NFV series: Managing storage in the virtual world

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015 at 6:30 PM

TI Auditorium


6:30 - 7:00 PM Networking & Refreshments
7:00 - 8:00 PM Talks
8:00 - 8:30 PM Panel Session
8:30 - 8:45 PM Speaker Appreciation & Adjournment

Chair: Amit Butala
Organizer: Saurabh Sureka / Amit Butala

Session Abstract:The world of virtualization is big. Every industry is looking to migrate its servers into the cloud and off physical hardware. Under the banner of NFV, the telecom world is seeing a bigger jump in moving from “big iron” boxes to virtualized services. But what is the infrastructure required for such a paradigm shift and what are the hidden challenges associated with this new infrastructure? In today’s talk, we will focus on “cloud” storage and in particular, highly performant cloud storage, that will let these virtualized services run at speed. We have two speakers from companies that are breaking new ground in this space.

Speaker: Murali Vilayannur, Senior Technical Director, Pernix Data

Bio: Murali is part of the founding team of engineers at PernixData. Before this stint, he was fortunate enough to work on various storage related innovations in the vSphere platform and learn from some of the smartest engineers at VMware. Murali was the lead engineer on the SESparse virtual disk project that was eventually incorporated into the VMware View desktop product for storage space reduction. He also actively contributed to several features in VMFS5 and other parts of the vSphere storage stack. Murali has authored more than 10 patents and has published at several reputed peer-reviewed conference (USENIX, FAST) and journal papers over the course of the last decade.

Murali obtained his PhD in CS from The Pennsylvania State University and a Bachelor's degree in CS from IIT-BHU Varanasi. In his spare time, Murali moonlights as a Linux system administrator and public cloud advocate/architect for a non-profit organization. He is an avid meditator and strongly believes in its transformative power!

Title: The evolution of flash in virtualized data centers

Abstract: In this talk, we will outline the changing roles and evolution of flash memory based storage in a virtualized environment. Virtualization helped fuel the growth and demand for storage (especially networked/shared storage in the last decade). IO loads in such environments cause unacceptable performance loss that flash based storage technologies can overcome. For the remainder of this talk, we will discuss why the location and placement of flash memory based storage is an equally important design consideration and discuss the FVP platform and its key technical differentiators.

Speaker: Steven Poitras, Principal Solutions Architect, Nutanix

Bio: Steven Poitras is a Principal Solutions Architect for Nutanix, Inc. where he authors many of the technical reference architectures and best practice guides. Prior to joining Nutanix, he was Lead Architect for Accenture's On-Premise Private Cloud offering where he dealt with, and designed, many solutions leveraging converged infrastructures. In his spare time he also writes and maintains the Nutanix Bible

Title: (R)Evolution of storage in modernized data centers

Abstract: Through the past few years we've seen a massive shift in computing technology and storage. With the entrance of software defined constructs expanding it's application to storage, infrastructure has taken a massive shift. In this session we'll cover the causes and effects of these changes as well as key enablers like hyper-convergence and distributed systems.