Storage World Conference 2005

Advisory Board

Storage World Conference would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to its All-Star Advisory Board. The Advisory Board plays a very important role in the over-all development and execution of our plans. SWC would like to thank the following members for their unconditional support, for their time, and their devotion in helping make SWC the Industry's most comprehensive educational conference and tradeshow.

EdvonAdelung.jpg ED VON ADELUNG

As Director of Business Development, Strategic Partnerships for Crosswalk, Inc., Ed von Adelung is responsible for maintaining the relationships that ensure the interoperability and compatibility of Crosswalk software products for open systems. Beginning as an engineer, von Adelung has worked over 29 years in the high-tech industry.  His experience also includes an extensive background in technical marketing.

Prior to joining Crosswalk, von Adelung held the position of Director of Business Development, Worldwide Strategic Partnerships for Softek Software products for both open and mainframe markets.  Previously, he was director of laboratory programs for Infinity IO, where he was responsible for building educational laboratories and developing educational courses overseas and abroad..

Ed von Adelung also has served as company representative in industry associations such as ATM Forum, DMTF, IETF, Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA), Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) and various industry standards bodies (T10, T11).  He has served as both FCIA President and Interop Chair FCIA and is currently serving as a member of the SNIA Board of Directors and Interoperability Committee Chair.

charles_curtis_mini.jpg CHARLES CURTIS 

Charles Curtis is a SCSI-FC (Fibre Channel) Storage Engineer and is currently performing private storage consulting. He designed much of, and was Director of the SNIA (Storage Network Industry Association) FC Labs in Colorado Springs.  He is also the founder and former chair of the SNIA Data Management Forum, which is currently leading industry development of the Information Lifecycle Management efforts.   His past titles include:  Manager of Strategic Engineering, Senior Software Engineer and Senior Secondary Storage Developer.  Recently, as lead of the HP Technical Advocate Team, he led the work of making complex products both usable and effective.  Charles volunteers at the Storage World Conference as a "storage doctor".    He looks forward to meeting you and discussing your data protection issues at the next event.

Curtis started his career in 1977 as a RADAR engineer for the U.S. Army. He designed and built a radar target simulator for the AN/MPQ-4 radar. During his 18-year tenure with IBM, he fulfilled a variety of roles: Systems Engineer, Programmer, Virus Expert, IT Support Consultant on PC's, Midrange and Mainframes (VM, MVS). He left IBM to develop tape and storage products for Compaq, and has since done so at Dell, Compaq, and most recently, HP. His past passion for "tape" has now expanded to include every aspect of data protection and recovery. He is a well known conference speaker, and his motto is, "Backups mean nothing! Only successfully tested restores count. If you don't test your restores, keep a paper copy of your resume' at home."   (And, he means it!)


/sponsors_exhibitor/board/wayne_rickard_mini.jpg  WAYNE RICKARD

Wayne Rickard is Vice President, Advanced Storage Technology at Seagate Technology, where he is responsible for defining and evangelizing new storage architectures.

Rickard has served on the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) Technical Council since July, 1999, and has served as chair since September, 2000. He has also been active in developing and promoting open industry standards for both storage and networking, including the FC-PH (Fibre Channel Framing and Signaling), FC-AL (Fibre Channel Arbitrated Loop), and FC-BB (Fibre Channel LAN/WAN tunneling & bridging) standards. Rickard has held several industry positions, such as the first working group chair for FC-BB, and chair and technical editor of the working group that developed the IETF draft "IP and ARP over Fibre Channel" (RFC 2625).

Prior to joining Seagate, Rickard was a founder and CTO at Gadzoox Networks, where he managed the product strategy. Rickard holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from California State University, Fullerton and an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University.

About Seagate
Seagate was founded in 1979 and was the first company to build 5.25-inch hard disc drives specifically for the PC. For 24 years Seagate has been developing the technology and manufacturing the products that gives everyone access to large amounts of digital information and has helped enable developments like the Internet.

At the core of Seagate's success is its advanced development of hard disc drive products. Seagate is the market leader in each of the segments, which includes disc drives for the price-sensitive desktop PC market, higher-performance PCs and workstations, and performance-intensive network servers, disc arrays and audio-visual (A/V) markets. Seagate is the market leader in the consumer electronic market, which makes it the market leader. This market includes manufacturers of Personal Video Recorder (PVR) products, gaming consoles and digital audio jukeboxes.

Seagate is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacturing and marketing of hard disc drives for Enterprise, PC and Consumer Electronics applications. The company is committed to delivering award-winning products, customer support and reliability, to meet the world's growing demand for information storage. Seagate can be found around the globe and at .

/sponsors_exhibitor/board/dave_deming_mini.jpg  DAVE DEMING

Dave Deming is Founder, President and CTO of Solution Technology, a leading provider of SCSI, iSCSI, InfiniBand, Fibre Channel and Storage Networking training and education. With a degree in Electronics Engineering and more than 20 years of industry experience, he has designed many courses covering a wide range of storage networking technologies.

Through his active involvement in the various storage-related industry associations, Deming has designed and coordinated interoperability testing for the FCIA and served as the Interoperability Program Leader. Deming also coordinated the industry's largest Interoperability Lab demonstration for the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), and he also organized the interoperability demonstrations for the SNIA Technology Center grand opening. Deming has been a voting member of the NCITS T11 Fibre Channel standards committee and has served on T10 (SCSI) and T10.1 (SSA) standards committees. Deming is an active member of the SNIA Interoperability and Education Committees where he has received recognition for his efforts and contributions.

Since its formation in 1984, Solution Technology has focused exclusively on the design and presentation of seminars covering complex computer systems and technologies. Through its proven Scalable Education structure, Solution Technology is uniquely qualified to offer both public and on-site corporate training seminars worldwide.

curtis_preston_mini.jpg  W. CURTIS PRESTON

W. Curtis Preston is the VP of Data Protection Services at GlassHouse Technologies, and the author of the books Using SANs and NAS, Unix Backup & Recovery, and Storage Security Handbook.  He has been working with backup and recovery systems in one form or another for over 12 years, and has now begun work on his fourth book, Practical Data Protection.
About GlassHouse Technologies, Inc.
GlassHouse Technologies has an ongoing, aggressive campaign to recruit talented storage and backup practitioners, engagement managers and sales professionals. GlassHouse is the leading provider of services that help organizations solve the business problems of enterprise storage. From strategy through implementation, operations and customer support, GlassHouse partners with clients to achieve predictability and manageability in storage and backup operations, transforming storage into a strategic business advantage. GlassHouse clients include Biogen Idec, Inc. (NASDAQ: BIIB), Hartz Mountain Industries, Inc., Pitney-Bowes, Inc. (NYSE: PBI) and The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America. More information about GlassHouse is available at


Jim Davis has over 12 years experience in systems and network management. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF), a member of the DMTF Technical Committee, chair of the DMTF Interop Working Group, chair of the Storage Network Industry Association (SNIA) Management Protocol Technical Working Group. Davis also acts as the Specification lead for the Java Specification Request (JSR) 48, the WBEM Services Specification, and is involved in many other management standards and open source initiatives. Davis has been one of the key architects of CIM and WBEM.

Davis also has been an expert speaker at numerous CIM and WBEM conferences, including the DMTF Developers Conference, JavaOne, The Open Group, CA World, and Solaris Developers Conference.

Prior to co-founding WBEM Solutions, Davis spent nine years with Sun Microsystems, Inc. as a Senior Architect responsible for various system and network management technologies and products, including Java WBEM Services and Solaris WBEM Services. Prior to joining Sun in 1993, he worked in the Research & Development group at The Damirus Corporation.

dave_simpson_mini.jpg  DAVE SIMPSON

Dave Simpson has been the Editor-in-Chief of InfoStor -- the leading monthly publication focused solely on storage -- since the publication's launch in 1997. He is responsible for the editorial direction and content of the publication. Dave is also a frequent speaker at trade shows and conferences.

Prior to launching InfoStor (a PennWell Corp. publication), Simpson was a senior editor at a number of IT technology publications, including Datamation, Digital News & Review, Systems Integration, Systems Integration Business, and Mini-Micro Systems. He has been covering the storage industry for 21 years.

/sponsors_exhibitor/board/aruntaneja.gif  ARUN TANEJA  

Arun Taneja is the Founder, President and Consulting Analyst of the Taneja Group, an analyst and consulting group focused on storage and storage-centric server technologies. From late 2000 to early 2003 he was a Senior Analyst at the Enterprise Storage Group, an analyst group focused on storage technologies. He has 25 years experience in the industry specifically in the areas of Servers, Operating systems, File Systems, Storage Area Networks, Network Attached Storage, FC, iSCSI and InfiniBand, Clustering and Storage Management Software (backup/restore, replication, snapshot, SRM, virtualization, etc.).

Taneja has held various executive level positions in marketing and engineering with companies like Sun Microsystems, IBM, Data General, Vixel and Andataco. He specializes in identifying technologies that have disruptive market potential and assisting companies with market positioning and strategy. He works with a number of VC's in assessing technologies (FC, iSCSI, InfiniBand and others) and companies. He speaks often at trade shows, customer and industry events and writes on technology trends and implications for IT in the mid to large enterprises. He is frequently quoted in the press as an industry expert in storage networking. Taneja holds a Bachelor’s in Technology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India and an MSEE and MBA from the University of New Hampshire.

Larry_Cormier_CommVault_Sto.gif LARRY CORMIER 

Larry Cormier has been Vice President of Marketing for CommVault Systems since 1996, responsible for corporate strategy, product management, marketing, and strategic alliances. He has been a corporate officer and a member of the executive management team since 1998. Larry has been involved in industry standards activities as a member of the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) since its founding in 1996, including two terms as a member of the Board of Directors and Chief Marketing Officer from 1999 – 2002. He is a frequent speaker and writer on industry topics.

Cormier's twenty plus years of experience in storage and networking technologies include executive level marketing and product management positions at Storage Technology Corporation and McDATA Corporation. Larry is a graduate of the University of Texas.

About CommVault
CommVault Systems, Inc. provides unified enterprise data management solutions to ensure high-performance data protection, universal availability and simplified management of complex storage networks. The CommVault QiNetix platform, based on CommVault's Common Technology Engine, provides unified data management through integrated backup/recovery, migration, archiving for compliance, replication and storage management. The QiNetix solutions simplify and accelerate deployment, automate problem resolution and unify applications and computing environments, all at reduced costs. Information on CommVault is available on the World Wide Web at or by calling (732) 870-4000. CommVault's corporate headquarters is located in Oceanport, New Jersey in the United States.

/sponsors_exhibitor/board/frank_berry.gif FRANK BERRY

As Vice President of Corporate Marketing, Frank Berry is responsible for external marketing including winning recognition for the company's corporate and product brand values. Berry previously served as vice president of product marketing for the QLogic Computer Systems Group. Prior to joining QLogic, Berry was vice president of corporate marketing for Quantum|ATL where he helped the company grow revenues from $30 million to $400 million in less than three years.

/sponsors_exhibitor/board/tom_von_gunden.jpg TOM VON GUNDEN


Tom von Gunden is chief editor of online publication and sourcing site Data Storage Connection ( ), a VertMarkets industry portal covering news and solutions in storage networking. He is also chief editor of ECM Connection ( ), which covers the enterprise content management market. As editor, von Gunden focuses on the intersection of business and IT, addressing end users, as well as VARs and systems integrators, with his coverage of storage and related technologies. Prior to joining VertMarkets, von Gunden was editor in chief of Integrated Solutions magazine, targeting end users with his coverage of converging technologies, including storage and content management. To VAR-focused Business Solutions magazine, von Gunden also contributed feature articles on selling and implementing storage solutions.



David Dale is an industry evangelist at Network Appliance. With over 20 years experience in the computer industry, he has been at the forefront of new “disruptive technology” initiatives in roles such as technology evangelist, strategic market analyst, product launch specialist, and industry spokesperson. His current role within Network Appliance is to drive and promote marketing initiatives related to NetApp’s iSCSI, Fibre Channel SAN, and unified storage solutions.

Before joining Network Appliance, he was director of Strategic Marketing at Avid Technology. Prior to Avid, he was senior technical consultant at Data General, where he was involved in the conception and launch of new product initiatives, ranging from Unix multiprocessors, to open systems storage, to high volume servers, to Internet and storage appliances.

David has extensive experience driving multi-vendor initiatives. In the late 90’s he established a trade association to promote a new rich media file interchange standard, and in 2000-2001 he drove the development of a new RDMA protocol through a multi-vendor collaborative. For the past three years he has been heavily involved in the SNIA, most recently as acting Marketing Chair for the IP Storage Forum where he has been driving a more aggressive outreach agenda for the Forum.  Educated in England, David received a bachelor of science degree in applied physics from the University of London.


Peter Dougherty has more than 17 years experience designing and marketing storage, input/output, and storage networking technologies. As Vice President of Business Development & Strategic Alliances, Dougherty leads McDATA Corp.’s Business Development and Strategic Alliances organizations, accelerating McDATA’s time to market and driving McDATA’s strategy of growing through partnerships.
Prior to being promoted to his current position, Dougherty was responsible for managing McDATA’s software solutions, consisting of McDATA’s storage area network (SAN) management applications and embedded software products. Since joining McDATA in 1996, he has held strategic marketing and product management positions contributing to the definition of McDATA’s new markets and business opportunities for SAN technologies. Prior to joining McDATA, Dougherty held various marketing, management and engineering positions at Western Digital Corp. and Unisys Corp. Dougherty holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the College of New Jersey, conducted graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley, and is currently on the board of directors for the Fibre Channel Industry Association.