Speakers 2019

Speakers 2019

Ed Childers

STSM, Manager

Ed Childers is a technologist focused on cold data storage. A career in storage development spanning over 35 years has provided him with both a deep knowledge of storage technologies as well as a unique perspective of the storage industry. Starting with floppy disks, (yes, that long ago), he has worked on HDD, optical, and tape technologies. He is currently a senior manager responsible for tape drive and LTFS development in IBM’s Tucson Lab. Along the way, he’s accumulated numerous patents, published some papers but the highlight was recognition of his contributions to the Linear Tape File System in the form of an Emmy awarded to IBM in 2011. He has a BSME from the University of Texas Austin and a MSME from the University of Arizona. 

Jeno Cram

Systems Engineer

Jeno Cram is an industry expert in high performance storage solutions. He leverages over 25 years where he has held several senior level and leadership roles designing, supporting, and installing at-scale storage and compute solutions. He has over 20 years of expertise in systems and storage environments, solving problems in health care, high tech, banking, manufacturing, academia, and government institutions.

Floyd Christofferson

Senior Vice President of Products
StrongBox Data Solutions

Floyd Christofferson is the senior vice president of products at StrongBox Data Solutions (SBDS). As a professional involved in content management and storage workflows for more than 25 years, Christofferson has focused on methods and technologies needed to manage massive volumes of data across many different storage types and use cases. 

Prior to joining SBDS, Christofferson worked with software and hardware companies in this space, including more than ten years at SGI, where he managed storage and data management products. In that role, he was part of the team that provided solutions used in some of the largest data environments around the world. 

Christofferson’s background includes work at Viacom/CBS Television Distribution, where he helped implement file-based content management and syndicated content distribution implementation. He led the team at Pathfire (now ExtremeReach), that developed that platform, a satellite-based Internet Protocol-multicast platform to nearly 1,000 TV stations throughout the U.S., which was implemented by Viacom, WB, ABC, CNN, and multiple other studios and TV networks.

Earlier in his career he ran Potomac Television, a news syndication and production service in Washington DC, and Manhattan Center Studios, an audio, broadcast, and performance facility in New York.

John Fragalla

John Fragalla

HPC Principal Engineer
Cray, Inc.

As a High Performance Computing (HPC) Principal Engineer, John brings global expertise to Cray. He is a leader on many strategic and complex customer engagements worldwide and provides technical advisement on future product development and direction within Cray and the industry to design storage solutions that meets customer requirements.

Prior to joining Cray, John was a Global HPC Principal Engineer at Seagate, Xyratex, Dell and Sun Microsystems, as well as beginning his career as a software developer.

Rich Gadomski

Rich Gadomski

Vice President, Marketing, Commercial Products
FUJIFILM Recording Media U.S.A., Inc.
As Vice President of Marketing, Commercial Products, for FUJIFILM Recording Media U.S.A., Inc., Rich is responsible for the marketing of data storage products, value added services and solutions. Rich joined Fujifilm in 2003 as Director of Product Management, Computer Products Division, where he oversaw marketing of optical, magnetic, and flash storage products. 

Rich has more than 25 years of experience in the data storage industry. Before joining Fujifilm, Rich was Director of Marketing for Maxell Corp. of America where he was responsible for the marketing of data storage products. Prior to that, Rich worked for the Recording Media Products Division of Sony Electronics.
Rich participates in several industry trade associations including the Active Archive Alliance, the Linear Tape-Open Consortium (LTO) and the Tape Storage Council.  Rich also manages Fujifilm’s annual Global IT Executive Summit.
Rich holds a BA from the University of Richmond and an MBA from Fordham University. 

FUJIFILM Recording Media U.S.A., Inc., is the leading manufacturer of commercial data tape products for enterprise and midrange backup and archival applications and provides long term data storage products and services through its Dternity offering.

Andrew Guazza

Senior Technology Partner
Data in Science Technologies (DST)

Andrew Gauzza will be speaking on behalf of Data in Science Technologies. With a background in scale-out storage, networking and data security, Andrew brings twenty-two years of experience with the past eight years overseeing the management of over two-hundred Petabytes of storage across a dozen clients utilizing the latest in HPC and scale out storage including Spectrum Scale (GPFS), Lustre, Quobyte, BeeGFS and OpenZFS.

Our mission is to create a positive experience for the Scientist when using HPC by clearly defining collaboration and communication policy while ensuring proper tuning, documentation, and transitional handoffs configured to best practices. DST clients experience increased customer adaption of HPC, full accountability, collaboration, and a central communication platform for Scientists and HPC support teams.

David Hiatt

Director of Product Marketing

As the Director of Product Marketing, David leads marketing efforts for the WekaIO’s flagship high performance software based storage solution, Matrix. Previously, he led healthcare and life sciences marketing for HGST and Violin Memory. He has also been a featured speaker on storage related topics at numerous life sciences events.

Patrick Mayock

HPE Storage Media - Partner Development
Data Protection Warrior, LTO Tape & RDX Evangelist

Pat has over 30 years in the data protection market representing the top providers of tape based solutions as well as dedicated disk and backup to the cloud.  He started in the business with Cipher Data Products providing the 9 track reel to reel systems that you see in the old movies when they show a computer room.
Based in the Golden, CO area, Pat travels across the US to meet with HPE Partners and motivate sales teams to expand their storage solutions to include LTO tape and RDX removable disk solutions. His roots are still in Southern CA, where he attended UCSD and graduated from UCLA. 

Fred Moore

Horison Information Strategies

Fred began a 21-year career with StorageTek as the company’s first systems engineer and concluded as Corporate Vice President of Strategic Planning and Marketing. In 1998, Fred founded Horison Information Strategies in Boulder, Colorado, a data storage industry analyst and consulting firm specializing in executive briefings, market success strategy development, and identifying key and emerging technology trends for end-users, storage industry suppliers, and startup ventures.

A sought-after motivator and frequent keynote speaker at storage conferences and IT events worldwide, Fred completed the Berkeley Executive Program in 1997. He currently serves on a few select boards in the storage networking industry.

Fred also served as Editor of Storage for Computer Technology Review magazine and has produced numerous books, articles, research reports, whitepapers, analysis, infomercials and webcasts for the storage industry, analyst groups, and financial groups.

He is a 1989 recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award and a 2004 recipient of the Arts and Science Scholar-In-Residence Award at the University of Missouri, Columbia where he received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a master’s degree in computer applications in physical geography.

Molly Presley

Global Product Marketing Director

Molly Presley joined Qumulo in 2018 and leads worldwide product marketing. Molly brings over 15 years of file system and archive technology leadership experience to the role. Prior to Qumulo, Molly held executive product and marketing leadership roles at Quantum, DataDirect Networks (DDN) and Spectra Logic. Presley also created the term "Active Archive", founded the Active Archive Alliance and has served on the Board of the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA).

Dr. Robert Raymond

Senior Director of Hardware Development, Archive Storage Development.

Bob has extensive experience in the storage industry working at IBM, Digital, StorageTek, Sun and now Oracle. He is responsible for the tape libraries, tape drives, ACSLS and STA products in the Archive Storage portfolio. Over his career Bob has managed many advanced data storage technology development activities, including disk and tape recording heads, disk media, tape drives and storage management and archive software. He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado.

Chuck Sobey

Chief Scientist

Chuck Sobey is the Conference Chair of Flash Memory Summit, held each August in Santa Clara, CA. He is also the founder and Chief Scientist of the technology and business strategy consulting firm, ChannelScience (Plano, TX). Chuck advises start-ups, large corporations, and government agencies worldwide on the direction of memory and storage technologies. He is also a trusted research partner for key industry advances from read channel signal processing, spin-transfer torque MRAM development, ECC architectures, and AI accelerators.

Chuck is a graduate of the ECE departments of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Matt Starr

Chief Technology Officer
Spectra Logic

Matt Starr’s tenure with Spectra Logic spans 25 years and includes experience in service, hardware design, software development, operating systems, electronic design and management. As CTO, he is responsible for helping define the company’s product vision, and serves as the executive representative for the voice of the market. He leads Spectra’s efforts in high-performance computing, private cloud and other vertical markets. 
Matt served as the lead engineering architect for the design and production of Spectra’s TSeries tape library family.
Spectra Logic has secured more than 50 patents under Matt’s direction, establishing the company as the innovative technology leader in the data storage industry.
He holds a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

Stefaan Vervaet

Sr. Dir. Strategic Markets & Alliances
HGST, a Western Digital Company

As a storage expert and director of global strategic alliances for HGST’s Datacenter business unit, Stefaan Vervaet heads up market development strategy in vertical markets as Media & Entertainment, LifeSciences, Finance and horizontal enterprise workloads as backup & archive. He also heads the partner ecosystem driving innovation and business growth for HGST’s scale-out cloud and storage solutions.

Stefaan brings 15 years of experience in the data storage and backup industry. As a business-focused technologist with an extensive start-up background, he brings a unique perspective to HGST. His background includes product management and go-to-market positions in the backup space (Veritas), as well as technical sales and support executive positions in the object storage world (AmpliData).

As an innovator with a proven track record, Stefaan successfully helped build startup companies like DataCenter Technologies, a dedupe technology (acquired by Veritas in 2005) and Amplidata, a leading object storage vendor (acquired by HGST in 2015, a Western Digital Company). Immediately before joining HGST, he established and built the US office running operations, technical sales and support world- wide.

Vervaet holds a master’s degree in Applied Informatics from the University of Ghent, Belgium and is currently based out of HGST’s San Jose headquarters

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