The Flash Memory Summit (FMS) in Santa Clara, California, is a conference that focuses on the various flash storage technologies and their adoption in the data center. The 2018 FMS crowd was over 2,000; in 2019, no crowd size was reported, but the crowd was smaller with fewer exhibitors. The FMS conference is still the largest independent storage conference of the year. There were about 14 keynotes and many more educational sessions, as well as an exhibition hall with companies showing off their latest flash chips, devices, interconnects, and even complete storage arrays. Toshiba Memory, Western Digital, SK Hynix, NGD Systems, IBM, Intel, Microchip, Mellanox, ScaleFlux, Marvell, Xilinx, FADU, and InnoGrit provided keynotes. FMS’s focus continues to change with the times—a few years ago it was more of a storage systems conference, but recently it has become the place to show off the latest memory controllers, flash, and storage accelerators built to keep up with the data processing performance demands of AI/ML, data analytics, and high-performance computing. FMS is a great place to find out about new storage connection technologies, the latest in data input/out (IO) chip devices, and how flash memory storage devices are evolving. Clients, please log in to view the full content.
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Dennis covers data center storage technologies, including SAN, NAS, DAS, cloud storage, NVMe over Fabrics (NVMeOF), and software-defined storage (SDS). He has more than 25 years of broad storage industry technology experience, which includes storage systems design, product and project management, corporate and product strategy, and storage innovations development and market insight.
Specializing in storage technologies, Dennis has created winning products, such as the MetaStore SAN, which grew to $60 million in annual revenue. He also holds patents in storage systems design, data caching, and hybrid cloud data migration. He is certified in Agile development practices and cloud solution architectures.
Before joining Omdia (formerly IHS Markit) in 2018, Dennis worked at NetApp and contributed to the E-Series product line, which is worth $1 billion. He also held positions at Symbios Logic, Engenio, and LSI.
Dennis earned his Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering at University of Wisconsin-Platteville, US and MBA from Wichita State University, US.
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