7th Annual Global IT Executive Summit - INTO TOMORROW WITH TAPE TECHNOLOGY

INTO TOMORROW WITH TAPE TECHNOLOGY ... investing in the future!


Guest Speakers

Fujifilm is excited to be joined by a distinguished group of Speakers:

Aaron Brenner Executive Producer, Showrunner

Aaron Brenner is an Emmy-Award winning producer with 11 years of experience in production and post. His specialties include content development, production management and showrunning.

From 2008 through 2015, he built and directed the in-house production group at the LA Kings. Charged with producing original content for TV, web and social - Brenner established the model production team that continues to be replicated across sports franchises.

With over a decade of experience in production – he's built a career around an ever-changing content landscape. In that time, he's produced content that has aired on all 4 major networks, cable and internationally. His credits include the UFC, LA Galaxy, US Ski and Snowboard Teams, World Series of Poker and more.

Brenner has built and managed teams of 2-60 people and budgets of $10K to $8.5M for TV, documentary feature films, VOD content and more. He's most proud of the work he’s produced while surrounding himself with talented people that have grown together as they redefined what’s possible. He currently resides in Los Angeles, California and flies a helicopter whenever possible to avoid traffic.

David Cerf Executive Vice President of Strategy and Business Development, Crossroads Systems

David Cerf is Executive Vice President of Strategy and Business Development at Crossroads Systems. With more than 25 years of corporate development experience in the IT industry, David is a frequent speaker on data growth, storage and protection issues; and a thought leader in the industry. Joining Crossroads in 2005, he currently leads global efforts to expand Crossroads innovative data protection solutions and develop relationships with key early technology adopters. Serving as a key member of Crossroads’ executive team, he helps distinguish the company’s future product roadmap and overall business direction. Prior to joining Crossroads, David served as vice president of sales and business development at NexQL, a leading provider of advanced database acceleration technologies. He was also a co-founder of 360World, a national provider of video and imaging solutions. In 1988, as the founder and managing director of the Dallas Business Incubator, he was responsible for the development and funding of more than 50 new high-growth startup companies.

Ed Childers IBM

Ed Childers is a Senior Technical Staff Member in IBM’s Storage Systems Development lab in Tucson, Arizona where he is the Development Manager responsible for IBM’s tape drive and LTFS development.

Ed joined IBM in 1978 and has over 30 years of experience in computer storage technologies starting with floppy disks in the late 70’s, thru HDD and optical storage, to his current responsibilities in magnetic tape storage. He joined the tape development team in 1995 and was a member of IBM’s team creating the open LTO format in the late 90’s. Most recently, Ed was member of the team creating LTFS and introducing [LTFS] as an open standard in the storage industry.

Tom Coughlin President, Coughlin Associates

Thomas M. Coughlin, President, Coughlin Associates is a widely respected storage analyst and consultant. He has over 30 years in the data storage industry. Dr. Coughlin has many publications and six patents to his credit. Tom is also the author of Digital Storage in Consumer Electronics: The Essential Guide, published by Newnes Press. Tom publishes the Digital Storage Technology Newsletter, the Digital Storage in Media and Entertainment Report, and other reports. Tom is active with SMPTE, SNIA, the IEEE, and other professional organizations. He is VP of Future Directions for the IEEE Consumer Electronics Society as well as Director Elect for IEEE Region 6. He is serving his third term as a member of the CE Society BoG and was Vice President of Operations for three years. Tom is the founder and organizer of the Annual Storage Visions Conference, a partner to the International Consumer Electronics Show, as well as the Creative Storage Conference. He is the general chairman of the annual Flash Memory Summit.

Josh Haynie SVP of Operations, EFILM

Josh brings over 25 years of post-production experience to his role at EFILM. He manages the Production, Operations, Dailies, Editorial, Video Deliverables, Scanning/Recording, Client Services, Quality Control, Vaulting, Security and Facilities teams. Since joining EFILM in 2003 as a Digital Intermediate Producer, he has been involved in successfully completing over 500 Digital Intermediate projects. EFILM is a member of the Deluxe Creative Services family. Josh works closely with other Deluxe members around the world including Company 3, Method and Encore.

With the increased use of digital cameras for motion picture acquisition, Josh and the EFILM Team began remote services to receive, replicate, archive and verify the data files from the production location. The remotes team has grown rapidly over time with the decline of film capture. Currently Deluxe remote teams are scattered all over the globe embedded with some of Hollywood’s largest productions.

EFILM is located in Hollywood as well as operating color timing theaters on the Fox, Universal and Sony studio lots, including a theater at the world famous Skywalker Ranch. EFILM maintains a color calibrated loop with its Deluxe facilities in New York, Atlanta, London, Sydney, Vancouver and Toronto.

Josh is a member of the Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA), Society of Motion Picture Television Engineers (SMPTE), Digital Cinema Society (DCS), Visual Effects Society (VES) and an associate member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC).

Mark Lantz Principle Research Staff Member, IBM

Mark Lantz received B.Sc. (91) and M.Sc. (93) degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Alberta, Canada, and a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, U.K., in 1997 for work in the field of scanning probe microscopy and tribology. He then spent two years as a postdoctoral researcher at the Joint Research Center for Atom Technology in Japan, investigating the application of scanning probes in biophysics, followed by two years of research in the area of low temperature scanning force microscopy at the Physics Institute in the University of Basel, Switzerland.

In 2001, he joined the Micro/Nanomechanics group of the IBM Zurich Research Laboratory as a Research Staff Member and became a Principal Research Staff Member in 2014. Currently, Dr. Lantz is managing the Advanced Tape Technologies group in the Cloud and Computing Infrastructure Department of the IBM Zurich Research Laboratory.

His research interests include data storage technologies with an emphasis on magnetic recording and novel solid state memories, scanning probe technologies, mechatronics, nano-positioning, micro and nanomechanical devices, and nanotribology. He has published more than 100 papers and holds over 50 patents.

Dr. Lantz became a senior member of the IEEE in 2009 and was named IBM Master Inventor in 2011. He was co-recipient of the 2009 IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology Outstanding Paper Award, the 2009 IEEE CSS Control Systems Technology Award, the 2011 IBM Research Pat Goldberg Memorial Best Paper Award and 2014 International Federation of Automatic Control Industrial Achievement Award.

Fred Moore President, Horison Storage Management

Fred Moore 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.

Chris Powers Vice President Data Center Development Unit, Hewlett Packard Storage Division, Hewlett-Packard Company

Chris Powers is Vice President of the Data Center Development Unit for the Hewlett Packard Storage Division. Chris’s organization is responsible for development and delivery of the mission critical tier 1 disk array and long term retention product portfolios.

In his nearly 25 years of experience in the data storage industry, Chris has experience in a broad range of roles spanning finance, strategy development, operations, product development, product management and P&L responsibilities. Chris’s experience has spanned across a broad range of technologies including disk and tape drives, high end disk array, tape automation and library products. Chris has extensive experience in successfully developing and managing complex global development and operational partnerships across the value chain.

Chris holds several technical undergraduate degrees in technology and business and has an MBA from the University of Arizona.

Chris is based in Ft. Collins, CO

Molly Rector CMO, Data Direct Networks

With 15 years of experience working in the HPC, Media and Entertainment, and Enterprise IT industries running global marketing programs, Molly Rector serves as DDN’s Chief Marketing Officer responsible for product management and worldwide marketing. Rector’s role includes providing customer and market input into the company’s product roadmap, raising the Corporate brand visibility outside traditional markets, expanding the partner ecosystem and driving the end-to-end customer experience from definition to delivery. Rector is a founding member and former Chairman of the Board of Active Archive Alliance. She is also the Storage Networking Industry Association’s (SNIA) Vice Chairman of the Board and the Analytics and Big Data committee Vice Chairman. Prior to joining DDN, Rector was responsible for product management and worldwide marketing as CMO at Spectra Logic. During her tenure at Spectra Logic, the company grew revenues consistently by double digits year-over-year, while also maintaining profitability. Rector holds certifications as CommVault Certified System Administrator; Veritas Certified Data Protection Administrator; and Oracle Certified Enterprise DBA: Backup and Recovery. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in biology and chemistry.

Drew Robb IT Writer

Drew Robb is a freelance writer living in Florida specializing in technology and engineering. Originally from Scotland, he has a degree in Geology/Geography from the University of Strathclyde. He is the author of Server Disk Management for Windows Systems by CRC Press. He freelances for a diverse range of magazines including Enterprise Storage Forum, Enterprise Apps Today, Data Center Management, Small Business Computing, HR Magazine, PI Magazine, Power Magazine, Power Engineering, Forbes and The Economist. He is also the Editor in Chief of Turbomachinery International.

Nathan Thompson CEO, Sepctra Logic Corporation

Nathan C. Thompson is the chief executive officer of Spectra Logic Corporation. He founded Western Automation, which manufactured memory boards, peripheral test equipment and storage systems, in 1979, while enrolled at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Nathan continued the business while in school, graduating in 1983 with a bachelor’s of science degree in electrical engineering and computer science. Under Nathan's direction, Western Automation acquired the assets of the interface company Spectra Logic in 1988 and renamed the combined company Spectra Logic Corporation in 1996. Today, Spectra Logic continues as a manufacturer of innovative tape and disk-based data backup and archive solutions—with products installed globally in over 40 countries.

Nathan has served as a member and chapter chairman of the Rocky Mountain Young President's Organization (YPO) since 1994, the Colorado 30 Group since 2004, the University of Colorado's Electrical Engineering advisory board since 2006, and recently joined the Wells Fargo Community board. He also serves on the finance and investment committees for the Alexander Dawson School of Lafayette, Colorado. Additionally, Nathan is a licensed commercial instrument pilot with more than 2,100 flight hours logged.In 1996, Ernst & Young and USA Today named Nathan Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2003, he was awarded the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award (DEAA) from the University of Colorado. In April 2012, he was inducted into the Boulder County Business Hall of Fame.

Read his Colorado Engineering magazine article to learn more about how Nathan started the company as a college undergraduate.

Jon Toigo Managing Principle, Toigo Partners International

Jon Toigo is an outspoken technology consumer advocate and vendor watchdog whose articles, columns and blogs are enjoyed by over a million readers per month. He is CEO and Managing Principal of Toigo Partners International LLC, an independent consultancy and technical research/analysis firm, and Chairman of the Data Management Institute LLC, a professional development organization for those who design, plan, manage and administer storage infrastructure and data assets. Toigo is a 30+ year IT veteran who has worked both as an operative and manager within corporate information systems departments and as a senior consultant with two international systems integrators. He has supported the development of over 150 disaster recovery plans for a broad range of businesses and non-profit organizations. He is also a prolific writer with 15 books (five covering disaster recovery planning) and thousands of articles in the technology trade press to his credit. In 2014, Toigo introduced IT-SENSE.org, a quarterly web publication focused on common sense IT strategy to rave reviews. The first issue focused on the renaissance of tape technology.

Brian Weick University of the Pacific

Brian Weick has studied the dimensional stability of digital magnetic tapes since the early 1990’s. His research has focused on how the tapes undergo dimensional changes when they are stored in a reel for long time periods, and the influence of environmental factors such as temperature and humidity. The research he performs is experimentally-based with a focus on understanding fundamental properties and characteristics of the constitutive materials used to make digital magnetic tapes. Information from these experimental studies can be fed into numerical models that predict the dimensions of magnetic tapes after archival storage in a reel, and whether or not information written onto these tapes can still be read-back by a tape drive if the tapes are stored for long time periods.

After he earned his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Union College, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Virigina Tech, and a Ph.D. in Materials Engineering Science also from Virginia Tech, Dr. Weick began studying magnetic tapes as a postdoctoral researcher at Ohio State with Professor Bharat Bhushan in 1993. This work continued when Dr. Weick started as a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at University of the Pacific in northern California in 1995, where he also served as the Department Chair for 15 years and taught 13 different engineering courses. From 2004 through 2013 he was funded by the Information Storage Industry Consortium based in San Diego to continue his research on magnetic tapes. Dr. Weick recently published his 31st peer-reviewed paper, and is currently on sabbatical through Fall 2015 with the goal of publishing more of his research results.

Tom Wultich Senior Director, Oracle Archive Product & Program Mgmt.

Tom is the senior director of archive product and program management at Oracle, which includes HSM, DIVA, and LTFS archive software, VSM (Virtual Storage Manager), ACSLS and ELS software, the StorageTek SL8500, SL3000, and SL150 libraries, the StorageTek T10000 and LTO drives, OKM encryption, and tape media. Tom started at StorageTek in 1998 and has held various product management positions with the company since then as the company was later acquired by Sun Microsystems and then Oracle. Previously, Tom worked as a senior product manager for Tektronix, where he had responsibility for a portfolio of instrumentation products. Tom has also worked as a design engineer at SRI International and the US Naval Research Laboratory. Tom has a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from UCLA.

David Yu Technology Architect, Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL)

David Yu leads the team responsible for the tape storage systems with over 60 PB of scientific data for experiments at Brookhaven’s Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) and CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) ATLAS experiment. David manages the entire tape storage system, both operations and R&D, including software design and development, 3rd party software administration, hardware installation and management, and is involved in a number of system integration projects with other facilities at BNL.

David and his team have been developing their tape storage system into a reputable storage facility at BNL as well as supporting ATLAS’s worldwide computing network.David joined BNL in 2005 as advanced technology engineer, and has assumed the role as the team leader since 2011.  Prior to his current position, he was a senior software developer for distributed computing for over 15 years.

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