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Dealing with Trends in modern day Data Storage: The Evolution of Object-Based Storage to Enable Large Scale Distributed Researc

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Full Title: Dealing with Trends in modern day Data Storage: The Evolution of Object-Based Storage to Enable Large Scale Distributed Research Computing
Date & Time: 09 Sep 2014 at 13:00
Event Location: WH Curia II
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Event Info: Speaker: Jacob Farmer, Chief Technology Officer, Cambridge Computer

There is a lot of buzz and a lot of confusion around object-based storage these days. Everyone seems to have his or her own definition for object and what it buys you. This seminar starts by providing a simple, catch-all definition of object-based storage and then illustrates how object-based paradigms can be used to solve a number of nagging problems associated with large scale distributed research computing. Topics include high performance file systems, cloud-like object-stores, layering of object models on top of one another, reconciling objects to traditional files and blocks, geographically global file systems, and federated file systems. We will also discuss how modern “big data” technologies and solid state storage can enable “big metadata” for large scale object-based storage systems. Emphasis is on commercial solutions but parallels will be drawn to open source projects and home grown solutions. We will also discuss and look at current and future trends in the storage technologies in this space and what other large scale research labs are doing to tackle this.

Bio: Jacob Farmer is an industry-recognized expert on storage networking and data protection technologies. He has authored numerous papers and is a regular speaker at major industry events such as Storage Networking World, VMWorld, Interop, and the USENIX conferences. Jacob's no-nonsense, fast paced presentation style has won him many accolades. Most recently Jacob was honored as the top-rated speaker at Storage Networking World, the preeminent conference for the data storage industry. Jacob is a regular lecturer at many of the nation's leading colleges and universities. Of recent he has given invited talks at institutions such as Livermore & Oak Ridge National Labs, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Carnegie Mellon, Duke, Harvard, and Yale. Inside the data storage industry, Jacob is best known for having authored best practices for designing and optimizing enterprise backup systems and for his expertise in the marketplace for emerging storage networking technologies. He has served on the advisory boards of many of the most successful storage technology startups, and is well respected in the analyst community. Jacob is a graduate of Yale University.

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