Keynote Speakers

Charles Liang, President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board, Supermicro

Charles Liang founded Supermicro and has served as our President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board since our inception in September 1993. Mr. Liang has been developing server system architectures and technologies for the past two decades.

From July 1991 to August 1993, Mr. Liang was President and Chief Design Engineer of Micro Center Computer Inc., a high-end motherboard design and manufacturing company. From January 1988 to April 1991, Mr. Liang was Senior Design Engineer and Project Leader for Chips & Technologies, Inc., a chipset technology company, and Suntek Information International Group, a system and software development company. Mr. Liang has been granted many server technology patents. Mr. Liang holds an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from National Taiwan University of Science & Technology in Taiwan.

Alper Ilkbahar, Vice President in the Data Platforms Group & General Manager of the Intel® Optane Group (IOG), Intel® Corporation

Alper Ilkbahar is Vice President in the Data Platforms Group and General Manager of the Intel® Optane Group (IOG) at Intel® Corporation. He oversees the development and enablement of memory and storage solutions by integrating innovative hardware and software for next-generation data centers.
A veteran of the semiconductor and storage industries, Ilkbahar rejoined Intel in 2016 from SanDisk Corporation (acquired by Western Digital Technologies Inc.). Most recently at SanDisk, he was vice president and general manager of storage-class memory solutions, a business unit dedicated to non-volatile, high-performance memory technology. He led the group’s commercialization efforts, overseeing engineering, marketing and ecosystem development.
Ilkbahar earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey; a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan; and an MBA degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He holds more than 50 patents in the fields of semiconductor process, device, design and testing and has published multiple conference and journal papers in his areas of expertise.

Rajiv Ramaswami, President and CEO, Nutanix

Rajiv is the President and CEO of Nutanix. He joined in December, 2020 from VMware, where he served as Chief Operating Officer of Products and Cloud Services. Prior to this role, Rajiv led VMware’s Networking and Security business, one of the fastest-growing units in the company, as executive vice president and general manager. Before joining VMware, he served as Executive Vice President and General Manager, Infrastructure and Networking at Broadcom, where he established Broadcom as a leader in data center, enterprise and carrier networking. In his prior General Manager roles at Cisco, he led multibillion dollar product lines in switching, data center and storage and optical networking. Earlier in his career, he held various leadership positions at Nortel, Tellabs and IBM. Rajiv earned his BTech in Electrical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology and his Master’s and PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He is an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Fellow and holds 36 patents, primarily in optical networking.

Tarkan Maner, Chief Commercial Officer, Nutanix

Tarkan Maner is the Chief Commercial Officer at Nutanix where he leads global business development and corporate development efforts, with a focus on strategic partnerships, alliances, system integrators, and service providers. Additionally, his responsibilities include leading critical hybrid cloud-focused strategy and product teams including Nutanix’s core virtualization platform (AHV), software-defined networking, and some of the key hybrid cloud services. Before joining Nutanix, he served as Chairman and CEO at Nexenta Systems, Inc., leading the organization from its open-source focus through its acquisition by DataDirect Networks (DDN) in May 2019. Prior to Nexenta, he was the President and CEO at Wyse Technology, one of the virtual desktop computing pioneers acquired by Dell in 2012. He also held executive roles at Dell, CA Technologies, IBM, and Sterling Software. Tarkan serves and served on the boards of several organizations including Teradici, CloudCheckr, Wheels, and leading non-profit organizations in Silicon Valley.


Anantha Adiga, Cloud Solutions Architect, Intel® Optane Group, Intel®

Anantha Adiga is a Cloud Solutions Architect with Intel®’s Intel® Optane Group. He has been leading Optane memory and Optane SSD based storage solutions for HCI and SDS platforms. His recent contribution has been in developing external data node solution for RedHat OpenShift platform for Ceph IO acceleration and caching features. Anantha has worked in the enterprise storage industry for over 17 years. Prior to joining Intel, he was at Hitachi Data Systems in presales focusing on converged infrastructure for database solutions and at Vertias in engineering developing database solutions. 

Curtis Anderson, Software Architect, Panasas

Curtis Anderson started writing software 45 years ago and has spent the last 36 years in a wide variety of filesystem and storage software, having contributed to the technology and vision of over a dozen startups and large corporations. Anderson’s best known project is as one of the original five architects of the XFS filesystem now in wide use in Linux. He participated in the IEEE for 14 years, including as the Sponsor Chair for the IEEE 1244 Working Group, balloting and publishing a formal standard. Anderson also served on the Program Committee for the IEEE/NASA Goddard Mass Storage Systems Conference for 12 years. In his role as Software Architect at Panasas, Anderson is responsible for coordinating technology teams working on the various elements of PanFS, the Panasas parallel filesystem. Prior to joining Panasas, Anderson served as a Technical Director at NetApp and was an Architect at EMC/Data Domain

Eric Burgener, Research Vice President, Enterprise Infrastructure Practice, IDC

Eric Burgener is Research Vice President within IDC’s Enterprise Infrastructure Practice. Mr. Burgener’s core research coverage includes Storage Systems, Software and Solutions, quarterly trackers, end-user research as well as advisory services and consulting programs. Based on his background covering enterprise storage, Mr. Burgener’s research includes a particular emphasis on flash-optimized arrays, emerging persistent memory technologies, and software-defined storage. He is an active participant in the IT Buyers Research Program at IDC and is recognized by ARInsights as a member of the ARchitect Analyst Power 100.

Shimon Ben-David, CTO, Wekaio

Mr. Shimon Ben-David actively engages with customers and partners to track emerging trends and to bring actionable feedback to Engineering and Product Management.
In his near 7 years at Weka, he has had leadership roles in both Support and Sales Engineering.
Prior to joining Weka he ran Support Services for Primary Data, XtremIO, and IBM. Shimon met the leadership team of WekaIO when he managed IT at XIV, acquired by IBM in 2007.
Mr. Ben-David studied Computer Science and Philosophy at Ramat Gan University.

Max Chung, Sr. Solution Manager, Supermicro

Max Chung is a Sr. Solution Manager at Supermicro with years of experience in software engineering, network engineering, storage solutions, container technology and virtualization. Max is also an avid photographer who enjoys exploring natural wonders with his family.

Alvin Chu, Sr. Director of Storage and AI Technologies Solutions, Supermicro

Alvin Chu is a Senior Director of Solutions at Supermicro, responsible for developing new go-to-market solutions that complements our broad range of application-optimized compute and storage products. Alvin has over 20 years of experience in the areas of Solutions Engineering, Technical Marketing, Product Management, and Technology Sales. He also leads a diverse team that is responsible for both pre and post sales engineering. He is passionate about learning new solutions and their practical applications to solve business and technical objectives. Alvin holds a BS in Computer Science at SFSU.

Rob Davis, Vice President of Storage Technology, Nvidia

Rob Davis is the Vice President of Storage Technology at the Nvidia Networking Business Unit where he focuses on ways to apply high-speed interface technology to storage systems. As technology leader and visionary for more than 35 years, he has been a key evaluator and decision maker for the development of storage networking products. He is currently leading the development and marketing of products based on NVMe over fabrics, which will allow for the high-speed networking of PCIe-based storage. Davis was previously Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at QLogic, where for 15 years he drove development and marketing of Fibre Channel, Ethernet and InfiniBand technology into new markets such as blade servers. Prior to QLogic, Davis spent 20 years at Ancor Communications, which QLogic acquired in 2000. At Ancor, Davis served as Vice President of Advanced Development, Director of Technical Marketing, and Director of Engineering. He drove development and marketing of their Fibre Channel products in the early 90s and their InfiniBand products in the late 90s. Davis’ in-depth expertise spans Virtualization, Ethernet, Fibre Channel, SCSI, iSCSI, InfiniBand, RoCE, SAS, PCI, PM, SATA, and Flash Storage.

Frederik De Schrijver, Product Manager, ActiveScale, Quantum Corporation

Frederik De Schrijver is a well-known expert and pioneer of object storage, scalable systems, and software-defined architectures, with 15 patents granted in the field. He is the founding architect of the ActiveScale Object Storage platform and has held several key roles in ActiveScale engineering and product management, resulting in the successful acquisition by Quantum. Today, Frederik leads strategy, engineering and development for ActiveScale Object Storage and Cold Storage products.

Jerry Dien, Director of Server Products, Supermicro

Jerry Dien is a Director, System Solutions at Supermicro. He has over 15 years in the IT industry and works closely with Enterprise customers to understand their requirements in order to enable the next generation Supermicro platforms. Jerry also works closely with the vendor partners to promote the latest technology and features on the current and future Supermicro servers.

Paul Evans, Solution Advisor, RozoFS

Paul Evans is a Tech industry survivor, typically focused on matching data-intensive workloads with best-fit architectures. Paul has worked for leading Universities, Fortune 20 corporations, Tech Consultancies, and also pulled a tour of duty at Skywalker Ranch. He can be spotted throughout the Western US wringing the last ‘bit’ of performance from an ever-evolving set of storage, networking, and compute technologies.

Tobias Flitsch, Director of Product Management, Nebulon

Tobias has been working in enterprise data storage for more than 10 years. As a former solution architect and technical product manager, he focused on various different scale-up and scale-out file and object storage solutions, big data, and applied machine learning. At Nebulon, his product management focus is on understanding and solving customer challenges with large-scale infrastructure.

Jose Gomez, Sr. Technical Marketing Engineer – DevOps, Nutanix

Jose is senior technical marketing engineer for automation and cloud native at Nutanix. With over 20 years in IT, in his role he produces technical material like videos, blogs and reference architectures for helping customers to automate their infrastructure and modernize applications using Kubernetes.

Josh Grossman, Product Manager, Supermicro

Josh is a technology executive and attorney who has worked in a wide variety of product areas focusing on data center infrastructure and Hyper Converged Servers and software. He currently works on the FatTwin product line of servers. Josh has a long history of public service and has served as a School Board President and Chair of the Sunnyvale Housing and Human Services Commission. He successfully swam the Alcatraz Challenge Swim twice and enjoys hiking, swimming , reading philosophy and spending time with his wife, two daughters and their rat terrier Neo.

Phil Hooker, Technical Director, Nebulon

Phil Hooker is the EMEA Technical Director at Nebulon. He is an experienced IT professional with proven success at companies such as 3PAR, HPE, SolidFire and NetApp. He takes pride in building trusted customer relationships and delivering on promises made. He has a wide knowledge of the IT industry and trends due to constant interaction with senior technical leaders at his customers.

Alan Johnson, Director of Emerging Technologies, Supermicro

Alan Johnson holds the position of Director of Emerging Technologies for Super Micro Computer Inc. Prior to this he has held senior positions within other organizations including Eurologic Systems, Adaptec and LSI.
He has been involved in data storage for the last 40 years and during this time has seen individual hard drive capacities grow from 5 MB to 18TB.
More recently he has been navigating the many facets of Software Defined Storage responsible for developing optimized solutions and test plans.

Sridhar Kayathi, Senior Technical Solutions Specialist, Intel Optane Group, Intel®

Sridhar Kayathi is a Senior Technical Solutions Specialist within the Intel Optane Group and current focus is Sales & Marketing enablement of Intel® Optane™ Persistent Memory & SSD Solutions. Sridhar has over 18+ years of industry experience including working as a Tech Solutions Specialist, Solutions Architect, Platform Architect and System Administrator. Sridhar works with Enterprise to Cloud customers deployments to deliver innovative solutions with SQL DB – Oracle DB, MS SQL, SAP HANA, MySQL, RocksDB, MariaDB, PostgreSQL; NOSQL/Document DB – Redis, Cassandra, MongoDB; Infrastructure – VMWare, vSAN, Nutanix, Hyper-V … Containers like Dockers, Kubernetes & OpenShift. Follow Sridhar @kayathi []

Randy Kreiser, Storage Specialist/FAE, Supermicro

Randy has been in the High-Performance Computing industry for over 3 decades specializing on high-speed storage architecture and file systems. His vast experience puts him in a unique position to understand needs of the HPC customer. Randy has primarily supported the DoD and Intelligence Community for the majority of his years in HPC.
Full-filling both pre and post-sales roles along with benchmarking, technical writing and speaking, Randy helped to architect some of the largest data ingest high performing storage systems in the world. The advent of solid state disk has created new opportunities and his focus remains in high speed file systems using the latest technology available across the Super Micro product line.
Prior to joining Super Micro Computer, he worked for Data Direct Networks Federal, LSI/Engenio, Silicon Graphics Federal and Data General/Clariion.

Andrey Kudryavtsev, DAOS Product Manager, Intel®

Andrey is in the DAOS Product Management role at Intel with more than 20 years of total server experience. Andrey has an unique mix of expertise in the storage technology from the file system stack down to the device level. He graduated from Nizhny Novgorod State University in Russia by Computer Science. Andrey holds patents in SSD development for component failure mitigation. Prior to joining DAOS group he worked on Optane technology enabling as Solution Architect. Outside of the work he is the owner and co-author of many experimental technologies in music, musical instruments design and electric vehicle conversion projects.

David Larsen, Technical Solutions Specialist, Intel®

David Larsen is a Technical Solutions Specialist with the Intel® Optane™ Group at Intel Corporation with over 30 years’ experience in server technologies, Unix/Linux SysAdmin, datacenter design and operations, and telecom. He is a Software guy with a Hardware habit and works with Intel partners and end users in the Life and Health Services, HPC, segments to evaluate and adopt Intel® Optane™ Technology to solve business problems.

When not thinking about Optane, David enjoys Oceanography and exploring West Coast beaches.

William Li, Sr. Product Manager, Supermicro

William Li is a senior product manager at Supermicro who works with software enterprise partners to deliver turn-key solutions. William is experienced in software storage solutions as well as Cloud define storage solutions. William has the technical know-how from the file/block systems down to the level of electronic devices. William is also a CEPH & OpenStack certified administrator. William earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Tsing Hua University, a master’s degree in electronics engineering from Taiwan University, and an MBA degree from the Katz Graduate School of the University of Pittsburgh.

Sherry Lin, Solution Product Manager, Supermicro

Sherry Lin is a Storage Solution Product Manager at Supermicro. In her role, she interacts with several software storage solution partners to qualify and validate Supermicro systems, and coordinates with marketing team to promote the software-defined storage bundle solutions. Certified with ASQ Six Sigma Green Belt, Sherry Lin has solid quality engineering experiences and is dedicated to continuous improvement on all subjects. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) from National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan and Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Cal State University, Fullerton.

Paul McLeod, Product Director, Supermicro

Paul McLeod is a Director in System Product Management at Supermicro, responsible for developing high capacity storage servers. For more than 20 years, Paul has been involved in all aspects of the storage industry, from product promotion and support of RAID arrays and SAN/NAS systems to navigating optimal implementation of today’s advanced storage servers. For the past nine years Paul has lead a team working closely with customers and partners refining x86 systems for the deployment of software defined storage.

Michael Ocampo, Product Manager, Supermicro

Michael Ocampo is an Industrial and Systems Engineer, focused on lean manufacturing of power-efficient x86 systems and bringing new & sustainable infrastructure technologies. I have 8 years of experience in IaaS and SaaS, supporting strategic business development, partnerships and R&D. At Supermicro, I co-own the design, system validation, production engineering, and product marketing of Supermicro’s leading flagship product: BigTwin. I also lead a team of Solution Architects, supporting multi-node solutions, including WekaIO, Red Hat OpenShift, and VMware vSAN.

Colin Presly, Senior Director, Office of the CTO, Seagate

Colin currently leads Seagate’s Office of the CTO. With more than 20 years in the HDD industry, including IBM & Xyratex, Colin has held several engineering management roles within equipment and product engineering. Colin most recently led the development of Seagate’s industry leading dual-actuator platform.

Shivakumar Shastri, Senior Product Manager, Commvault Systems Inc.

Over 25 years of experience in IT services and products. Current focus is in data management on converged, hyper-converged (Software defined Storage) and Cloud platforms.

Mike Scriber, Sr. Director Server Solution Management, Supermicro

Mike Scriber is the Sr. Director Server Solution Management at Supermicro, where he designs very high density storage systems using NVMe. His recent work includes 1U racks with close to 1 petabyte capacity using U.2 drives and the EDSFF form factor drives. Before joining Supermicro, he was Director of Systems Engineering at Samsung Semiconductor, where he designed and developed the first 2U 40 NVMe SSD storage systems. He has also held senior engineering positions at Dell, Toshiba, IBM, and Intel during his 35-year career in the technology industry. He earned an MS in computer engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology and a BS in computer engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). He has also presented at SNIA’s Storage Developer Conference and Supermicro Build Day Live.

Mayur Shetty, Principal Solution Architect Global Partners and Alliances Organisation (GPA), Red Hat

Mayur Shetty is a Principal Solution Architect with Red Hat’s Global Partners and Alliances Organisation(GPA) working closely with AWS. He has been with Red Hat for over 5 years, where he was part of the OpenStack Tiger Team. Prior to Red Hat he worked as a Senior Solution Architect driving solutions with the OpenStack Swift, Ceph, and other Object Storage software. Mayur also led ISV Engineering at IBM creating solutions around Oracle database, and IBM Systems and Storage. He has been in the industry for almost 20 years, and has worked on the Sun Cluster software at Sun Microsystems.

Steven Umbehocker, Founder & CEO, OSNEXUS

Steven Umbehocker has worked in the enterprise software and storage industry for 20 years holding engineering leadership roles at companies including Citrix Systems, Symantec and Veritas. Steven holds over twenty patents in the areas of storage systems technology, SDS, and cloud computing.

Sim Upadhyayula, General Manager of Solutions Enablement, Supermicro

Sim Upadhyayula is a General Manager of Solutions Enablement at Supermicro. Sim in his role interacts with various enterprise and service provider clients in understanding their next generation data center needs and identifying right solutions to achieve their goals. Along with the technical enablement functions deploying first to market solutions, Sim’s passion for next generation technologies and trends often finds him engaging in panel discussions, speaking sessions, keynotes and other technology evangelization events in the IT industry. Sim has a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) from Clemson University and Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Santa Clara University.

Damien Zhao, Product Manager, Supermicro

Accomplished management professional with 16+ years’ proven track record of delivering highly technical products & projects in the server hardware, software, and cloud computing industries. Six years focused on data center operations & services, and ten years building & deploying enterprise computing solutions. Experienced with multiple, successful, product go-to-market launches, including technical marketing, channel enablement, demand generation, sales funneling, and revenue ramp. Proficient in technical product and agile program management. Solutions developed include SAP S4 / HANA and Oracle Database RAC on Supermicro, RedHat OSP7 on Cisco UCS, , Docker Engine, Docker Trusted Registry, CoreOS Quay, and Cisco ‘Enterprise Container Hub’.

Liran Zvibel, CEO and Co-founder, Wekaio

As Co-Founder and CEO, Mr. Liran Zvibel guides long term vision and strategy at WekaIO. Prior to creating the opportunity at WekaIO, he ran engineering at social startup and Fortune 100 organizations including Fusic, where he managed product definition, design and development for a portfolio of rich social media applications.

Liran also held principal architectural responsibilities for the hardware platform, clustering infrastructure and overall systems integration for XIV Storage System, acquired by IBM in 2007.

Mr. Zvibel holds a BSc in Mathematics and Computer Science from Tel Aviv University.

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