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Meeting Notices: April Monthly Meeting

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April Monthly Meeting 


Starboard Storage Systems 


It's All About The Data

Our next monthly meeting will be on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 in Waltham, MA from 6:00-9:00pm

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

Microsoft Office

201 Jones Road

6th Floor

Waltham, MA





Note: This is our final meeting in Waltham. We move to the NERD Center in Cambridge starting in May.

Tuesday April 10th 2012

Thanks to our sponsors:

Starboard Storage

And Thanks to our Prize Sponsors:


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

7:00-7:45 Les Key - Starboard Storage Systems

Virtualization and Consolidation – Are they two sides of the same coin?  

Abstract: Virtualization gained roots during the mainframe era of the 1980s enabling consolidation of workloads on a single platform.  With the upsurge of personal computing also came rapid advances in processing power.  Data centers once filled with behemoth monolithic computing machines now surge with quantities of computing islands we call servers.  Alone each server is able to satisfy a need, yet it is not able to utilize its assets to their fullest and rapid expansion (server sprawl) exposed another chapter in innovation, virtualization at the server level.

The new era virtualization unlocks excess server capacity enabling consolidation and utilization of resources.  However successfully deployed virtualization is not a single layer technology.  There are 3 layers which much be balanced and managed for true virtualization success.  This presentation discusses the layers plus offers solutions to the challenges being faced by current day data centers in using virtualization to consolidate IT infrastructure.


Speaker Bio: Les Key is a 37 year veteran of the technology industry.  Key has a unique perspective having spent time both behind the desk as a developer, educator, analyst and project manager and in front of it as a sales engineer, architect and manager.  Initially a developer within the retail industry, Key had the privilege to be a college educator and then move into the manufacturing industry.  Key’s contributions to the organizations he served were focused on discovering methods of leveraging technology to streamline processes.  Saving time and money with automation where manual processes existed before.  Most recently Key has been focused on helping customers understand and incorporate next generation storage architectures into their IT organizations with role at LeftHand Networks and HP.   Key is now the manager of sales engineering for Starboard Storage Systems, a rapidly growing Colorado based storage company,   focused on helping customers manage data proliferation and consolidate mixed workloads. 

7:45-8:00 Short Break for Networking

8:00-8:45 Handling User and Corporate Data

Tim Mangan, President VirtG

In an era of wandering laptops, and consumer oriented semi-public internet based shared data folders, and legal mandates, understanding the differences between user and coporate data is important to handling this data properly.

In this session, we will look at the problem and a wide range of potential solutions both old and new that some companies are taking to address these issues.


8:45-9:00 Raffle and Prizes

Cleanup Immediately After Meeting

Registration Link: April 10 2012

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