong Kong edition of Computerworld, where he was widely known for his weekly editorial column and for candid interviews with dozens of IT industry luminaries.

Don has also held several positions in the U.S. government’s intelligence community, including seven years with the National Security Agency. He holds a B.S. in Language degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

Ron Milton, Executive Vice President, Computerworld
Mr. Milton is EVP and GM of Computerworld’s Strategic Programs/Events Unit, which comprises the events business and strategic programs for the storage networking, mobile & wireless and business intelligence market sectors. He founded and has grown to global leadership the Storage Networking World (SNW) brand, amongst other Computerworld and IDG sub-brands. Computerworld is the global voice of IT management with a presence in 58 countries.

Mr. Milton also served concurrently in 2002 as Senior Vice President – Executive Programs at CXO Media/CIO Magazine..

Mr. Milton has over 20 years of experience in information technology, serving in both vendor and information services management positions. Prior to joining Computerworld in early 1999, he was President/CEO of IDG’s Internet Commerce (ICE) business unit, which he founded in 1996 as a startup event business, where he was a pioneer in using e-commerce systems and web marketing.

Before joining as IDG in 1994, Mr. Milton was Vice President & Partner for 5 years with GLA Computer Systems, a profitable software developer and systems integrator with NAFTA market share leadership in wholesale travel solutions. Responsible for sales, marketing and software development teams, he developed new markets through entrepreneurial introduction of Unix/Informix 4GL-based vertical market applications replacing legacy Cobol solutions.

Mr. Milton also served 10 years at Honeywell Information Systems and Bull HN where he held a variety of management positions in channel management, field sales, and marketing.

Mr. Milton holds a university degree in Economics from Concordia University, Business Administration from Sir George Williams University, and Strategic Marketing Management from the University of Toronto (Graduate Executive Programs).

Donald S. Swatik, Vice President, Global Solutions, EMC Corporation
Don Swatik is Vice President of the Global Solutions Group at EMC Corporation. With 2003 revenues of $6.24 billion, and more than 20,000 employees worldwide, EMC is the world leader in products, services and solutions for information storage and management that help organizations extract the maximum value from their information, at the lowest total cost, across every point in the information lifecycle.

Swatik is responsible for defining, developing and driving to market Solution Suites that help customers accelerate the adoption and return on investment of EMC information lifecycle management initiatives. These Solution Suites integrate EMC’s best-in-class tiered storage platforms, software and services with industry leading application and infrastructure offerings. This comprehensive portfolio of Solution Suites addresses the major business issues facing IT executives in the areas of Application Infrastructure, Business Continuity, Compliance, and Content Management, along with industry focused solutions for healthcare, life sciences, financial services, telecommunications, media and entertainment, and the public sector.

In support of this role, Swatik also oversees EMC’s strategic technical and marketing partnerships with other technology leaders such as Microsoft, Oracle and SAP, and over 300 independent software vendors in the EMC Developers Program. The Global Solutions Group also manages EMC Solution Centers in Hopkinton, Massachusetts; Cork, Ireland; and Tokyo as well as a hosting center in Hopkinton that provides real world demonstrations of EMC offerings. Swatik reports to David Goulden, Executive Vice President for Customer Solutions, Marketing and Business Development.

Previously, Swatik was Vice President of Global Alliances and Information Sciences, and before that, Vice President of Strategic Planning, responsible for product and marketplace vision, the EMC Customer Council and Industry Analyst programs. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Product Management, responsible for the Life Cycle Management of the information storage industry’s most extensive product portfolio.

Swatik joined EMC in 1998, after 16 years at Storage Technology Corporation, where he held numerous senior management positions and responsibility for the development and marketing of the company’s mainframe and open systems disk storage systems and the development of tape automation systems. Prior to that, he was in product development positions for 12 years at Control Data Corporation.

Swatik holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Wayne Adams, Senior Technologist, EMC Corporation, and SNIA Conferences Committee Chairman and SNW Board Member

Wayne Adams is a Senior Technologist within the Office of the CTO, responsible for expanding and managing EMC technology initiatives with the industry standards bodies.  He has held managing positions within partner management and software product management at EMC, where responsibilites have included API licensing and product lifecycle management for Storage Reosurce Management, SAN Management, and I/O pathing product lines.  Prior to EMC, Wayne was responsible for product marketing and business development of various software and hardware products at Digital Equipment Corporation.  He started his high-tech career at Eastman Kodak as a system designer of real-time plant-floor control software for film manufacturing operations.  Wayne holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a dual major in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh. 

Wayne Rickard, Vice President Strategic Marketing, Seagate Technology

Wayne Rickard is Vice President Strategic Marketing, Advanced Storage Architectures at Seagate Technology, where he is responsible for defining and evangelizing new storage subsystems.

A veteran of the storage networking industry, Mr. Rickard has served on the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) Technical Council since July, 1999, and currently chairs the Technical Council, a position he has held since September, 2000. He also has been active in developing and promoting open industry standards for storage networking, particularly in the realm of Fibre Channel standards.

Prior to joining Seagate, he was a founding executive at Gadzoox Networks, a pioneering Fibre Channel interconnect vendor credited with introducing the first managed hubs and the first 2Gbps Fibre Channel fabric switch. He previously served 15 years at Emulex Corporation, where he managed the product strategy and development effort that established the company’s leading market position in the Fibre Channel HBA market. Rickard holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from California State University, Fullerton and an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University.

Dr. Robert A. Cecil, Ph.D., Network Director, Divisions of Radiology and Cardiology, Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Dr. Cecil began his career in technology while in high school as a systems programmer for Sheridan Associates in Cincinnati Ohio. He received his B.A. from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1974 with majors in math, physics and chemistry while continuing to work with Sheridan Associates by telecomputing. His primary graduate work was at Kent State University, Where he graduated with a Ph.D. in Heavy Ion Nuclear Physics in 1981. While at KSU, he held several computer systems consulting positions including a four-year engagement by the North East Ohio College of Medicine. Dr. Cecil participated in major scientific research efforts throughout the United States including Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories, Indiana University Cyclotron Facility and Lawrence Livermore. Beginning in 1982 he held the position of Assistant
Professor of Physics at the University of Virginia where he pursued experimental studies at The Max Planck Institute in Germany.

In 1984, Dr. Cecil joined the CT development group at Picker International in Cleveland Ohio. Between 1986 and 1992, he was the primary architect of the image display and networking hardware and software designs for the Picker “Q” series CT scanners. In the 90’s, he became responsible for long-term product planning for PACS and
electronic imaging review stations. He was the principle Picker representative in PACS and electronic imaging for ACR/NEMA, the FDA and high technology export licensing through the Department of Commerce.

In June of 1995, Dr. Cecil took a staff position as the Network Director for the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in the Division of Radiology. In 2002, Dr Cecil was granted a dual appointment to the Department of Cardiology at CCF where he influences the future electronic imaging distribution strategy for the cardiac catheterization lab.

Dr Cecil originated the CCF Enterprise Electronic Imaging Transactional Archive upon his arrival at CCF. The system has grown to encompass more than a dozen medical imaging modalities spanning Radiology and Cardiology across more than a dozen Hospitals and related medical facilities. Each week the current system receives almost 1.0 Tbyte of new data and provides nearly 2.0 Tbyte of imaging for comparison and reference.

Dr. Cecil has 7 patents and a growing list of publications.

Steve Curry, Lead Technical Architect, Yahoo!

Steve Curry is the Lead Technical Architect for Yahoo Inc’s storage operations team. Steve has been designing and developing storage and backup architecture for Yahoo!’s growing storage requirements on a global basis for 4 years. Steve’s team manages on a global scale all of Yahoo!’s production storage and backup systems.

Sheila Childs, Storage Networking Industry Association, Chair Emeritus, SNIA Board of Directors, and VP Product Strategy, Information Management, EMC Software Group
Sheila Childs is a VP, Product Strategy in EMC’s Information Management Software Group, a worldwide leader in the development and delivery of enterprise storage management solutions. In this position, she defines and develops product strategy for the company’s storage management software solutions. In addition, Sheila has held technical and management positions in product development, product management and customer support/services for Software Partners/32, Legato Systems, OTG Software and BMC Software. She has been involved in the development of storage management software for 16 years, delivering customer value-focused products incorporating numerous storage management technologies including backup/recovery, HSM, remote device access, device and media management, SAN management and most recently, Information Lifecycle Management (ILM).

Sheila has just completed her term as Chairman of the SNIA Board of Directors. She has been involved with the Storage Networking Industry Association for years, as a participant in technical working groups and on various committees. She co-chaired the Interoperability Committee from 1999-2001, which has brought successful interoperability demos to a number of Storage Networking World conferences and initiated the SNIA-Conformance Test Program (SNIA-CTP). She has been active in many initiatives including the startup of the Technology Center and the SNIA Storage Management Initiative. She has been a member of the Board of Directors for four years; her elected positions include a year as Vice Chair and two years as Chairman.

Phil Kemp, Marketing Chair, Storage Management Forum, and Director, Product Marketing, Storage Software Software Storage Division, Hewlett-Packard Company
Phil Kemp is Worldwide Product Marketing Manager for Hewlett-Packard’s (NYSE: HPQ) Software Storage Division. He is responsible for the strategic marketing of HP’s storage software product portfolio, including HP OpenView storage area manager, storage data protector, and continuous access storage appliance.

As marketing chair for the storage management forum, Phil is responsible for outbound communications and promotional activities of the storage management forum. Phil was a founding member of the Storage Management Forum acting as the Vice Chair in 2002-2003.

Phil joined Hewlett-Packard as part of the HP acquisition of Convex Computer Corporation in 1996. At CONVEX Phil held the position of Product Marketing Manager in both the peripherals and networking organizations.

A native of Canada, Phil studied chemical engineering at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. He now resides in Auburn, California, with his wife Nancy.

Christina Casten, Director, Software Engineering, EMC Corporation, Centera Division
Christina Casten is responsible for Strategic Programs within EMC’s Centera Division. These programs include development of strategic markets and technology as well as promoting standardization efforts within the industry. As one of the initial founders of the CAS consortium, Christina serves as co-chair of the Content Addressable Storage Initiative within SNIA’s Data Management Forum. Christina has 20+ years experience in management, engineering and technical marketing.

Phil Jache, Deputy Director of Technology, Sports Illustrated
Phil Jache has been the with Sports Illustrated for more than 20 years. As Deputy Director of Technology, Phil is responsible for the IT infrastructure for many of SI’s highest profile events including the Summer & Winter Olympics, the Super Bowl, and in the past, even the occasional Swim Suit Edition. Recently, Phil has played a central role in SI’s move from traditional physical film based photography to 100% all-digital photography for events like the recent Summer Olympics in Athens Greece. When he’s not traveling or working, Phil lives in Cold Spring NY and enjoys the outdoors and kayaking.

Eric Hibbard, Senior Director, Data Networking Technology, Office of the CTO, Hitachi Data Systems
Eric A. Hibbard is currently the Senior Director, Data Networking Technology within the Office of the CTO at Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), where he is responsible for the company’s storage security strategy. Mr. Hibbard is also the Chair of the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) Security Technical Working Group and is involved in both security and storage organizations like ISC2, ISSA, IETF, IEEE, FCIA, TCG, and INCITS/T11. He has 25 years experience in information technology, including over 10 years in information security, working for enterprises like DoD, NASA, University of California – Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Raytheon, and QSS Group, Inc. Mr. Hibbard currently holds the (ISC)2 CISSP, ISSAP, and ISSMP certifications as well as the SNIA Fibre Channel SAN Professional and Practitioner certifications. His credentials also include a B.S. in Computer Science and a Certificate of Proficiency in Data Communications.

David Fair, Enterprise PCI Express Initiative Manager, Intel Corporation
David Fair manages industry evangelism and enabling for PCI Express technology in enterprise server and workstation applications.

Previously at Intel, he played a similar role for driving new technologies into the industry ecosystem that can extend the client PC’s capabilities to new uses by making it more “visually exciting” and “entertainment capable.” These include Digital Visual Interface (DVI), AGP graphics, DVD, IEEE 1394 (Firewire), and Broadcast Connectivity (PC DTV). David represented Intel both on the Board of Directors of the 1394 Trade Association and on the Steering Committee of the DVD Forum. He holds two Intel Achievement Awards, one as a founder of the Intel Developer Forum and a second for enterprise design wins for PCI Express.

Prior to joining Intel in 1997, David was Marketing Manager for Microcontrollers at Philips Semiconductors, responsible for 8-bit 80C51 (“IA8”) and 16-bit 80C51XA. Previous to that, David had helped DEC’s Digital Semiconductor division with its transition to a merchant semiconductor supplier. His product marketing responsibilities at Digital included the Alpha microprocessor and Digital’s family of PCI peripheral ICs: 10/100 Ethernet, graphics controllers, video compression, and PCI-to-PCI bridges. He represented Digital Equipment on the PCI-SIG Steering Committee.

David also worked ten years at Analog Devices, where he led marketing groups for digital signal processors and for digital audio. David won the design for the PC industry’s first motherboard-down audio codec. David taught philosophy of science and mathematics at the University of Vermont and worked as a management consultant at the Strategic Planning Institute, Cambridge, MA.

David Fair holds a PhD in philosophy of science from Princeton University and a BA in physics from Pomona College.