With flash memory headed for its 3rd consecutive year of 60% per annum price decline, lots of activity has been generated around deployment of flash technology in the enterprise. Enterprise Storage deployment has taken several routes: SSDs (Solid State Drives), Traditional hierarchical memories (caches), I/O acceleration modules, etc. Most deployments focus on utilizing flash technology as a new tier of performance, since prices are an order of magnitude more expensive than HDD technology. Enterprise storage deployment has also highlighted several of the inherent limitation with current flash technology. While all system and storage vendors have already announced available solutions utilizing flash technology as “tier 0” storage, several startups have raised VC funds to design systems and controllers targeted at the enterprise storage market.

December 9, 2008
5:00PM -9:00PM

500 E. Middlefield Rd.
Mountain View, CA

5:00PM-6:00PM Poster Session / Buffet Dinner / Networking
6:00PM-7:00PM Company Presentations
7:00PM-7:30PM Break / Poster Session / Networking
7:30PM-8:30PM Panel Discussion

Title: "Flash Technology in the Enterprise"

8:30PM-9:00PM Poster Session / Networking
Moderator :
Shmuel Shottan
Cheif Technology Officer, BlueArc

Mr. Shottan is an industry veteran with thorough experience in the research and development of hardware and software, and in engineering management for firms ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Most recently, Mr. Shottan was the Chief Strategy Officer for SNAP Appliances, Inc. Mr. Shottan was previously Senior VP of Engineering and CTO at Meridian Data, Inc., leading the development of the Snap Server. Prior to Meridian, Mr. Shottan held engineering development and management positions with Parallan Computer, AST Research, where he led the development of the Manhattan Multiprocessor server, and ICL North America/ CCI division. Mr. Shottan holds a BSEE degree from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.


Eli Harari
Founder, Chairman and CEO, SanDisk

Dr. Harari has served as CEO since SanDisk's inception in 1988, during which SanDisk has grown to over $3 billion in annual revenues. Harari is a pioneer in non volatile semiconductor storage with more than 100 US and foreign patents and numerous technical articles. He has more than 30 years experience in the electronics industry. His extensive operational and technological development experiences include co-founding Waferscale Integration, overseeing the development and transfer into production of Intel’s first-generation stepper and dry etch technology, and technical management positions at Hughes Aircraft and Honeywell. He holds a M.A. and Ph.D. in Solid State Sciences from Princeton University and a B.S. (Honors) degree in Physics from Manchester University.
Ryan Floyd
General Partner, Storm Ventures

Ryan Floyd is a founding member of Storm Ventures. At Storm Ventures, Ryan has focused on enterprise IT, internet and web infrastructure opportunities. He has invested in both semiconductors and components (MetaRAM, SandForce, and Ignis Optics/acquired by Bookham), as well as well as software (Appcelerator, DeviceVM, Netforensics, Yieldbuild and Kidaro/acquired by Microsoft.) Prior to founding Storm Ventures, Ryan directed the business development activities at E-TEK Dynamics where he focused on building strategic OEM and customer relationships, scaling E-TEK's manufacturing operations as well as directing the equity investing and acquisition activities until E-TEK merged with JDS Uniphase in 2000. Prior to joining E-TEK, Ryan was with Summit Partners, a private equity firm, where he focused primarily on the communications industry, including Summit's investment in E-TEK Dynamics in July 1997. Ryan received his B.S. and M.S. in Earth Systems from Stanford University.


Narbeh Derhacobian
President and CEO, Adesto Technologies

Narbeh Derhacobian is President and CEO of Adesto Technologies, a venture-backed Silicon-Valley startup focusing on development of next generation low power and high performance memory solutions.  He has over 15 years of industry experience working on discrete and embedded memory technologies.  He has held technical and managerial roles at SST, AMD, Virage Logic and Cswitch Corporations.  Narbeh’s industrial experiences cover development and commercialization of split-gate NOR flash, ETOX NOR and NAND flash as well as SONOS based MirrorBit NOR flash technologies.  Narbeh has a PhD in Physics from UCLA, and an MBA from San Jose State University.


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