Presented by James Hughes at RICON East 2013
The trends of technology are rocking the storage industry. Fundamental changes in basic technology, combined with massive scale, new paradigms, and fundamental economics leads to predictions of a new storage programming paradigm. The growth of low cost/GB disk is continuing with technologies such as Shingled Magnetic Recording. Flash and RAM are continuing to scale with roadmaps, some argue, down to atom scale. These technologies do not come without a cost. It is time to reevaluate the interface that we use to all kinds of storage, RAM, Flash and Disk. The discussion starts with the unique economics of storage (as compared to processing and networking), discusses technology changes, posits a set of open questions and ends with predictions of fundamental shifts across the entire storage hierarchy.
James Hughes is a Principal Technologist at Seagate Technology. Formerly with Huawei, and Sun Microsystems where he was a Sun Fellow, VP and the Solaris Chief Technologist. James is a recognized expert in the area of storage, networking, and information security. Before Sun, James worked at StorageTek, Network Systems, and Control Data Corp. He has over 40 years experience in OS, storage, networking, information security, and cryptography and is the holder of 30 patents with many more pending.