MSST 2015 Speaker
Lance Smith, Primary Data
Big (Meta)Data: How Data Virtualization Makes Scale Simple
Scaling massive storage systems is an exa-size challenge today. By virtualizing data—not storage – into a single, global dataspace, it can finally become simple to scale performance and capacity linearly, even at exascale. User-defined policies can finally automate data mobility across heterogeneous storage platforms to meet evolving project requirements. In this presentation, Primary Data CEO Lance Smith will give an introduction to how data mobility through data virtualization will add a new and unprecedented level of intelligence to massive storage systems.
Primary Data CEO Lance Smith is a strategic industry visionary who has architected and executed growth strategies for disruptive technologies throughout his career. Prior to joining Primary Data, Lance served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of SanDisk Corporation IO Memory Solutions, following the SanDisk acquisition of Fusion-io in 2014. He served as Chief Operating Officer of Fusion-io from April 2010 and Fusion-io President from August 2013, where he was responsible for productizing a number of Fusion-io solutions. Before joining Fusion-io, Lance held Vice President and Director positions at RMI Corporation, Raza Foundries, and the Computational Products group of Advanced Micro Devices. He has also held management roles at technology companies NexGen, Inc. and Chips & Technologies, Inc. Lance holds patents in microprocessor bus architectures, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the Santa Clara University, where he focused on Digital Electronics and Semiconductor Physics.