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Next meeting:

     The January 13th meeting (Squeezing More Out of Your Storage: Dollars, Efficiency, and Performance, by Richard Swain of IBM) has been cancelled and will be rescheduled due to room scheduling conflict. Please check back for February 10th.     

Previous meeting:

Topic:     Squeezing More Out Of Your Storage: Dollars, Efficiency, and Performance
Speaker:     Richard Swain, IBM Corp.
Time:     Monday, March 10, 2014
6:45 - 9:00 PM
Place:     TEKsystems
Raleigh, NC



Our discussion will cover:

  • How we are doing now in storage
  • Software defined storage
  • How Flash changes the game
  • Compression and Dedupe: where and when
  • Wrap up and Q&A



Richard Swain is an IT Specialist working in IBM's Sales and Distribution group based in RTP. He is currently working as the Storage Engineering Team Lead for the Carolinas Region. He is responsible for architecting enterprise- and mid-size storage systems, including Tape, Flash, and Disk systems. Richard's interest at IBM has been with Network-Attached Storage (NAS) products, including Scale out NAS (SoNAS), and the N series Storage platform within the IBM OEM partnership with Netapp. Richard graduated from NCSU in 1997. In his 16 years in IT, Richard has moved through the ranks as a Network Specialist, Exchange Administrator, Storage and Systems Engineer, and Sales Engineer.

Richard writes several blogs for IBM and other storage related interests. His articles reach thousands of readers worldwide, and have been included in websites such as ComputerWorld, The Register, and Triangle Business Journal. Richard is also an author of a Redbook for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, and is currently working on another Redbook. He has spoken at conferences all around the world about his perspective on storage and how the storage industry still strives while other parts of the IT industry are waning. Outside of work, Richard enjoys music, beer making, and gardening. He is married with two beautiful children, and lives in Cary with their dog Riley.


Slides available:


Slides for Stephen Schaefer's March 2013 presentation on Installing Servers on a Simulated Network are now available on the Past Meetings page.

Slides for Bruce Clounie's May 2011 presentation on Cisco UCS: A New Approach to Server Provisioning are now available on the Past Meetings page.

Slides for John Conway's April 2011 presentation on VCE's Vblock Infrastructure Platform are now available on the Past Meetings page.

Slides for Simon Karpen's March 2011 presentation on High-Availability Low-Dollar Load Balancing are now available on the Past Meetings page.

Slides for Jason Schroeder's February 2011 presentation on Oracle Solaris 11 Express are now available on the Past Meetings page.


Upcoming meetings:


We have some things in the works. But, if you have any ideas or suggestions for presentations or topics, please contact the Steering Committee!



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