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Meeting Notices: November Monthly Meeting

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November Monthly Meeting 



Our next monthly meeting will be on Tuesday, November 8th 2011 in Waltham MA from 6:00-9:00pm

Tuesday November 8th, 2011


6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

Microsoft Office - Waltham

201 Jones Road, Waltham MA

Sixth Floor: Room MPR-B

Directions & Map link

The Fall Lineup Continues:

Welcome to Virtual Storage and Data Management!

Thanks to our sponsors:


And Thanks to our Prize Sponsors: Microsoft, Pearson Store Logo O'Reilly Logo

6:00-6:15 Introduction to Virtualization

If you are new to virtualization, join this informal introduction to virtualization given by one of our members. Otherwise, join in for some pre-meeting networking with the rest of the group. Pizza will be available to all.

6:00-7:00 Networking, Introductions, Pizza


Noemi Greyzdorf, Cambridge Computer

The Evolution of Storage Networking in the Age of Virtualization and Cloud

Over the past decade, there have been a number of forces driving evolution in the storage industry, from denser drives, to new protocols such as iSCSI, to storage virtualization, and innovative data management facilities such as snapshots.  In recent years, one of the main driving forces behind evolution in the storage industry has been the adoption of virtualization and more recently cloud.  Virtualization changes not only the economics of the infrastructure, but also how storage assets are deployed and used and how capacity and performance must be scaled to stay in step with the business requirements.  Cloud is taking us down another path where storage is a shared resource that is persistent and infinitely scalable.  This presentation provide an overview of the storage industry evolution and focus on the challenges organizations are facing today as they adopt virtualization and cloud and present some technology ideas that address these challenges in an innovative way.

Speaker Bio:

Noemi Greyzdorf is the VP of Strategy and Alliances at Cambridge Computer with the responsibility for tracking technology trends across the Storage industry. Noemi's goal is to understand new product paradigms, identify those that offer unique value to the end users, and parlay this knowledge in ways that help our clients solve their storage related challenges in a more effective and efficient manner. Prior to joining Cambridge Computer, Noemi was a Research Manager with IDC's Storage Systems. Her primary focus was to analyze and track File Systems, NAS, and Storage in Virtualized Infrastructure markets. The key objective of her research was to provide insights to clients in the areas of market direction, end user demands, and go-to-market strategies. During her tenure at IDC, Noemi was a frequent contributor to industry publications and a speaker at conferences, such as Storage Networking World, and on webinars. In other previous roles, Noemi was a storage-focused senior solutions consultant working with enterprises on identifying and resolving storage, data protection, and disaster recovery challenges and held product management and product strategy positions.

7:45-8:00 Short Break for Networking


Andrew Gilman, Marketing Director, Actifio

Virtual Data Management for Your Data Center


While virtualization has transformed silos of IT infrastructure into agile and efficient datacenters, current data management tools for data protection, disaster recovery, test & development and analytics have not kept pace.  Today's tools are still individually managed, overly expensive and becoming a key barrier to virtualizing a larger percentage of your environment.  It now takes organizations 3-5 times more on managing backups, snapshots, replication etc. than your entire production data environment.  Learn and see a live demo of how Actifio can help efficiently virtualize your data management tools to achieve instant backups, instant restores at up to an order of magnitude of lower cost.


Speaker Bio:

Andrew Gilman is the Director of Channel Operations and Field Marketing for Actifio, the leader in data management solutions that virtualize legacy data silos (backup, disaster recovery, test & development, analytics and compliance) into a single solution resulting in up to a 90% TCO reduction with managed application-driven service levels for both physical and virtual environments. Previously, Andrew managed the virtualization strategy and marketing programs for the Dell EqualLogic product family. Prior to Dell, he held a variety of product marketing roles at EMC including the MLDP Executive Development Program and worked in both technical and marketing capacities at several successful startups in the telecommunications industry. Andrew frequently contributes articles to industry publications can be found speaking at industry events. He has also served on SNIA's Governing Board for IP Storage. Andrew earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the Boston University School of Management.

8:45-9:00 Raffle and Prizes

Cleanup Immediately After Meeting

Registration Links:

Topic 1

The Evolution of Storage Networking in the Age of Virtualization and Cloud 

Speaker 1

Noemi Greyzdorf 

Topic 2

Virtual Data Management for Your Data Center 

Speaker 2

Andrew Gilman 

Topic 3


Speaker 3


Topic 4


Speaker 4


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Links To Resources

Videos are at links Below.
1 Introduction to Virtualization:
2 Introductions:
3: Noemi Greyzdorf Cambridge Computer:
4: Andrew Gilman, Actifio:
Created at 10/17/2011 12:37 PM  by SAM\Mike.Clark 
Last modified at 11/13/2011 7:23 PM  by SAM\peter.larson