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Missed something at AIS 2012? PDFs and audio recordings of the session presentations and panel discussions are posted below.

Track 1: Flash: Unleashing Application Acceleration

Next-Generation Flash: Challenges and Solutions (session)


11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Speaker Earl Cohen, LSI
With each new generation of flash technology, it becomes ever more challenging to increase density, lower power and enhance reliability. And with the necessity for smaller footprints in datacenters and the increased demand for Ultrabooks, developing ultra-small flash storage form factors is now more important than ever. What can OEMs and end users expect with the next generation of Flash? How will flash storage processors evolve in response to these challenges? This session will discuss the key challenges facing flash technology and how flash storage processor advancements are essential to enabling next-generation flash.

Ultrabooks: Trends and SSD Impacts (session)


3 p.m. - 4 p.m. Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Speaker Kent Smith, LSI
Ultrabooks are one of the fastest-growing products in consumer electronics as demand for ultra-portable, ultra-fast and ultra-power-efficient designs continues to increase. SSDs are critical to enabling this value proposition given their small form factor, fast performance and low power consumption. This session will examine technology trends in the rapidly growing Ultrabook market and discuss how SSDs can enable ultra-low-power system designs through aggressive power management of the storage sub-system.

Using Solid-State Storage to Improve Storage Virtualization Performance (panel)


4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Panel Members Greg MacSweeny, Wall Street Technologies; Scott Coleman, Bank of America; Andy Walls, IBM; Spencer Shepler, Microsoft; Ronen Kofman, Oracle; Rob Ober, LSI; Rishi Bidarkar, Vmware
Today’s forward-thinking businesses are using virtualization to create more dynamic and flexible datacenters. But data-intensive applications present challenges for virtual environments, including performance-killing bottlenecks. In this session, our panel of virtualization experts will discuss ways to effectively utilize solid-state storage to improve VM server utilization, VDI response time and VSA performance.

Big Fast Data – Hadoop Acceleration with Flash (session)


4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Thursday, November 15, 2012
Speaker Jamon Bowen, LSI
The Hadoop Big Data platform is gaining traction in enterprises around the world. It is designed to hold very large amounts of data and provide high-throughput access to Big Data (i.e., meaningful analytics). But the Hadoop framework can present challenges to enterprise architectures – namely, how to ensure storage performance does not slow down workload performance. This session will provide an overview of how Hadoop utilizes storage resources and how flash storage can be used with Hadoop to accelerate critical business applications.

Options for Utilizing Flash to Accelerate Enterprise Applications (session)


3 p.m. - 4 p.m. Thursday, November 15, 2012
Speaker Bob Quinn, LSI
Though some still argue that using SSDs made of NAND flash memory chips is costly, more and more options are becoming available that make it the right choice for enterprises that place a premium on specific workload performance and, more generally, energy-efficient storage. In this session, LSI experts will discuss different ways you can use flash in the datacenter to improve storage and application performance.



Track 2: Rethinking Storage: New Approaches for Datacenter Success

Shared Storage Innovation for the SMB (panel)


11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Panel Members Rick Reisner, LSI; Terry Gibbons, LSI; Scott Johnson, Microsoft; Ben Wu, Quanta; Moderator Ed Marchand, LSI
More and more SMBs are turning to Windows Server 2012 to run their businesses more efficiently, effectively and profitably. When combined with shared storage, it can provide SMBs with the business continuity and uptime benefits found in traditional high-availability (HA) systems, while also being easier to manage and less costly. The panel will explore how shared storage offers SMBs a lower-cost, higher-performing solution, one that easily integrates with the HA capabilities of not only Windows Server 2012, but also Linux and VMware.

Unlock Romley Performance (session)


3 p.m. - 4 p.m. Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Speaker Mark Miquelon, LSI
Removing I/O bottlenecks and unlocking the full performance potential of Romley, Intel’s current PCIe Gen3-based server platform, remains a top-of-mind issue among IT professionals as data storage volumes continue to grow exponentially. In this session you will learn how to leverage existing 6G SAS storage to optimize Romley – and not be dependent upon the release of 12G SAS SSDs.

Solutions for Building a Better Cloud (session)


11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Thursday, November 15, 2012
Speaker Tom Kodet, LSI
Mega datacenter (MDC) and cloud environments face unique challenges that demand new and innovative solutions. For example, many MDCs require a high number of low-cost, high-density optimized servers to handle incoming traffic. But this implementation presents reliability, availability and serviceability issues due to low-cost components. In cloud environments, data replication can have adverse impacts on both cost and network bandwidth. This session will describe today’s MDC and cloud environments, explore these challenges in depth and cover potential solutions to these challenges.

PCIe-based Storage: What Is Its Place in the Storage Ecosystem? (session)


4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Thursday, November 15, 2012
Speaker Tom Heil, LSI
Flash card accelerators connected via PCIe have emerged in the market today using proprietary protocols for data and control. Now, new standards are emerging, creating standard interfaces and form factors for PCIe-based storage and allowing them to fit into a standard drive slot. However, SAS and SATA interfaces dominate the marketplace today and provide scalable, robust, well-defined interconnection methods. The panel will explore the emerging PCIe device interfaces, what new value will they offer and how will they fit into the SSD/HDD ecosystem of today as well as the future.



Track 3: Smarter Clouds: Adding Intelligence to Accelerate Your Network

The Internet of Things (session)


3 p.m. - 4 p.m. Thursday, November 15, 2012
Speaker Raghu Kondapalli, LSI
The era of the Internet of Things, when the number of devices connected to the Internet will exceed the number of people on Earth, is approaching. These “things” will include familiar connected devices such as cars and power meters and new applications such as thermostats, shipping containers and fire hydrants. And with all these connections comes network complexity and traffic challenges. This session will consider current and emerging applications on the Internet of Things, network scalability challenges and the need for pervasive intelligence throughout the network.

Software-Defined Networks in the Real World (panel)


3 p.m. - 4 p.m. Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Panel Members Guru Parulkar, Stanford/ONRC; Mallik Tatipamula, Ericsson; Kash Shaikh, HP; Pere Monclus, Plumgrid; Flavio Bonomi, Cisco; Geoffrey Mattson, Juniper; Moderator Manish Muthal, LSI
In addition to higher demand for bandwidth, the Data Deluge has driven new requirements for network scalability, latency and resiliency. But most of the networking solutions in use today were not designed with these requirements in mind. Software-defined networking (SDN) has emerged as a technology with the promise to deliver scalability, flexibility and mobility beyond the limits of traditional networking. But SDN concepts and available solutions are new and still evolving. For example, what are the pros and cons of vendor-agnostic interfaces like OpenFlow compared to proprietary SDN solutions? The panel will examine use cases and implementations of various SDN solutions.

Next-Generation Multicore ARM Architectures for Intelligent Networks (session)


11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Thursday, November 15, 2012
Speaker David Sonnier, LSI
The Data Deluge shows no signs of slowing down, and we can expect to continually face unprecedented levels of network traffic. As such, many manufacturers are transitioning their products to ARM-based processors to contend with today’s massive data growth. This session will discuss the key impacts of this pivotal multi-core ARM transition. It also will discuss LSI’s and ARM’s partnership to develop leading-edge multi-core solutions for next-generation intelligent networks.

Accelerating Platform Evolution (session)


4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Speaker Jay Jayasimha, LSI
Trends such as cloud services and mobile broadband are pushing OEMs to evolve their datacenter, enterprise and carrier infrastructure platforms at a significantly faster rate than ever before. This in turn requires silicon vendors to deliver higher levels of SoC integration with each technology node transition to improve performance/capability, while reducing power/cost. This session discusses the evolution of key platforms such as datacenter and wiring closet switches and explains how advances in foundation IP, SoC platform and protocol IP, and flexible engagement models will all need to work together to deliver the required rate of innovation and platform evolution.